A medieval castle, with three guest houses, a swimming pool,
outbuildings and 4.5 ha of parklands, dominating the river Creuse
Châtellerault, INDRE center-val-de-loire 86100 FR

Location

Where the borders of the French departments of Indre and Vienne meet, near to two market towns with all shops and amenities, looking out over the Creuse, a river that meanders gently down from the Plateau-de-Millevaches, bringing with it the memory of Aubusson and its tapestries, Guéret’s giant maze and the beneficial effects of La-Roche-Posay, prior reaching Descartes and flowing into the arms of the river Vienne. Bocage countryside and meadows begin to define the landscapes of the Brenne Regional Nature Park.

Description

Defending a meander of the river Creuse from its dominant but discreet position, this castle remains invisible from the road below and that of the plateau. Visitors have to travel along a lane, a kilometre long, before the castle roofs finally come into view. Reached first, the guest houses and the outbuildings form a sort of screen, giving a glimpse of the castle. A gothic style gate provides access to two initial terraces delimiting the garden, whilst the castle stands on a third.

The castle

The history of this castle, partially renovated in 1918 in keeping with its character, dates back to the 11th century, numerous vestiges of which are still to be found. Although originally flanked by six towers, only one is still standing. The keep, encircled by machicolation and topped with a candlesnuffer roof, adjoins a tower crowned with battlements. A wooden footbridge leads to the castle entrance which is marked by the site of the old drawbridge and set in a facade with a tower topped with a candlesnuffer roof, machicolation and battlements. Two terraces on different levels provide a vista over the surrounding countryside. This property has undergone a second, recent set of renovation works, providing it with modern-day home comforts. It is sold furnished, with the exception of its small armchairs and its works of art.


Ground floor
A glazed door opens into a room in use as a lounge and another smaller lounge. A back stairway goes down to a kitchen and up to a bedroom. A modestly-sized stairway goes down from the lounge to a first bedroom, whilst another, more impressive stairway leads to another five bedrooms. The floor is covered with cement tiles, some featuring medieval motifs. Similar tiles are to be found in all the rooms, except for four of the bedrooms which have parquet flooring. Exposed ceiling joists enhance all the bedrooms, which also have transparent, leaded light windows, letting in copious amounts of light. All the bathrooms have their own window.
Garden level
The kitchen, housing a little spiral stairway going to a bedroom with a bathroom and toilet, opens on to the garden. An adjoining dining room also opens on to the garden. An entrance hall provides access to the dining room, a corridor and a toilet. A stone stairway leads to a cellar and a laundry room.
First floor
A landing provides access to two bedrooms, one of which has a shower room with a toilet, and the other has a shower room and a separate toilet. One of these bedrooms also has a rounded fireplace.
Second floor
A bedroom with a bathroom, fitted with a shower and a toilet. The bedroom has parquet flooring, whilst the bathroom is laid with cement tiles. Transparent, leaded light windows make the rooms luminous.
Third floor
The sixth and last bedroom also has its own shower room and toilet as well as transparent, leaded light windows. The ceiling is 3.30 m high. Floors are covered with parquet flooring and cement tiles.
Fourth floor
A large room on the top floor is laid out watch-tower, adjoining the wall-walk, and therefore has a wonderful vista over the surrounding countryside. Exposed stone and parquet flooring are the only decorative features.

The guest houses

A section of the outbuildings has been converted into three independent guest houses. Two of them have a 20 m² lounge and a 19 m² open-plan kitchen-dining room, with two bedrooms (16 and 12 m²) as well as a 4 m² shower room and toilet upstairs. The third, bigger one has a 15 m² lounge, a 3 m² open plan kitchen with a 20 m² dining room, a 20 m² bedroom and a toilet on the ground floor, with two bedrooms (15 and 18 m²) as well as a 6 m² bathroom and toilet upstairs. Fireplaces have been preserved in the kitchen-dining rooms and lounges. The floors downstairs are laid with terracotta tiles, those upstairs have parquet flooring.

The outbuildings

The outbuildings are composed of the castle’s farm buildings, with a barn in ruins, a large farm shed, a cowshed and a section with accommodation, as well as a pigsty and a bread oven. Trees and shrubs have taken over the barn in ruins, creating a sort of open-air conservatory, near to the swimming pool. It provides a cool haven for meals taken outside during the summer. The roofs have been redone.

The chapel

Said to date from the 12th century, this chapel with its barrel vault is typical of this era. The roof was redone very recently. Still housing dead members of the descendent family, this chapel is subject to an emphyteutic lease.

The parklands

A particularly deep ornamental pool (4m) is fitted with a water filtration system to prevent algae growing. A 15x4 m swimming pool was recently installed next to it. Both overlook the surrounding fields. The grassy terraces, planted with decorative topiary bushes, provide wonderful views over the river Creuse. The woods contain oak trees, hundreds of years old. A water well with coping (30 m deep with 5 m of water) is used for watering the garden.

Our opinion

Viollet-le-Duc would have given his seal of approval to these renovation works as the attention to detail and the quality of the finishing touches is so outstanding. Living in these medieval spaces, with modern-day home comforts, can but be deemed a rare luxury. It is an immense privilege to be able to contemplate the colourful hues of the river Creuse from one of these terraces. This welcoming but private property will appeal to those who love receiving friends and family as well as to enthusiasts of authentic retreats.

1 700 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 656205

Land registry surface area 4 ha 46 a 56 ca
Main building surface area 370 m2
Outbuilding surface area 500 m2
Number of bedrooms 6

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Jérôme Broun +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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