Following the real estate event of the year over Christmas, the market for French châteaux is hotter than ever…

A historic real estate sale event happened in France during the Christmas holidays. A Paris château, the Chateau Louis XIV, located between Versailles and Marly-le-Roi in the Île-de-France region near Paris, became the most expensive property ever sold at €275 million (£200 million).

French châteaux are among the most coveted types of property in France. The reasons can vary on whether the buyer is seeking a family home or a business opportunity, but the combined elegance, history, prestige and space offered are the most common reasons for wishing to buy a château in France.

Home Hunts has an outstanding portfolio of prime châteaux currently for sale in France. Below are four of the most spectacular on the market – although bear in mind that there are also many châteaux discreetly for sale “off-market”. To gain a full picture of all châteaux for sale in France it is necessary to discuss your criteria with one of Home Hunts’ consultants.

14th century château under an hour from Geneva

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A fairytale castle, this breathtakingly-beautiful château (HH-8625074) is located in Cornod, in the Franche-Comté region, which is a 45-minute drive from Geneva. Having been restored by previous owners in 2002 (after originally being built in 1350), this property is set among 130-hectares of grounds, comprising canals, ponds, stables, riding arenas and outbuildings.

The size of this 24-bedroom property, which also includes additional apartments, means that it can accommodate around 100 guests and an elevator has been installed to make moving around this vast property as easy as possible. A unique business opportunity, the price is available on application.

Enchanting estate positioned in the heart of Cannes

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A dream château in a dream location (HH-8603632) right in the heart of Cannes’ town centre, this magnificent private property was built towards the end of the 1860s. Grand, elegant and enchanting, this spectacular house embodies the “joie de vivre” experienced in France as the Belle Époque or “golden age” period started in the 1870s.

Immaculately-designed landscaped gardens with a lagoon-shaped swimming pool and caretaker’s accommodation make this seven-bedroom property an irresistible proposition for a family looking to relocate into one of the Côte d’Azur’s most glamorous and economically-thriving towns. Just minutes from the Croisette and Cannes’ golden beaches, yet in total privacy and security, opportunities to buy a property like this are rare and a viewing is highly recommended.

International golf course project at Toulouse château

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France’s major aerospace hub and fifth biggest city, running a business in Toulouse has all the potential for success, especially when it is just 25 minutes from its international airport. This spellbinding 16th century Château de Saint-Elix (HH-7647263), has accommodation spread across five levels and is set on 200 hectares of land with two commercial projects in development.

The first is the creation of an international golf course on the grounds of the castle, possibly with 30 hectares of vineyards with wine production and storage facilities. The second is project is an off-plan development for luxury houses around the fairways of the golf course.

Both potentially lucrative ventures, as a buyer’s agent Home Hunts offers clients a fully bespoke service that can help owners through the buying process and settle into their new business roles after the transaction has been made. Interested parties should contact Home Hunts as soon as possible, as this property will not be on the market for long.

Castle of Aiguines offers nothing but Provençal luxury

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Located near the Gorges Du Verdon – a river canyon considered to be France’s most beautiful – the castle of Aiguines sits 820m above sea level offering panoramic views of the mountains and sea. This is a magnificent Provençal property (HH-9820904) that was built by Balthazar de Gauthier at the beginning of 17th century. Outside its impressive vast grounds feature a glimmering heated swimming pool, overlooking the Sainte-Croix lake, landscaped gardens, a 1770 water fountain and a helipad. The garden and various elements of the château are protected as historic monuments.

Inside, its luxury offerings are seemingly never ending and include 17 bedrooms, a games room, chapel, several cellars, fitness room, home cinema, art museum, sauna and gym. The price is available on application.

To find more luxury châteaux for sale in France, visit www.home-hunts.com, but to speak to a Home Hunts consultant about your individual criteria, call: +33 (0)970 44 66 43.