€ 1.400,000*Property For Sale, Orthez, Pyrenées Atlantique, Aquitaine.FCH642

A 12th Century Historic Chateau with Vast Stone Ancillary Buildings

12C Chateau Steeped in History; 6 Stone Buildings; Ideal for a Commercial Activity


This historical ensemble of buildings has a long and interesting history, having survived the time from the War of the Crusades to present day. Engraved into one particular stone, is the year 1080 with a Knight’s Cross, evidence surely of the presence of the European Christians passing through during their voyage to regain the Holy Lands. The property currently serves as a family home but offers enormous potential for a commercial activity to host seminars, weddings or any business where vast accommodation is required.

The estate comprises of six distinctive buildings: the 12C Chateau, with its eleven bedrooms and independent three bedrooms apartment; a three bedroom Gate House; the two bedroom Walled Garden Cottage; the ensemble of Farm Buildings in its separate courtyard; the Orangery and the Former Stables.  The six buildings sit privately within three hectares of parkland and woods, bordering the Gave de Pau and thereby offering fantastic walking, picnic areas, and fishing.

The Chateau’s Coat of Arms, as seen in the stain glass window on the main staircase, under its stone vaulted ceilings, belongs to the Peyrer family, who were confidants and musketeers to the king. Jean-Armand du Peyrer, the Comte de Trèville, was fictionalized under the name Monsieur de Trèville in Alexandre Dumas’s novel The Three Musketeers. The Peyrer family’s second home, displaying the same family crest, can be found opposite the Chateau de Pau. The stone Renaissance mullion windows in this chateau replicate the ones seen in the Chateau de Pau, which was birthplace to Henri IV, who became King of France in 1589.

This historical chateau has a wealth of period features.  In addition to its stone vaulted ceilings and mullion windows, there are oak panelled rooms with period oak floors and internal window shutters; period marble fireplaces with classic Fleur de Lys wrought iron back plates; and the original magnificent stone slab flooring in the entrance hallway.

The Chateau is located 25 minutes west of Pau.  Pau airport 30 minutes; Tarbes / Lourdes airport 45 minutes; Biarritz airport 45 minutes; Toulouse airport 2 hours.

* Agency fees to be paid by the seller. (Consult our fees)


Habitable Space :   656 m² No of Rooms Total :   19
No. Reception Rooms :   5 No. of Bedrooms :   13
Bathrooms :   1 Shower Rooms :   3
W.Cs :   3 Utility Room :   Yes
Heating Method :   Gaz Fired & Wood
Hot Water Method :   Gaz fired
Secteur :   Aquitaine Location :   25 mins west of Pau; near Orthez, between Pyrenees Mountains & Atlantic Coast
Orientation :   South / East View :   Parkland
Year :   12th Century Type :   Stone
Roof :   Slate Condition :   Good Condition
Tele / ADSL :   Yes Drainage :   Septic Tank
Glazing :   Single Eco Features :   
Land Area :   30000 m² Boundary :   Partially Enclosed
Terrace :   Several Garden Well :   Yes
Garage :   In barns Car Port :   
Swimming Pool :   2 above-ground Plunge Pools
Outbuildings :   6 Ancillary buildings



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Joanne Davey
French Character Homes
Tel: +33 (0)5 59 12 28 13 / +33 (0)6 77 70 21 98
Email : sales@frenchcharacterhomes.com