Charming and wellmanaged ChÃ¢teau in South western France
French ChÃ¢teau in South western France
The chÃ¢teau is situated in the department Tarn in South western France, just south-east of Castres, and 80 kilometres due east from Toulouse. On a large-scale map the chÃ¢teau is marked exactly halfway between the villages Noailhac and Valdurenque. One hour from Toulouse, which you can access by Air France, KLM, SN Brussels or Lufthansa. One hour also from Carcassonne with Ryan Air from London/Stanstead. Just minutes from the smaller Castres-Mazamet airport. There is a lot to do and see within a couple of hours' drive, beginning with the Mediterranean, with the beaches at Narbonne, Leucate, Agde or SÃªte. A lake where you can swim is situated in the Montagne Noire just 20 minutes from us. Within easy reach you also find Roquefort with the cheese caves, Cathar castles (Lastours, one of the most famous, is just 45 minutes away), caves and lots of other things. Carcassonne is the best maintained medieval town in Europe. It was used during the filming of "Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves". It has several museums, and spectacular shows of free-flying birds (eagles, vultures...). In Millau, northeast of the ChÃ¢teau, has just been opened over the river Tarn the world's highest bridge, higher than the Eiffel tower. Horses, for those practising riding, are just nearby. There is a well reputed golf course only 15 minutes away. Tennis courses are available in nearby Valdurenque. The ski slopes of Ax-les-Thermes are some two and a half hours away.
For those interested in gastronomy there are several excellent restaurants which are listed in the Guide Michelin. Within an hour's drive there are at least four restaurants with a star in Guide Michelin.
The ground covers 27 000 square meters and is situated on a sunny south slope with a lovely view over the Montagne Noire with peaks up to 1 200 meters, snow covered in winter. There is a 12x6 meter swimming-pool, poolhouse with complete kitchen (refrigerator, dish washer, range, etc.), a WC, shower room. Deck chairs and sitting arrangements for 20 people.
The basement contains a rustic sitting-room with an open fireplace (that could be converted into a kitchen), a room with two washing machines and a dryer, a WC, a wine cellar, storage rooms, and the central heating.
The ground floor contains a double hall that goes through the building to the terrace and three reception rooms: a dining room with an open fireplace seating up to 20 persons and a grand piano; a large drawing-room with an open fireplace and television, and a large library. Each tower contains an office with windows in two directions. The remaining quarter of the ground floor is occupied by the two stairwells, the kitchen (with dishwasher, microwave, etc.), and WC.
Internet is available by ADSL broadband.
The first floor contains five bedrooms, each with its own bathroom (shower or bath). All the bathrooms have been renovated recently. The master bedroom has its own WC, the others share one WC. The three largest face the south with a beautiful view over the mountains. There is a large independent dressing.
The top floor is a self-contained apartment with three bedrooms, WC, bathroom, kitchen, and a big room currently used for storage.
Above that is a large unused attic, and yet above that there is a minuscule terrace running the ridge of the roof (accessible by staircase).
In the current configuration, all eight bedrooms have a double bed, and two rooms have an additional one-person bed, so a total of 18 people can be accommodated.
The south-facing terrace is 130 square metres, and a double staircase down to the lawn.
There is an independent large open garage for two cars, and other minor outbuildings.
There are two pairs of gates from the public road. The main gates are remote-controlled through a video interphone and beepers.