Listing of the Day
Location: Savigny-sous-Faye, Poitou-Charentes, France
Price: €1.99 million (US$2.1 million)
If you’re a fan of Disney’s iconic Cinderella Castle, there’s a French chateau for sale that looks like a replica–except that it was built 140 years before the Magic Kingdom’s castle went up in Orlando, Florida, in 1971.
Both castles share the same dark colored towers protruding from the top of a white facade.
Until recently, the fairytale castle, which stands in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in southwest France, had been operated as a luxury hotel, so it features 10 en- suite double bedrooms. It is empty now.
“Each of the rooms of the south-facing chateau looks out through mullioned windows over the grounds and the rolling hillside to the distance,” said sales agent Megan Lear of John D. Wood & Co. in London.
It was built in 1826 for a wedding, in the Renaissance style, for the Baron de Cougny and then extended in 1860, she said.
The ground floor holds a grand entrance hall, two large dining rooms, two reception rooms and a bar. The kitchen is in the basement, along with laundry facilities and an office. The grounds are gated, with a security guard accommodation at the entrance.
“The buyer could easily be a business person wishing to take advantage of this one-of-a-kind property as a high-end boutique hotel or a wedding and events venue,” Ms. Lear said. “However, it could also be the perfect move for a family who want to enjoy a property very much like a Disney castle for themselves.
It would especially suit a family who loves to throw parties and to entertain their friends and families in the expansive grounds,” she said.
The castle has 10 en-suite bedrooms, and 7,750-square-feet of interior space.
“The grounds are spread over 40 acres, which include parkland, woodland, a kitchen garden, outbuildings, stables and servants quarters,” Ms. Lear said.
“There is also a partially ruined fort which dates back to the Middle Ages” on the property. There is a small pond in front of the chateau.
The property is in the Savigny-sous-Faye commune within France’s Vienne department, an area known for its medieval villages and plentiful vineyards. Its nearest town is Chatellerault, and it’s about a two-hour drive to either La Rochelle and Nantes.
Agent: Megan Lear, John D. Wood & Co., London
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