A chateau, redesigned around 1900, with a house, an artist’s studio, a lake,
an orangery, a chapel and a stable, in 22 ha of parklands near to Périgueux
Excideuil, DORDOGNE aquitaine 24160 FR

Location

45 minutes from Périgueux and the A89 motorway, 1½ hours from Bergerac (international airport) and Angoulême (TGV train station), about an hour from Limoges. In the undulating Green Périgord area, criss-crossed with a multitude of rivers. Peaceful countryside and exhilarating landscapes ideal for walking. A land of stone and history where the architecture blends harmoniously with the surrounding rural environment and encourages the exploration of several exceptional sites: Excideuil, Hautefort, Brantôme (Périgord’s “Venice”), Jumilhac, Saint-Jean-de-Côle, Bourdeilles and Auvézère Gorges.
This property is less than ten minutes from a little medieval town along the Way of St James. A small lively town with all amenities as well as a weekly market, the notoriety of which always draws a crowd.

Description

Numerous centuries-old trees are omnipresent in the predominantly enclosed parklands. Said trees, forming an alleyway here, and hedge there, are interspersed between two buildings or constitute a dense copse. Between the original entrance, facing the chateau, and the lateral driveway currently in use, a lawn follows a finely wrought iron fence, creating an airy atmosphere. On the south side, the parklands look down over a masonry lake fed by a brook, running alongside the copse. The central alleyway meets a round ornamental pool, fed by a spring, in front of the chateau’s main facade. On one side of the alleyway stands the orangery; on the other, a square tower, with a hip roof. The lateral entrance driveway leads to an impressive outbuilding used for a multitude of purposes: a house, a caretaker’s cottage, a garage, an artist’s studio, an attic, attic space which could be converted and a covered area. Nearby, a hayloft adjoins two horse loose boxes and a henhouse.
Further away, the parklands give way to meadows, woods abounding in wild game and mushrooms, an orchard and farmland. The property spans a total surface area of approx. 22 ha.

The chateau

Qualified as a chateau as of the 17th century, this building has undergone numerous modifications over the years. It was modernised in 1900 and nowadays appears to consist of three separate sections: a central, 18th century wing is flanked with a tower at each end. The oldest, square tower, with its machicolation, dates from the 16th century. An extension has been constructed on the ground floor so as to add utility rooms and to create a balcony terrace. The second, rectangular tower, also flanked with a balcony terrace, was constructed out of line so as to enlarge the building and harmonise its silhouette.


Ground floor
A few steps go up from the parklands to a terrace, delimited by a long baluster guardrail. The main entrance opens into a vestibule, with a 9.4 m high ceiling, floor tiles, painted walls and a surface area large enough to house a monumental wooden stairway, going to two floors. In the recent tower, a large, bright lounge opens on to the garden via a French window and, via a second opening, on to a double, straight stairway, going down towards the lake. The trumeau and flue of a period, white marble fireplace have been replaced by a window, looking out over the copse. The floor is covered with parquet flooring, laid in an identical pattern to that in the adjoining reading room. The plaster ceilings feature moulding and the walls are hung with fabric. The through dining room, takes up the centre of the 18th century section. The period flooring is composed of wide strip parquet flooring, laid in a ladder pattern, and the walls have wainscoting. A wooden stairway then goes to the cellar and to the two upper floors. A utility room features a serving hatch. A kitchen, in the 16th century tower, dates from the Renaissance period. It is paved with time-worn, stone floor tiles and features a monumental fireplace in good working order as well as exposed stone walls. The aforementioned extensions house a scullery, transformed into a modern kitchen, a back entrance hall on the garden side and a laundry room with bush-hammered cement flooring.
First floor
Two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, are laid out in the 1900 tower. They still have their original firwood parquet flooring, a fashionable choice at that time, oak wood being reserved for reception rooms and passageways. Their double openings make them extremely bright, one of them having a small balcony with a view of the lake. The landing continues as a corridor which provides access to a bedroom above the dining room and to the main bedroom, with its bathroom, installed in the 16th century tower. The architect preserved a stone cornice and the wide strip parquet flooring is laid in a ladder pattern. A French window opens on to a roof terrace, bordering the tower on two sides.
Second floor
The main stairway goes up to two bedrooms which share a bathroom. One of the bedrooms has a terrace with a view over the parklands and the lake. A straight stairway on the landing goes up to a sole bedroom on the third floor of the 1900 tower. On the other side, the back stairway provides access to a room as well as to attic space which could be converted.
Cellar
The cellars run under most of the floor surface area of the chateau.

The outbuildings


Outbuilding
North-east of the chateau is an impressive building, ideal for miscellaneous purposes. A wooden awning adjoins the building. It can be used as a covered terrace, a woodstore or a carport.
Ground floor
A central garage separates a house and a 2-roomed, caretaker’s cottage. The floor is made of bush-hammered cement and the ceiling is but the flooring of the upper level, supported on exposed joists. The pointed stone walls and the many openings make it look like a room that could be lived in. The house comprises a living room, a bedroom, a shower room, a kitchen and a boiler room.
First floor
Above the living room is an artist’s studio with a very high ceiling. It is illuminated via a large atrium, composed of eight, double-glazed windows, providing an unobstructed view over the parklands. The remainder of the first floor is taken up by one vast room.
Second floor
This is a vast attic under the rafters, illuminated via two roof dormers on the gable wall.
Chapel
Amongst the masonry buildings separating the parklands from the lake is a square tower, with a 4-sloped, pyramid roof. It houses a small chapel, with a painted, vaulted ceiling and a stone floor on the garden level. It also includes a top room which can only be reached via a ladder.
Orangery
This rectangular, quarry stone block building has a hip roof, covered with flat tiles. It features three wide, wooden-framed, semi-circular arched windows, filled with small rectangular panes. Two of these windows let light into a room, with a fireplace.
Open barn
This building, its roof covered with flat tiles, features a section that is closed on three sides. It is used for storing hay. The other open section makes it possible to park vehicles under a wooden roofing framework.
The stables
Two horse loose boxes adjoin the farm shed.

Our opinion

The buildings were continuously constructed over several centuries such as to appear timeless. Although the charm of the old resides in stone, the force of attraction and well-being provided by the presence of parklands, with centuries old trees, cannot be ignored. Their roots draw life from the underground water that feeds the lake. Their foliage keeps the property out of sight of onlookers and protects it from the wind and the sun. Their presence is soothing. This property has the assets of a large family home, where all the residents can enjoy their own pastimes prior to getting together for meals under the trees.

880 000 €
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Reference 299797

Land registry surface area 22 ha 6 a 43 ca
Main building surface area 447 m2
Number of bedrooms 7
Outbuilding surface area 650 m2

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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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