OUR DREAM PROPERTY
Every so often we come across a property that really makes an impression. Vicky Leigh fantasises about living her very own fairy tale in this 16th-century château in Tarn-et-Garonne
Vicky Leigh explains why a château in Tarn-etGaronne is her dream buy
Ifeel like I ought to start this with ‘once upon a time’. This charming 16th-century château would look right at home within the pages of a fairy tale, and if walls could talk I’m sure it would have some stories to tell. As addresses go it certainly makes a statement – after all, who wouldn’t want to live in their own castle? Especially one that has been so painstakingly renovated, so all you’d have to do is unpack your suitcases and get on with the business of living like a king or queen.
Following an extensive five-year renovation, the château has been modernised for 21st–century living, yet still retains those all-important original features that make it such a unique home, from the stone fireplaces and painted ceilings to the arrow slits in the walls. I’m not sure the novelty of having towers complete with turrets would ever wear off either. There’s no moat, but you do get a heated swimming pool.
Situated on the edge of the pretty village of Parisot and boasting panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, the château has six en-suite bedrooms split over six floors, while two large barns in the grounds currently provide three garages, a gym, a workshop and store rooms. These could easily be converted into additional accommodation should you be keen to develop the château’s business potential as a boutique hotel or perhaps a wedding venue, and a separate house that has already been converted into two onebedroom apartments can also be bought for a further €110,000.
I’ve definitely fallen under this château’s spell, and I think I can safely say I’d live happily ever after here.
ON THE MARKET FOR €1,480,000