Asking Price: €280 000
The ruins of this thirteenth-century castle in northern France are available for €280 000.
Montaiguillon Castle was built in the early thirteenth-century by Blanche of Navarre, Countess of Champagne. Located near the town of Provins, and about one hundred kilometres from Paris, the castle occupied a strategic location in northern France. In 1423 it was besieged for over six months by English forces during the Hundred Years War. With most of the garrison killed in the fighting, the remaining French soldiers surrendered.
Montaiguillon continued to be used until the early seventeenth-century, when it was ordered to be destroyed by the French government to prevent the castle from being used by rebels and brigands. It is now a ruin, and was listed a Monument Historique by the French Ministry of Culture in 1875.
The site now consists of the remains of the castle, which is approximately 2,700 square metres that included nine towers and parts of a curtain wall. The property also includes an old cottage that would need to be modernized. The entire site is now surrounded by forest.
Montaiguillon has been listed for sale through the estate agent Patrice Besse. The company states “this is perhaps a unique occasion to purchase a listed ruin near to Paris for a very good price! The gatekeeper’s cottage, awaiting completion of its conversion, would make it possible to live in this eminently romantic, pastoral spot. The building will lend itself to visits by the general public and to the organisation of events.”