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This 12-bedroom French chateau could be yours for just £250,000

This fancy-pants place puts most cities’ sky-high house prices to shame

Ed Cunningham
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We all know that urban property markets are a bit of a joke right now, but sometimes you look at the prices elsewhere and it almost makes you sick. Take this whopping great big estate in France, for instance. The enormous property is on the market for just £250,000 ($329,000) – which, for context, is about the same as a flat on the outskirts of London. Crazy, right? 

The property is called the Château Melay and it’s in the village of Melay in eastern France. On the border between the provinces of Haute-Marne and Haute-Saône, it’s in a properly rural setting – but is within an hour and a half’s drive of the regional cities of Dijon and Nancy (and just under four hours from Paris).

The chateau was built nearly four centuries ago (in 1644, to be exact) and has operated in recent years as a five-room bed and breakfast. In total, it’s got 12 bedrooms, nine bathrooms, an open-plan living/dining area, a huge garden and its own private swimming pool. Phew! That’s a hell of a lot of stuff for – compared with London standards – not that much cash. In total, the Melay has around 4,223 square feet of space.

So what’s the catch, you ask? Well, it appears that there isn’t really a catch. The Melay isn’t just packed full of loads of stuff – it’s also fancily decorated. The house has loads of spiral staircases, French doors (obvs – this is France, after all), wooden beams and wood burners, as well as a private bar. Here are a few more pics of the place:

Chateau Melay
Photograph: Leggett
Chateau Melay
Photograph: Leggett
Chateau Melay
Photograph: Leggett

Does this huge, isolated French chateau sound like your dream pad? If you’re interested in putting in an offer, you’ll have to be quick about it – the property is already under offer. You can find out more here.

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