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Karen Horne and her husband, Paul, first saw Chateau La Perrière in a newspaper ad. The Hornes, who call the U.K. home but were married in France, decided to tour the property on their next trip.

“We really only went over to France to look at this property because we were intrigued,” Ms. Horne recalls of their 2004 trip. “We had absolutely no intention of buying a chateau.”

They spent more than six hours at the chateau that day and put in an offer soon after.

“We were very surprised about what you could get for your money,” Ms. Horne said.