with a manor and forests, a farm and meadows, lakes and streams
A town of art and history, capital of the “arts of fire” since the 18th century, the porcelain factories have well and truly established the international reputation of Limoges and the surrounding area. In the Middle-Ages, with the development of pilgrimages, the Limousin region also experienced a considerable economic boom with the construction of numerous churches, abbeys and collegiate churches. The bocage countryside, where vast meadows alternate with dense forests with vigorously growing trees and with unobstructed points of view, has fashioned the landscape. The varied nature of the Limousin region is also to be found in its recipes, where abundance and diversity dominate, courtesy of the raising of its well-known cattle, of the numerous rivers filled with fish and its forests, with their sweet chestnuts and wild mushrooms. The village, with all local shops, is within walking distance.
Known since the 14th century, this manor house looks out over the lakes, meadows and woods, from which it is separated by vast lawns. Out of sight of onlookers, a swimming pool and a pool-house face it. The farm and the outbuildings are laid out to the rear. The woods surround all the buildings, enhanced by large grassy areas.
The manor house
This manor house is composed of two buildings set at right angles. A large, square tower, housing the stairway, is set in the interior corner. The walls are constructed from rendered quarry stone blocks. The dressed stone quoins have been alternately laid lengthwise and end on. The roofs, with 3 slopes on the main buildings and 4 slopes on the tower, are covered with flat tiles. The facades feature small-paned windows, whilst the roofs are enhanced with roof dormers.
The entrance door is set in the tower. It opens into a small vestibule which is paved with large, stone tiles and houses a spiral stairway, with wide granite steps, that leads upstairs. A doorway opens into a small lounge, extended by a large lounge. Opposite, an impressive granite fireplace covers a large part of the wall up to the ceiling. Its mantel is moulded and its jambs are shaped like engaged, half-columns. Both lounges are on the same side and look out over the parklands. Terracotta tiles cover the floors in both areas. Then, a study, with its stone fireplace, communicates with a dining room. The vestibule provides access in the other wing to a kitchen and a back kitchen as well as a hunting room and a toilet. A second stairway goes up to the first floor from the hunting room.
The main stairway goes up to a landing which provides access to the bedrooms in each wing. On one side, two bedrooms, with their bathroom and toilet, and, at the end, a vast bedroom, featuring a fireplace, with a bathroom, a shower, a toilet and a wardrobe. On the other side, four bedrooms with wash-hand basins, a bedroom, with a bathroom, a toilet and a laundry room.
This floor was given over the younger generation. It has virtually the same layout as the floor below. These five additional bedrooms, two of which are adjoining, and two others with their wash-hand basins, have witnessed many a long evening spent with cousins. A bathroom, with a toilet, and an attic complete this level.
The lawns, laid out all around the manor house and the pool-house, are watered via an automatic system fed by a borehole. Oak trees enhance the views taking in the lakes and the forest. An old tennis court near the swimming pool is in need of renovation.
Numerous fruit trees will be much-appreciated by those wishing to make “clafoutis”, a dessert symbolic of regional recipes.
Two lakes, one of which is shown on the Cassini map and the other declared, span surface areas of approx. 7,000 m² and more than a hectare.
A communal lane runs alongside a section of the property, but in no way disturbs its privacy.
The pool-house and the swimming pool
Just a stone’s throw from the house, meticulous attention has been paid to the construction of the swimming pool and its pool-house. Designed as a little detached house, it comprises a living room with a fireplace, a kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a toilet. The swimming pool can be reached via a few steps from the changing room section of the pool-house. A sauna has been added as well as a shower. The swimming pool, heated via a heat pump, measures 14x7 m. It is filled via a borehole. The pool-house spans a floor surface area of approx. 230 m².
The farm is laid out around a courtyard composed of two houses and outbuildings. The first house spans a floor surface area of approx. 210 m² over two levels. It comprises a living room, a kitchen, three bedrooms, a bathroom and a toilet. The second house, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 250 m², awaits renovation. All on one level, it comprises a living room, a kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two toilets. Wood-fired boilers provide heating.
The outbuildings are composed of the following: stables, barns and other buildings used for storage purposes. They can be accessed independently of the manor house and are surrounded by meadows. A spring feeds a pond all year round.
And lastly, yet another significant asset is that the farmland is free of any fertiliser unauthorised by organic farming.
This game-filled forest is essentially populated by wild boar and roe deer, with the occasional large member of the deer family.
Spanning a total surface area of approx. 75 ha: 45 ha are planted with a 25-year-old Douglas fir seeding forest, 10 ha are planted with 25-year-old sycamore trees, 2.5 ha are planted with oak trees and 1 ha is planted with northern red oak trees. The rest is taken up essentially with coppice stand. The forest is subject to a simple management plan.
This estate meets all the main challenges of the 21st century, from the control of water to self-sufficiency of food and also energy, given the immense stock of wood constituted by the forest.
Meticulous renovation works were carried out in the manor house several dozen years ago, but it is now in need of some modernisation.
With its unspoilt natural surroundings and its many resources, this property is a rare site. In these greatly changing times, everyone dreams of a haven a few miles from a large urban town. This estate is just made for visionaries.
|Land registry surface area||108 ha|
|Main building surface area||600 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||12|
|Outbuilding surface area||1000 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.