Authentic $3-Million Chateau In Southwestern France Retains Its 15th Century Charm

Dating to the 15th century, the chateau sits on 10 hectares or nearly 25 acres along the Dordogne River in France.

Whether used as a private residence or a property with income-generating potential, this 15th century chateau in the department of Lot, in southwestern France, has much to offer.

Set near the small village of Strenquels, the stone chateau is deep in the heart of a picturesque region with rocky cliffs, meandering rivers and green hillsides.

Stone walls, a witch’s hat turret and parapets are among the period features. (GROUPE MERCURE)

Of course, wine country is never far away in France. An hour south of Strenquels in Cahors, Malbec is the dominate grape used in such deep red wines as Auxerrois. An hour and a half to the west is Bergerac, with its dry reds, whites and rosés.

This renovated chateau, on the banks of the Dordogne River, retains many of its original features yet has all the modern comforts.

In addition to the finished living space, there are two basements and an attic that could be converted. (GROUPE MERCURE)

Within its 5,380 square feet of living space are a roomy living room, a sitting room, a fully equipped kitchen, a laundry room, an office, six bedrooms and six full bathrooms. There’s also a chapel.

Two basements and an attic could be converted to additional living space. Other amenities include air-conditioning and central heating.

A wood beam ceiling, wood floors and stone walls adorn the formal dining room. (GROUPE MERCURE)

The 10 hectares, or nearly 25 acres, of grounds contain the chateau, with its witch’s hat turret and parapets, lawn and mature trees. The property could be used as a family home or converted to a luxury hotel.

Didier Cope of Groupe Mercure is the listing agent for the country home, which is move-in ready. The asking price is 2.7 million euros or slightly more than US $2.9 million. Nearby airports include Brive-La-Roche Airport, about 20 minutes away.

The chateau is set in a region characterized by meandering rivers and green hillsides. (GROUPE MERCURE)

Brive-la-Gaillarde, about a half-hour to the north, has museums, a medieval town center and a large food market three times a week. Local delicacies include foie gras, saffron, truffles, duck and chestnuts.

Regional attractions run the gamut and include cave tours by boat, well-preserved medieval villages, museums and bicycling.


During four decades of covering luxury and celebrity housing, I’ve looked into people’s homes, lives and property records through many lenses. I was the Los Angeles Times Real Estate section editor for eight years, the Hot Property columnist for six and did stints as a newspaper reporter, copy editor and page designer. My work for The Times Business, Home and Real Estate sections has garnered in-house and national awards for blogging, editing and feature writing.

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