castles / chateaux for sale - vienne - near poitiers

A listed, medieval & 19th century castle, its hamlet of outbuildings
and its 22 ha of landscaped parklands near Poitiers

Location

17 km from Poitiers and its new TGV fast train line with 78-minute links to Paris. The French capital is 352 km away by road (334 km of which are on motorway). Poitiers has an airport with daily flights to the British Isles, Italy, Lyon, etc. In the middle of a village surrounded by undulating countryside with fields and meadows, dotted with thick oak and chestnut tree woods. The local area is renowned for its stone quarries ten or so kilometres away. The setting is peaceful even though Poitiers is relatively close.

Description

This property takes up a large part of a small, but lively and pleasant town. It can be reached via several sets of gates and entrances but the castle remains discreet behind high walls and very many, beautiful, one hundred year old trees. Visitors entering the property via the gates near to the village church, gradually glimpse the castle between enormous plane trees. It predominantly comprises architecture from two periods, the late Middle-Ages and the 19th century, although its towers, turrets and pointed roofs exude a strong troubadour atmosphere. The building is surrounded by a wide stretch of fine gravel and an extremely attractive, flowering parterre on the south-east side, then a superbly long alleyway, with a double row of plane trees, leads south-west. On the west side, the atmosphere is more Italian with a large terrace surrounded by columns and a pergola with a lawn and a fountain at the end. The outbuildings, on the east side, are concealed by trees and directly reached via a second set of gates. A wide private road, paved with stone, crosses this group of ten or so buildings. An orangery, on the north-east side of the castle, has been converted into living space. And lastly, a long, old greenhouse, backing on to the perimeter wall, adjoins a large vegetable garden. The land, spanning some twenty hectares laid out in a fan-shape, comprises a wood, a lake, meadows and an orchard.

The castle

In the 10th century, the seigneury belonged to Eblès-Manzer, Count of Poitou. On his death, the Countess gave the estate to the Saint-Trinité-de-Poitiers monastery. After many changes, the Beauchamp family became the owners in the middle of the 19th century whereupon they rebuilt the south section as well as the outbuildings. At the same time, the Countess financed the reconstruction of the nearby village church. This residence comprises a rectangular building, covered with a long-sloped, hip roof, flanked by watch-towers with candlesnuffer roofs. The north and south sides feature two rectangular pavilions of four different sizes. The castle can be entered via five doors, the main entrance is in the centre of the south-east facade. Its doors, like the rest of the building are resolutely medieval in style. Sets of corners and roofs create an ever-changing blend of light and shadow throughout the day, in all weathers. This castle spans more than 1,000 m² over four levels. It is in pristine condition inside and out. The entire castle is heated via an oil-fired central heating system, the boiler for which is installed in the outbuildings. As the castle is regularly used, upkeep is carried out almost on a daily basis. The floors as well as the door and window frames are in a good state of repair. The windows, very often, still have their indoor oak wood shutters fitted with bronze judas holes; the communication doors are superb and the stairways majestic.


Ground floor
Visitors, entering via the central door on the south-east side, find themselves in an entrance hall with the main stairway. A 19th century atmosphere takes pride of place with large luminous openings, high ceilings and large rooms. On the right-hand side of the entrance hall is an adjoining, neo-gothic style lounge which still has its coffered ceiling painted with the Beauchamp family coat-of-arms. Then a large kitchen still houses some of the features of the professional kitchen from the time of the nuns; the castle having been home to a Benedictine community up until the 2000’s. A door in a corner provides access to a half-basement level where a series of lockers for hunters, turned into lockers for nuns, are lined up in a long row. This corridor also leads to the storeroom. Adjacent to the kitchen, on the north side, is a kitchen utility room which has discreet and direct access to the rear of the castle. A door on the west side leads to the basement levels. This room constitutes the wing known as the keep and provides access to a second stairway, older than the first one, set in a pavilion. This winding stone stairway has open return nosing. The dining room, on the left-hand side of the entrance hall, comprises two sections and opens directly on to a south-west facing terrace. Near to the dining room are an office, a toilet and a cellar.
First floor
The upstairs are reached either via the main stairway or via the winding stairway in the north-east pavilion. By going up the superb Chauvigny stone steps of the main stairway, visitors reach a 34 m long corridor which is fortunately divided in the middle. On the south side of the stairway, a little lounge provides access to two other bigger ones. The one on the south side, facing three different directions, has an ideal view of the alleyway, the flowering parterre and the parklands where it is possible to make out a statue of Joan-of-Arc. An adjacent, still fully furnished library features 19th century decor. Double doors by the main stairway open into the north corridor. Three wonderful, large bedrooms all have a view of the terrace, the colonnade and the parklands. Two bedrooms have their own bathroom, the third has a shower room.
Second floor
The layout of the second floor is similar to that of the first floor. It includes six bedrooms of varying sizes and four bathrooms. Three of these rooms form a wonderful suite on the south side. The three others are equally as nice and they are all of a good size.
Third floor
This level comprises nine bedrooms set out as four suites, with four bath or shower rooms. These bedrooms are spacious and comfortable with a captivating view over the parklands. The layout, as with the other floors, is flexible.
Attic
A stairway concealed in the corridor on the third floor leads up to the attic space, laid out under the roof over the central section of the castle. This area, once occupied by the domestic staff, is clean, in a good state of repair and includes access to the roofs.

The outbuildings

Chapel
The village church is originally from the 10th century but after the French Revolution, the edifice dating from the 12th century was in a very poor state of repair. It was decided to rebuild it and a first stage of the works were undertaken in 1883 in accordance with plans drawn up by M-Cazeaux, architect for the city of Paris and student of Viollet-le-Duc. The works were supervised by two other local architects. The castle owners financed the works and constructed a little chapel, adjoining the church, which could be privately reached via steps in the garden on the castle side. One of the stained glass windows features the Beauchamp family coat-of-arms.

Storeroom goods lift
Near to the chapel is an unusual but attractive little pavilion, topped with flat varnished roof tiles. It was constructed in the 19th century to house the mechanism for a goods lift. Vast underground passageways communicating with the castle run under the church and the garden. At this time, the owners converted storerooms in these underground passageways for storing the property’s wine, made in its vast wine storehouses 100 m away.

Water tower
A water tower was constructed for the property in the 19th century. Although still in a good state of repair, it is no longer used apart from the bicycle shed laid out on the ground floor.

Function room
One of the estate’s old sheds was converted into a function room or school by the Benedictine monks. This area was renovated and brought into line with current day standards by the current owner. The building dates from the 19th century and spans approx. 350 m² over two levels. The room on the ground floor, spanning approx. 230 m², can comfortably seat 200 covers, together with a dance floor. This area has a very flexible layout and can be divided into two sections, 1/3 and 2/3. It is fitted with central heating and features large openings on three sides. It obviously includes toilets and a preparation room for caterers with direct access off the street. A vast area on the first floor comprises several offices and an artist’s studio. Most of the upstairs awaits conversion works.

An old staff building
This building, spanning a ground surface area of approx. 230 m², must once have been used for accommodating the staff that worked on the estate. It was used as a scout hut when the nuns were in residence. The ground floor comprises a boiler room, a 6,000 litre oil tank and an electrical power transformer as well as the electricity meter, etc. The other rooms and areas are not currently in use; some are in need of renovation works.

A holiday rental accommodation unit
A small, 2-storey house, near to the function room, was recently converted into a three bedroomed holiday rental accommodation unit. One of the bedrooms, on the ground floor, is suitable for disabled persons. It adjoins a bathroom, a kitchen and a living room. The other two bedrooms are upstairs. The decor is a combination of local rusticity and West Coast American chic.

The wine storehouse
The estate produced its own wine in the 19th century. A building with a ground surface area of 400 m² was built for a wine storehouse, offices and a workshop. Given the preserved features, it is clear that considerable quantities of wine were produced. The large room comprises wine-presses as well as brick and concrete vats. The second has become the property’s workshop. Spanning more than 100 m², it could easily house a farm tractor and three or four cars. A steel stairway goes upstairs where the old offices have been converted into a 3-bedroomed guest flat, in the West Coast American style.

Miscellaneous buildings
Numerous buildings, backing on to the perimeter wall, are in various states of repair and are used for miscellaneous purposes: eight henhouses, a kennel as well as farm sheds and garages.

The orangery
The orangery lost its original vocation long ago as it has been converted many times. It currently comprises an open-plan flat on the ground floor which includes a large living-dining room, a kitchen, a bathroom and two bedrooms. The first floor could be converted if so required.

The parklands and gardens

The 22 ha castle grounds are far more modest than at the beginning of the 19th century when the estate spanned 1,000 ha. The remaining parklands and gardens currently form a screen, concealing the village. The parklands appear to have been the work of a possibly well-known landscape architect. The alleyway, with its double row of plane trees, extends south of the castle for almost 300 metres. It features a wide circular ornamental pool which, if restored, could create a wonderful mirror effect. The style is more Italian on the west side. To the rear, on the north side, a long, old greenhouse stands near to a vegetable garden, still in use. English-style parterres, on the east side of the castle, display their elegant abundance of colour. Numerous tall conifers form the backdrop. Then there is an opening, spanning more than 500 m and featuring, midway, a lake and a superb, 3 m high, stone statue of Joan-of-Arc which appears to be guarding the castle. The lake is, in fact, a large ornamental control pool, maintained by the local council. And lastly, the end of the property features several meadows for grazing horses and a large orchard.

Our opinion

The presence of such a large castle, just a stone’s throw from Poitiers, is very surprising. Especially as it is in the midst of landscaped gardens designed in a similar vein to that much loved by Lancelot “Capability” Brown, one of the best known of *English gardeners. This property, cleverly concealed by a verdant forest, is ideal for hosting large events of all kinds such as seminars, company meetings and, above all, wedding receptions given the proximity of the village church. Currently laid out for a hotel and catering activity, the castle and some of its outbuildings have a total sleeping capacity of more than 50 guests whilst the function room can seat 200 covers. Its magnificent gardens make invitations difficult to refuse. However, the property could easily be transformed back to the glorious times of the last Count and Countess and become a family home once more.

1 785 000 € Honoraires de négociation inclus
1 700 000 € Honoraires exclus
Honoraires de 5% TTC à la charge de l'acquéreur


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au 1er Avril 2017

Ventes d'immeubles

À Paris et en Ile-de-France
Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
Prix de vente de 200 000 À 400 000 euros   7% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 200 000 euros             9% TTC*
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En Province
Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur

Expertise

Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établi sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de 120 Euros TTC*

   

*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 552792

Land registry surface area 22 ha 91 a 11 ca
Main building surface area 1030 m2
Outbuilding surface area 1800 m2

Regional representative
Charente Et Périgord Vert

Henry Lewis       +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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