This château/mansion dating back to the early 1800’s is typical of the era: clean almost austere lines without towers or turrets in a well-proportioned square. Inside the square is a spectacular interior courtyard bursting with greenery. The rooms are spacious, bright, mostly square, and exquisitely proportioned. Outdoors, the wooded estate boasts a fine 12 metre pool surrounded by lawns and shady patios, trees of many varieties and even a pond. For winter guests there is also a delightful indoor pool.
The way the business is run at present should not really influence buyers too much: it’s very much a blank canvas. The different elements can be mixed and matched according to your project. In very general terms the ground floor is occupied by the owners: three bedrooms, library, farm kitchen with dining space for 12, pantries, boiler rooms etc and access to the inside pool. The library can double as a dining-room open to guests for table d’hôte or dinner parties/group gatherings. Oil-fired central heating and wood burning stoves keep everyone warm in the short, SW France’s winter.
Upstairs, after negotiating the original wide, double staircase, is devoted to the guest rooms. There are at least seven of these in different configurations: fine, spacious rooms with original parquet flooring, marble fireplaces, tall windows and rich dark wallpaper, family rooms, family suites and numerous nooks and crannies.
Across the interior courtyard lies the gite – or owner’s residence if you prefer. It is currently let as a self-catering holiday house for up to 15 guests … but buyers may well prefer to live here and either rent out the main château as a ‘luxury gite’ or run it as a classic Guest House. The gite is equipped with a fitted kitchen, dining area and lounge, wood-pellet stove and a downstairs double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Upstairs … I lost count of the bedrooms after number four but there are a couple of family bathrooms to go with them.
This courtyard also gives on to an events room where various activities take place: dancing, yoga, games … when these activities are not possible outside. There’s also a spacious garage.
We could go on and on about this magical property but essentially it comes down to a period château that has been well looked after without anyone destroying the original characteristics which give it its charm: the fireplaces, the panelled walls, the perfect wallpaper, the original flooring and staircase. However, the electrics and the plumbing have been brought up to date and the roof is in excellent condition. There are cracks in the plaster-work here and there … but it’s a 200 year-old building! We would continue to run the château as a Guest House and probably live in the ‘gite’ building. We would also continue to provide a sumptuous table d’hôte sourced from local producers and encourage wedding receptions in the summer months. Whatever your project, this property is a must-visit!
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