castles / chateaux for sale in france green périgord

A Napoleon III style chateau, looking out over a 36 ha estate,
with two lakes and vast outbuildings, in the Green Périgord area
Piégut-Pluviers, DORDOGNE aquitaine 24360 FR

Location

Less well-known than the Black Périgord area, with its lauze stone roofs and its black truffle oak trees, the north of the Green Périgord area is enhanced by a natural unspoilt landscape in the midst of Périgord-Limousin Regional Nature Park. Multiple streams flowing between verdant, wooded hills feed its age-old lakes. Farming, animal raising and leisure activities harmoniously take place in natural settings. The surrounding villages have little, local shops and the town of Nontron, sub-prefecture of the department, has all amenities.
Limoges international airport is less than an hour away and Angoulême TGV train station is 50 minutes away.

Description

This chateau stands on the edge of a plateau such that, seen from the north, it appears to be set on the top of a grassy knoll. The latter, with a 180° view, dominates two vast lakes, protected by woods at each end. The first, used for leisure purposes, flows into the second, more natural lake by forming a stream, varying in size depending on the season.
This estate is accessed via relatively flat land on the south side. A lane, in the shape of an upside-down question mark, keeps the chateau, concealed by cedar trees over a hundred years old, out of sight until, impressive and majestic, it suddenly comes into view. On the right-hand side of the lane, six buildings awaiting restoration are grouped in a hamlet: old 19th century houses, with wrought facades, surround a barn and a vast cowshed. Nearby, an old orchard, enclosed by high stone walls and gates, constitutes the last constructed feature before the edge of the wood.

The chateau

Reconstructed around 1875 in a Napoleon III style, following a fire, the current day chateau succeeded a manor house built by the Aimerys family in the 16th century. It kept the same shape, with a gable slate roof and a vast, 3-storey house featuring a central rectangular tower. It is flanked at each end, on the north side, by two rectangular pavilions and, on the south side, by two symmetrical round towers, housing back stairways. The chateau is constructed from a wonderful combination of brick with stone quoins and features numerous windows adorned with moulded architraves and imitation columns. The machicolation became decorative features.


Ground floor
A horseshoe-shaped stairway goes up to the porch. The architecture makes use of 19th century reception codes. A first lobby is used as a cloakroom; a swinging door leads guests to a through entrance hall. Even the door handles and casement bolts are finely wrought. A balcony, with wrought iron railings, dominates the garden under the protection of wide, round towers. A bright reception room, with white panelling and moulding as well as herringbone pattern parquet flooring, can be divided into two lounges separated by two doors on either side of a central curtain. The dining room walls are covered with panelling which flanks a richly moulded, marble fireplace. The coffered ceiling blends harmoniously with the decor, with no loss of luminosity. The library has to be the chateau’s most refined room. The walls are completely lined with showcases and solid wooden shelves, whilst a gallery with balusters, running along three walls at head height, is reached via a spiral stairway.
On the other side of the entrance hall is the stairway and vast unadorned rooms.

First floor
An immense corridor on the facade crosses the entire floor. The west wing houses a 200 m² self-contained flat, composed of three bedrooms, a lounge and an adjoining kitchen. The east wing comprises four bedrooms and two suites.
Second floor
The second floor, in the attic space, is reached via a wooden stairway, housed in the central tower, or via two back stairways, housed in the round towers. It is exclusively given over to eleven bedrooms and three suites.
Basement
A door to the basement is to be found under the main stairway. It can also be reached via the outside in each wing. Four small rooms are in use as a wine cellar with honeycomb-shaped, masonry units. The old coal-fired boiler still stands in a vast vaulted room. The 107 m², furnished chapel can seat some fifty people. It is covered with a magnificently decorated, plaster vault supported on columns.

The outbuildings

These outbuildings form a hamlet, awaiting restoration. It is composed of several 2-storey houses, two barns, a vast cowshed, a garage, an oven, a boiler room, a footbath, a farm shed and a water tower.

Our opinion

This stately chateau, in a land of fortresses, fascinates courtesy of its size and its elegance! The eclecticism dear to its construction era can be clearly seen, reflecting a little of the medieval and a lot of the Renaissance styles as well as Flemish motifs, but all within reason. The large stairway indicates the commissioner’s idea of the building’s status. As a result of the French farmland reallotment programme, the estate acquired the leisure lake and the surrounding woods, providing additional tranquillity and economic potential. Its forty rooms and three stairways make this vast residence ideal for a sizeable accommodation project, whether of a leisure, luxury or other nature. The surface area could be doubled by the outbuildings. Restoration of the property will be based on a sound structure exuding authentic character.

1 870 000 €
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Reference 929340

Land registry surface area 36 ha 69 a 89 ca
Main building surface area 2049 m2
Outbuilding surface area 2650 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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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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