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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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|Land registry surface area||22 ha 91 a 11 ca|
|Main building surface area||1030 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||1800 m2|
Charente Et Périgord Vert
Henry Lewis       +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.