Château - ORTHEZ (64300) - PYRENEES ATLANTIQUES € 1,150,000

Réf : 119083CEL64

Glorious 12th-century château near Orthez with 2.5 hectares, guest apartment, two gîtes, orangery and several outbuildings.

This fabulous Medieval château of 656m² is situated between Orthez and Pau in the Béarn. The main building and its two spacious gîtes have been beautifully renovated – and the period décor is a delight. With ten bedrooms in the château, three bedrooms in the guest apartment, two gîtes (three bedrooms and two bedrooms), you will always have plenty of room to accommodate friends and family! You might, however, prefer to live in one of the gîtes or in the guest apartment and transform the château into a chic boutique hotel, a luxurious Bed and Breakfast business, a heavenly yoga retreat/wellness centre or a stunning events venue for hosting weddings, seminars, murder-mystery weekends/Escape Games, relaxing leisure activity holidays…

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Réf : 119083CEL64

Detailed description

Built in the 12th century, this superb château is perfect for a spacious family home, a holiday home, an upmarket tourism-related business or a wedding and events venue. The current owners have also created a self-contained guest apartment in one wing of the château and two gîtes in the grounds - and there are several outbuildings which could be converted into more gîtes. The château and gîtes are very well-maintained, ensuring that the new owners can move in straight away and will immediately feel at home!

The current owners bought the château in 2003 and have cleverly combined its Medieval architectural features with modern home comforts to create a cosy family home. Many of the rooms have oak panelled walls and ceilings, internal shutters on the windows and beautiful marble fireplaces. The flagstone floor in the entrance hall dates back to the 12th century, as do the stone vaulted ceilings and mullioned windows, which are identical to those used in the Château de Pau.

The front door opens into an entrance hall from where charming stone archways lead to the various reception rooms. The ground floor rooms comprise a double-size salon and a smaller salon, a formal dining room, a billiard room, a double-size kitchen with a dining area, a utility room, a wine cellar and a boot room. At the back of the building, there is a light and airy south-west-facing conservatory which has delightful views of the surrounding countryside. From the entrance hall, a magnificent stone staircase leads up to the upper floors where you will find a total of ten bedrooms (two with en suite shower rooms), a study/library which could be used as an eleventh bedroom, two dressing rooms, a family bathroom, three shower rooms and three WCs.

The separate guest apartment is in the north wing of the house and comprises an open-plan sitting room/dining room and a kitchen area, three bedrooms and a family bathroom.

The two-bedroom gîte is a short stroll away from the château. It has an open-plan sitting room/dining room with a kitchen area on the ground floor and two bedrooms and a shower room on the first floor.

Originally a gatehouse/caretaker's cottage, the three-bedroom gîte is located near the entrance to the estate. It has a sitting room, a dining room, a kitchen, three bedrooms, a bathroom and a WC. Outside, there is an above-ground swimming pool, a dining terrace and a lovely summerhouse!

The château is set in an estate of 2.5 hectares of meadows and woodland, which borders a small river. Within the grounds are two gîtes, an orangery, stables and several fortified farm buildings. Should you be planning to host weddings, the manicured lawns are perfect for erecting marquees and a gazebo for the ceremonies! Decked terraces next to the river and an above-ground swimming pool are the perfect spot for a bit of sunbathing or relaxing with an aperitif as the sun goes down!

Situated near Pau and the Medieval town of Orthez, the château is in a perfect location for lovers of skiing and watersports. Pyrénées ski resorts are 90 minutes away to the south – and Atlantic beach resorts are about 50 minutes to the west Orthez has numerous shops and other amenities, including the "Base de Loisirs d’Orthez-Biron" with its leisure lake and beach, where you can swim, sunbathe and picnic as if you are by the sea! A great choice of lively bars and restaurants can be found throughout the Béarn!

TRAVEL ... Airports: Pau, Tarbes-Lourdes, Biarritz. Train: Orthez, Pau - Ferry: Bilbao, Santander. Ski: Issarbe, La-Pierre-St-Martin, Gourette, Val-d’Azun. Beaches: Biarritz, St-Jean-de-Luz, Hendaye, Hossegor...

  • 1 150 000 € (HAI)
  • agency fees to be paid by seller
This property has ...
  • Barns / outbuildings
  • Business potential
  • Character property
  • Detached
  • Double glazing
  • Electricity on site
  • Guest house / gite
  • High speed internet
  • Private parking
  • Riverside
  • Swimming Pool
  • Water on site
  • Well
  • Woodburner(s)
Property Type
  • Country House
  • Family Home
  • Holiday Home
  • 50km or less to airport
  • Isolated
  • DPE - 101
  • GES - 6