Plans and permissions are in place for an eco hamlet to be created, on this fully restored, 17th
century chateau estate in rural France. Outline planning permission has been achieved to create a
small eco-village around the chateau of approximately 15 houses for residential and/or holiday
The property lies in the heart of 12 hectares/30 acres of fields, parkland and forest in the midst of
quiet, deep-green nature, surrounded by hills & mountains, forests & lakes in the eastern
Dordogne, one of most unspoilt regions of France.
Asking price for full sale: €895 000 (euros)
Current facilities include…
- The chateau, renovated with full central heating, new plumbing and electrics (fully
furnished and equipped for up to 20 guests)
- A restored 3-bedroom cottage
- A large swimming pool
- 2 wells
- 2 large barns and a piggery
- 30 acres/12.5 hectares of land comprising forests, fields and wetlands;
- Building land with outline permission to create a hamlet of houses with initial plans for 15.
- Site drawings, layout and studies are prepared and ready to submit for detailed planning
permission (relating to approval for the house designs and services/facilities on the site).
- Quotations for site works have been received.
- Pre-designed and costed off-grid eco houses plans ready.
The chateau was bought by the current owners in 2004 for €795,000 and over €300,000 has been
invested in its refurbishment. It was run as a successful holiday and event rental with a turnover
of €30-€40k per annum (2013 to 2015). The original development plans include the chateau ‘hub’
offering education, leisure and cultural activities for both visitors and residents; a small restaurant
in the chateau; a multi-functional workshop space; the swimming pool (existing); a sauna and a
communal space, as well as access to acres of forest and fields on the property The whole site
aims to be a showcase for sustainable living.
House Construction: Granite (chateau), wood (eco cabins)
Roof Construction: Stone slates (chateau), grass/vegetative (eco-cabins)
House-insulation: None at the moment (chateau); pure wool (eco-cabins)
Roof-insulation: None at the moment (chateau); to be confirmed for eco-cabins
Window-glazing: Double glazed
Heating-house: The chateau has oil heating at the moment but plans are to transform this as part
of the project work; The eco-cabins will have solar powered underfloor heating.
Heating-water: The chateau has oil heating at the moment but plans are to transform this as part of
the project work; The eco-cabins will have solar hot water.
Cooking method: Gas in the chateau at the moment; The eco-cabins will have wood burner
Electricity: Mains in the chateau at the moment. The eco-cabins will be off-grid with solar, 12-V
system and batteries.
Water: There are two wells on the property and a lot of spring water. We plan to use these sources
for water both in the chateau and the eco-cabins. Currently, the chateau is plumbed into the wellwater but not using it as the wells need to be cleaned and tested before we move over to them.
Food-production: We were planning full permaculture plans for the whole site to produce most of
the food, water and energy needed. There are 12.5 hectares (30 acres of land).
Food-production-%: Plans are to grow 70% of food needs. .
Income possibilities (see link below for details): Chateau rentals – either whole house or rooms for
individual stays, events, workshops etc.; Eco tourism – currently a local tourist site Les Tours de
Merle has 27k visitors per year so it is possible to get on the map and do tours of the gardens here
with visitors using the cafe and shop; Community Supported Agriculture – this is growing in
popularity and with approx. 6 hectares of land to use for food growing, this can bring in a
substantial income; The eco-housing development can either be set up as a self-build whereby
people build their own eco cabins according to our designs (plans are fully developed and outline
permissions in place from the planning authorities) OR you can build the houses and sell them.
The return on investment is sufficient to pay back the capital that has been invested.
Owners opinion on sustainable features: The whole property has designs and permission and can
be a fully sustainable site within 5 years – electricity, water, food and heating.
Other: Please see links below:
Income generation activities:
And our website: http://www.eco-chateau.com
- Type: Rural Property
- Area Size : 120000 sq m
- Electricity - Mains
- Electricity - Solar Panels
- Swimming Pool
- Vegetable Garden
- Water - mains
- Water - Spring/Bore/Well potable