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Asking Price: €510 000
This Anglo-Norman castle was built at the turn of the twelfth-century, and was on the front lines in the wars between England and France in the Middle Ages. Now a picturesque ruin, this would be a historian’s dream!
King William II began building Château-sur-Epte Castle in 1097 in an area known as the Vexin. The castle controlled a portion of the border between the Anglo-Norman Kingdom and France. In July 1119, French king Louis VI laid siege to the castle during his conflict with Henry I, but had to withdraw when one of his own castle’s was threatened by Henry’s forces.
King Henry II reinforced the castle in the latter half of the twelfth-century. It saw action again in the Hundred Years War, and was captured by English forces in 1437. After the Middle Ages the importance of the castle declined and in 1647 it was partially dismantled. It has since become the site to a farm, and during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries barn and houses were built around the former courtyard.
The remaining portions of the castle are still imposing. The limestone walls connect the ruins of the main tower of the castle, which stands 18 metres and the tower gates in the outer bailey. Other parts of the wall also survive. The site also has several buildings that range from the 17th to 20th centuries, including a barn and a house. The house, while livable, requires restoration – it includes four bedrooms, a bathroom, dining room and several fireplaces.
Real-Estate agent Patrice Besse says, “In terms of restoration, enlightened enthusiasts will find more than enough to assuage their passion especially as the proximity to Paris and the possibility of renovating the most recent house relatively quickly will enable them to live on site. Grants and tax deductions linked to the historic monument classification should make it possible to revive these admirable walls, stood in a magnificent, peaceful setting.”
Château-sur-Epte Castle is located in the French department of Eure, about 70 kilometres from Paris. For more details, please visit Patrice Besse’s website.