in the centre of a village in the Charente Limousine area
4 hours from Paris by road, with 340 km on motorways, 50 km from Limoges and its station with links to the French capital, 1 hour from Limoges international airport and its daily flights to Paris and Great Britain. In the centre of a village with local shops and 10 minutes from a small town with a farmers’ market, a supermarket and all shops, restaurants, cafés and a hospital. Not far from the Issoire Valley, a natural tourist site, in undulating, pastoral countryside where small fields surrounded by thick hedges alternate with deciduous forests.
The south-west facade is plainer but it dominates a large section of the village and looks down on 2.5 ha of parklands and gardens. The slightly sloping land provides delightful views from a variety of angles. On the west side, a number of small, attractive, old roofs are to be seen, bearing witness to vernacular architecture.
This impressive building is constructed over two levels, with a third level installed in each tower. It has numerous old elements and some exceptional decorative features.
The ground floor is accessed via a door in the centre of the facade, after having crossed the courtyard from the street. This opens into a vestibule with the old wooden stairway, under which is concealed the boiler room.
A door on the right-hand side of the vestibule leads to a large lounge. This superb double aspect room is illuminated via a tall, south-facing French window. It features a Louis XV style, curved walnut wood fireplace and wide strip pattern parquet flooring. This room stands out, above all, because of its decor comprising old wallpaper on all four walls. Dating from 1811, it was made by the Joseph-Dufour-&-Cie factory and its motifs, designed by Jean-Broc (1771-1830), are taken from the novel Paul-et-Virginie by Jacques-Henri-Bernardin-de-Saint-Pierre. This backdrop is not, however, overpowering and would easily go with other works of art and paintings. This is followed by an old door which opens into a small lounge, currently in use as a dining room. It features some superb hangings on three of its walls. This room is in the south-west corner of the building and is attractively illuminated on two sides.
The adjacent west wing opens into the dining room, the large fireplace of which is fitted with an old roasting spit. This room precedes the kitchen which, although functional, could do with some restoration works. The last two rooms in this wing are used as studies.
A door with a trumeau, on the left-hand side of the vestibule, opens into a lovely lounge-library. Its walls are completely covered with panelling, featuring curved corners, between which is set a small Louis XV wooden fireplace which still has its trumeau and its mirror. This is followed by a last delightful and luminous room which awaits conversion and decoration.
The first floor is reached either via a central, oak wood stairway or via another more modest stairway installed near to the kitchen. An intermediate landing on the main stairway is decorated with wooden panels that form vast cupboards and house a separate toilet. Upstairs, a long corridor provides access to four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The two other bedrooms and the linen room which are in the west wing are reached via the second stairway near to the kitchen. The bedrooms are in need of attention and the bathrooms await modernisation.
Two narrow stairways, set at each end of the central building, each lead to a bedroom set out in the towers. Both bedrooms, one of which also has a bathroom, are in the same state as those on the first floor.
The central stairway goes up from the first floor to a vast attic which could be converted courtesy of its suitably high ceiling.
The east wing
This wing comprises a house that is totally separate from the main building as it can be reached directly from the street via its own gate. It has its own central heating system and even the courtyard, extending behind the house, cannot be seen from the main residence. This house comprises a large room adjoining a lounge, a living room and a large kitchen on the ground floor. Upstairs are no less than four bedrooms, a dressing room and two bathrooms.
The parklands and garden
A meadow, spanning a surface area of 2 ha on the south side, stretches out like a large green carpet from the residence as far as the neighbouring fields with their grazing sheep. A large duck pond is a hundred or so metres away on the left-hand side. A number of small buildings have been constructed over the centuries on the right-hand side of the residence. These currently form a sort of miniature farm with a shelter for goats, a henhouse, an old well and a bread oven as well as other buildings no longer in use.
A few wide stone steps lead down to the vegetable garden and the orchard, the local soil is rich and ideal for growing everything from lettuces to fruit trees. A stone gateway on the north side leads directly to the meadows. A little further away, a small grove of tall Atlas cedar trees enhances the superb view over the countryside.
This property is worthy of its history and constitutes authentic heritage on two counts: not only is it almost four centuries old, it also has the particularity of having been in the same family up until quite recently. Hence, its original internal decoration which has come down through the years, escaping passing whims of fashion and gaining a touching patina. Classification of its period hangings and wallpapers with the French Historic Monument Society is perfectly foreseeable and would help with their preservation. Although the vegetable garden is already completed, the parklands could be replanted and enhanced, a project that is ever more relevant since water and land are both in abundant supply, as the local cows can bear witness. Similarly, a large part of the living space is in need of various degrees of restoration, but said works are not essential, the premises being quite comfortable in their current state. The separate house could, if so desired, be rented out on a yearly basis or even weekly as holiday accommodation once some decorative works have been carried out.
|Land registry surface area||2 ha 56 a 61 ca|
|Number of bedrooms||9|
|Main building surface area||530 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||400 m2|
Jérôme Broun +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.