Inside stunning medieval castle on sale for £2m – which played key WW2 role

Incredible pictures have offered a glimpse inside a chateau originally built as a medieval castle – which is now on sale for £2 million (2.5m EUR).

The property in the Orcival commune in France features 22 acres of beautifully designed gardens, seven bathrooms, and 16 main rooms – 12 of which are bedrooms.

According to Forbes, it has belonged to the same family for nearly 400 years after it was converted into a fortress in the 17th century.

However, the gardens were added much later after being designed by the studio of Andre Le Notre, the gardener to King Louis XIV.

Appearing among France's 300 most notable gardens, the building is also known for being the setting for Nobel Prize-nominated writer Paul Bourget’s 1914 novel Le Demon de Midi.

During World War II, it was used to safeguard the archives of the University of Strasbourg and the French National Library as it was located far from Nazi occupation.

The chateau and gardens were restored in the mid-1960s, with hornbeam trees lining the driveway.

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A garden with fountains sits in the courtyard a short distance from the labyrinth, which leads to a rose garden.

The interior boasts a dining hall with a wood beam ceiling, a stone door and a fireplace.

The bedrooms feature high ceilings, baronial fireplaces, inlaid wood floors and ornate wall panels.

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Sophie van Cayzeele of Groupe Mercure is the listing agent for the property, which is priced at 2.5 million euros or just over £2 million.

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