Ten minutes from the old port of La Rochelle, a listed castle
with outbuildings, French garden and olive trees, on nearly 15 ha
, CHARENTE-MARITIME poitou-charentes FR

Location

The estate is located on the edge of a village of 2,000 inhabitants, with several castles and houses, testimony to a holiday resort prized by the city dwellers who once loved this green oasis ten minutes south of La Rochelle, twenty minutes north of Rochefort and five minutes from the beach. The village offers all shops and services. La Rochelle and its international airport is only ten minutes away and it takes just three hours to get to Paris by TGV.

Description

From the main entrance gate, to the east, the luminous view of the castle can be made out from almost 200 m. It sits at the end of an avenue of plane trees with more than 180 thirty-year-old olive trees on either side. Car drivers take the second gate closer to the castle and leave their vehicle in a parking area to the north of the outbuildings. Thus, the visual impact of the property is not affected by the sight of vehicles, which nevertheless remain close to the main building. The French yew garden with its pond is located to the south of the château. A courtyard to the north planted with four mulberry trees leads to the caretaker's house, followed by the orangery, the pedestrian and carriage gates and the long farmhouse with its swimming pool to the east. The whole property is enclosed. At the back of the caretaker's house, the vegetable garden has been designed around its fountain. Beyond, to the west, the vast meadows and woodlands are naturally protected by the canals which extend as far as the ocean a few kilometres further on.

The castle

Built in the first half of the 16th century, probably on a feudal site, the house is very well lit thanks to the openings created or renewed in the 18th century. The rendering leaves the dressed limestone window frames uncovered, reflecting the light of the South Atlantic region particularly well. In the south-east corner, the main building is flanked by a slate tower with a pepperpot roof and curved eaves. On the side of the French park, the entrance door is topped by a broken triangular pediment on pilasters. The keystone features a small sculpture. The half-pediments decorated on the inside with finely chiselled floral ornaments are joined in the middle by a long oval oculus decorated with a wrought iron fleur-de-lys. The ensemble is topped by a sundial. The northern façade consists of two small lodges that once bordered a small courtyard. In order to enlarge the complex, a small building has been erected, connecting the two lodges. It has a slate roof with curved eaves. The two pyramid hip roofs each have facing dormer windows. On the north-east side, the roof also has a dormer window with an arched pediment. Large red brick chimneys adorn the north side. The castle is listed as a Historic Monument for both its facades and roofs.


Ground floor
Access is via a courtyard entrance to the north, a garden entrance to the south and also an entrance to the west on the terrace side. The north and south entrances give access to the oak staircase with Louis XIV balusters leading to the upper levels. From the south entrance, on the garden side, the access to the living room is on the right: the white marble floor with cabochons enhances the luminosity from the large windows of the castle. The oak beamed ceiling and the woodwork on all the walls have been faithfully redone in a 17th century style, including in the connecting tower in the south-east corner with its ceiling rose. The radiators under the windows are concealed by wood panelling and all the openings have internal oak shutters. On the north side, a back door perfectly blends in the woodwork and opens into a small room at the rear of the house, on the courtyard side. A corridor leads from there to a hallway behind the main staircase. The scullery and the kitchen in the north-west corner can be accessed from either side of the door to the north courtyard. The kitchen has retained its old sink in a recess. In these areas, the flooring consists of sienna coloured terracotta tiles. From the kitchen, there is direct access to the dining room on the south-west side, with its fireplace in local Charente limestone. This room is also very bright and two French windows give direct access to the large terrace. From this dining room, a door opens onto the central staircase.
First floor
The landing features wide strip oak flooring and serves all the rooms on this level. On the south side, the ceilings are beamed. There are two large rooms, one of which is a vast bedroom to the south-east with its fireplace and shower room in the tower, and a room to the south-west, used as a study with its 18th century fireplace. The rooms are filled with plenty of natural light from the large windows. On the courtyard side, a large bathroom separates a bedroom with shower room and a small drawing room with its fireplace. From here, a wooden staircase with a wrought iron railing leads to a room further up. All six chimneys in the house are in working order.
Second floor
Before occupants could enjoy this space under exposed beams, the craftsmen undoubtedly had their fun here with the diamond-carved endings of the king post trusses! In this residence, the art of work has provided a place for the art of living. The landing leads to three bedrooms, each with its own shower room with old-style tiling. The largest room has its own shower room in the tower.

The outbuildings


Caretaker’s accommodation
To the north of the courtyard, a 19th century house with a slate roof is perfectly fitted out: kitchen, bathroom and large living room. The two-storey building offers exposed stonework and brick and dressed stone window frames. The house contains the cellar, the linen room and the boiler room. The dwelling is extended by the orangery featuring local tile roofing. It has large windows topped with half-moon shaped panes.
Farmhouse
Like the orangery on the other side of the north entrance, the exposed stone building with a low pitched roof covered in monk and nun tiles extends to the swimming pool. The covered garage buts it. This long farmhouse has three fireplaces, a large workshop and a shed for garden equipment. On the ground floor, a large room with white stone flooring features a walnut bookcase and a 1900s range cooker. Follows a large room comprising a steam room and spa. The first floor has a games room, a kitchen and two large bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms.
Gardener house
A few metres from the gates of the enclosed estate, the house built of coursed rubble masonry once belonged to the gardener. The roof is covered with monk and nun tiles. One side serves as a garage with a pit and a water point; the other side offers a room and a bedroom with a fireplace.

Our opinion

This kind of property does not often come onto the market. Genuine enthusiasts will appreciate the human sized castle, set in an exceptional location, featuring nine bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms and offering a well designed layout. It is a privilege to live in such a luminous 16th century house with many large 18th century windows, a place restored with quality materials to its former glory, such as the woodwork in 17th century style, and it is a privilege to benefit from the natural green surroundings only to be shared with the deer, so close to La Rochelle: all the advantages of a family home perfectly fitted out, the main castle as well as the outbuildings.

3 650 000 €
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Reference 314616

Land registry surface area 14 ha 43 a 34 ca
Main building surface area 600 m2
Number of bedrooms 9
Outbuilding surface area 1000 m2

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Ariel Dormeau +33 1 42 84 80 85

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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.

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