surrounded by woods, in the area around Sarlat
This property, in the Black Périgord region, in the midst of undulating countryside, dotted with stretches of woods composed of various species, is set in peaceful, unspoilt surroundings, somewhat removed from the tourist tumult in one of the most appreciated areas of France. The Dordogne valley, with its world renowned prehistoric sites and medieval gems, is but a few kilometres away. Sarlat is no exception; this town has an impressive preserved sector with an exceptional concentration of historic monuments per square metre. A town where it is pleasant to take a stroll in the narrow paved streets, lined with old, history-filled houses, to explore the small markets, to enjoy cultural activities, or to take a gastronomic break and sample all the local specialities. Some two hours from Bordeaux. Périgueux, Brive-la-Gaillarde and Bergerac are just over an hour away. Airports, train stations and motorways make this region particularly easy to reach.
The manor house
Once the stately lair of an aristocratic family promoted to the rank of captain from father to son, this property was then taken over by farmers just after the French Revolution. Neglected and in a sorry state after the Second World War, it was purchased and rescued in the 1960’s by a couple of enthusiasts wanting to give it back its 18th century splendour in keeping with its authenticity.
This manor house was constructed directly on the rock in the late 15th century. Its original architecture comprised a rectangular, 3-storey building, topped with a hip, slate roof. A tower, constructed outside of the carcass and housing a spiral stairway, rises some twenty metres in the centre of the east facade. It is topped with a candlesnuffer roof covered with lauze stone slabs. Two roof dormers supported on stone corbelling face opposing, north-south, directions. Defensive openings are spread out over the construction. In the 18th century, the first level was extended to the west by a second, single-storey building, set at right angles and topped with a gable roof covered with flat tiles. This building is surrounded on the south side by two vast terraces, making it possible to peacefully take advantage of the panoramic view. A third, smaller terrace, in the shade of a quince tree on the north side, is hewn out of the rock. The main entrance is on the courtyard level. The residence can, furthermore, be accessed directly from the first level (corridor, dining room-kitchen, bedroom). The forty-five steps of the spiral stairway provide access to all the rooms in the main building, from the storeroom to the attic. The interior bears witness to the fact that the character of these premises has indeed been preserved. Unpretentiously and simply enhanced, the architectural features and the materials used include stone fireplaces, a rammed clay floor, original doors, small-paned windows, wall alcoves, stone sinks, lime rendering and exposed beams. The total surface area spans approx. 200 m² (excluding the attic space). This unheated residence should actually be considered as a summer home which is, nevertheless, extremely comfortable, given the quality of the works carried out. It comprises three large bedrooms (each spanning approx. 30 m²), two of which have separate toilets and one opens on to the upper terrace, a shower room, with a laundry room area, a lounge (approx. 25 m²), and, in the extension, a vast kitchen, where meals can be taken (approx. 26 m²), which opens on to the two upper terraces. A storeroom has been comfortably laid out on the garden level. Steeped in filtered light, this area is perfectly suited not only to laying down wine but also to tasting it straightaway in a convivial atmosphere.
The impressive barn, just a few metres from the manor house, follows the lie of the land such that its two levels are both on a level with the ground. Topped with interlocking roof tiles, this building spans a total surface area of approx. 186 m². The garden level, with its tiled floor and its lime-rendered walls, was converted for the purpose of exhibiting all kinds of objects. It comprises two rooms (approx. 77 and 13 m²), the biggest featuring a fireplace. It has three entrances, those in the main room being glazed doors. The upstairs attic (approx. 96 m²), where hay was once stored, makes it possible to appreciate the quality of the roofing framework as well as that of the wooden flooring and the exposed stone walls. This area could be converted into additional bedrooms, a self-contained flat or a totally independent place of work.
The old cowshed
Backing on to the south facade of the manor house, the walls of the old cowshed form the contours of what could become an extension, with a total ground surface area of approx. 28 m², if so required.
This manor house is one of those pieces of architectural anthology that make France so attractive. Over the centuries, its defensive system has been lowered to let it appear in all of its glory. Furthermore, the trees in the surrounding woods are good protective aids. The round stairway tower, with its candlesnuffer roof, stands as it should a head above the residence. Restoration works carried out inside by a couple of enthusiasts did not trifle with the character and authenticity of these premises. Additional areas can still be created in the outbuildings and a small neighbouring property is equally available for purchase. This is just one of the pages in the picture book formed by the Black Périgord region.
|Land registry surface area||12 ha 25 a 60 ca|
|Main building surface area||200 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||230 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||3|
Dordogne, Lot et Corrèze
Ilan Libert +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.