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Just 25 minutes from Angoulême TGV train station and 125 km from Bordeaux and Limoges airports, near to the boundary of the Périgord region, the market town with 80 inhabitants takes pride of place on a hilltop, set out around a listed church, in countryside composed of farmland and woods. It has a bakery, a plant nursery and a bar; other amenities are a few minutes’ walk away at the foot of the elegant fortified town of Villebois-Lavalette.
In the 13th century, the village was a renowned stopover on one of the Ways of Saint James and a crossroads between the old Roman way coming from the Peninsula and the road linking Paris to Bordeaux. As a result of this strategic location, it become the seat of a Knights’ Templar commandery, the buildings of which took up almost the entire crest of the hill.
The stately residence
This building, resembling a slightly deformed, asymmetrical rectangle is composed of three sections.
On the east side, spanning two levels, the building features splayed openings of various sizes. On the north and east sides, the upper floor constitutes a gallery composed of six, semi-circular arches, flanked in the corner by a turret with corbelling, topped with a candlesnuffer roof and supported on a large column.
A third level in the central section is enhanced by an increase in the height of the wall on the north side and by the presence, on the south side, of a richly adorned projection which has its own hip roof.
Although the third section is adjoined, it is independent. Spanning two levels with a gently sloping roof, it currently houses a barn and the boiler room.
The guest house
Set between the residence and the church, this was once a chaplaincy. Now fully renovated, it has an independent entrance via the little priest’s garden, adjoining it. It is heated via a wood-burning stove set in the fireplace and four electric radiators.
Faced with such a variety of shapes and such an abundance of decorative motifs, visitors do not know where to look first. The protruding entrance is a tiered succession of finely designed openings. The aedicular architraves of the landing doors can be glimpsed through the arches of the monumental stairway. The closed, upstairs gallery features six immense rounded openings. The full restoration works have resulted in different but always pleasant atmospheres in areas which simply exude potential. Outside, the authenticity of the building is dazzling through a combination of dissymmetry and elegance. All around, the garden is soberly laid out, just like the countryside which appears to be straight out of a painting. The old chaplaincy, nestling between the residence and the church, should encourage people with good taste to befriend the new owners.
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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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Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
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