castles / chateaux for sale in france limousin near bellac

A 19th & 20th century residence and its estate, spanning approx. 42 ha of parklands,
woods, grasslands and a lake, near to Bellac on the outskirts of the Limousin region
Bellac, HAUTE-VIENNE limousin 87300 FR


Not far from Montmorillon, equidistant between Poitiers and Limoges-Bellegarde airport 65 km away. The region where this property is located is part of the most rural and least known of territories. The Basse-Marche plateau is a land of small irregular-shaped fields separated by hedges and ditches, ideal for rearing animals, cattle to the west and sheep to the east. The upper Limousin region is a farming area with a tourist trade predominantly involving nature activities such as hiking, cross-country cycling, golfing, water sports, canoeing and fishing. There are also many well-known cultural events such as Haut-Limousin and Bellac festivals. Heritage enthusiasts can visit unspoilt villages such as Mortemart, classified as one of France’s most beautiful villages, the little character town of Dorat or, further south, the legendary pathways of the Monts-de-Blond hills.


This estate comprises several buildings, constructed in the 19th and 20th centuries, for residential and farming purposes. The estate spans over 42 ha, including a 15 ha wood planted with pine and oak trees and laid out with alleyways, a small lake, a wooded garden, featuring several beautiful specimens several hundreds of years old (ginkgo-biloba, bald cypress, etc.), an enclosed garden and a pond. The view from this site stretches over the surrounding, totally unspoilt countryside (notably from the bedrooms, upstairs in the main house and from the top of the turret).
A private driveway leads to a superb gateway. The main east-west-facing building is a 19th century house that was modified in the last century with the addition of a battlemented turret, adjoining the east facade on the garden side. Small entrance pavilions and two small courtyards were built at the same time. Two other houses stand on the west side of the estate. Laid out around an attractive pond are the barn house, with a small barn as well as the old farming facilities, and the garage house, with several adjoining lean-tos.
The site also comprises a very large barn, divided into two sections. Dating from 1850 with 5 m high beams, it awaits renovation.

The main residence and its little side pavilions

The main house has a central building, spanning 3 levels (including an attic) and two little side pavilions, spanning approx. 45 m² over 2 levels, adjoining the north and south sides. It spans a total of 470 m² of living space, not counting 140 m² of attic space which could be converted.
Although the inside has not undergone any recent works, it is in a good general state of repair. The main old original features have been preserved as the house, still lived in up until a year ago, remains heated and maintained by a person who lives on site.

Ground floor
The main entrance via a vestibule provides access upstairs via a superb main stairway, with wrought iron railings, to the stairway in the turret at the end of said vestibule and to the ground floor reception rooms. Those on the north side initially comprise a vast dining room, with cement floor tiles, a magnificent ornate stone fireplace and panelling. Followed by a basic kitchen and its back kitchen, a toilet and a very bright first lounge, with a large, central, stone fireplace. The floor is laid with red and white cement tiles in an excellent state of preservation. On the south side, the vestibule leads to a large lounge, with a central, monumental stone fireplace, enhanced by oak wood panelling. And lastly, a library is laid out like the lounge, also with a fireplace. From the entrance hall through to this last room, all the floors have been redone with beautiful grey marble. The little side pavilions are fitted with removable partition walls. On the south side are a living room and two bedrooms, with fireplaces, a shower room, a toilet and a vaulted cellar with a boiler room.
First floor
The central landing provides access via a corridor, first of all, to a ladies’ sitting room, which is an invitation to go up the tower to its wall-walk, and then to bedrooms on the north and south sides. The corridor leads to 4 large bedrooms (20 to 30 m²), with fireplaces and views over the garden, and to a small, 9 m², south-facing bedroom, whilst 4 small bedrooms (7 to 11 m²) are housed in the north pavilion. Three bedrooms have water supply points, whilst two separate bathrooms and toilets provide additional comfort.
This battlemented turret, constructed in the 20th century, adjoins the east facade, overlooking the garden. It has a vast roof terrace as a wall-walk making it possible to take full advantage of magnificent 360° views of the entire property.
The north and south-facing entrance pavilions on the south side of the main courtyard are currently lived in by an elderly person. Small in size (a ground surface area of approx. 60 m²), they span two levels, including an attic which could be converted (a space with two large windows). The ground floor comprises 3 through rooms (spanning 9, 12 and 19 m²) as well as a kitchen, a bathroom and two storage areas. It awaits full renovation works. The south side could be further exploited with the garden and the courtyard.
Former rural farm
The farmhouse comprises a living section of approx. 150 m², with a kitchen and 3 bedrooms on the ground floor. The attic could also be used even though it has fairly low beams. The interlocking tile roof is weathertight. An adjoining barn in use as storage space adds approx. 100 m² to the ground floor. On the north side are the old farming facilities (for raising sheep). It awaits full renovation works with further use being made once again of the south-facing, garden side.
The “garage-house” stands at the entrance to the property. It is in fact a house with two large rooms on the ground floor (each spanning approx. 45 m²) currently used as a garage. The attic could be converted. 2 masonry lean-tos adjoin the south facade (one spanning 60 m² and the other 40 m²). A last wooden, very rudimentary lean-to is on the west side. This building awaits full renovation works.
A very large barn takes up the area on the far east side of the estate. It comprises two adjoining barns with a continuous roof. The first, on the north side, has 4.8 m high beams and a ground surface area of approx. 250 m². The second, on the south side, has noticeably higher beams (5 m) and a larger ground surface area (315 m²). It comprises a rudimentary section, spanning 50 m², with 12 concrete pillars and an upstairs, with 2.6 m high beams. Large openings (wooden doors) line the west facade, the east facade on the walled garden side being blind and the floor of the building being approx. 1 m lower than the garden. The wooden roofing framework is in good repair (the main beam of the north barn is reinforced with metal rods). The interlocking tile roof is in a good state of repair. The building awaits full renovation works, with an opening on the east-facing garden side to be put to good use.

Our opinion

In this group of vast, well-kept buildings, the eras have amassed their aesthetic features so well that no-one can remain indifferent. There is always a decorative feature to catch the eye depending on individual tastes. With buildings spanning a surface area of 2,000 m², it is possible to envisage multiple large projects, for which these premises will be ideally suited once a few works have been carried out. A 42 ha estate with grasslands, woods and lakes constitute the foreground of a view that stretches to distant horizons. It is like a foretaste of a region where the majestic Vienne follows its course and virtually nothing has changed.

685 000 €
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Reference 190634

Land registry surface area 42 ha 51 a 10 ca
Main building surface area 470 m2
Outbuilding surface area 1273 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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