an imposing listed Renaissance manor
Right on the edge of the town of Limoges, this imposing Renaissance manor is surrounded by greenery. Limoges, a city of art and history, has been the capital of pottery and ceramics since the 18th century. The numerous porcelain factories have definitely established its worldwide reputation. However, it is its human dimension that attracts more and more new inhabitants, as well as its economic and cultural vitality. The airport serves several national and international destinations. Train lines connect Paris (3h15) or Bordeaux (2h15). The A20 motorway is easily accessed.
The main building
The main building, which probably dates back to the 12th century, is built of coursed rubble masonry and is rendered. It has a four-sided slate roof. The corner quoins are stone. On the park side, part of the facade has been raised to form a lodge with a high gable roof. On the courtyard side, the rhythm is set by a round stair tower with a pepperpot roof. It is flanked on one side by a double porch, surmounted by a gallery with columns closed by stained-glass windows, and on the top floor by a half-timbered wall. This building has benefited from substantial renovation.
On the park side, a French window opens into the living room. This large lounge boasts a fireplace with an elegantly carved wooden surround. The room offers strip parquet flooring. It leads on one side to the stair tower, with access to a toilet, and on the other to the kitchen with French windows also opening onto the park. The latter has a tiled floor and a ceiling height reaching over 3.8 m. A door opens into a garage with electrically operated gates. It also serves as a boiler and linen room. The windows are double-glazed.
This can be reached by the spiral staircase with monolithic stone turret steps. This is a rare feature as traditionally, steps are made of wood in this region. Five rooms offer en-suite shower rooms and toilets. One of them overlooks the pond and the park. A marble fireplace and low wood panelling form the main decorative elements. The other four rooms face the park. Three are connected by the stained-glass gallery. This whole area has been faithfully and painstakingly renovated, down to the smallest detail.
This comprises a playroom and a sixth bedroom with its own bathroom and toilet. The ceiling height is impressive, with a maximum reach of 4.30 m. Flooring consists mainly of parquet.
At right angles to each other and to the manor house, the buildings form a U-shape. They are topped by a tiled Mansard roof. The walls are rendered, revealing the dressed stone and sometimes the coursed rubble masonry. They are punctuated by large rectangular windows. The second outbuilding features arched openings.
A hunting room with a fireplace and stone tiled floor connects via a door to the workshop, also accessible from the courtyard. At right angles, an orangery has been restored with two ovens, one for bread and one for pastries, and a fireplace. A mezzanine runs along the walls of part of the space.
Five connecting rooms and a bathroom with toilet can be reached from a bedroom in the main building. They are in need of refurbishment. They can be reached from the courtyard through a separate door. All their windows offer a view of the pond.
From the outside, there is no indication that this place was once a chapel. Its door is emphasised by decorative elements reminiscent of the ancient vocabulary rediscovered during the Renaissance: two engaged columns with Ionic capitals frame the door and support a triangular pediment. The rubble walls are rendered, the corner quoins are dressed stone, the openings are arched and part of the façade is half-timbered. At the rear, a door provides access to a workshop, the chapel having been recently divided into two sections.
From the entrance, a driveway lined with oak trees leads to a lawn boasting a pond in the centre and adorned by two imposing magnolia trees sitting on the edge of the manor. The pond at the foot of the manor is a prominent feature of the park. It responds peacefully to the large, tall oak, lime and Douglas fir trees, the other occupants of the grounds. A vineyard and an orchard with numerous apple trees will delight lovers of seasonal fruit. Two springs supply a water tower and a borehole (30 m), guaranteeing a year-round water supply. Beyond the manor house and its outbuildings, the meadows, the woodlands and the other part of the park are an invitation to stroll around.
It is not here that the quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns will resume, as the spirit is one of conciliation and openness. The honoured past retains its power of attraction, albeit being in touch with more recent features. The restorations have given coherence to the successive eras. As soon as they move in, the future occupants will be free to imagine the layout of the spaces left for development. There are some luxuries that are difficult to turn down, such is the abundant offer of riches in this property. The proximity of a beautiful and dynamic town will reassure city dwellers and will also delight country lovers looking for vast green spaces.
|Land registry surface area||11 ha 55 a 69 ca|
|Main building surface area||450 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||7|
|Outbuilding surface area||200 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.