French State to Auction 16th-Century Chateau in South Of France – Starting Price $808,000

Imagine buying a 16th century castle for a reasonable price. It would include turrets and stables as well as historically-listed gardens.

The Chateau de Saint Elix, a tiny but important piece of French history, is being sold by the French government to the highest bidder next month. Its starting price isn’t too high.

The Chateau du Saint-Elix was constructed at an important crossroads in 16th century. It is located on the tracks of a historical Roman road that was later turned into “Royal Way”, which later became the current A64. (It is also known La Pyreneenne, and runs east-west across France.

This stunning castle, located southwest of Toulouse was built during a period of great prosperity. The castle’s four turrets can be seen from the main road. It is also conveniently located just thirty minutes from Toulouse’s Blagnac Airport.

It boasts 25 rooms, 14 of which are ensuite bedrooms. There are many cellars, and a large reception area of over 50m2. It has a total surface of 1,353m2 and a land area of 29,555m2 (3 ha).

It was once owned by the marquis de Montespan. His wife, the madame de Montespan had been mistress to King Louis XIV. It was severely damaged in the French Revolution. It was taken over by Air Force during World War Two. However, a massive fire broke out in 1945. The site was then left to decay for the majority of the 1950s.

The chateau was completely renovated between 1980-92, complete with a new slate roof. It was put up for sale twice in 2014 and 2018. However, it is still owned by the French government. It was designated a Historic Monument in 1927. The garden, orangery, stables, basin, and dovecote surrounding the chateau were also included in the 1994 list.

Although the starting price for this home is EUR750,000, potential buyers need to be aware of all the costs associated with buying it. This includes the heating and water bills as well as the cost of maintaining the magnificent lawns.

The auction will run for 24 hours. It will be held between Tuesday, June 21 at 1pm and Wednesday June 22 at 1pm. The chateau and its magnificent estate can be viewed online by interested parties. They also have the opportunity to take a virtual tour of the interiors .

If you are tempted, check out the gallery of photos and plans for the property at the French government website.

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