Stately castle, a unique historical monument with a 170-hectare estate for sale in the South of France
- Plot size 170ha
On the outskirts of Pézenas, city of Art and Culture in the South of France, very close to Montpellier and the sea, we find this large family estate classified as a historical monument, made up of a Castle and a vast vineyard on an exceptional terroir.
Important features of this castle / palace
- Mountain views
- Swimming pool
- Heated swimming pool
- Private garage
- Natural light
- High ceilings
- Storage room
- Service entrance
- Equipped Kitchen
- Built-in wardrobes
- Air conditioning
- Constructed area 4,000m²
- Liveable area 1,730m²
Everything you need to know about this castle / palace for sale
If this property is an extraordinary holiday resort, the Castle with its walled park, vegetable gardens, olive grove, woods and wild garrigues, it is also a vineyard with great wines, where a family or group can develop a real "wine success story" as well as a superb luxury and lifestyle brand.
- Surface of the property : 1 730 sqm habitable
- Surface area of the annexes: 2 210 sqm
It comprises the Castle (1,093 sqm), Chapel (20 sqm), Greenhouse and orange grove (88 sqm), Independent house (221 sqm), Staff accommodation (411 sqm, 6 appartments), Wine storehouse (800 sqm), storage tower (320 sqm), sheds and other shelters.
The vineyard is in perfect condition and has been restructured, and the HVE (High Environmental Value) level 3 label was obtained in 2020.
The range of wines is already attracting many wine lovers to the property. Distribution in France and for export has yet to be set up.
This sumptuous estate is one of the most beautiful properties in the South of France and one of the vineyards with a superb potential in an attractive region in strong development, investors will be able to appreciate the value of this property.
We recommended visiting it without delay.
This exceptional property has a number of assets that give it the means to pursue an ambitious marketing and sales policy.
A privileged history and geographical location:
The geographical location near the historical and touristic town of Pézenas, in a region with a wine-growing tradition, just a stone's throw from the Mediterranean and easy to access (close to motorways, airports and TGV stations) is a real asset.
The 17th century building of approximately 2,000 m2, steeped in history, represents an important vector in terms of image.
Pézenas is a town steeped in history, as evidenced by its historic centre, a showcase of late medieval residences and numerous 17th and 18th century town houses.
The size of the vineyard, which is all in one piece, means that large volumes can be produced for major clients, while maintaining homogeneity and quality.
A vineyard with high potential and efficient farming methods:
- The quality of the terroir, with its diversified grape varieties, allows the production of numerous wines, including top-of-the-range vintages.
- The size of the single vineyard means that large volumes can be supplied to major customers while controlling homogeneity and quality.
- The farm buildings are functional.
- The development of the number of bottles sold would enable significant profits to be made.
- Wine tourism activities and a reception venue for ceremonies and luxury seminars
A place representing a true Art de Vivre of the South of France:
Clients are loyal. Foreigners return every summer to this majestic property. They love the place, the atmosphere and the wines.
Distribution of this castle / palace
THE BUILDINGS AROUND THE MAIN COURTYARD
The buildings around the main courtyard are divided into several parts:
> The east wing or "Castle", the part that was once inhabited by the family
> The south wing, comprising reception rooms, accommodation, and the chapel
> The north wing with numerous offices
> The west wing with the entrance porch, the dovecote, the wine shop, and the access to the cellar
All the facades and roofs have been listed in the supplementary inventory of historical monuments since 1983.
The main courtyard is planted with trees and is accessed via an entrance porch topped by a dovecote, which has also been listed in the supplementary inventory of historic monuments since 1983.
The corners of this courtyard have four square towers: the two towers overlooking the garden have been restored. The other two were destroyed during the French Revolution. The current residence dates from the 17th century, restored but little changed since its construction.
The oldest part of the existing buildings is in the south wing. It is a rib-vaulted room resting on semi-buried pillars dating from the Middle Ages and adjoining the cellar.
Located at the south-east corner of the courtyard is the Chapel, whose walls are decorated with historical frescoes (17th century) representing large figures of saints. The chapel has been classified as a historical monument since 1983. The upper part of the frescoes shows the family coat of arms. The painted wooden ceiling dates from the 18th century and represents Mary and Jesus as well as the four evangelists (John, Luke, Mark and Matthew). The frescoes were covered with plaster at the time of the revolution to try to protect them. They were rediscovered under the plaster at the beginning of the 20th century.
Access to the cellar is from the south-east corner of the main courtyard.
The wine shop has a glazed entrance door from the covered passageway & bay window is on the courtyard. There is a back shop with west window & staircase access to mezzanine, then a study with 2 velux windows on a mezzanine.
The north wing has been recently renovated. This space includes 13 independent offices as well as group work spaces. The telephone and internet facilities are therefore recent. There is also a beautiful room with a French ceiling and an old bread oven.
THE OUTBUILDINGS, THE CELLAR, THE ORANGE GROVE AND THE PARK
The outbuildings are built around a second courtyard located to the north of the main courtyard.
> Staff accommodation: 6 identical T3 flats: 3 on the ground floor and 3 on the first floor. This is a more recent building (built in the 1960s).
> Storage sheds: 5 sheds located on either side of the entrance gate are now used for storage
> Stone columns can be seen, which have been half-cleared from the walls; they must have formed an ancient portico.
> The house on the garden: a completely renovated house on two levels with a view and access to the garden.
> A flat with an external entrance to be renovated, situated above the north-western sheds.
> The tower: A tower that was once used for grain storage is located at the northwest corner of the courtyard.
The wine-making cellar is a traditional Languedoc cellar, semi-buried to preserve cool temperatures in summer. The cellar is fully equipped and operational (laboratory, grape harvest reception, presses and cooling unit, temperature-controlled fermentation vats for the whites, fermentation vats for the reds outside, concrete and stainless-steel storage vats, barrels)
> Sheds for agricultural equipment.
THE ORANGE GROVE AND THE PARK
The large walls that delimited the gardens up to the Saint-Martial stream remain intact. The gardens have been replaced by vines, with the exception of the area in front of the building. A "legend" says that an underground gallery would allow you to leave the estate...
South France: Location and surroundings of this property
40 minutes from Montpellier and 20 minutes from the the sea
Airports, TGV and motorways:
- Motorway A9 (12km exit "Bessan /Pézenas / Cap d'Agde" or 20km exit Sète)
- Motorway A75 (17km exit Pézenas)
- TGV : Paris-Agde (3h30), Barcelona-Agde (2h39)
- 1h10 to get to Paris from the regional airports located near the property: Béziers-Cap d'Agde (18km / 0h20), Montpellier (50km / 0h40), Nîmes (102km / 1h00), Perpignan (114km / 1h10), Carcassonne (119km / 1h10)
- 3 other international airports within 2 hours: Marseille (190km / 1h55), Toulouse (212km / 1h58), Girona (217km, 2h04)
Distances to the following cities:
Pézenas (5 km) Agde (8 km)
Sète (23 km) Béziers (31 km)
Montpellier (50 km) Narbonne (102 km)
Marseille (190 km) Perpignan (114 km)
Toulouse (205 km) Carcassonne (119 km)
Barcelona (300 km) Girona (217 km)
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