in a village on the Gironde and Dordogne borders
In gently undulating countryside, with vine-covered hills topped with copses and forests, where the borders of the French departments of Gironde and Dordogne meet. This house stands in the midst of a village, near to many tourist routes. Libourne and its TGV train station are 30 minutes away, Castillon-la-Bataille and all its shops are but a few minutes away, Bordeaux is an hour away and Bergerac airport is 45 minutes away.
The uneven land puts both houses looking down on the courtyard, creating a large facade, with a dressed stone pediment, featuring old windows.
The conversion works carried out over time have left their traces such as narrow paved streets in the basements, passageways with stone arches, interior facades resembling street facades, etc.
A second entrance is to be found in a little square located several metres above the courtyard laid out as an interior garden.
At the end of the courtyard, separated by a country lane, a superb garden with tall trees forms the backdrop.
The main house
The main house is constructed on old foundations. It has undergone renovation works. Its facade on the courtyard side has a “medieval” appearance with several 20th century additions. On the garden side, it looks like a peaceful village house, the size of which is unfathomable.
The ground floor comprises an entrance hall spanning close to 30 m² with exposed stone and beams. It leads, right, to a living room, with a brick fireplace, a panelled ceiling and randomly-matched parquet flooring. Straight on, a fitted kitchen leads, in turn, to a dining room. A patio, with slatted wood flooring, provides access to the basement and opens on to a balcony. A picture window in the dining room opens on to a tiled terrace which dominates the courtyard and the landscape. The entrance hall also provides access to a study, followed by three adjoining bedrooms with views over the courtyard or the street. In the middle of the bedroom section is a bathroom, with a shower and toilet.
The upstairs landing leads to two bedrooms, one of which spans 18 m² with a 9 m² dressing room. The other, spanning 14 m², has an 11 m² bathroom with a toilet.
A 187 m² basement houses storage areas and workshops as well as a kitchen for making preserves and a 54 m² garage. The thickness of the walls and the vestiges of the past are clear to be seen.
The old house
The old house adjoins the first. It was probably built at an earlier date. Awaiting renovation, it spans a floor surface area of approx. 490 m² over four levels. It comprises five bedrooms and an attic under the rafters. There are large storage areas in the basement. Decorative features such as woodwork, panelling, old floors and moulded fireplaces, bestow this house with character throughout. The upstairs window seats are but an invitation to contemplate the view. This set of rooms has a potential reception floor surface area of 200 m², with high ceilings and authentic materials.
The roof and the external woodwork have been renovated and the original materials preserved.
A function room, opening on to the outside and spanning approx. 100 m², provides an area under a sloping ceiling. It includes a stone fireplace, a sink and work surfaces whilst featuring Gironde stone floor tiles, exposed stone walls and a glazed facade overlooking the courtyard. The corner of the courtyard is taken up by a barn, with a ground surface area of 150 m², which still has its stables and its haylofts. The exposed stone walls and roofing framework of this tall building have been preserved courtesy of some restoration works.
It appears impossible to tire of a place with such a wealth of buildings, undulating land, green open spaces and construction eras dating from the Renaissance period. Although resembling a maze, it soon becomes familiar and, above all, kindles the imagination as there are so many possible uses for a property, the sections of which are both interconnected and self-contained. The restoration works have in no way changed the authenticity of the decor. This little, enclosed haven also looks out over the surrounding countryside, the garden extending beyond its walls. A renovation project makes a great deal of sense given the proximity of Saint-Emilion.
|Main building surface area||413.3 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||10|
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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.