11th century fortified castle for sale completely renovated to the highest levels of comfort in a hilltop location, surrounded by forests, overlooking the Mediterranean in a particularly sunny region, the Pyrenees Orientales. With about 7 hectares.
Indoor living area of 650m2, excluding terraces, stairs and bathrooms. There are 8 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. 2 of the 8 bedrooms with bathrooms are separate from the others and can be used for an employee, a guest or even rented.
For receptions and entertainment, there are 4 rooms and 3 dungeons, 2 offices, 4 terraces and a courtyard as well as the garden and pool with 4 outdoor spaces.
This part of Languedoc-Roussillon is known for its music festivals, historical monuments, fruits, flowers and wines. While other places in Southern France are overcrowded, charm, tranquillity and exceptional weather are attracting more and more investors to the region.
In all about 7 hectares offering a 360 degree, completely preserved, panoramic view. To the North and East across the valley are villages and farms, to the South, medieval ruins and a chapel from the time of Charlemagne, to the West, the snow-capped mountains. The shores of the Mediterranean are 36 kilometres and the ski resorts of the Pyrenees are 75 kilometres.
The history of the estate is mingled with the various family events from the kingdom of Aragon, feudal marriages, celebrations and fascinating chronicles of past centuries.
Grand and imposing, this castle with its romantic vaulted stained glass windows, wrought iron gates, chiselled coat of arms, 14th century well and 14th century enlargements would be ideal for a large family, for the hotel industry or for a conference centre. Available fully furnished (with the exception of some family furniture), you will only need to bring your toothbrush.
At the entrance of the property a pretty path leads to the foot of a hill scented by umbrella pines, mimosas, cork oaks and olive trees. An alley leads to an old hermitage which is occupied by a composer / music teacher. Near the castle entrance, 15th century chapel with a fabulous baroque altar. This chapel is part of the property although it is maintained by the village, excellent acoustics for concerts with seating for 150.
Beautiful garden including a buried irrigation system with sprinklers, cascading fountain, green theatre, Italian secret garden below and pergola around the ancient walls. The whole is staged at night by buried spots and projectors. An almost square heated pool, jade green with counter-current swimming and electric cover is lined by lemon trees and a cypress palisade with arcades overlooking rosebushes and mountains in the background. There is ample room for a tennis court by exploiting the 2nd carpark.
The main entrance, decorated with an elegant wrought iron gate, opens directly onto a flowery courtyard adjoining the guests' apartment.
The large professional kitchen can cater for important receptions. The vaulted entrance hall is an 11th century dungeon with 2 doors. One of them leads by 6 stone steps into the Salle d'Armes which is today a projection room / conference / gym. The medieval horse ramp with its corbelled ceiling is part of this dungeon. Solid wood steps go down to the dungeons - the lowest dungeon was originally a prison and a storage place for food. Nowadays, it is the technical room for the pool with kitchen, bar, grill and a dressing room with shower and bath. This place is transformed into a disco with a glass floor, fiber optic lights and Bose sound system.
The other entrance door of the dungeon leads to a lovely spiral marble staircase. Utility room and cellar on the left, cellar with wines. Above, via ancient stone stairs the Chapter Room, dining room with vaulted ceiling. At the end of the dining room is a sunny terrace for breakfast leading to the guest wing with its Japanese office, "Harlequin" room and "Blanche" room.
To the other side of dining room is the kitchen with exposed beams, American appliances and brass cookware collection. Adjoining the dining room is a music room equipped with an electric organ. A narrow staircase climbs to the "Princess" room with an internal window overlooking the dining room.
One of the 6 doors of the dining room overlooks a short passage leading to the Grand Salon. Huge living room with exposed beams, very large fireplace and large bench within the, 3-meter-deep, bay window.
The 2 main bedrooms and the office / card room are accessible by the Grand Salon.
Via the marble spiral staircase, you come to the upper floor. On the left, bedroom / office with its large bathroom and beyond is a large library with a fireplace, triple aspect, banquettes in the windows, reading lights, room temperature control throughout the year, storage room and built-in audio system.
On the right, at the top of the stairs is the Salon d'Eté which serves as a dining room on sunny days. This living room opens onto a terrace with a round fountain. An external stone staircase leads to the roof terrace surrounded by battlements and equipped with flagpoles. At night, everything is lit, producing a magical effect.
Possibility to install a lift, 4 additional bedrooms can be created bringing the total of people accommodated to 24. Also, plumbing work can easily be incorporated to add bathrooms.
High-performance security system equipped with motion sensors for indoor and outdoor video surveillance cameras are connected 24 hours a day to a security service. The ambient temperature is ensured by a discreet electric floor heating. The thick walls maintain a pleasant temperature during the summer.
The dominant position of the castle, away from the local villages gives it an atmosphere of tranquillity and its proximity to the Pyrenees ensures the freshest of air.
The village with 420 inhabitants is made up of farmers, retirees, musicians and small businesses. There is a butcher shop, a grocery store, a post office, a primary school, a bus service and a seasonal restaurant where you can eat on the terrace.
The nearest town is 10 minutes away and Perpignan is 20 minutes away. Both cities are prosperous and charming and have plenty of history.
The castle is close to the highway, train station and airport. It is less than an hour from the ski resorts of the Pyrenees and the best beaches of the Mediterranean. Sports activities: cycling, horse riding, tennis and hunting.
A large shopping centre is 15 minutes away. Barcelona, Toulouse, Nimes and Montpellier are approximately 2 hours by car. High speed rail lines reach Barcelona in 80 mins and Paris in around 5 hours.
Legend says that owner can use a Baron's title.
Possibility to acquire furnished by separate negotiation.
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