For $14 Million, a Historic French Castle Could be Yours
Even some of the most high-end properties around the world would have a tough time competing with an actual castle. Château d’Aubiry—located in the foothills of the Pyrénées, near the Spanish border—is selling for $14 million, half the price it was asking when it initially hit the market in 2011 with Sotheby’s, according to a listing on Le Bon Coin, a French real estate listings site.
Built in the late 19th Century by French cigarette paper kingpin Pierre Bardou-Job, the monument took a decade for Danish architect Viggo Dorph-Petersen to complete, according to Curbed. The result: a Belle Epoque-style 16,000-square-foot structure that includes 40 rooms, and space for pretty much anything your heart desires, including a music room, a billiards room, a library, a cinema room, and a wine cellar, as well as elaborate balconies and balustrades, themed bedrooms, and authentic frescoes by French painter Henry Perrault.
The chateau also comes with a park that’s got its own swimming pool, fountains, meadow, acres of vines, and greenhouses designed by Gustave Eiffel (yes, the same one that built the Eiffel Tower.)
The castle was among Walt Disney’s inspirations for Cinderella’s castle, according to the New York Daily News.
And while some castles are typically dark, dusty relics, Chateau d'Aubiry’s listing makes mention of the area’s abundant natural light, which filters into most rooms in the house and onto the many interior terraces.
The structure has been protected as an official French monument since 2006.
Listing agent Anthony Diaz didn’t immediately return requests for comment.
Source: Mansionglobal.com Photo: Jean-Marc Imbert