in a dominant position in one of the Purple Périgord area’s “Bastide” towns
In the Aquitaine region, between the Black and Purple Périgord areas, in the land of “English” Bastide or fortified towns and other renowned medieval towns between Bergerac and Sarlat. This place has a particularly temperate climate, pleasant to live in all year round, and is the ideal starting point for exploring one of France’s leading tourist regions. The magnificent landscapes are enhanced by the Dordogne Valley and dotted with a multitude of world renowned chateaux, picturesque villages and prehistoric sites.
In the midst of an old 13th century Bastide or fortified town with a wealth of outstanding architectural heritage and all amenities. A large village where it is pleasant to live by taking advantage of its small summer food markets and its flavourful gastronomy as well as enjoying the many outdoor activities on offer in the surrounding area such as hiking, pony trekking, golf (two courses no more than 20 minutes away), swimming in the rivers or lakes, canoeing, etc. 2 hours from Bordeaux, 75 minutes from Agen and its TGV train station (195-minute links to Paris), and 30 minutes from Bergerac and its airport, with flights to several French and European towns.
This residence, built in the 18th century, is a large, luxurious home in the form of a quadrilateral spanning four levels, one of which is converted attic space, with a lower level housing a cellar, a boiler room and other rooms used for workshop and storage purposes. The east facade is adjoined by an extension, spanning two levels, connected to the kitchen via a conservatory used as a living room. The house is built of light-coloured dressed stone and topped with Roman tiles. The facades feature a large number of openings, enhanced with tall, studded white shutters. Symmetrically aligned, they let copious amounts of light into the rooms. Purchased by Serge-Royaux and his wife Anne in the 1980’s, this house has been redesigned down to the smallest of details by this interior decorator voted amongst the world’s best one hundred of his profession by the American Architectural Digest magazine. Having studied Fine Arts at the “École du Louvre” and the “École des Arts Décoratifs”, Serge-Royaux was picked out by André-Malraux and assigned to the preservation of French national furniture (Mobilier national). His eye and his talent have redesigned many living areas. He was commissioned to set out large exhibitions in the best museums throughout the world and to breathe new life into prestigious premises such as Chambord and Grand-Trianon, in particular General-de-Gaulle’s private quarters, as well as Palais-Bourbon.
This residence spans approx. 460 m² of living space. The rooms are spacious and the layout harmonious, with numerous cupboards and shower rooms. When enhancing them, Serge-Royaux based his inspiration on the Louis XVI style that greatly appealed to him. The decorative features were chosen with symmetry in mind and based on nature and antique themes. The panelling was painted white to provide luminosity. First-class wall-coverings contribute to making the premises warm, welcoming and elegant. The interior comprises a lounge, a dining room, a library, a kitchen, five bedrooms and their shower rooms, a study as well as other rooms in the converted attic space used as for bedroom, archive and/or games purposes.
This residence is completely unoverlooked and has superb views from the upper floors.
The first and most used entrance door opens into the conservatory in the extension on the east side of the residence, whilst the second is in the west facade, reached by crossing the terrace. The lounge and the library open on to the outside via French windows. Both rooms are laid out opposite to one another, separated by a gallery extending the entrance hall and leading to the area housing an impressive half-turning, wooden stairway, with wrought iron railings. The lounge is adorned with herringbone pattern parquet flooring, moulded wall decorations, elegant mirrors as well as indoor shutters. In the library, with its built-in furniture, as well as in the dining room, facing the stairway, the decor follows similar codes to that of the lounge, although they both have large terracotta floor tiles, as in the olden days on this level. The kitchen, further towards the east side, follows on from the conservatory. Pleasant and functional, it can be used for taking certain meals. A second stairway provides access to the basement as well as upstairs.
This level is taken up by bedrooms and their shower rooms as well as a study. The floors are covered with a thick carpet, enhanced with light-coloured rugs. The walls are again adorned with first-class wall-coverings. The friezes under the cornices are also elegantly decorated here. A bedroom, with an open-plan bathroom, is set in a very independent position, just above the kitchen which houses the second stairway, providing other means of reaching the first floor.
The second floor comprises miscellaneous rooms used as spare bedrooms as well as for archiving and/or games purposes. There is also a shower room. This level has not been given the same decorative attention as the other two floors. The walls and ceilings are rendered or panelled and the floors are covered with carpet or linoleum.
The basement is sound. It can be reached from the inside, via the kitchen, and from the outside, via the garden, laid out below the west terrace. It is divided into two rooms used as a workshop-storage room and a boiler room as well as a wine cellar.
The annex house
This building spans two levels. Some of its architectural features bear witness to origins older than those of the main residence. Dating probably from the 13th and 15th centuries, it was later redesigned several times. A section of the building on the north side can only be reached from outside the perimeter wall marking the entrance to the property, near the small square opening on to one of the town’s shopping streets. This section, adjoining another house, further to the north, was converted into an independent dwelling for accommodating members of the family, friends or caretakers. It constitutes a flat, spanning almost 93 m² on the first floor, over a ground floor garage (once a living room with a fireplace). It awaits full renovation works throughout. The second section of the building, following on the south side, overlooks the inner courtyard and faces the conservatory. Its two levels include several additional rooms used for storage purposes or as a woodshed. It is adjoined on the south facade by an orangery. Both sections of this annex building intercommunicate on the ground floor.
The 18th century architect designed an irreproachable, classically elegant mansion house. It is quite understandable that such a residence, in its parklands with distant views of the countryside, appealed to well-known interior designer Serge-Royaux, who died but a few years ago. The fact that he made them his home says much about the quality of the premises. He also decorated the interior by adding refined touches to what was already there and by subtly using his good taste and know-how to enhance the late Age of Reason aesthetics. Renovation of the proud annex building could further improve the heritage.
|Land registry surface area||4176 m2|
|Main building surface area||480 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||228 m2|
Dordogne, Lot et Corrèze
Ilan Libert +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.