La Vermondie, a 12th-century chateau with a rich history in the Aquitaine region of France, has been listed on sale by Christie’s International Real Estate for €6.2 million ($7,7 million). The property has a history dating back to the Middle Ages, the days when England’s Richard the Lionheart was also duke of Aquitaine. Folklore claims the English king had some of his spoils of war stored in tunnels beneath the tower. Today, all four levels of the chateau are far more inviting, with lavish entertaining space including two sublime salons with dramatic windows, stone fireplaces and oak flooring; two dining rooms; a great hall; and a vestry.
Previously owned by visionary architect Gilles Saint Gilles, the estate underwent major restoration which has revived it to its former glory whilst adding some of the most sophisticated, high quality systems inside. The entire 9,690 sq ft interior includes five spacious bedrooms and four full baths. Further lodgings are provided by a guesthouse, two guest apartments and a large atelier.
The estate is set within 50 hectares of extensive mature woods, orchards and meadows and also benefit from a lake ideal for boating. Next to the estate is a leaning Gallo-Roman tower, about 20 meters in height, now listed as a historical monument.