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

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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

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