If you've ever dreamed of living a fairytale life in a chateau in France, here's your chance. This 14th-century chateau is for sale priced at €1.4m located near Grasse, France. The chateau is situated in a commanding position in the heart of the medieval village of Bar Sur Loup, the Chateau de Grasse dates back to the 14th century. The property has operated in recent years as a fine-dining restaurant and chambres d’hotes with the spacious accommodation of 550 square meters arranged over four floors.
The main entrance is approached across a private terrace off the square and gives way to a large reception room with a feature fireplace, commercial kitchen, dining room, and bar area. The first floor houses a private apartment with access to a large roof terrace affording stunning views over the Loup valley and to the village of Gourdon on the rocky outcrop above. The chateau has six large bedroom suites and laundry arranged over the upper two floors, all with exceptional views over the village and countryside beyond. All floors are accessed by a lift. The property could easily revert to a significant private residence or its true potential fully realized as a bar/restaurant with letting rooms.
Grasse is a pretty French town, just north of Cannes and an easy drive from Nice. The town is an incredibly popular day-trip destination for those holidaying in the French Riviera region. The town is unofficially regarded as the perfume capital of the world and the birthplace of many fragrances. You can spend time exploring its picturesque medieval streets, whiffing the scents of its famous perfumeries, enjoying the atmosphere of small-town France, and even making your perfume.
Perfume is the central industry in town and one which employs thousands to this day across various large and small perfumeries. Visitors to Grasse can learn more about the process, from the incredible cost of creating a single liter of rose essence, the global supply chains for botanicals, evolving techniques, and the artistry and chemistry involved in creating a scent, with free tours on offer at each of Grasse’s most famous perfume houses to include Fragonard, Molinard, and Galimard. If you aren’t a large group, you can simply turn up and join the next one (they leave several times an hour). You can also do a perfume-making workshop to create your own scent.
When the essence of jasmine, may roses, and lavender are becoming a little too much, then you can take the opportunity to wander around the picture-postcard streets of Grasse. In comparison to some places in the south of France, Grasse’s old town is a little shabby in parts, but this adds to its charm. If you enjoy taking pictures you'll love discovering little nooks and elements to photograph, with so many quintessentially French notes in the architectural design, signage, and the little boutiques scattered around. Rue Jean Ossola is the main artery of the old town, from which various alleys and stairways lead off, you'll also want to walk the Place Aux Aires down the sloping Rue Amiral de Grasse.
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