18th Century Chateau in Burgundy
Saone-et-Loire, Burgundy, France
- 220.0 acres
- Full freehold title
- Plenty of outbuildings, some fully restored, some could become a spa
- Cottage which could have another 16 bedrooms, when renovated
- 220 acres of land, beautifully landscaped, with over 2000 trees and several lakes, as well as a small river / stream and several springs!
- Within the French Tourism Zoning area, with a potential to build up to one hundred 3-bedroom villas
- 18-hole championship golf course and a fully functioning club house and covered driving range
- Helicopter landing rights
The château has been fully restored to 6-star standard and is situated in grounds of over 220 acres, 84 of which are dedicated to an 18-hole, championship-standard golf course.
The beautiful château, built from stone and with fairy-tale twin towers, dates from the 18th century and boasts a total of 19 rooms. The entire building has been subject to a massive yet sympathetic overhaul and refurbishment over the past three years, and has thus been brought in line with the luxuries and facilities of the 21st century whilst retaining its original style and grandeur.
The refurbishment has seen the installation of lavish soft furnishings and beautifully crafted English furniture of oak and cherry wood. Hand-made crystal chandeliers have been imported from the Czech Republic whilst the marble sink-tops and tiles come from Italy, Greece, and Spain. The beautiful wooden floors are adorned with rugs hand-made in Turkey.
Thirteen rooms have been refurbished and decorated to a very high standard to give luxurious en-suite double bedrooms, five of which are large suites and one is furnished to cater for a disabled person. With no major road in the close vicinity nor flight-path overhead, the château is surrounded by unrivalled natural beauty, peace and tranquility. So absolute is its serenity that visitors often exclaim that 'This is Paradise!'
The estate is located in the Saône-et-Loire region of the Burgundy province of France. It is approximately a two-hour drive away Lyon International Airport, with Lyon being the second largest city of France; about a three-hour drive away from the Swiss city of Geneva; and a three-and-a-half hour drive from Paris.
Other big cities are Macon, famous for its wines and about an hour's drive away; Vichy, renowned for its spas, water and ancient Roman heritage, about 45 minutes away; and Roanne, 25 minutes away.
We have successfully negotiated landing rights with a small local airport, only a 15-minute drive away, as well as having helicopter landing permission directly on the estate, whether from Paris, Lyon, Geneva or any other location.
The Club House: The building has a large entrance hall, reception and shop, a bar and lounge with fireplace, a beautiful restaurant which can accommodate 60 guests, a fully-fitted professional kitchen and food-storage room and a large cold room fitted with a walk-in fridge. There are also changing rooms for ladies and gents with full washing and shower facilities.
In addition to the above, on the first floor there is a very large, fully air-conditioned function room with wooden floor and beamed ceiling. It has the capacity to accommodate 120 people and is ideal for weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties or any corporate function. On this floor there is also a secondary kitchen and ladies and gents cloakrooms.
La Maison: This is a lovely cottage-style house which has 11 rooms at present and can be extended to create 16 en-suite rooms in total. The work to refurbish this house is under consideration to be commenced in the near future.
Practice Area: An old farm building has been tastefully designed and converted into a modern practice/drive range with 8 bays, putting greens and a ball-dispensing machine. It is probably the only covered golf practice area in France.
Squash Area: Squash area: A large enclosed and roofed area, currently being used for caddy storage, is earmarked for future development as a squash court or further guest rooms.
Atelier / Studio: Atelier/Studio: This building is being used to house various golf-course machinery and equipment for general maintenance. It is fully equipped with all the utilities and services.
Équrie/Stables: This building adjoins the club house and it has been earmarked for development as a luxury spa, with exercise and beauty treatment rooms.
There are well over 2,500 trees and shrubs on the estate and about nine small fresh-water lakes (approximately 5,000 square metres) fed by underground natural springs, all of them with an abundance of fish, mainly of the carp variety.
There is a very pretty stream running through the middle of the estate, crossed by three private bridges. We have also created very large mixed flower-beds at various points around the estate. These are absolutely stunning.
Business Opportunity 1:
The property has recently acquired the license to run as a golf hotel. It could be used as a hotel, a private clinic, a private boarding school, a corporate HQ, etc, but it could also be converted back into a beautiful private residence.
In the neighbourhood, in January, a Russian bought a similar size chateau with approximately the same amount of land, but without a golf course and not renovated, for 17m Euros.
Business Opportunity 2:
The Property is within the French Tourism Zoning area. It has the option to build up to 100 three-bedroom villas and sell them off plan. The buyers would be VAT exempted, making the product very competitively priced and highly desirable. Similar schemes have sold out in the off-plan stage, at much higher prices than the ones on which this calculation is based. The new development would be out of sight of the chateau and would not affect the residents' view. For example, German quality Huff Houses, 3 bedroom, detached, built at €75k, sold at €375k, minus commission, etc. Profit of over 20m Euros.
Business Opportunity 3:
The land has several springs and lakes, and fresh, high-drinking-quality water can be extracted from the ground and bottled as drinking water and sold under the chateau's brand name. Good drinking water sells in the Middle East for as much as Bordeaux wine!
15 minutes drive from the chateau is a private airport which was once used by the French Air Force, but not anymore. Big planes can land there, either cargo planes or private jets, as big as jumbos.
Just very recently, a group of Middle Eastern businessman bought another country house with water on the land, not very far from our chateau. Their plan is to bottle the water and sell it to high-end restaurants. They bought the property last week, for 25m US$ (20m Euros.)
The owner wishes to sell quickly and invites offers over 15m Euros. A successful bid will be above that, but nevertheless very significantly below market value.
An investor can buy this entire property and then...
- sell the chateau and some land to a clinic, hotel, school, company or private business
- sell the water business and some of the buildings to PEPSI or the likes
- sell the Golf Course separately, as it has a fully functioning and renovated club house, driving range, equipment store, etc
- develop 100 villas and sell them separately making a net profit of at least 35 million Euros!!!
Price: Offers over € 15m invited.
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