a lake and a swimming pool, in 2 ha of fenced parklands in Périgord-Limousin Regional Nature Park in Green Périgord
Crossed by numerous streams and dotted with lakes of all sizes, this part of Green Périgord comprises naturally wooded and undulating surroundings where farming takes pride of place without being invasive.
This property, about an hour from Limoges airport and 45 minutes from Angoulême TGV train station, is near to Nontron, the department’s sub-prefecture and a town renowned for its first-class arts and crafts industries, supported by international companies dealing in leather goods, cutlery, saddlery and tableware. It is also home to an experimental centre for arts and crafts, grouping Nontron’s craftsmen and artists.
This impressive building is set at the southern end of a terrace and dominates a meadow and a fish-filled lake. Beyond, woods and a stream delimit the boundaries of this property, spanning approx. 2 ha.
This chateau can be reached from the west side, but in order to do so residents have to cross a vast, fully enclosed rectangular farmyard, formed by outbuildings. A gateway set between a cowshed and a barn opens into the farmyard. In its centre is a well fed by a spring, three ponds used as drinking troughs and trees providing shade. Buildings of all shapes and sizes are set out on all sides. These comprise two renovated houses, two others awaiting renovation, a garage housing a boat, ideal for fishing in the lake, a room housing rabbit hutches, two covered areas, one of which is topped with an attic that can be reached from the road, two barns with mezzanines and a vast cowshed with a hayloft. At the other end facing the gates, a porch way set in a narrow pavilion, topped with a dovecote and closed by wrought iron gates, provides access to the parklands.
Here, on the left-hand side, in a northerly direction, a few steps lead to a completely enclosed terrace, used as a swimming area. Following on from the perimeter wall, two old, L-shaped, fully renovated outbuildings house a pool-house and storage areas on the ground floor with an open eating area overlooking the swimming pool upstairs.
The actual residence was constructed in the 18th century on the site of a primitive building, all that remains of which are the magnificent vaulted cellars. This rectangular building spans two levels and an attic floor under a steep hip roof covered in tiles. The walls are thick and the roofing framework sound and robust.
The studded, wooden, arched entrance door, on the north facade facing the parklands, is rustic. It is topped with a little recess containing a bust of general and politician Maximilien-Foy (1775-1825). This facade features large windows, four on the ground floor and five upstairs, the middle one being above the entrance.
On the south side, the central bay upstairs is replaced by two small openings under the roof, which illuminate the access to the maids’ bedrooms and the attic space, and by two tall, narrow roof dormers with stained glass that let tinted light in on to the interior stone stairway. Two ground floor French windows open on to the terrace.
All the door and window frames are new, double-glazed and made-to-measure, with old-fashioned locks.
The floors, laid with parquet flooring in a variety of patterns, are outstanding throughout. The recent radiators reflect an old-fashioned style.
It spans 340 m² of living space, excluding the cellar and the attic space.
Facing the central stone stairway, the entrance hall extends into the left-hand wing via a corridor which provides access to a fitted kitchen, opening on to a terrace, and to a lounge, featuring a fireplace fitted with a closed-hearth fire. Wide strip parquet flooring is laid in a strip pattern. A small door opens into a bright bathroom, with a toilet, and a second door opens into a dining room, adjoining the kitchen. Ceiling moulding indicates that the lounge, the bathroom and the dining room once formed a single, large room.
On the other side of the entrance hall, the right wing is set out as a vestibule which leads to three bedrooms, a shower room and a toilet, illuminated by an atrium. One of the bedrooms opens directly out on to the terrace.
The layout of the rooms in the right wing is similar to that on the ground floor with a vestibule, featuring an atrium, leading to a small, L-shaped corridor providing access to three bedrooms, a bathroom and a toilet.
An L-shaped corridor in the left wing leads to two bedrooms, each with a shower room and toilet, as well as a view of the terrace. The biggest bedroom stands out courtesy of its Versailles pattern parquet flooring and its ceiling moulding. A bath provides additional comfort.
This attic space could easily be converted as it is more than possible to stand upright under the collar beams. This level can be reached via a stone stairway, the same width as that leading to the other levels, and an anteroom closed by two doors. The existing, former maids’ bedrooms await renovation. The floor is insulated and the roofing framework in a good state of repair.
These very old cellars, reached via the central stone stairway, are divided into three rooms comprising a boiler room, with two boilers, a room under the stairway, closed via an armoured door, and a vast vaulted room. A wooden door on the south side opens into a tunnel, also vaulted, which comes out in a meadow.
These outbuildings are laid out around a perfectly rectangular, inner, enclosed farmyard, spanning 1,500 m².
This dovecote is set above the porch, acting as a passageway between the parklands and the farmyard. It can be reached via an adjoining, 2-storey building. This unit, awaiting renovation, could extend the adjoining guest house by three additional rooms or be converted into a 2-storey flat, a garage or a workshop.
A renovated house, on the right-hand side of the dovecote, features a ground floor comprising a fitted kitchen, with a packed mud floor and a wood-burning stove set in the old fireplace, and a lounge, with recent parquet flooring, a view over the lake and a domestic hot water heater concealed in a cupboard. The upstairs has old, wide strip pattern parquet flooring throughout. It comprises two bedrooms, a bathroom and a toilet.
An old outbuilding, laid out longwise, stands on the south side of the courtyard. It has been rehabilitated as a house, spanning two levels, and awaits but the finishing works. The front door opens directly into a living room which precedes a dining room, with an open-plan, fitted kitchen area, followed by a hall area, with a shower room, a toilet and a stairway leading upstairs to a bedroom.
Another wooden stairway in the dining room goes up to two more bedrooms.
Between the guest house and the small dwelling is an old pigsty awaiting rehabilitation. This could be used to extend one or other of the two houses.
On the left-hand side of the dovecote is a 49 m² garage that can be reached from the parklands.
Former rural farm
An old house, following on from the garage, awaits full restoration works. Spanning two levels, it features two fireplaces and a bread oven. It could provide an additional 138 m² of living space.
Following on again from the house awaiting restoration is a 30 m² room, where it is possible to glimpse the back of the bread oven. This was once used for keeping rabbit hutches and a henhouse. Rabbits and poultry could be reintroduced here or a covered passageway could easily be created between the farmyard and the swimming area.
The farmyard is closed the full length of the north side by a covered area, measuring 30x7 m, a section of which houses an old attic, which could be converted. This attic has a door that opens on to the street.
Two vast, packed mud barns are aligned in the north-east corner for a total length of 32 m. The first has a mezzanine area and a partitioned section delimiting a storage area above. The second also has a mezzanine under which are mangers for the cattle. Their masonry and their roofing frameworks have been consolidated awaiting the refurbishment of the roof.
The last of the outbuildings is an immense, 26 m long cowshed, with a wide door on the south side and a concrete floor. Two haylofts are laid out on either side of a central alleyway. The roofing framework and the masonry have been consolidated.
The swimming area
This swimming area is on a lawn plateau, dominating the parklands and the farmyard, with its outbuildings. It can be reached from the parklands by going up a few steps alongside the woodshed. Enclosed by fencing, a low wall and restored stone buildings, it includes a 9x4 m swimming pool, a changing room and a 2-storey outbuilding housing two storage areas on the ground floor and a south-facing, covered terrace upstairs, which could also be used as a summer eating area.
The initial builders certainly knew what they were doing in choosing this setting! The south-facing aspect, the dominant view, the spring inside the farmyard which now goes to the lake and then to the stream on the edge of the property, provide these premises with positive and powerful vibes. This is reflected in the renovation works carried out by the current owners which have provided modern day home comforts in keeping with the old features, consolidated the masonry and the roofing frameworks of the barns and the cowshed, now awaiting their new vocations, renovated two houses, created an isolated and safe swimming area, renovated the roofs, the perimeter wall, etc. The overall layout, the total floor surface area of the buildings and the multiplication of the partitioned areas makes it possible to envisage all kinds of projects and activities involving bed & breakfast, holiday rental accommodation units, functions, conferences, vintage car collections and community living as well as raising small animals such as hens, rabbits and sheep. The chateau’s deep window embrasures draw its residents’ eyes towards a peaceful landscape, enhancing the promise of well-being exuded by these premises.
|Land registry surface area||2 ha 15 a 13 ca|
|Main building surface area||680 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||1400 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||7|
Jonathan Barbot +33 1 42 84 80 85
NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.