A wide range of architecture and traditions can be found across France, and châteaux are often a testament to a local area’s building styles. This particular property – listed and dating back to the 15th century – is typical of castles found in the ancient Bourbonnais province, an area equivalent to the current department of Allier.
The whole property is assembled around a central courtyard but sits on land of 7,000m2. It was bought some 30 years ago and restored to preserve the many period features, including impressive fireplaces, tiled floors and beamed ceilings but with new windows, a new roof and facade, and electricity, of course.
The main château has some 320m2 of living space across three floors with enough room to create four bedrooms. You would need to add in a modern kitchen and bathrooms to make it a cosy home. An annexe comprises two bedrooms and a shower room to refurbish while there are three barns, one of which has been transformed into an exhibition space.
Set in a quiet rural setting just 7km from a village with shops and 17km from the motorway, the property has huge potential. sifex.co.uk
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