in three hectares of parklands outside of Périgueux
The county town of the French department of Dordogne is renowned for its pleasant way of life. Neither residents nor tourists ever tire of its Gallo-Roman and medieval vestiges, surrounded by the river. Although this property is within easy reach of the town centre by bicycle, it is sufficiently distant as to not be bothered by the bustling town. The SNCF station provides links to Bordeaux and Limoges by train and to Angoulême by bus. The A89 motorway (Bordeaux, Brive and Clermont-Ferrand) is just ten minutes away by car.
It is also optionally possible to additionally purchase a detached, 2-storey stone house, topped with a Roman tile roof, as well as a small outbuilding in use as a garage which opens on to the little lane, a courtyard closed by gates, a 2-vehicle carport and a square, heated swimming pool. This area, entirely enclosed by hedges and walls, has its own access via the little lane.
The manor house
The semi-underground ground floor can only be reached via the west facade. Twin vaulted areas under the terrace with its balustrade are closed by wooden doors, inset with stained-glass windows. Their floors are covered with yellow and red ochre-coloured terracotta tiles and they are used for separate purposes: a bicycle shed and an entrance lobby for a meeting room. The latter comprises a bar, a machine room, a boiler room and a room, with a polished concrete floor, able to take up to 22 people for company conferences. It can be transformed of an evening into a function or concert room, with a dancefloor, as it is fitted with the appropriate sound and light systems. It is followed by a laundry room, in which a stairway goes directly to the garden level. A self-contained flat has been laid out in the pavilion and the extension. It comprises a main room, a bedroom and a small storage room which can be locked and which houses a spiral stairway going up to the floor above.
All on a level with the large terrace, this level can also be reached via the flight of steps and the west terrace. It houses the reception rooms: a large, through dining room, with parquet flooring, is flanked by a study, with old floor tiles, and a comfortable lounge, enhanced with a fireplace, nailed, wide strip parquet flooring, panelled walls and ceiling moulding. A breakfast preparation area precedes a proper kitchen, with a central unit, which opens on to a little private terrace. A small hall at the other end is followed by a vestibule, a stairway and a toilet.
A corridor, with parquet flooring, is illuminated via four small-paned windows, fitted with two fanlights. It leads to bedroom nos. 2, 3 and 4, each with its own bath or shower room and toilet, parquet flooring, a cast iron radiator and a cupboard. A stairway, at each end of the corridor, leads to a bedroom under the rafters.
Bedroom no. 1, on the top floor of the tower, is characterised by its old, nailed wooden flooring, dusky pink-coloured wallpaper, a cast iron radiator, two 4-paned windows and a shower room with a toilet. Bedroom no. 5, at the other end of the manor house, is laid out in the attic space under an exposed roofing framework. It has a walk-in shower, large cupboards, its own reversible air-conditioning unit, two roof dormers and two skylights.
The optional detached house
This fully restored house is constructed from quarry stone blocks, pointed on the inside and covered with white and salmon-coloured rendering on the outside. It looks out over a courtyard, out of sight of onlookers and enclosed by a carport, able to take two vehicles, a hedge as well as a high stone wall. A wide, wooden terrace encompasses a square, 7x7 m, chlorine-filtered swimming pool, with a liner, which is 1.4 m deep and heated via a separate heat pump.
Behind the house, a 2-storey, 40 m² outbuilding can be reached via the little lane.
All of the buildings have Roman tile roofs.
This sole room, opening on each side on to a terrace, is laid out with lounge, dining and kitchen areas. It features aged, wide strip pattern parquet flooring, a wood-burning stove and a contemporary fireplace.
This level, under the roof, features the exposed roofing framework and parquet flooring. It is taken up by two bedrooms, with windows, a separate toilet as well as a hall area, able to accommodate a study and a shower room. The latter two receive light through a skylight.
Life in the country is but a stone’s throw from the town centre in a fully restored building, dominating enclosed, unoverlooked and immaculately kept parklands. The delightful layout over four levels adds to the comfort provided by its geothermal heating system and double-glazed windows. Everything from the guest bedrooms, the self-contained flat and the conference or festive function room to the large terrace has been designed to successfully accommodate and entertain guests. Hiking and cycling enthusiasts have but to follow the adjoining hiking trail which, several kilometres long, goes through the woods. Sold as an optional extra: a detached house, with its own swimming pool, terraces, garage and wide courtyard, closed by a covered area, which can be rented out as holiday accommodation just like the entire manor house.
|Land registry surface area||3 ha 17 a 41 ca|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
|Main building surface area||410 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||140 m2|
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.