A Chateau Fit for a Musketeer

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If you’re into the whole Renaissance architecture and décor thing, or have just always had an interest for owning incredible pieces of history, now is your time to jump on an incredible opportunity. The French chateau that inspired Alexandre Dumas’ novel, The Three Musketeers is up for grabs. The chateau is known to locals as ‘ancienne résidence de d’Artagnan, le fameux mousquetaire’, the 18th-century home of the Comte Jean-Paul Montesquiou d’Artagnan. This long-named Frenchman was actually the uncle to the novel-inspiring musketeer.

Although plenty of time and history has passed since these days, certain architectural features of the castle still remain the same as they were back in the Renaissance-inspired Gilded ages and the fictional history created by the novel. Ever heard of a pistol lock? Well neither have I, but the castle proudly still boasts one on the front door. Back then, if there was any type of forced entry, a ball would promptly fire from a tube hidden in the lock and hit the intruder in the groin. Ouch. Obviously, for humane reasons, this pistol lock no longer functions today but I could imagine that if you really wanted to, somehow you could probably restore its use. So make sure you knock for goodness sakes, you never know who will be moving in.

The building dates all the way back to the Knights Templar and even so far as to the pilgrim days when it was a fortified house on part of the pilgrim’s route. Even though the property was restored in the 70s, the interior being redone by Robert-Shelter-Jones, it never completely lost its architectural, interior, or historical roots, making for one heck of a historical deal at $5.9 million. Oh, and did I mention that the chateau has its own vinery, one that produces 4,800 bottles a year? Who can focus on all this history in such a French wine-inspired fog? I don’t know if it’s really quite possible but I’d sure be willing to give it a try.

Via: Luxury Insider

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