Knights Templar chateau

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With the release of Angels and Demons, the film based on Dan Brown’s thriller, in UK cinemas last week, keen fans and conspiracy theorists might be interested in a medieval chateau, formerly a seat of the Order of the Knights Templar.

Chateau de La Jarthe, located on a hilltop in the Periguex region of France, was one of the refuges built during the 12th century when the Knights Templar carried out crusades across Europe to the Holy Land.

The 18-bedroom chateau with crenulated ramparts, ivy-covered towers, a library, atelier, chapel and five reception rooms could have served as a location for the film that stars Tom Hanks. A special Knights Room is located on the first floor which measures over 1,000-square feet, part of 15,000-square feet of habitable space in the ancient building.

Medieval features include oversized fireplaces, flagstone beamed ceilings, stained glass windows and hand-carved wooden details.

The chateau is surrounded by 100 hectares of woodland and those interested in equestrian pursuits will appreciate the enclosed ménage and stabling for 30 horses.

‘This chateau presents a superb opportunity for redevelopment, with the historical appeal adding significantly to its charm,’ says Peter Boumans from La Perla International Living.

He believes the chateau could be turned into an exclusive country hotel or a private home.

‘Much of the chateau has been restored, but with such extensive grounds and various outbuildings, this could become a magnificent Dordogne retreat,’ Mr Boumans adds.

Chateau de La Jarthe is on the market at £5.192 million.

in Country Life