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French Connections
Release date: March 2008Two rarely available architectural gems –one at each end of the market - are on sale at online French specialist www.frenchconnections.co.uk. Chateau du Bijou is an elegant modernised 18th century castle with classic façade and round, castellated towers while Le Moulin de St Andre is a restored mill with metre-thick walls and a stone staircase winding up five floors into its beamed turret.The chateau is at Chomerac in the beautiful Ardeche mountains of south-east France, two hours from Paris by TGV. Its 13 bedrooms and bathrooms, grand staircase and huge reception rooms are set in a formal garden and 25 hectares of private park and woodland. The pigeonnier, barn and farmhouse, which ooze traditional charm, have been converted into cottages equipped for holiday lets and there are two heated swimming pools with space for tennis court or paddocks. Asking price is 2 ½ million euros.The mill is set high over Bordeaux/ Bergerac wine country and restaurants, shops, golf and the Dordogne river are all within ten minutes drive. It is in good, habitable condition inside and out, with a circular room on each floor. The owners have planning permission for an adjoining extension to include kitchen, extra bedroom and bathroom and a sunken lounge with fireplace. The asking price is 140 thousand euros and estimated cost for the extension and updating is an additional 120 thousand.Enquire about Chateau du Bijou, Ardeche and Le Moulin de St Andre, Dordogne at French Connections, telephone 01580 819303 www.frenchconnections.co.uk