in a residential area dominating the town of Périgueux
Set in the inner suburbs of Périgueux, county town of the Dordogne, the district is predominantly residential with local shops, cultural and sports centres, a park near to the river and a few architectural gems, which include this house. A hospital is but 4 km away, Francheville Clinic and the town centre are 2.5 km away, whilst slip roads for the A89 are 10 km away.
The stronghold house
The central rectangular building, spanning two levels under a converted attic floor, is flanked, on the south side, by a square tower dominating the property, a defensive “bolet” or covered porch, closed by a wrought iron gate and a room linking them. A second adjoining building protrudes from the north side. The buildings are topped with a completely asymmetrical gable roof, covered with Roman tiles. The polygonal shape of this house is harmonious. No less than seven openings provide entrance to the inside of this house. However, the actual, studded, wooden front door, adorned with wrought iron, is set on the south side in a section protruding in relation to the square tower.
The main entrance hall is also used as a landing as it houses a bush-hammered cement stairway. The old floor is paved with wide flagstones. The walls are composed of exposed and pointed or completely rendered quarry stone blocks, leaving exposed the splayed surrounds framing the doors, opening into the study in the tower as well as the lounge. The latter features a large picture window, beyond which has been hewn an L-shaped terrace, surrounded by a low stone wall. Generally speaking, a few steps precede the doorway to each room. Such is the case to enter the dining room, a vast adjoining room, with exposed joists, ending with a monumental fireplace against the gable wall. On the south side, a door leads, with a packed mud floor, to the defensive “bolet” and its stone stairway. In the building on the north side, the kitchen opens on to a terrace and provides access to a cellar, laid out in an old underground water storage tank, a bathroom, a laundry-boiler room and a garage.
This level is reached via two stairways: one inside and the other outside. The latter goes up to a balcony, surrounded by a solid stone guardrail with an open balustrade. The eaves are supported by sculpted stone columns. A central hall area, with parquet flooring, provides access to the various areas, including a separate toilet and a communal shower room. One bedroom, illuminated by windows on the north and west sides, features exposed joists, whitewashed or panelled walls and a fireplace, with a wooden mantel. It is bright and has its own bathroom as well as a cupboard. A second bedroom features a mullioned window. The building protruding on the north side houses a suite, with a large bedroom, enhanced with a fireplace, a dressing room, a bathroom and a separate toilet.
Reached via a spiral, wooden stairway, the attic space above the central building has been converted into a large, open room, featuring roof dormers, a closed storage area and a bedroom, enhanced with a bull’s eye window and a skylight.
The tower spans three levels and houses a study on the ground floor, a bedroom all on a level with the first-floor landing and a top bedroom reached via a narrow flight of steps.
Adjoining a building belonging to a neighbouring property, an outbuilding with a single-sloped roof, covered with Roman tiles, is divided into three rooms and a mezzanine. It could be used as a garden shed, a workshop and a storage area. Next to it is a woodshed under a wooden, tile-covered framework.
With its defensive “bolet” or covered porch, this stronghold house, built in the 14th century and redesigned in the 16th century, is without doubt the oldest in the area. Further assets, in addition to its proximity to the town centre of Périgueux, include its two terraces, its large shady parklands as well as its swimming pool, protected by high hedges, making this a very pleasant house to live in all year round, to rent as a seasonal let or to use as a holiday home.
|Land registry surface area||3618 m2|
|Main building surface area||296 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
|Outbuilding surface area||30 m2|
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.