Rare 11th Century Fortified Hilltop Castle for sale - 360° Views., Pyrénées-Orientales, Occitanie
€2,850,000 Guide price
Chance to live in a superb hilltop 11th Century fortified Chateau, renovated and listed ISMH, in 10 Hectares with panoramic 360 degree views North & East over the river valley’s farms and villages, medieval ruins with a Charlemagne chapel to the south and snow capped peaks to the west - and even a distant glimpse of the sea. Its history involves royal family events of the Kingdom of Aragon, feudal marriages, celebrations and passionate chronicles of past centuries. Grand, though not overwhelming, this château with its Romanesque arched windows, leaded glass, wrought iron gates, heraldic carvings and 14th C. well and additions, would suit a couple, family, relais or conference centre. Near the castle gate, a 15th C. chapel with fabulous Baroque altar is at the disposal of the castle owner but maintained by the village. It has fine acoustics for concerts and seats 150.
The interior living space of over 7,000 sq. feet (650 sq.m.), (plus terraces, stairs & baths)includes 8 bedrooms and 8 1/2 baths. Two bedroom suites easily form a separate servant/guest or rental apartment. For entertaining there are 4 rooms & the 3 keeps,2 studies, 4 terraces & courtyard. The garden/pool level has 4 areas.
Handsome wrought iron gates into the courtyard with its powder room on one side and the guest apartment on the other. The barrel vaulted entry hall is actually an 11th C. keep with two doorways. One leads down 6 stone steps past two ancient portals into the Salle d’Armes, now a cinema/conference/exercise space. A medieval horses ramp with corbelled ceiling forms part of this keep. Solid wooden steps lead down further to the Oubliette - the lowest keep & once a dungeon for prisoners. Now a service facility for the pool with kitchen/bar/grill and changing room/shower and bath, It is also a ballroom with glass floor, fibre optic lights and Bose surround sound. The entry keep door leads to a lavish marble circular staircase. Utility/Laundry room and wine cellar to the left. Above the Salle Capitulaire is a 2 storey cathedral ceilinged room with access to a terrace and to the Guest Wing. Beyond the Dining room is a beamed kitchen with American Appliances and a music room with stairs to a bedroom. The 6th Arched door of the dining room leads to a passage to the huge Grand Salon,with beamed ceiling, baronial fireplace and large window seat in 10 foot thick walls.
Both the two bed Master suite and the Study are accessed from the Salon. The marble staircase continues to the top floor. To the left is an ensuite bedroom and beyond, a spacious library with fireplace, walk in storage cupboards and A.C.. and concealed sound system.
To the right at the top of the stairs is a 'salon d'été. (summer dining room) opening to a walled terrace with fountain. Exterior stone stairs lead to a vat tiled roof top floodlit at night. There is space for an elevator/dumb waiter and 4 additional bedrooms to be created with modest adaptations of masonry.
There is high security with internal motion detectors and external video surveillance. Under floor electric heating. Thick stone walls maintain a pleasant temperature in summer.
Exquisite gardens with in-ground sprinklers, cascading fountain, green theatre, sunken Italian secret garden and a pergola around the ancient walls - all are dramatically lit at night by spotlights and in-ground projectors. A jade coloured oversized square heated pool (with exercise jet and automatic cover) is bordered by lemon trees and a Palladian “wall” of cypress with arched windows through which roses and distant mountains are seen. (There is ample space for a tennis court using the secondary parking lot.)The relatively small garden is easy to maintain.
The village below boasts a butcher, grocer, post office, bus service elementary school and a seasonal outside restaurant. The nearest town is 10 minutes away and the Chateau is 25 minutes inland of Perpignan with its airport. Ski resorts and Mediterranean beaches are within half an hour. Within 2 hours by car of Barcelona, Toulouse, Nimes and Montpellier.
Ownership permits use of a crest with the motto “Passen els segles, em quedo - the centuries pass, I remain - with the title of Baron.
Exceptional property in immaculate condition, beautifully maintained in a spectacular and peaceful setting with unrivalled views. A rare gem and at the present price - early viewing is recommended!
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