Three Musketeers Castle, France
August 12, 2010 - Aquitaine
Château d'Arricau-Bordes, the French chateau that inspired Alexander Dumas's famous novel The Three Musketeers, is back on the market.
The 18th century castle was once the home of Comte Jean-Paul Montesquiou d'Artagnan, uncle of the illustrious musketeer who helped inspire the novel.
The castle was restored in the seventies when the medieval buildings earned the listing of Monument Historique, and four years ago it was bought by British billionaire Robert Shetler-Jones who promptly redid the interior.
The property includes a range of features that appeal to its fictional history. The pistol lock on the front door, for example, would fire from a tube hidden in the lock and strike any intruder in the groin.
Unfortunately it no longer functions. The surrounding vineyard, however, is highly operative, producing 4,800 bottles a year and also possesses its own winery, barrel ageing chai, bottle storage and oenology laboratory.
The chateau is listed by agents Knight Frank for US$5.29 million.
Source: LP Luxury Properties
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