Thought a chateau was beyond your means? Think again. Sure, buying a fairytale castle outright may still be the stuff of dreams, unless you’ve won the lottery, but there are ways the average second-home buyer can get themselves a piece of the Champagne lifestyle without robbing a bank.
There are many prestigious, luxury developments across France where a Chateau or Manoir is the focal point of the development, with off-plan apartments being sold in the main residence itself, or in converted outbuildings in the grounds. These developments are often in high-demand from purchasers looking to own a slice of French history, and want to own a luxury property in France either as a holiday home, investment or permanent residence.
In the Languedoc region of the south of France, we currently have a leaseback project created within a former stately home whose countess owner will remain in residence in a separate wing. This 18th-century chateau has been home to the same family for seven generations and is being restored to its former glory, with 42 apartments to be built within the chateau and surrounding grounds.
Designed as a country estate and spa, with a swimming pool, restaurant, bar and children’s club, one-bedroom, fully furnished and managed apartments start from €258,000 (£205,000). The beauty of this conversion project is that property buyers get access to an authentic, historic home with 21st-century facilities and convenience, but without the hassle (the management company takes care of all that), and guaranteed rental returns of up to 4.66 per cent per annum complete the package.
Alternatively, what about something a bit different – ultra-modern luxury “eco” villas are being constructed across France, thanks to a strong demand from buyers looking to live the French dream in as “green” a fashion as they can. Many of these are being constructed in prestigious locations such as prestigefront or on 4 star golf courses, so luxury and fantastic locations are the order of the day.
Hether you are looking for an apartment in a Chateau, a townhouse in a converted outbuilding, or luxury villas, Leggett Immobilier have a number of developments available across France. Many have access to golf courses, spa centres, restaurants – in some cases a complete concierge service - everything that the discerning property owner wants on their doorstep.