castles / chateaux for sale in france green perigord

A Renaissance chateau and its many outbuildings, with 4.5 ha of parklands awaiting works and
48 ha of optional woods, 45 minutes from Angoulême TGV station in the Green Périgord area
Mareuil, DORDOGNE aquitaine 24340 FR

Location

The architectural features of this property, in the French department of Dordogne, in the midst of the wooded, undulating Green Périgord area, in countryside dotted with white limestone troglodyte cliffs, outline the contours of a minuscule residential village dominating the Lizonne Valley. A few houses, a recently restored chapel, a cemetery and the town hall guarantee everyday life as well as tranquillity. Just 5 km from a little town with all daily amenities. Angoulême provides a wealth of cultural events and its TGV train station has fast links to Paris. Bordeaux is 2 hours away by car via the N10.

Description

This 4.5 ha estate comprises two separate sections. The first on the east side comprises a group of buildings facing the village. The caretaker’s cottage looks out over the main street whilst the outbuildings, including old stables, a tack room and a vast barn, are set out around an inner courtyard that also opens on to the street. The residence and its parklands, however, are higher up the hill and are, therefore, protected from the village that they dominate.

The main entrance, closed by wrought iron gates supported by pillars topped with sculpted lions, follows a verdant alleyway to the parklands. This chateau has the captivating particularity of featuring two different aspects. The south facade, redesigned in the 19th century, flanked by two delightful watch-turrets with their candlesnuffer roofs, looking out over the parklands and giving the chateau the appearance of a superb residence, conceals on the north side an authentic 16th century, impressive, Renaissance style building, delimited on either side by two robust square towers.

Higher up, the parklands become meadows and bridle paths head off into the woods. A back entrance provides access to the enclosed garden of the caretaker’s cottage and to the chateau.

The chateau

Archives show that this property belonged to the Count of Galard-de-Béarn, whose coat-of-arms can still be admired on the monumental stairway. It comprises 3 crows for the Galard family and 2 cows for the Béarn region. The motto “In via nulla invia” can be translated as “no road is impassable”.
This illustrious family, originating from Gascony and already known in 1062, played an important role in the 13th century crusades. Their name and their coat-of-arms engraved in the Hall of Crusades of the Palace of Versailles bears witness to this. Incidentally, Hector-Galard (1415-1475), companion of Joan-of-Arc and Grand Marshal of Court Residences under Louis XI, is supposedly the jack of diamonds in our packs of cards.
This chateau still has many of its original architectural features such as its oak wood roofing framework, its watch-turrets, its high French ceilings, its fireplaces, some of its panelling, its Versailles pattern parquet flooring and its monumental stone stairway with its curved wrought iron railings.


Ground floor
The entrance on the parklands side is all on a level in the middle of the facade and opens on to a through monumental stone stairway. The adjoining reception rooms are laid out on either side. On the left-hand side is a library, with white stone floor tiles, framed in oak wood, and walls lined with panelling, followed by a billiards’ room and a smoking room, with terracotta floor tiles and exposed quarry stone block and dressed stone walls. A small door under the hall stairway provides access to a wine cellar, a toilet and to three other rooms, old annexes awaiting renovation.
In the converted wing adjoining the chateau are a kitchen, a laundry room and a storeroom.

Half-story
Between the ground floor and the first floor, the monumental stairway opens on to a bright hall which corresponds to the north-west entrance to the chateau. This large landing provides access, on one side, to a carpeted bedroom and on the other to a ladies’ sitting room with a bathroom.
First floor
The first floor, on the left-hand side of the stairway, is composed of a bedroom, with a fireplace, clad in oak wood, a French ceiling, walls lined with oak wood panelling and terracotta floor tiles with inlaid decoration, framed in oak wood, followed by a carpeted bedroom, with walls partially lined with panelling and a French window leading out to the parklands. In the tower, a large bathroom, shared by two bedrooms, also has an outside opening. A narrow stairway, behind a little concealed door, goes up to the room at the top of the tower, which is insulated and could be converted.
On the right-hand side of the large central stairway, a large bedroom, with a dressing room, Versailles pattern parquet flooring, a carved wood fireplace and a French ceiling, is followed by a ladies’ sitting room including the alcove of the watch-turret. In the square tower, a hall area provides access to a bedroom and a bathroom.

The converted wing

Constructed as an extension of the chateau, the outbuilding comprises additional living rooms, a boiler room and a porch separating the parklands from the garden of the caretaker’s cottage.


Ground floor
A large fitted kitchen, opening on to the terrace, is adorned with a monumental fireplace. It communicates with the chateau’s dining room and provides access, on the north side, to a laundry room and a storeroom.
First floor
This floor with sloping ceilings, intended for rest and sleeping purposes, has an independent entrance. It is divided into four bedrooms, two shower rooms as well as a games and rest room.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings, laid out on two levels between the village and the chateau, delimit three separate living areas.
The barn, the old pigsties, the lower rooms in the farm building, the stables, with twelve horse loose boxes, and the tack room are all set out around a small courtyard, closed by fencing and a gateway.
A stone stairway provides access to the chateau terrace and to the upper level of the large farm building. The latter is divided into four large independent rooms in use as a workshop, a stable with six additional horse loose boxes, a garage and a storage room. It is also the passageway that leads to the attic above the stables. And lastly, on the top floor, four large windows let light into the old haylofts, running the full length of the building, which could be converted. They are reached via a wooden stairway under the porch of the converted wing.
Behind this porch is an enclosed space, closed by a gateway opening on to the street. This is the second entrance to the chateau and the garden of the caretaker’s cottage.

The caretaker’s cottage

This cottage, awaiting renovation, spans a floor surface area of 135 m² over two levels. It comprises an entrance hall on the garden side providing access to a lounge and a kitchen-dining room as well as to two bedrooms, with an adjoining bathroom and toilet. On the lower level, a laundry room with a fireplace overlooks the street.

The parklands

These sunny, unoverlooked parklands include a cascading fountain with its ornamental pool fed by water from a spring, a gazebo and, further down, a heated, 6x12 m swimming pool, with a pool-house, awaiting renovation.

Our opinion

A property where the number of possible projects equals the number of available spaces, each one more interesting than the other. The chateau takes advantage of different styles and the lie of the sloping land. The outbuildings, set between the chateau and the village, are ready to accommodate an equestrian activity once again, to become home to a collection of vintage cars or an artist’s vast workshop. The south-facing parklands are but waiting for a determined gardener. Furthermore, the estate could be greatly increased with 48 ha of woods for those with grand ideas. Currently sound, its aesthetic quality would unfailingly attract guests and it would no doubt form a dream setting for those seeking to live collectively. One way or another the time has come for new life to be breathed into this wonderful property.

735 000 €
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Reference 319294

Land registry surface area 4 ha 60 a 10 ca
Main building surface area 867 m2
Outbuilding surface area 1100 m2

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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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