Château - Navarrenx (64190) - PYRENEES ATLANTIQUES € 565,000

Réf : 96818CEL64

UNDER CONTRACT - CHIC CHÂTEAU + ESTATE OF 5,603m²: ideal for a hotel, a Bed and Breakfast, or a wedding venue

This lovely property has it all – an interesting history, fascinating architecture and great business potential! Perfect for transforming into a boutique hotel, a Bed and Breakfast business or even a wedding/events venue, it could also be a spacious family home or a super second home, with plenty of room for accommodating friends and relatives. It would also be ideal for activity holidays or even murder mystery weekends! Discerning guests wanting to stay in an authentic château should ensure bookings all year round!

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Réf : 96818CEL64

Detailed description

This 20th-century château is located in a rural village close to the famous fortified town of Navarrenx. Commissioned by a famous opera singer who was originally from the village, this super château has an estate of 5603m², with panoramic views of Jurançon vineyards and the Gave d’Oloron to the east and the Pyrénées mountains to the south. Constructed between 1914 and 1918, the bottom part of the château was built using local Arudy stone and the upper part was built using stone from Angoulême.

From the drive, stone steps lead up to the front door, which opens into a light and airy entrance hall. The ground floor comprises three tastefully decorated reception rooms – two with marble fireplaces – a music room/library and a kitchen. An east-facing dining terrace is accessible from the kitchen, which is bathed in sunlight during the morning for breakfast and partially shaded by lunchtime. A wine cellar, workshops and a boiler room are located in the basement.

An elegant wooden staircase in the entrance hall leads to the first floor and to a central salon and library. From the salon, there are doors to four bedrooms; each has an en suite bathroom located in one of the four towers of the château - and one of the four bedrooms is a master bedroom suite with a dressing room as well as an en suite bathroom.

On the second floor, a central gallery gives access to five bedrooms and a bathroom. At the end you can go up to the huge attic. The attic is full height (2.5m) and could easily be converted into more living space.

The château is located in a small Béarnaise village close to delightful bastide town of Navarrenx. Navarrenx attracts visitors all year round, along with any pilgrims who are walking towards Spain and the Pyrénées along the Chemin de St-Jacques-de-Compostelle. There is easy access to several Pyrénées ski resorts, lakes and rivers for watersports and numerous beaches on the Atlantic coast. The Medieval market town of Oloron-Ste-Marie is just a 19-minute drive away, where you will find numerous shops and a twice-weekly farmers’ market. If you have a family, you will be spoilt for choice for excellent schools in the area.


Lower ground floor:
- a wine cellar
- workshops
- a boiler room

Ground floor:
- an east-facing dining terrace
- an entrance hall
- three large reception rooms, two with marble fireplaces
- a library/music room
- a kitchen with access to the terrace
- a WC

First floor:
- a central sitting room/library
- a master bedroom suite with a dressing room and an en suite bathroom in an adjoining tower
- three bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom in an adjoining tower

Second floor:
- a central gallery
- five bedrooms
- a bathroom
- access to the attic

Attic floor: unconverted loft space with head height of 2.5 metres


The gardens and grounds of 5603m² are planted with mature trees and shrubs, ensuring complete privacy from the road. A sweeping drive leads up to the back of the château and the enclosed grounds slope down at the front of the building. There is ample flat land for installing a swimming pool, along with terraces, a summer kitchen and a pool house.


This château is perfect for using as a luxurious family home, a holiday home, an impressive corporate headquarters, an events venue or a tourism-related business.

There is much demand for high-quality holiday accommodation in the Béarn and the property would be absolutely ideal for a boutique hotel, a Bed and Breakfast business or for hosting magnificent weddings, celebrations and corporate events. It would also be perfect for upmarket leisure activity holidays, such as painting workshops, yoga retreats or Jurançon wine-tasting and cookery courses. Murder Mystery weekends are also a possibility! Alternatively, the property could be transformed into a beautiful restaurant, a tearoom or a Wellness centre or spa for relaxing breaks…


New roof
Geothermal central heating with radiators
Mains water
Garden well
Connection to mains gas available if required
Fosse septique (connection to mains drainage available if required)


The Béarn is one of the ancient French provinces in the south-western Pyrénées. It is close to the Spanish border, Pau, Lourdes, the picturesque Basque Country and the Atlantic coast. Toulouse, Bordeaux, San Sebastián and Bilbao are all within easy reach.

Popular with tourists all the year round for hiking, mountain-biking, white-water rafting and fishing, the region also offers a range of winter sports (downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing) with easy access to numerous ski stations. For those preferring beach-based activities (especially surfing) the famous resorts of the Atlantic coast are just an hour and half away (Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, Hendaye, Hossegor...)

If your interests are gastronomic, visit the daily markets throughout the Béarn and Basque Country to sample local delicacies, such as tasty Bayonne ham or fabulous brebis, which is a cheese made using milk from sheep. The famous “Ossau-Iraty” brebis can be bought direct from farms in the nearby Vallée d’Ossau, or you’ll find it at any of the farmers’ markets in the local towns and villages.

Film buffs might be interested to know that the nearby town of Oloron-Ste-Marie and several of the picturesque villages of the Vallée d’Aspe have recently been chosen as film locations, most notably for two French films starring the Oscar winner, Jean Dujardin, and an English film, "Waiting for Anya" based on the Michael Morpurgo book set in France in the Second World War. Not only is the stunning, unspoilt countryside of the Béarn perfect for filmmakers, but enthusiastic locals are often encouraged to volunteer as extras to appear alongside the international film stars - next time, that could be you!

DRIVING TIMES (from the centre of Navarrenx)

Pau Airport 41m
Tarbes-Lourdes Airport 1h 04m
Biarritz Airport 1h 09m
Gare Oloron 24m
Long-distance coach (Flixbus) from Oloron 24m
Ferry Bilbao 2h 51m

Issarbe 1h 06m
La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 12m
Candanchú (Spain) 1h 23m
Iraty 1h 19m
Val-d’Azun 1h 48m
Gourette 1h 18m

Biarritz, grande plage 1h 21m
Tarnos, Metro plage 1h 16m

Aventure Parc Aramits 42m
Aquabéarn (Goès) 32m
Parc’Ours (Borce) 1h 02m
Zoo d’Asson 1h 04m
Grottes de Bétharram 1h 11m
Gorges de Kakuetta 58m
Passerelle d’Holzarte 1h 12m

Major Towns:
Oloron-Sainte-Marie 27m
Pau 46m
Lourdes 1h 11m
Toulouse 2h 29m
Bayonne 1h 07m
Biarritz 1h 15m
Bordeaux 2h 29m

Spanish Border:
Carretera del Roncal via La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 21m
Puerto de Larrau 1h 26m
Tunnel de Somport 1h 09m

Spanish Towns:
San-Sebastián 1h 41m
Bilbao 2h 37m
Zaragoza (Saragossa) 3h 09m
Madrid 6h 03m

  • 565 000 € (HAI)
  • agency fees to be paid by seller
This property has ...
  • Electricity on site
  • Private parking
  • Well
  • Woodburner(s)
  • Character property
  • Detached
  • Business potential
  • Water on site
Property Type
  • 0-2KM to amenities
  • 50km or less to airport
  • Village property
  • DPE - 176
  • GES - 47