An opportunity to buy a castle with a catch
Most of think nothing of ordering a pizza or burger “to go” but on the 12th December, those with a slightly larger budget and imagination will have the opportunity to “take out” something quite different: An entire French château.
For auction that day at the 51 Gallery in Brussels, Belgium is the Château Estoua, an entire neo-classical castle that was built at the end of the 19th century. The building was designed by René Sergent, who worked on both The Savoy and Claridge’s, and its architecture is described as being “of Louis XVI style”. The château was originally owned by the Dubarry de la Salle family but surprisingly was never inhabited.
The catch? Château Estoua was dismantled in its entirety some years ago and put into storage in Langon, Giornde, France. Now consisting of 700 cubic metres of stones, plans and specialists are available to whoever makes the winning bid. When rebuilt in its new location, the château will measure 135 foot long by 50 foot deep and 46 foot high.
A guide of £159,182 (€200,000) has been set for the lot and legal fees of 24.2% including VAT will also be applied. For more details call +32 (0) 2 345 49 70.
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What a strange thing to buy. It should be restored to its original setting. Those who rape and pillage and steal such houses and take them elsewhere are cultural vandals.
It’ll be expensive to ship.
A similar lot is ( a dismantled Palladian chapel from Swindon ) is a field off the road between Tetbury and Malmesbury
Minto House – latterly Craigmount School for young ladies in Perthshire, was bought in its entirety, then shipped to Japan, where it is a club house for a Golf club
One would need to be a lot richer than most to furnish this gem
Laurence Llewellyn Bowen’s ‘ poverty rations ‘ style would be appalling……
I must say I agree with you. Llewellyn Bowen has no taste and worse still no shame.
Isn’t it the old town hall of swindon?
No, it’s a French chateau.
In fact if the article I’ve just found is correct, it was the old baptist tabernacle