and access to a stream, on the riverside in Libourne
This property, to the north of the sub-prefecture of the French department of Gironde, is near to main roads and within easy reach of the A89 motorway. Bordeaux, its TGV train station and international airport are a 35-minute drive away. Libourne train station provides 2¼-hour rail links to Paris. Saint-Emilion is just 15 minutes away and Libourne town centre less than 10 minutes away. Lalande-de-Pomerol chateaux and vineyards are nearby. This estate is in the midst of a vast, protected, natural area, spanning 150 ha, composed of meadows, forest tracts and pathways. There is a 6-km hiking circuit near to the property.
The entire district was once planted with vines belonging to one of the region’s great landowners. At the time, the house and its outbuildings were used as stables for the practice of horse-riding. The stables were later used as an annexe by Libourne’s riding centre.
The large, luxurious home
Constructed in 1731, this house spans two levels under an attic floor. The centre of the facade is flanked by two cypress trees, standing in the middle of a horseshoe-shaped stone stairway, with wrought iron railings. It provides direct access to the ladies’ sitting room on the first or noble floor. The ground floor, once reserved for domestic staff, can be accessed via a door set between the two flights of steps. In 2016, the building underwent major renovation works, all of which were carried out in keeping with standards set by the “Bâtiments de France”. The decoration is the personal choice of the owner, an interior designer.
The walls, built from a local stone, also comprise a darker stone coming from the old ramparts of the Citadel of Libourne.
This first level spans a floor surface area of approx. 170 m². It includes a vestibule, a double, through lounge, with a stone fireplace and a built-in bookshelf unit, the work of a cabinetmaker from the École-Boulle, a college of fine arts and crafts and applied arts. This is followed by a conservatory, with a view of the parklands. (This room is enhanced with a gigantic tree, created by artist, Laurent-Chiffoleau.) A kitchen features a fireplace converted into a bookshelf unit, a central, granite unit as well as all necessary fixtures and fittings. Every cupboard has been concealed using the trompe-l’œil technique. Air-conditioning units have been minimised using the same technique. The floors on this level are laid with travertine stone and the ceilings feature white-painted wood. A laundry room adjoins the kitchen. A back door to the rear of the kitchen opens on to a courtyard. Following on from the conservatory, a bedroom has a toilet and a door leading out to a flower-filled garden.
This floor can be reached via two stairways. The first goes up from the vestibule. Its decor is that of imitation marble trompe-l’œil. It leads to a large, main suite which comprises a through ladies’ sitting room with, on one side, the porch of the horseshoe-shaped stairway and, on the other, a terrace, with a view over the parklands. On either side of the ladies’ sitting room, two large bedrooms, one of which has a bathroom. A toilet is separate. Numerous cupboards and wardrobes blend in with the decor.
The second stairway, reached via the conservatory, leads to a landing, laid out as a library which provides access to a large bedroom, a bathroom with a toilet and a study, laid out in the old dovecote.
The attic space spans a floor surface area of approx. 127 m² under the completely redone, roofing framework. Planning permission has been approved for a project to create a main suite with a balcony and a dominant view over the parklands.
The old stables, spanning approx. 200 m², are divided into several horse loose boxes.
The grounds, spanning approx. 4,800 m², comprise a vast, 6x12 m, heated swimming pool, with a salt electrolysis filtration system. Outdoor lounge areas are set out around the swimming pool and on a wooden terrace. An outdoor lounge area under a gazebo, with a barbecue section, adjoins the terrace outside the conservatory. The grounds are surrounded by hedges and trees. At the opposite end to the house, it is possible to access the stream and to moor a small boat.
This property has been renovated and converted to provide a comfortable and relaxing way of life. The current, enthusiast owners have breathed new life into this building using noble materials and, paying meticulous attention to detail, have created a character property. Nothing has been left to chance. The enthusiasm, the sense of aesthetics as well as the taste for art and decoration of the current owners have contributed to the rehabilitation of this house such that new proprietors can move straight in. The fact that the house can be purchased fully furnished is yet another asset.
|Land registry surface area||4802 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
|Main building surface area||524 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||200 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.