French chateau for commuters: inside the 14-bedroom mansion just 90 minutes from London at auction for the less than the price of a flat in the capital


  • 1/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    Considering cashing in your London flat and moving out of the capital for a bit more space, while still being able to commute to work in less than 90 minutes?

  • 2/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    How about taking it to the next level with this 14-bedroom 18th-century French chateau, being marketed as arguably the grandest London commuter home for sale at the moment?

  • 3/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    It’s up for auction with a guide price of just under £400,000 — below the average price of a flat in London, which is currently £420,200.

  • 4/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    Chateau Holz is set in over 12 acres in the Pas-de-Calais region of northern France.

  • 5/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    It’s 30 minutes from the Eurostar station at Calais Frethun, from where the train takes 55 minutes to St Pancras International.

  • 6/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    The house has been decorated in a mixture of original features — including the 18th-century flagstones — and contemporary touches, like the bright yellow woodwork.

  • 7/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    The sweeping staircase leading from the entrance hall to the second floor is decorated with an iron dragon wrapped around the banister.

  • 8/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    The main formal living space on the ground floor boasts two tall windows and French doors.

  • 9/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    The woodwork is painted in chic, neutral eau de nil, and the room leads out to the terrace and garden.

  • 10/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    There are original marble wood-burning fireplaces throughout the house.

  • 11/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    The funky dining room features a contemporary dining set.

  • 12/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    There are wooden floors and another original fireplace.

  • 13/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    The stylish dining room opens into the modern kitchen…

  • 14/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    …complete with Aga and island.

  • 15/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    The snug TV room features tall windows and working fireplace.

  • 16/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    The sweeping staircase with its decorative ironwork.

  • 17/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    A second set of French doors directly above the entrance opens on to a balcony facing a perfectly positioned, ancient tree.

  • 18/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    There are four bedrooms on the first floor.

  • 19/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    All are decorated simply, in calming colours with wood floors and plenty of natural light.

  • 20/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    A sweet green washstand.

  • 21/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    Below ground is a huge, vaulted wine cellar.

  • 22/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    There is space for plenty of grand crus.

  • 23/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    There’s an indoor heated swimming pool.

  • 24/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    Commute home to your grand chateau, entered via sweeping carriage drive.

  • 25/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    There are several outbuildings included in the sale.

  • 26/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    There are three guest cottages.

  • 27/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    These have been elegantly converted.

  • 28/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    They have been rented out as holiday lets.

  • 29/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    The exposed brick and beams are an attractive reference to the building’s heritage.

  • 30/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    The grounds boast a walnut and pear orchard, fields and wildlife pastures.

  • 31/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    The guest cottages have two or three bedrooms each.

  • 32/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    A guest room

  • 33/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    Twin guest room.

  • 34/102

    Chateau Holz, France

    A modern kitchen for holiday makers.

  • 35/102

    More unusual homes: Remote windmill, Norfolk

    This remote mill was previously home to a heavily bearded boat builder when it fell into disrepair, decorated mainly by empty whisky bottles. Furniture designer Adam Williams was offered a lifetime lease on the building in exchange for doing it up.

  • 36/102

    Remote windmill, Norfolk

    “I’ve got all my natural history books from the Twenties and Thirties, butterfly collections, all sorts of fishing tackle, everything native to Norfolk. I’ve collected it since I was 12,” he says.

  • 37/102

    St Luke’s Chapel, Chelsea

    A “beautiful and exceptional” Victorian chapel in Chelsea that has stood empty for almost 30 years is up for sale with plans to turn it into a £25 million home.

  • 38/102

    Before: St Luke’s Chapel, Chelsea

    The building has not been used for worship since 1991, but comes with planning permission to convert it into a luxury residence with five bedrooms.

    Read more

  • 39/102

    The Thurland Wing, Thurland Castle

    A castle wing in Lancashire that comes with a Lordship title is for sale for £1.1 million.

  • 40/102

    The Thurland Wing, Thurland Castle

    The Thurland Wing, in Tunstall, is the principal wing of Thurland Castle, which was divided into 12 houses and flats in 2000. The property dates back to the 11th century, with evidence over some of the doors dating the stones back to that time.

    Read more

  • 41/102

    Gin Head, North Berwick

    The spot where scientists plotted to trick the Nazis over the D-Day landings is for sale with planning permission for a stunning 10-bedroom double villa.

  • 42/102

    Gin Head, North Berwick

    An anonymous person later bought it and commissioned Italian architects Lazzarini Pickering Architetti to design a 10-bedroom, 26,000 sq ft home comprising two vast villas linked by covered walkways and for which planning permission has been granted.

    Read more

  • 43/102

    Modern Torquay castle

    It may look like a medieval castle from the outside, but this unique property was only built in 1992, though the exterior walls and grounds were built in the 1920s.

    Innovate 3sixty

  • 44/102

    Modern Torquay castle

    Though the interior is in need of some updating, unique features in the property such as the curved walls of the sitting room offer plenty of scope for potential buyers. The impressive property is on the market for £1.5 million, through Absolute Sales and Lettings.

    Read more

    Innovate 3sixty

  • 45/102

    The Old Court, Temple Cloud

    An imposing Grade II-listed former court house – with jail cells converted into bedrooms – is for sale for £795,000.

  • 46/102

    The Old Court, Temple Cloud

    The original 38ft long courtroom – with vaulted ceiling – now serves as an impressive main reception room, while the former cells still have the hatches that were used to pass food to prisoners.

    Read more

  • 47/102

    Boleskin House, Loch Ness

    The ruined remains of a Scottish manor house overlooking Loch Ness – once owned by Jimmy Page and said to be haunted – is for sale, for £510,000.

  • 48/102

    Boleskin House, Loch Ness

    With jaw-dropping views across the Loch, it would make an incredible renovation project for someone with the vision and funds to do so.

    Read more

  • 49/102

    Brock Farm and Napps Field, Essex

    Brock Farm and Napps Field boasts one of the few licensed private airstrips in Essex.

  • 50/102

    Brock Farm and Napps Field, Essex

    The property features a lounge area with oak beams, while the games room has a full-size pool table.

    Read more

  • 51/102

    Remote flatshare

    Billed as one of the UK’s most remote flatshares, a room in the cottage of a working lighthouse on the north Scottish coast is up for rent.

  • 52/102

    Remote flatshare

    The available double room has a lockable door, use of a private living room and sole use of a bathroom.

    Read more

  • 53/102

    Callingwood Hall, Staffordshire

    The east wing of a pink castle has been listed for sale near Burton-on-Trent. It has been restored to its former glory, revealing many character details.

  • 54/102

    Callingwood Hall, Staffordshire

    Inside there is a large entrance hallway, featuring a chandelier and fireplace, while a smaller hallway down a set of stairs leads to the kitchen and sitting room.

    Read more

  • 55/102

    Straw-bale house, Cornwall

    A quirky Hobbit-style property has been listed for sale in North Cornwall — ideal for a buyer on a quest for their next adventure.

  • 56/102

    Straw-bale house, Cornwall

    Set in the grounds of a four-bedroom home, which is also included in the package, the straw-bale roundhouse was built by the current owners and brings in a yearly short-let income of around £20,000.

    For sale for £600,000, the roundhouse and four-bedroom main house sit in just under an acre of land in St. Mabyn, three miles east of Wadebridge.

    Read more

  • 57/102

    Golf Ball, Scotland

    The Golf Ball, in Kinross-shire, Scotland, was a NATO spy base built on the former Second World War airfield, RAF Balado Bridge, where Polish pilots trained on Hurricanes and Spitfires.

  • 58/102

    Golf Ball, Scotland

    The disused Satcom satellite ground listening station and the nine acres of land it sits on is for sale for £950,000.

    Read more

  • 59/102

    Thames island eco home

    An eco-home accessible only by foot on a private island in the Thames has gone on sale for £1 million.

  • 60/102

    Thames island eco home

    The three-bedroom house,on the island of Wheatleys Eyot, by Sunbury-on-Thames, costs just £2.50 a day to run. It is heated with a pump that uses the same energy it takes to boil a kettle.

    Read more

  • 61/102

    Converted Hampton Court chapel

    Starting life as a chapel, then a boat repair shop, this converted house has a characterful appearance.

  • 62/102

    Converted Hampton Court chapel

    Formerly made up of two buildings, the home is arranged over two floors, with a New York loft feel and original church fittings and ecclesiastical motifs throughout following a 20-year restoration.

    Read more

  • 63/102

    Solent Forts, Hampshire

    Originally built to repel invasion by Napoleon, No Man’s Fort, Spitbank Fort and Horse Sand Fort went on sale for £11million.

    Read more

  • 64/102

    Solent Forts, Hampshire

    The forts sit over a mile out to sea between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

    Read more

    Knight Frank

  • 65/102

    Archway Studios

    The majestically quirky Archway Studios is architect Didier Ryan’s award-winning studio-cum-family home, built into a 19th-century south London viaduct.

    Read more

    The Modern House

  • 66/102

    Archway Studios

    A huge roof skylight draws light in from above, which bounces off the concave outer wall to brighten up what would otherwise be a gloomy space under the arch.

    Read more

    The Modern House

  • 67/102

    The Gart, Perthshire

    The Gart near Stirling in Scotland dates back to 1835, but it was substantially rebuilt and extended after suffering fire damage in 1901. It went on the market for £1,750,000 – less than the price of the average Kensington and Chelsea flat.

    Read more

  • 68/102

    The Gart, Perthshire

    The 100ft long reception room and gin and whisky bar complete with bespoke seating, magenta pool table and statement copper lights are an entertainer’s dream.

    Read more

  • 69/102

    Kaulbach Island, Nova Scotia

    This island went on sale for just over £4m. It was originally purchased in 1970 for just $11,000.

    Read more

    Coldwell Banker Supercity Realty

  • 70/102

    Kaulbach Island, Nova Scotia

    The house was built in 2002 by the current owners, in the grandest of Cape Cod styles.

    Read more

    Coldwell Banker Supercity Realty

  • 71/102

    A Swiss Chalet home in London

    Architect Myck Djurberg spent nearly £5million restoring a Swiss chalet which was moved to London in 1882. The master bedroom en suite has a gold parquet floor, and marble and 24-carat gold sinks.

    Read more

  • 72/102

    A Swiss Chalet home in London

    This fantasy riverside home is constructed from a converted Swiss chalet that now has its own indoor beach.

    Read more

  • 73/102

    Kennington Water Tower, London

    This £3.6million home was created inside a 100ft water tower built in 1867 and was extended with a stunningly modern, two-storey glass cube.

    Read more

    Sotheby’s

  • 74/102

    Kennington Water Tower, London

    The living room was converted from a 30,000 gallon water tank that supplied Lambeth workhouse in the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Read more

    Sotheby’s

  • 75/102

    Ladywell Water Tower, London

    Ladywell Water Tower in Lewisham was built between 1898 and 1900 by Earnest Newman, the founder of the Art Workers Guild, a professional body of artists, craftspeople and architects, which is still in existence today.

    Read more

  • 76/102

    Ladywell Water Tower, London

    There are two flats in the Victorian tower, a one-bedroom flat spread over two floors plus the basement, which the current tenant uses as a music studio.

    Read more

  • 77/102

    Halstead Water Towers, Essex

    The towers were built in the mid-1800s by successful Victorian industrialist and textile magnate Samuel Courtauld.

    Read more

  • 78/102

    Halstead Water Towers, Essex

    The main tower – spread across six floors – features five-foot thick walls.

    Read more

  • 79/102

    Harold Tower, Isle of Man

    Harold Tower is a Gothic castle that dates back to the 1830s and has plenty of impressive features, including spectacular views over the Isle of Man. It went on sale for £3.95 million.

    Read more

  • 80/102

    Harold Tower, Isle of Man

    It include an octagonal reception hall, with five sets of double doors leading to downstairs rooms.

    Read more

  • 81/102

    Ackergill Tower, Scotland

    This 15th-century Scottish castle near John O’Groats went on sale for £3.9million

    Read more

    Knight Frank

  • 82/102

    Ackergill Tower, Scotland

    Europe’s largest treehouse lies on the estate, providing a romantic hideaway for two away from the main house.

    Read more

    Knight Frank

  • 83/102

    The Old Station House, Shropshire

    This five-bedroom house was listed for £950,000. It was originally Coalport West station, which opened in 1862.

    Read more

    Nick Tart

  • 84/102

    The Old Station House, Shropshire

    The Great Western railway carriages in the two-acre garden were restored and converted into luxury holiday accommodation.

    Read more

    Nick Tart

  • 85/102

    Culdees Castle, Perthshire

    A seven-bedroom family home went on sale in Crieff, Perthshire…

    Read more

  • 86/102

    Culdees Castle, Perthshire

    …and it came with its own 200-year-old derelict castle.

    Read more

  • 87/102

    Burnaby Street, Chelsea

    From the outside, this end-of-terrace house on a residential street in Chelsea looks like any other nice Victorian family home.

    Read more

    Martin & Co

  • 88/102

    Burnaby Street, Chelsea

    But step through the door and a riot of pattern and colour transports you eastwards from genteel west London to India.

    Read more

  • 89/102

    Enchanted Manor, Isle of Wight

    This 11-bedroom Enchanted Manor B&B in Niton on the Isle of Wight was listed for sale for just under £900k.

    Read more

    Neil Hunt Photography

  • 90/102

    Enchanted Manor, Isle of Wight

    The Enchanted Manor has two years left on its renewable wedding licence, allowing the next owner to continue hosting intimate weddings.

    Read more

    Neil Hunt Photography

  • 91/102

    Sir Peter Scott lighthouse

    This historic Lincolnshire lighthouse was designed by John Rennie – the engineer responsible for Southwark and Waterloo Bridges.

    Read more

  • 92/102

    Sir Peter Scott lighthouse

    It sits close to the Norfolk border at the mouth of the River Nene Estuary.

    Read more

  • 93/102

    Dinton Castle, Buckinghamshire

    This mini Buckinghamshire castle featured on Grand Designs in September.

    Read more

  • 94/102

    Dinton Castle, Buckinghamshire

    It was built in the 18th-century as a folly to house a local gentleman’s fossil collection.

    Read more

    Channel 4

  • 95/102

    Fardel Manor, Devon

    Explorer Sir Walter Raleigh’s former family home was been listed for sale in Devon, complete with its own 13th-century chapel and official lordship of the manor.

    Read more

  • 96/102

    Fardel Manor, Devon

    Grade I-listed, stone-built Fardel Manor is on the southern fringes of Dartmoor and has a fascinating history, dating back thousands of years.

    Read more

  • 97/102

    The Wilde House, Georgia, USA

    The Foster-Thomason-Miller House, affectionately known as The Wilde House or The Masterpiece on Main, went on sale in the US town of Madison, Georgia, for just over £350,000.

    Read more

  • 98/102

    The Wilde House, Georgia, USA

    Spanning 5,000sq ft, it would make a fabulous passion project for someone willing to invest significantly in its restoration.

    Read more

  • 99/102

    Sandaig House & Lodge, Perthshire

    Sandaig House and Lodge on the Knoydart peninsula comes with its own private beach, Sandaig Bay, which reportedly once featured in a list of the world’s best beaches.

    Read more

  • 100/102

    Sandaig House & Lodge, Perthshire

    Found on the hillside in an area known as “Britain’s last wilderness”, the £750,000 property and land was the setting for Gavin Maxwell’s bestselling memoir Ring of Bright Water, about a life spent there caring for his pet otters.

    Read more

  • 101/102

    Luggala Lodge, Wicklow

    Seven-bedroom Gothic Revival house, Luggala Lodge, is the glittering jewel in the crown of the Guinness family’s Irish estate.

    Read more

  • 102/102

    Luggala Lodge, Wicklow

    Luggala Lodge was originally modelled on Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham and is spread over 9,000sq ft.

    Read more



  • Source link

    Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Pin on Pinterest