in 9 ha of parklands, with woods and a river, near Poitiers
This property, on the ancestral lands of the lords of Poitou, well protected by its wood, is just a 10-minute walk from a picturesque village with a Romanesque church and a few shops. 4 hours from Paris by road, with a motorway slip-road 20 minutes away, or a 1¼-hour journey via TGV train from Poitiers station, 35 minutes away. Poitiers-Biard airport, 30 minutes away, has regular flights to the British Isles. Just over 100 km from La Rochelle and the Atlantic beaches.
Not far from the chateau is a large building which houses the caretaker’s accommodation, the former stables, a tack room, loose boxes and a garage. A little way away to the west are miscellaneous farm buildings comprising barns, an orangery, a gardener’s cottage and, in a walled garden, an attractive rounded greenhouse backing on to a wall.
The chateau is surrounded by parklands, the vast lawn of which is dotted here and there with tall trees including cedar, sequoia, magnolia and oak (one of which is an amazing size) trees, as well as a Mahlab or St Lucy’s cherry tree and an araucaria or monkey puzzle tree.
Further away, a wood shades the slope leading down to the river that runs alongside the property.
Built in the 19th century on the foundations of a medieval castle, this U-shaped building, spanning approx. 700 m² without the attic space, opens on to the courtyard on the north side. To the south, the wide facade dominates the parklands below it. The chateau has the classical shape of a building dating from this era, but the numerous windows that let copious amounts of daylight into the building are much rarer.
Visitors can access the chateau via the main courtyard through three different entrances; one is in the middle and there is one in each wing.
The main, central entrance features tall French windows that open into a vast entrance hall. Identical French windows opposite them provide a mirror effect on the south side and enable visitors to go down wide steps as far as the parklands. The floor is laid with classical mosaic tiles, bordered by a double helix pattern. Above, a coffered ceiling frames painted canvases.
On the right-hand side of the entrance, double doors open into the dining room. The room is enhanced with painted wainscoting, whilst the overdoors and the fireplace are adorned with sculpted features. The room is made extremely stylish by its high ceiling. The herringbone pattern oak wood parquet flooring is in a good state of repair. To the left of the hall, three tall archways separate the entrance hall from the area used as a large lounge. The atmosphere is both airy and luminous as a result of the room’s double aspect and its almost 4 m high ceiling. The simple elegance of its strip pattern parquet flooring contrasts with the large coffers in the ceiling painted with arabesques, one of which contains the coats-of-arms of the first master of the premises. A large neo-renaissance fireplace takes pride of place at the end of the room. Two doors lead from the large lounge to a music room in the east corner of the chateau. Here, luminosity reigns once again courtesy of the tall south and east facing windows. It has herringbone pattern parquet flooring and a painted French ceiling. The walls are lined with wallpaper.
In the east wing, near to the entrance hall and next to the music room, the library-study is also steeped in a luminous atmosphere; herringbone pattern parquet flooring and a painted ceiling. The entrance hall then leads directly to a large walnut wood stairway. At the end of this wing is a gothic-style chapel with a cross-ribbed vault and stained glass windows on the east and north sides.
The west section houses a former kitchen, a linen room, a boiler room, a third entrance with its stairway and, at the end of the wing, a large, particularly luminous kitchen.
This floor, accessed by two stairways on the east and west sides, comprises eight bedrooms, each individually decorated but all overlooking the parklands. Four bathrooms and two shower rooms are at varying distances from the bedrooms.
The stairway on the west side leads up to the second floor.
Several rooms including 5 staff bedrooms with sloping ceilings and attic space.
At a distance from the chateau, a vast building with a slate roof contains the caretaker’s accommodation, stables, a former tack room, loose boxes and a 2-car garage. The caretaker’s accommodation consists of three rooms on the ground floor with three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs.
Slightly on one side, a set of utility buildings includes the gardener’s cottage, barns and a large orangery
Further away, near to the walled garden, a superb rounded greenhouse awaits restoration.
The parklands, the wood and the river
The chateau is surrounded by 2 ha of parklands, the relatively plain design of which is easy to maintain. To the south, a path crosses a 7 ha wood that goes down to a river, home to storks and other grey herons.
A heated swimming pool, protected from onlookers and the wind, is reached via a few steps leading down from the main courtyard. It is bordered by a wide stone terrace.
This property, not far from the main transportation routes and the regional prefecture, comprises outstanding interior decoration, superb reception rooms and intense luminosity, in addition to the discrete and elegant features that characterise the local architecture. In pristine condition, it is set in rich, welcoming, natural surroundings, inhabited by a varied fauna. A private bank, running alongside the property border, provides fishing enthusiasts with the chance to catch pike and pikeperch under the watchful eye of wild wading birds, whilst the parklands, with their outbuildings, meet all the demands of hiking and pony trekking enthusiasts.
|Land registry surface area||9 ha 8 a 82 ca|
|Main building surface area||730 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||483 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||8|
Jérôme Broun +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.