Snap­shot: his­toric French châteaux up for sale

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A 14th-cen­tury castle, which Henry IV used as his hunt­ing lodge in south-west France. It was built to de­fend with thick for­ti­fied walls, ar­row-slits and a strate­gic po­si­tion above a val­ley in Pyrénées-at­lan­tiques. To­day, af­ter a com­plete ren­o­va­tion, it is an as­ton­ish­ing and com­fort­able six-bed­room home with swim­ming pool and 2.8ha of park­land. There are stained-glass mul­lion win­dows and traces of carv­ings in the stone. Most in­trigu­ing is an al­leged se­cret tun­nel link­ing the castle to the vil­lage down below… sav­ills.com Lo­cated near the de­sir­able town of Uzès, this 13th-cen­tury château be­longed to the art his­to­rian and col­lec­tor Dou­glas Cooper who pur­chased Château de Castille in 1950. He was close friends with some of the most fa­mous artists of the 20th cen­tury, in­clud­ing Pablo Pi­casso who was a fre­quent vis­i­tor. Pi­casso had five enor­mous fres­coes in­stalled at the château and they have sub­se­quently been listed, to­gether with other parts of the prop­erty as a Mon­u­ment His­torique. The prop­erty it­self com­prises two draw­ing rooms, two din­ing rooms, sev­eral kitchens, seven bed­rooms and eight bath­rooms, all set in two hectares of park­land. sothe­bysre­alty-france.com

Two ex­cep­tional French prop­er­ties with fas­ci­nat­ing his­to­ries are now avail­able to buy

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