character houses for sale in france between angoulême and limoges

An isolated, 1964 house, constructed by skilled craftsmen using traditional methods,
with a dominating, panoramic view and 1.3 ha of enclosed parklands, between Angoulême and Limoges
Montbron, CHARENTE poitou-charentes 16220 FR


Two hills away from the Green Périgord area and the French department of Haute-Vienne, where the valleys of the river Tardoire and the river Renaudie in the French department of Charente extend to the edge of Périgord-Limousin Regional Nature Park. Vast pasturelands form scenery dotted with pathways, ideal for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. The town of Montbron, 12 km away, has all amenities. Angoulême TGV train station, 45 minutes away, makes it easy to get to Bordeaux and Paris, whilst Limoges airport, an hour away, has international flights. And lastly, an 18-hole, international golf course is but 6 km away.


This fully delimited property stands on the top of a hill that slopes gently down to the edge of the French department of Dordogne. It is protected on the north side by a row of trees and to the east by woods, abounding in wild mushrooms. Facing south, its only neighbours are a flock of sheep and it has an unobstructed, clear view over the countryside. The parklands are enclosed by a low stone wall, topped with chestnut wood railings, which blends in with the scenery. The lawn is dotted with miscellaneous species of trees and shrubs including yellow poplar, white acacia, Lebanon cedar, purple beech, lime, birch, camellia, rhododendron, rose and forsythia.
Remote-controlled gates with an interphone security system protect the main entrance which opens on to a driveway, bordered by a clearing as far as the entrance to the parklands. A garage, able to contain three cars, and a workshop are adjoined by a woodshed and a lean-to. This is followed by a high wall, in which is housed a second set of mechanical gates.
The roof, redone in 1999, features ten 500 W spotlights as well as lights diffusing a more subdued light. The guttering carries rainwater to five underground tanks, the overflow of which is evacuated to a well, fitted with a pump.

The house

Constructed from exposed, lime-pointed, granite stone blocks, this house was remarkably well built using traditional techniques, with dressed stone quoins and framing around the openings. The entire house is built on ribbed floors with filler and the foundations, that make good use of the lie of the land, include a 80 cm crawlspace where wiring and plumbing are concealed. A semi-underground cellar can be reached from both the inside and the outside.
The traditional roofing framework is made of oak wood and the roof covered with Roman or half-round tiles.

Ground floor
Several doors lead inside. A corridor on the north side, with terracotta floor tiles, connects the two ends of the house to the vast lounge which takes up the middle. The kitchen, fitted with a serving hatch and all the units of which are included in the sale, adjoins a small vestibule which houses a large Périgord-style, granite fireplace and a built-in jam cupboard.
Under a ceiling with exposed oak wood joists, a long dining room, with chevron-pattern parquet flooring made from two species of wood, ends with a Louis XV period fireplace. In the tower, a small round adjoining lounge features two built-in showcases and an outstanding rose, composed of three species of wood, in the centre of its parquet flooring.
The lounge forms the building’s main room. Its 4.75 m high French ceiling dominates a straight, elm wood stairway and a mezzanine corridor, the unusually-shaped railing balusters of which date from the 17th century. Its monumental fireplace was created by reusing an old mullioned window. The floor is covered with black and white marble tiles, laid in a chessboard pattern. The framing around the doors leading to the dining room and the bedroom features wood panels, adorned with diamond-shaped moulding and enclosing small built-in cupboards. The bedroom door and its ironwork reflect the Louis XIII era. It is illuminated via two windows, a south-facing French window and five small roof dormers.
The bedroom, in addition to its luminosity and its unobstructed view, stands out because of its parquet flooring, made from three species of wood and laid in a Versailles pattern, a replica of that in Queen Marie-Antoinette’s bedroom. It communicates with a small linen room, the French window of which leads to the garden via a straight flight of steps, and with a bathroom, with a toilet, the radiator of which is part of a thermosiphon system for the production of domestic hot water. The heating does not, therefore, need to be turned on.

First floor
The mezzanine corridor, with parquet flooring, separates the upstairs into two wings. On the west side, a toilet and a small bathroom, with terracotta floor tiles, precede a study, a door leading to the attic space and a bedroom with a view parquet flooring and a built-in cupboard.
The east wing is closed by ornate, double wooden doors. Behind, a hall area leads to a bedroom, with chevron-pattern parquet flooring and a shower room. The second bedroom is bigger and includes a little lounge, with a rose inlaid in the parquet flooring. In the adjoining tower are a shower room, a large cupboard and a view to the south.

The semi-underground cellars comprise two rooms, an access to the crawlspace, a small storage room and a boiler room, with a fire-retardant door.
The garage is divided into two sections. The first is fitted with a remote-controlled door and can take two cars. The second is closed by an oak wood, stable door and houses a car parking space and a workshop.
A lean-to is ideal for storing a sit-on lawnmower.

Our opinion

This site is one of those that residents never tire of. The first occupants, skilled craftsmen, did more than just favour a view that appears never-ending. This astonishing building is quite perfect. Great attention was paid to its interior decor both by reusing old features such as stone from a neighbouring chateau and by reproducing traditional features. The extremely original result is most pleasing.

490 000 €
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Reference 393035

Land registry surface area 13579 m2
Main building surface area 325 m2
Outbuilding surface area 60 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

Regional representative

Jonathan Barbot       +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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