two houses and a dovecote, all from the 17th & 18th centuries, as well as a fountain
This property, in the French department of Dordogne, is some 15 km from Bergerac and its airport. Montbazillac is 20 minutes away, Saint-Émilion 50 minutes away and Bordeaux just over an hour away. The motorway can be reached in less than 20 minutes. The village, with its 1,700 inhabitants, has numerous shops and a school. Doctors and a chemist are less than 10 minutes away.
This residence is built from quarry stone blocks. Constructed in the 18th century, it was renovated in the 1970’s. It stands amidst trees, hundreds of years old. All the windows were changed to large, double glazed windows in 2016. The central heating system runs on mains gas. Works are currently in hand to connect it to mains drainage. Beams are exposed in most of the rooms throughout the house, thus reinforcing its rustic character.
The house is entered via the lounge-dining room which also includes a kitchen area. A stone fireplace has been constructed in the middle of the living room. There is a back kitchen. A bedroom, with direct access to the terrace and parklands, a toilet and a shower room complete the ground floor. The floors are laid with tiles.
A wooden stairway goes up to the first floor. A corridor at the top of the stairs is used as a large study, spanning approx. 17 m². A central corridor provides access to two bedrooms, a shower room and a toilet.
The house awaiting renovation
This house spans approx. 234 m² over two levels. It has not undergone any renovation works for what must be at least a hundred years. Consequently, it still has all of its original assets. Fireplaces, brick walls, oak wood parquet flooring and terracotta floor tiles are in a good state of repair, ready to be cleaned and restored to enhance the decor.
This building is entered via a vestibule which provides access to the rooms whilst also housing a wooden stairway going upstairs. A large fireplace has been constructed there. A first door opens into two small rooms. A second door opens into a room, spanning approx. 12 m² with a fireplace. Said room provides access, in turn, to two large rooms, spanning approx. 30 and 40 m², and a third smaller one, spanning 14 m².
This level comprises a single large room. The period roofing framework is exposed, and the floor covered with parquet flooring. It is dotted with brick chimney flues which naturally delimit various areas. The stairwell is in the centre. Three openings, including two doors look out over the trees in the parklands.
Constructed in the 17th century, its shape is quite traditional. It was, no doubt, originally the dovecote of an opulent, nearby chateau, indicating the power and wealth of the property owner. It stands above ground and has six sides. The various walls are composed of half-timbering. The dressed stone pillars feature a sort of inverted dome, designed to prevent rodents from reaching the actual dovecote. During the restoration of the dovecote in the 20th century, one of the sides was glazed, thus providing an exceptional view over the river Dordogne. The upstairs, spanning approx. 40 m², is an ideal place for contemplation and observation.
The grounds span almost two hectares. Sloping steeply, they fade quite naturally into the silvery bed of the Dordogne. A driveway, planted with a dozen immense magnolias, provides a glimpse of an islet. The parklands are composed of trees, hundreds of years old. Five wells are dotted around the property. On the lower level of the parklands, around a bend in a little lane, a fountain and its square ornamental pool. This ever-flowing fountain is topped with a stone construction in the shape of a pilaster. Legend has it that a bishop from Marseille, native of the Périgord region, liked to relax here. It is named after him.
This property, steeped in history, is but waiting to reveal its full potential through renovation works. A holiday home up until now, use has only been made of a small section of the available space and the parklands. Visitors are able to imagine the many possibilities of these premises as soon as they step foot on this estate courtesy of the decor. Water, trees, stone as well as the peace and quiet will be the first assets to breathe new life into this property, bearing witness to times gone by. The extensive parklands bordering the Dordogne are in authentic symbiosis with the river.
|Land registry surface area||19143 m2|
|Main building surface area||260 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||40 m2|
Christophe Grelier +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.