You'll be sure to fall in love with this stunning castle for sale near Carcassonne, France. The 565 square meter castle in a dominant position is priced at €2.9m set on 5560 square meters of land with splendid views of the mountains. The exceptional castle is comfortably nestled in a pretty village just 25 minutes from Carcassonne, the castle dates back from the 12th and 17th centuries has been renovated almost entirely. Renovations include the roofs, electricity, plumbing, restoration of the walls, and lime-based painting. All renovations have respect for the castle's authentic character.
In the castle, there are 8 spacious bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and an independent apartment with 1 bedroom. There are several large reception rooms. The castle would be the perfect base for a luxury bed and breakfast or a boutique hotel, for organizing weddings, or a prestigious family home. In front of the castle, there is a large well-planted garden that is enclosed by walls with wells and an orangery, and on the south side, one finds a large courtyard. Further down are meadows surrounded by a river. The castle is close to all transport and amenities.
The astounding walls of Carcassonne’s citadel protected the city for centuries and were left to decay, before getting a full restoration by the 19th-century architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc. While the work might not be the most historically accurate, they’re an architectural wonder all the same and draw visitors to the city from far and wide. After you've discovered every niche, passageway, and parapet you can navigate the streets of the hilltop settlement or venture into the less touristy Lower City for lunch or a shopping trip. Carcassonne is also just minutes away from wine caves, vineyards, ruined castles, and the soothing green banks of the Canal du Midi.
The Musee des Beaux-Arts is Carcassonne’s fine art museum that was established in 1836, and nearly 200 years and many donations later it provides you with an enlightening journey through French art from the 1600s to the 1900s. One of the museum’s eight galleries is also dedicated to Flemish and Dutch art from the 1600s. Among the names, you will recognize include Mattia Preti, Brueghel the Elder, Jan van Goyen, Jacob Jordaens, and Gustave Courbet. Room Five has a display of 19th-century French ceramics and there’s also a telescope used by Napoleon after departing Elba in 1815.
Chateaux de Lastours is in the hills of the Aude department which are peppered with the eerie vestiges of medieval castles that belonged to noblemen loyal to the Cathar sect. During the Albigensian Crusade, the sect was violently suppressed by the French Catholics, and many of these strongholds turned to rubble. The four castles in Lastours, Cabaret, Tour Regine, Quertinheux, and Surdespine, were sacked during the crusade and later repurposed as fortresses. They are part of the same complex but are all different structures with towers with loopholes, courtyards, arcades, murder holes, and spiral staircases, as well as the ruins of a church. The location sits high on a rocky spur in the Black Mountains.
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