A listed, Renaissance chateau, its outbuildings and its outstanding garden
in almost 3 hectares, 20 minutes from Angoulême
Angoulême, CHARENTE poitou-charentes 16000 FR

Location

This chateau is to the north of Angoulême, in an undulating region of fields and vast forests. The latter were once some of the hunting grounds favoured by François 1st. Near to La-Rochefoucauld, a market town with some 3,000 inhabitants, dubbed the pearl of the Angoumois region and now boasting all shops. This property is near to the thoroughfare linking Angoulême to Limoges, whose airport is less than an hour’s drive away. It is also 10 minutes from the N10 linking Paris to Bordeaux and its airport. 4½ hours from the French capital by road. The TGV train to Paris-Montparnasse takes exactly 2 hours.

Description

The property is reached via a secondary road that links several farms and neighbouring plots of land. The road runs alongside a long outbuilding to the entrance gates, next to which stands a little house. On the other side is the farmstead and its outbuildings. Once through the gates, a drive leads straight to the entrance porch on the east wing of the chateau which has other entrances on the garden, north and west sides. The south-facing building is set out in a U-shape. Its quadrangular layout bears witness to its origins as a 13th and 14th century stronghold house. Three of the four corner towers are still in existence, an early 19th century pavilion replaces the fourth on the north-west side. The rectangular tower on the south-west side is topped with a parapet forming machicolation. The house stands on a rocky spur with a little river meandering past below.

The chateau

The main U-shaped building faces south. It is constructed from dressed stone as well as dressed quarry stone blocks. The central house and the west wing feature mullioned windows. The east wing is enhanced with arcades. The lightness and elegance of the facades in the courtyard bear witness to the masons’ masterly, refined craftsmanship. The main, gothic entrance door reflects this finesse through its ribbed decor, embellished with pinnacles, flanking the opening adorned with foliated crosses. The main building also features tall, octagonal chimney stacks, topped with gothic decoration more than 4 m above the roof.


Ground floor
The main, through entrance hall provides access to the gardens and leads directly to a stone, spiral stairway, behind which a lift has been installed. On one side are two adjoining lounges, the first of which is extremely spacious, making these rooms very bright all day long. An Empire-Restoration style, marble fireplace, with lions’ claws, and moulded ceilings bear witness to the art of the 19th century. Following on from the second lounge, an elegant library has been laid out in the round tower. This vaulted room at the foot of the large tower is surrounded by a 17th century monochrome fresco, depicting armed men with shields and banners that appear ready to go off to the crusades. Next is a large dining room, with its French ceiling and its fireplace, followed by a kitchen opening into a small dining room in the corner of the house, dating from the early 19th century. The west wing, on the other side of a stairway, begins with a room, with a trumeau fireplace and a billiard table. Small rooms next to this have been converted into a linen room, a study and a ladies’ sitting room, behind which a spiral stairway provides access to the upstairs bedrooms. A through entrance hall separates these rooms from that laid out at the south-west end. This lounge, with a fireplace and a French ceiling painted with floral motifs, has a door in a corner leading to the tower, in which a collection of plates is displayed in the panelling, curving around the room. The east wing and its 14th century tower await completion of their conversion.
First floor
This level can be reached via the central stairway and the lift in the main building, as well as via a flight of steps in the north-west corner and via another spiral stairway in the west wing. Corridors provide access to nine bedrooms, seven shower rooms, two lounges and a small kitchen. The biggest bedroom is the state bedroom with its fireplace and its very high, French ceiling. A bedroom, laid out in the north-east tower has a bed in an alcove.
Second floor
This level is in the main building. It can be reached via the spiral stairway or via the lift. It comprises a room in the north-east tower, rooms illuminated via through light such as a lounge and a dining room, with a wall fireplace set between two windows with window seats, unchanged for almost 700 years. A kitchen, three bedrooms and two shower rooms.
Attic
This top floor is taken up by a room featuring the exposed roofing framework, under a pavilion roof in the north-west corner.

The cellar

Forming the base of the 14th century stronghold house, this cellar spans a floor surface area of approx. 50 m². It features a crossed ribbed vault.

The outbuildings

Seen from the outside, on either side of the entrance gates: on one side, a little caretaker’s cottage, spanning approx. 70 m² and awaiting renovation; on the other, a long, traditional farmhouse, spanning approx. 230 m² and housing two garages. The rest of the farmhouse looks out on to the chateau side.

The outstanding garden

On the north side of the residence, visitors can explore a flower garden, followed by hornbeam-lined alleyways, leading to an Italian-style garden. Terraces with balusters look down on to a boxwood maze. The view from here stretches westwards over the valley and its river, with a hunting lodge used by Francois 1st in the distance. More than two thirds of the surface area are watered via an automatic system.

The swimming pool

The swimming pool, spanning a surface area of 70 m², is hidden behind a thick deciduous hedge, set between the outbuildings and the stately home.

Our opinion

In this instance, “luminous chateau” is not a hackneyed expression. It is luminous not only because of the limestone so characteristic of the French department of Charente, but also because of its Renaissance era and its outstanding garden. This radiance, also to be found inside the building, will appeal to visitors whether they are private individuals or professionals. With its Renaissance as well as 17th and 18th century style features, this residence is, in fact, well suited to a variety of possibilities such as a family home or some kind of a hotel and catering activity. It would also be possible to purchase the furniture and furnishings as well as the chateau farmstead with its outbuildings, including an old 400 m² barn, set in 5 hectares.

2 195 000 € Negotiation fees included
2 070 755 € Fees excluded
6% TTC at the expense of the purchaser


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Reference 887976

Land registry surface area 2 ha 70 a 5 ca
Main building surface area 1300 m2
Outbuilding surface area 320 m2
Number of bedrooms 15

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Ariel Dormeau +33 1 42 84 80 85

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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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