In the medieval Marche region, between the Massif Central and the Loire Valley,
a classic château overlooking a 7 ha lake and its estate of almost 45 ha
Limoges, HAUTE-VIENNE limousin 87000 FR

Location

The “Marche limousine” is a region characterised by fragmented fields and hedgerows with woodlands rising from the valleys or crowning the mountains. In the depth of the valleys nestle lakes and rivers reflecting the skies. The estate sits 5 km from a small village which offers all the shops you need to discover local products and benefits from essential amenities such as a pharmacy and a GP practice. La Souterraine train station is 17 km away. The train to Paris takes 2h40. 10 km away, the A20 motorway allows you to reach the capital in 3 hours 50 minutes and Limoges in 40 minutes.

Description

After meandering through the valleys of the Limousin, the visitor sees the castle standing out and gets a glimpse of the estate and the lake. The old moat still provides an appearance of defenses. A walled walkway leads to a tower-porch with a high roof. It is flanked on one side by a cottage and on the other by the former farm and the lodgings of the factory that was in operation in the 19th century. Passing the porch, the eye is drawn to the terrace overlooking the lake. It lies in front of the castle, which resembles a large, solid quadrangle with two large lodges at its corners. The surrounding lawns are bordered by the remains of the old fortifications and towers.

The castle

A carriage gate with railings, the only opening in the high, wide wall, gives access to the castle. A sense of discovery already aroused in front of the gate-tower is increased. The courtyard then reveals the plan of the castle. At either end of this wide wall, two wings are flanked by large lodges. These are linked by a gallery, thus creating a colonnade enclosed by railings on the ground floor. The walls are punctuated by large windows opening out to the four points of the compass. The courtyard features a central basin and a well and is paved with large stones. The walls are rendered and feature granite window-surrounds. The four-sided roof is made of flat tiles. One lodge, the connecting main block and the gallery have been converted into a dwelling. The other part of the castle is in need of comprehensive renovation. The castle is partially listed.


Ground floor
The entrance is located in one of the lodges. The door opens from the colonnade. The wooden staircase in the hall as well as the drawing room and adjoining small salon were redesigned in the 19th century. These two spaces feature high panelling and sleek marble fireplaces. The large windows open onto the park. The three rooms in the lodge have parquet floors. From the entrance, an opening leads to the former kitchen, a more rustic vaulted room. One wall retains an old sink and the large granite fireplace still features a roasting spit. Two small, adjoining spaces have been used to create a more contemporary kitchen. The floor is paved with flagstones. A door opens onto a second staircase with a granite banister, which leads up to a mezzanine office and the first floor. In the second lodge, an entrance hall with a wooden staircase leading to the two floors gives access to a room where the boiler is currently located and on the other side to a hunting room and two connecting rooms. All these rooms look out over the park and the lake. The hunting room is paved with flagstones, the other two rooms feature a wooden floor and floor tiles.
First floor
The wooden staircase leads up to a landing with six bedrooms and a bathroom with toilet. One of the rooms comes with its own shower room and toilet. Three rooms feature fireplaces, two marble fireplaces with shell and cornucopia motifs and a fireplace with a wooden mantle. The rooms have parquet floors and benefit from ceiling heights of four metres. Two other rooms are located in the gallery. A corridor off the landing serves these rooms. In the second lodge, which can be reached either via its wooden staircase or via one of the rooms in the gallery, a corridor leads to four other rooms and an additional room. The floors are either covered with herringbone parquet or paved with terracotta tiles.
Second floor
Currently accessible by the wooden staircase of the unused lodge, the openings were closed in the 18th century to reduce the amount of tax on doors and windows levied until 1926. The horizontal framing of the lodge’s roof reveals the builders’ genius. The floors are paved with terracotta tiles or covered with wooden floors. The very generous volumes of this area allow for a substantial refurbishment.

The cottage

Located at the entrance of the estate, it benefits from a garden independent from the rest of the property. The windows are double-glazed. The sanitation is up to standard and the oil-fired boiler is nine years old.


Ground floor
This floor has recently been renovated. The entrance leads directly to the living room, where an open kitchen has been installed. A toilet is hidden under the stairs. An adjoining room serves as laundry/boiler room. The floor is tiled.
First floor
The wooden staircase leads to a landing with two bedrooms and a bathroom with toilet. The landing is large enough to create another living space.

The chapel

At the foot of the moat and away from the castle, the chapel, built in the 13th century, still stands proudly next to the lake and seems to watch over the mill.

The mill and the factory

The mill is located below the castle, on the lake weir. In the 19th century, it was extended to include a cloth factory. The hundred and twenty workers were housed in lodgings built on top of the farm buildings. The factory operated for ten years.

The outbuildings

Set back from the castle, they consist of the former factory workers’ lodgings and the farm. Various buildings are used for the manufacture of cloth, others for accommodation or for animals. Up to 120 people lived and worked on site. The vast spaces follow one another and invite to a resolutely more contemporary vision. All the outbuildings can be accessed via a separate entrance from the castle. The walls are made of stone, the roofs are covered with tiles. Nearby, a large pasture overlooks the valley and the river on one side and the lake and woodlands on the other.

The lake

Located below the castle, it covers an area of more than 7 hectares. It was created in the 13th century by the monks of a nearby abbey. A river flowing into the lake used to power the mill wheel. It is bordered by the property’s woodlands. The lake constitutes a fish farm, as it is rich in fish and crayfish. It is mainly populated with pike perch, pike, gudgeon and other carp. Currently, a commercial fishing activity is proposed.

The park

Forming a peninsula created by the river and the pond, it comprises age-old species. Two sequoias, one of which was planted at the birth of Napoleon III’s son, still stand next to the lake, surrounded by pedunculate and American oaks, chestnut trees, junipers, birches and other pines. Two bridle paths have been drawn, from where the different views can be enjoyed. Finally, ceps, chanterelles, coulemelles, meadow rosés, red-footed boletus, amethyst laccaries, sheep’s feet and hairy coprins cover the ground during the picking season.

The woodlands

They can be seen from the castle and cover the slopes of a valley to the banks of the lake. They are not subject to a simple forest management plan.

Our opinion

With the panoramic view and the lake in the foreground, the site definitely has a romantic feel to it. It seems as if the landscape had been created in an enlightened dream. Here the layers of history are visible from the 11th to the 19th century. But it is above all the 17th century architecture that prevails, with its high roofs and its ambitiously large constructions and wide openings. The property is both intimate and open: in the courtyard of the castle, the two dwellings connected by the gallery could be the architectural design of a private mansion. However, once you have passed the colonnade, it is the sense of space which is captivating. Each owner has contributed to the riches of the property. The same will be true for the next one.

Exclusive sale

1 100 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 406598

Land registry surface area 44 ha 76 a 17 ca
Main building surface area 600 m2
Outbuilding surface area 1200 m2
Number of bedrooms 7

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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.

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