character houses for sale - dordogne - in the green périgord area

A 17th century, large, luxurious home
a short distance from Brantôme in the Green Périgord area
Périgueux, DORDOGNE aquitaine 24000 FR


In the French department of Dordogne, in the Green Périgord area which owes its name to its vegetation and its streams, where there are numerous sites to explore. More exactly in the Dronne Valley, less than a kilometre from a tourist village and 10 minutes from Brantôme via a pretty road, running alongside the river. The undulating countryside is peaceful. In winter, deciduous woods abound with wild mushrooms, such as king boletes and truffles. Paris is 486 km away by road and 103 minutes away via the TGV train from Angoulême station, itself an hour’s drive away. Bergerac airport, also an hour away, has flights to Great Britain as well as Rotterdam and Brussels.


First of all, the courtyard with its well. The main entrance is set in the middle of the building, facing south-east, at the top of a straight flight of steps. There is a second entrance in the wing, on the ground floor where the domestic staff was most probably housed. Several openings all on a level now provide a more logical and practical means of communication. A vast storeroom can be reached via a door discreetly positioned behind the stairway, near to the kitchen. Another storeroom, in the west wing, has undergone some works and could be made habitable. The wing comprises a row of outbuildings that include a barn, a woodshed and a dovecote. An ornamental pool at the end of the courtyard awaits restoration works. An orchard, on the south-east side of the courtyard, leads to the garden, followed by a meadow, planted with trees, which is spread out over 180° around the buildings such that they can barely be seen from the hamlet. Apple trees accompany rare shrubs and trees as well as fragrant climbing plants. The current owners obviously have green fingers as this verdant setting is not only dense, but also well-kept. A few minutes’ walk beyond the fields belonging to the property, currently rented to a local farmer, is a wood where king boletes and other wild mushrooms grow.

The large, luxurious home

This property is laid out in a U-shape. The central flight of stairs, built outside the fabric of the carcass, begins with three semi-circular, curved steps. The roofs, the rendering on the facades as well as the door and window frames are all in an excellent state of repair. The ground floor of the central section is given over to storerooms and a workshop. The wing on the left-hand side comprises a room which is undergoing conversion works to become a bedroom or a flat. The wing on the right-hand side has been restored, as has almost all of the second level.

Ground floor
A door, on the right-hand side of the external flight of steps, opens into the kitchen, ideally located for receiving provisions, especially as it is right next to a large storeroom. It still has an authentic rural atmosphere, with its fireplace and its stone sink, set beneath the window. The main door leads, on the south side, to an entrance hall featuring “cœurs-de-demoiselles” paving, that is to say, it is laid with thousands of little dressed stones. A stairway goes up to the first floor; a door on the east side leads out to the garden. A very large lounge, still on the south side, has a fireplace and French windows, opening on to the courtyard. And lastly, a door on the south side provides access to a passageway between the courtyard and the garden where a toilet and a shower room have been cleverly installed; the external wall being clad in planks of walnut wood.
First floor
The stairway, near to the entrance door, goes up to a large landing. On the right-hand side is a large, 38 m² room currently in use as an attic which could be transformed into a bedroom and a bathroom. On the left-hand side is a bathroom with a shower and a stairway going up to attic space under the rafters. A door on the north side opens on to a long corridor, providing access to 5 bedrooms and the lounge in the central section of the house. The corridor walls are adorned with a washcoat comprising several colours that also brings a watercolour to mind. A superb pine tree has been planted opposite the window at the end of this corridor. In the centre of the house, at the top of its outside stairway, is a vast lounge with a muted ambiance, ideal for reading or playing in front of the fireplace.
A few centuries ago, a dovecote spanning approx. 15 m² was built following on from the barn and the woodshed. Its facade, with openings to let the pigeons in, is particularly successful. This building has not been neglected. The current owners have given it a new roof. At a slight distance from the main house, it could become a guest house or be used by children.
The parklands
The garden and the meadow are planted with fruit trees. Their surface area is sufficient to create a vegetable garden or, quite simply, to expand the orchard. It is already a pleasant haven with its strawberry, paper maple and Judas trees, together with its bamboo, and is a mass of colour in the spring.

Our opinion

With its wealth of natural treasures and heritage, this region is reason enough for a family to settle in this large, luxurious home. In addition, a bed & breakfast activity would be more than justified. The current owners have, over the years, carried out subtle renovation works which have blended in well with the other buildings. Newcomers will be able to take up the torch without fear of error as these lands have attracted Man since the prehistoric period.

474 900 €
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Reference 911866

Land registry surface area 10 ha 25 a 84 ca
Main building surface area 263 m2
Outbuilding surface area 187 m2

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Regional representative

Jonathan Barbot       +33 1 42 84 80 85



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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.

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