You'll want to take a look inside this amazing 14th Century Chateau for sale in Madiran, France. The Historic Chateau is priced at €2.09m and sits on 14 Hectares. Built in a honey colored stone and rising majestically from the flank of a hill, the chateau has a rare, almost fairy-tale quality. In the 18 Century, d’Artagnan’s uncle enlarged the property and legend has it he often entertained the illustrious musketeer. In March 1814, Wellington is reputed to have stayed at the chateau while advancing towards Toulouse.
The Chateau was saved from virtual ruin in the 1970s, with the property being entirely refurbished in recent years and its manageable proportions are ideal for present-day living. The main accommodation rises over three floors accessed by a superb spiral staircase and a south tower which provides further entertaining space and wine storage. There is an immense, elevated terrace that overlooks the swimming pool and the gardens. The outbuildings include a first-floor office/events room, with garaging and a carport below. The Maison d’amis is suitable for family, letting, or resident staff.
The majority of the outlying estate is wooded, with many pathways and the meadows are rich in wildflowers including a dozen varieties of orchids. The chateau is set in the spectacular countryside of the Madiran Winelands with panoramic views of the distant Pyrenees.
Madiran is a commune in the Hautes-Pyrenees, in the Occitanie region, 40 kilometers north of Tarbes, on the edge of the Pyrenees-Atlantiques department. Its territory of 15 square kilometers belongs to the natural and historical region of Gascony, occupying hills that dominate a loop formed in the Adour valley. The area was already occupied during Roman Antiquity, with the locality developed from the 11th century with the establishment of a priory and its destiny was quickly linked to that of its vines planted for a millennium. Madiran still mainly produces wines with the appellation madiran (created in 1948) and pacherenc-du-vic-bilh.
However, unlike other wine regions, the vineyard hardly marks the landscape, you'll find other crops that are associated with those of Cabernet, Sauvignon, Tannat, in particular, to produce soybeans, cereals, and fruits (kiwi fruit). Also, there are forests of oak and chestnut trees that are still visible. The village itself has around 430 inhabitants and the leisure activities that are offered to visitors and tourists remain intimately linked to wine-growing traditions.
Madiran is one of the oldest French wine regions. The AOC Madiran extends the vineyards of 12 square kilometers that straddle three departments to include the Gers, the Hautes-Pyrenees, and the Pyrenees-Atlantiques, in Southwestern France. The vineyards, which merges with the AOC Pacherenc du Vic-Bihl, are ancient and dates from the Gallo-Roman era as one of the old French wine regions. There are wine reference pilgrimages of Santiago de Compostela, and it is still one of the most famous wines of the Southwest region, with an average annual production of 6,560,000 liters, red wine only. The climate of the area is under the oceanic influence of the Atlantic.
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