in 5.5 ha of parklands surrounded by woods in the area around Périgueux
The countryside, beyond the urban area around Périgueux, county town of the French department of Dordogne, extends over an undulating landscape, dotted with fields, woods and little market towns, all set out around their age-old church. The surroundings are peaceful without being isolated. The A89 motorway, just 5 minutes away, can be used to reach Bordeaux in 1½ hours and Brive in an hour. Périgueux’s town centre is just 10 minutes away and Bergerac airport, 40 minutes away, has regular flights to Great Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands. The village and its local shops are 2 km away.
At the end of the wall, two dressed stone columns flank the entrance. An area is reserved for cars. The garden and its lawns, beyond and stretching as far as the house and its extensions, are densely wooded.
On the other side of the house, a barn and a hedge, trained along an espalier, surround and enclose an interior, flower-filled courtyard.
A driveway separates the courtyard from a vegetable garden surrounded by hedges.
The manor house
The original building formed a quadrilateral spanning two levels, with one facade flanked by a central, square stairway tower. Two small, single-storey extensions have since been added on either side of the tower. Apart from the tower’s pyramid roof covered with flat tiles, all the roofs are covered with Roman tiles, the shadows of which, directed on to the eaves, blend with the double cornice. The lime-rendered walls expose a few dressed stones and the ties which are so big and so highly wrought that they appear decorative.
A central corridor, dividing the manor house into two, provides access from the stairway tower to all the rooms.
The main entrance door, with its bevelled surround and its sculpted lintel, is set in the tower. The solid wood door, topped with a fleur-de-lis, is studded and adorned with a wrought iron doorknocker-handle. The hall, which precedes the central corridor, is paved with pebbles and houses an old wooden stairway, sheltering a wine cellar. A second entrance door in the small extension on the right-hand side opens into a vestibule, with a small storage area and a toilet. Adjoining, a kitchen is followed by a lounge. The floors are paved with terracotta tiles. Wide joists are exposed. An impressive fireplace and a “potager” (a secondary hearth where soups and other previously prepared dishes were cooked on embers), both built of dressed stone, adorn the walls in this lounge. One door leads to a boiler room and another to an adjoining outbuilding. In the second small extension, a door provides access to a room in use as a laundry room. An independent flat, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 48 m², could therefore be created here by adding the adjoining bedroom. Following on from said bedroom, the reception lounge is widely illuminated via a French window and a large picture window. A glazed door at the end of the corridor leads out to the garden.
The stairway goes up to a spacious landing, laid out as a little reading room. The central corridor provides access to four large bedrooms, all with the original wooden flooring, laid in a ladder pattern. A first bedroom is enhanced with an impressive dressed stone fireplace, featuring a brick hearth, and exposed joists. Concealed behind a wooden partition, a stairway goes up to insulated attic space that cannot be converted. In the second bedroom, the fireplace is made of marble and the joists painted a light colour. Light floods in via a wide picture window. Wainscoting lines the walls. The bed is set in an alcove. A partition provides privacy for a bathroom and a dressing room. The third bedroom is also the brightest courtesy of two wide openings. A bathroom has been installed in a corner, its walls and its floor tiled with Comblanchien stone. And lastly, the fourth room is currently laid out as a study.
The outbuildings delimit an inner courtyard. Set out as a terrace and a landscaped garden, it is enhanced with rose and hydrangea bushes and also planted with sweet gum and cypress trees.
This trapezoidal-shaped barn is currently in use as a garage. Carriage doors open directly on to the road. It can take three vehicles, parked one behind the other. A mezzanine houses an attic and a wide door opens on to the inner courtyard. A wooden lean-to set against the gable is used as a woodshed and wisteria grows along the facade.
An extension, featuring a porch, adjoins the main building. The ground floor houses an old boiler room, used for storage purposes, and a small workshop. The attic space above is partially converted.
A short distance away in the garden is a fenced area, spanning approx. 10 m², with a kennel.
A driveway, shaded by old hornbeam trees, is but an invitation to take a walk. This bower possibly once formed the main entrance to the estate.
Out of sight of onlookers behind a laurel hedge, the vegetable garden and its shed take up a level section of the grounds. This would be an ideal spot should new owners wish to install a swimming pool.
The qualities specific to the White Périgord region, preserved authenticity, lush natural countryside and a pleasant way of living, are to be found on this property. The harmony that reigns here is part of its charm. The sizes of the areas both inside and out are balanced. The warmth of the old materials and the meticulous attention given to the renovation works exude serenity and security. This estate, very near to the department’s county town, has everything for a happy family life.
|Land registry surface area||5 ha 54 a 30 ca|
|Main building surface area||368 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||158 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
Jonathan Barbot +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.