just 20 minutes west of Limoges
Limoges, capital of the “arts of fire” since the 18th century, attracts new inhabitants courtesy of its reasonable size, its natural setting and the already visible, positive effects of the changing climate. Its undulating countryside is ideal for hiking and a variety of other activities. The bocage countryside alternates with meadows and forests of centuries-old trees, with their wealth of chestnut trees and wild mushrooms.
The airport, just 15 minutes from the property, has flights to several national (Orly, Lyon, Ajaccio) and international (Marrakech and the United Kingdom) destinations. The train notably provides links to Paris (3¼ hours) and Bordeaux (2¼ hours). Slip roads for the A20 Paris-Toulouse motorway are within easy reach.
Standing on the outskirts of a quiet hamlet, this property is near to Loges Forest, spanning almost 300 hectares and part of the French Inventory of Natural Areas of Ecological Interest for Flora and Fauna (known as ZNIEFF for Zone Naturelle d’Intérêt Ecologique, Faunistique et Floristique). It is also just a few hundred metres from the fish-filled river Vienne which can be reached on foot via a shady pathway.
Remote-controlled gates open on to a courtyard, paved with granite and pebbles. Enhanced with an old well, said courtyard gives access to the main entrance and several garages laid out in the stone outbuildings, used for storage purposes.
Fully-glazed doors filter daylight from the outside into the living room. Once over the threshold, visitors cast their eyes over the 300 m² of surface area, with several lounges and dining rooms facing one another directly, or separated by steps or stone partitions, one of which houses a double-hearth fireplace. Totally open-plan, it is easy to move around, both visually and physically. Integrated into the above is a refined, timeless Boffi kitchen. Heights alternate between cathedral (up to 5 m) and low ceilings, making it possible, here, to have a mezzanine installed on the exposed beams of the old wooden flooring and, there, an aerial corridor laid out as a designer study. A second wall fireplace heats a conservatory, opening on to the garden via a picture window that follows the curved shape of the wall it flanks. In the west corner, the water in a trapezoidal, heated swimming pool appears flow out towards a vegetable garden. The completely glazed facade is separated from the garden by a wooden terrace that extends along its width, following the curves of the buildings. Three garages can take as many as seven cars and a wine cellar can hold up to a thousand bottles.
This level is laid throughout with oak wood parquet flooring. The door and window frames are made of wood on the courtyard side and steel on the garden side; this material makes it possible to create large openings, favouring thin contours and maximising natural light. In addition to a living room with an open-plan kitchen, as well as several lounges and dining rooms, the ground floor is also taken up by two furnished bedrooms, with their own shower rooms and toilets. One of them is decorated with small ceramic, glass tiles.
A second fitted kitchen makes it possible to imagine a possible shared use of the rooms in the future. A comfortable ladies’ sitting room or a smoking room, its muted decoration featuring velvet and lacquered furniture, adjoins one of the bedrooms. A few steps separate this bedroom from the vast, indoor, heated swimming pool, with its 36 m² of wooden decking.
Two stairways go upstairs. One gives access to a games room, with a billiards table, table football, an exotic aquarium and a cigar humidor as well as a comfortable, main bedroom. A lounge, featuring burr elm and fabric, is composed of two armchairs and a settee as well as a pair of large mirrors with wall-lights and lamps which will remain in this relaxation area, laid out under the exposed beams.
The main bedroom is fitted with a dressing room, a bathroom with a double-entry shower, a spa bath and an ethanol fireplace. It gives access on to a wooden terrace.
A guest bedroom, with a mezzanine and a shower room, has direct access to a large wooden terrace, enhanced with shrubs and a view over the parklands.
A discreet stairway goes up to a more isolated, third level in use as a study, which will remain fully furnished, as well as a comfortable projection room, fitted with seven pivoting, Roche-Bobois, leather armchairs as well as a Bose sound system.
At the other end of the house, the second stairway provides access to the children’s bedrooms and a family suite. White wooden balcony corridors, between these two stairways, look down on to the wide living room areas.
A caretaker’s cottage, composed of a three-storey stone building, adjoins the main house and can be reached both from the main garage and the street. In addition to an area used as a laundry room, fitted with two washing machines and two tumble-dryers, it also comprises a bedroom and a study. It spans a surface area of approx. 70 m².
Three garages are able to take large cars, motorbikes and bicycles. One of them could, if necessary, be transformed into living space or a professional work area; a power generator, in an excellent state of repair, guarantees the house’s electricity supply.
The garden is planted with species suited to the acid soil of the Limousin region: rhododendrons, azaleas and heathers follow the lie of the land. Spanning approx. 1.6 ha of very slightly undulating land, large areas laid to lawn alternate with flowering copses and old trees, oak, horse chestnut, sweet gum, maple and yellow poplar, creating a variety of different areas. Two ponds filled with filtered water from a borehole are home to koi carp and waterlilies.
A rectangular swimming pool and its pool-house, notably fitted with a summer kitchen and interior lounge, spanning a surface area of approx. 80 m², complete this superbly designed garden.
This house, nestling on the edge of a hamlet in the countryside around Limoges, dominates the banks of the river Vienne, just a few hundred metres away. An architectural success, it is a blend of the old and the modern with exemplary home comforts. The landscape garden is like an “invitation to travel”, between the Japanese-style village and the Vosges Forest of Albert-Kahn’s famous garden in Boulogne. This property is like an islet beyond space and time.
|Land registry surface area||16800 m2|
|Main building surface area||840 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||8|
|Outbuilding surface area||400 m2|
|including refurbished area||200 m2|
Anne Pedrono +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.