This $ 1.83 million French chateau is the ultimate fairytale setting
A medieval town center, cobbled streets, a stone fortress accessible by a drawbridge. Does it sound like a scene from a storybook? In fact, it is Vitré, in Brittany, in the north-west of France, known for its rich history, culture and remarkable houses.
Among the historically significant houses are the so-called city porch houses, the extensions of which on the street create an arcade effect. There are many half-timbered residences. Stone cottages built into the hillside are found outside the city walls.
This Gothic-style castle, built in 1860 and restored twice in the past 15 years, resembles a castle with its rotunda entrance, multiple towers and witch-hat turrets. Built by a family that made their fortune during the Industrial Revolution, the stately home is topped by a steep roof bordered by gabled windows.
Voluminous bedrooms with finely-paneled ceilings give the more than 8,000 square feet of interiors a baronial feel. Woodwork, moldings, parquet and fireplaces add to the elegance. French doors topped with transom windows open onto Juliet balconies bringing light into spaces such as the large living room, formal dining room, and intimate living room.
The 12 hectares of land include an English park, a French garden, ponds and a garage. An orchard includes cherry, apricot and apple trees. Lawn and mature trees surround the house.
The bedrooms, bathrooms, facade, part of the roof, the park and a pond were addressed in the first round of renovations. More recently the kitchen has been redone and restored to its original size.
The three floors of living space, plus the basement, are served by an elevator. There are nine bedrooms, seven bathrooms and eight toilets.
Although the chateau is now used as a private residence, in the past it was operated as a B & B with rooms rented out to guests.
The listing agent for the property, which is priced at nearly $ 1.83 million, is Sophie Van Cayzeele of Groupe Mercure. The price does not include the furniture, which could be negotiated separately.
The 2021 Tour de France will pass through Vitré, which is a rail hub and a popular tourist destination. The fourth stage will take riders through streets lined with 15th and 16th century buildings in what was once the thriving center of the canvas industry.
In addition to visiting Le Tour and historic sites such as the Gothic Church of Notre Dame, visitors to Vitré can hike, bike and do water sports on several nearby lakes.
The French Ministry of Culture has designated the city a city of art and history for its historical significance.
Paris can be reached in around two hours by high-speed train.
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