Launching sales today, Château de la Durantié in the Tarn department of the Midi-Pyrénées in Southern France is aiming to change the way people live in an historic French residence and will open up a new market for second home owners. The usual cost and hassle of maintaining a château has previously made it unviable as a sustainable second home option for all but the very wealthy that can employ an army of staff and can speak French. Offering turn-key château apartments with accompanying leisure facilities and onsite entertainment is the idea of co-developer Hugh de Meyer, founder of property company Châteaux World. The unique offering is a response to market demands for modern Château living.
Co-developer Hugh De Meyer has five years experience in marketing over 600 traditional French Châteaux and says: “This is an opportunity to own a piece of France’s unique heritage without the heartache and expense. Typically a château employs a staff of 10 people to keep things running smoothly but few people these days can afford that. I have found that the dream of living in an old property quite quickly loses its shine when new owners find out how costly they are to renovate, furnish authentically and to run. Additionally, they are often in the countryside with very few amenities to keep younger members of the family amused. That is why we are offering these facilities onsite.”