castles / chateaux for sale périgord in france

A listed medieval castle, a horse riding centre, 3 farms and a dovecote
with 126 ha of meadows and woods in the midst of the Périgord region
Périgueux, DORDOGNE aquitaine 24000 FR

Location

The countryside, beyond the urbanised surroundings of Périgueux, county town of the French department of Dordogne, extends through an undulating landscape, dotted with fields, woods and small market towns, nestling around their age-old churches. The surroundings are peaceful without being isolated as is proved by the proximity of amenities (the town hall, a chemist, a baker’s selling bread and cakes, a butcher’s selling raw and cooked meats, a restaurant, a gymnasium, etc.) and main roads. The A89 motorway, providing access to Bordeaux in 90 minutes and Brive in an hour, is only 15 minutes away. It is but 45 minutes from Bergerac airport, with regular flight to Great Britain, Belgium and Holland.

Description

Although this castle, along the Way of Saint James, is perched on a hilltop, it is concealed from onlookers by bordering woods. The terrace of the polygonal tower, adjoining the keep, which goes up to a height of 23 m, makes it possible to keep an eye on the entire 126 ha estate. Remote-controlled gates restrict entrance to the property. A winding lane goes up a gentle slope and through the woods to a vast clearing where there is a riding centre and a house. The lane continues another 800 m, alongside a meadow, at the end of which stands an unusual, listed, 15th century, hexagonal dovecote. On the west side appears the entrance to the castle and its defensive facade which is reflected in the old moats. Two buildings connected via a wall-walk feature four towers. The inner courtyard opens on the west side on to a terrace which faces the wooded landscape of the hill opposite. A garden, laid out on the south side, includes a swimming pool and a summer kitchen. The lane continues along the plateau: 500 m away is a farm which constitutes the current caretaker’s cottage and, a kilometre further on, another farm awaiting restoration.

The castle

This castle, originally constructed as a “perfect square”, has traded some of its defensive features throughout its history so as to improve the comfort of its residents. This explains why the west wall has disappeared, giving a clear view over the valley and the horizon. The partial filling in of the moats has resulted in the creation of ground floor openings, letting in light and providing direct access to the garden and the swimming pool. With the exception of the pavilion crowning the chapel, all the buildings date from the Middle-Ages. Today, the castle comprises two 35 m long and 10 m wide, parallel buildings, connected on the east side by a rampart, featuring a semi-circular doorway. Said rampart is topped with a wall-walk, adorned with machicolation, crenels and merlons bearing cross-shaped arrow-loops.
Behind the heavy, solid wood door, reinforced with metal fittings, extends the completely cobbled central courtyard, adorned with a well, fitted with a counterweight mechanism.

The south wing

Constructed between the 15th and the 16th centuries, this building is composed of three pavilions, standing side by side, to which a 20th century pavilion has been added above the chapel. On the courtyard side, it is flanked by a round tower which houses a spiral stairway, providing access to the three levels. The facade is defended by a row of machicolation interrupted by vast mullioned windows, created in the Renaissance period.


Ground floor
The door opens into a through hall which provides access to a hall area, leading to the back stairway and the castle chapel, made original by its semi-circular apse which forms a projection in the perimeter wall. The nave of this place of worship is barrel vaulted and its choir-apse decorated with six cross ribs.
Three through rooms follow on the west side. One, a large reception room, with a French ceiling, a finely paved floor and a monumental fireplace, precedes an outstanding kitchen, with a 15th century fireplace, fitted with a complete roasting spit mechanism, and a second fireplace, dating from the same era, the mantel of which comprises a 6 m wide, basket handle arch. A record for the Périgord region!
The kitchen provides access to a storeroom, towards the garden, towards the central courtyard and also to the round tower, housing the spiral stairway.

First floor
Intended for sleeping purposes, this level comprises a medieval section, with wide strip parquet flooring laid in a ladder pattern and a French ceiling with exposed joists, as well as a more recent section above the chapel, with herring bone parquet flooring. On the right-hand side of the tower is a vast bedroom, with a monumental fireplace and a bathroom with a toilet, featuring terracotta floor tiles, laid within strip wood frames. On the left-hand side, a corridor provides access to a bedroom, with a bathroom and toilet, and a lounge, one wall and the fireplace of which are lined with painted panelling. The back stairway adjoins the last bedroom which has its own bathroom.
Second floor
Only the spiral stairway in the round tower provides access to the attic space, which could be converted. It is laid out as three rooms, with terracotta floor tiles.
Reached solely by the back stairway, a bedroom, enhanced with a marble fireplace, panelling and herringbone pattern parquet flooring, has its own terrace and access to the wall-walk. On the same landing are a toilet and two rooms in need of attention.

The north wing

This building is composed of three sections supported by the defensive wall. A 23 m tall, polygonal tower, flanked by a watch-turret, adjoins the two pavilions that are furthest to the west.


Ground floor
This level comprises a workshop, a room with exposed joists supported by stone pillars, an entrance via the tower, a hall with a toilet and a semi-underground cellar, housing the boiler.
First floor
Three adjoining, through rooms constitute the first floor. A bright games room features a stone floor, stained glass windows, a superb stone fireplace, the sculpted trumeau of which features Adam and Eve supporting the coats-of-arms and, on the north side, the latrines.
The knights’ hall has a monumental fireplace at each end, indoor wooden shutters and terracotta floor tiles.
The guard room is fitted with a small look-out post and latrines.

Second floor
In the tower is a room with terracotta floor tiles, laid within wooden frames and adorned with a motif, representing a tree and fleurs-de-lis, in front of the fireplace. A hall area provides access to a bedroom, with exposed ceiling beams, and two bathrooms in the central pavilion before turning into the covered wall-walk which leads to two more bedrooms and their respective bathrooms.
Third floor
As of this level, the polygonal tower adjoins but the square tower.
A single room is used as a library, with latrines set in the west wall.

Fourth floor
A single room opens on the north and south sides on to a wall-walk, defended by an outstanding gallery.
Tower
A sentry box leads, initially, to a small guard room, with a cross-rib vaulted ceiling and then to an open terrace, with a 360° view that stretches up to 20 km.

The outbuildings

Three old, independent farm buildings are some 500, 800 and 1,500 m from the castle.


The stables
These buildings comprise, on the one hand, an empty, one-storey house, spanning 116 m². In need of attention, it comprises a living room, an open-plan kitchen, two bathrooms as well as three bedrooms. And, on the other hand, a horse riding centre constitutes a large, indoor schooling arena, 12 horse loose boxes, a workshop, a storage space and an outdoor riding arena.
Caretaker’s accommodation
This house, currently occupied, comprises a lounge, a kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a storeroom and a boiler room. It spans a total floor surface area of 140 m².
The outbuildings facing it are spread out over 332 m². They include five cowsheds, a garage and a workshop.

Farmhouse building
Isolated at the end of the estate, an old farm awaits restoration. Spanning a surface area of 351 m², it comprises independent rooms overlooking a courtyard. The living section includes a large kitchen, a bedroom and a storeroom. A barn, an oven, three cowsheds and a storage space constitute the outbuildings.
Dovecote
200 m away from the castle, on the edge of the main driveway stands a hexagonal, half-timbered dovecote, topped with a tile roof. It is supported on seven stone columns, the mushroomed-shaped capitals of which stop predators from climbing up.

Our opinion

This building can indeed be called a castle, a fortified castle even, as it still has many features of a defensive system which, as everywhere else, has had to be transformed in line with comfort requirements. With different shaped towers, a curtain wall, a covered wall-walk, machicolation as well as crenels and merlons, these 13th century stronghold premises, on their plateau, still have everything they need to scrutinise the surrounding countryside. The castle, together with the chapel and the dovecote, is classified as a French historic monument. Perfectly habitable in its current condition, it exudes potential for all kinds of projects linked to cultural, leisure, tourist and farming activities. Equestrian facilities are already in existence. The estate is immense. There is no doubt that the local community will be interested in any exciting projects that might take shape here.

1 863 750 €
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Reference 830605

Land registry surface area 126 ha 6 a 92 ca
Main building surface area 1468.20 m2
Outbuilding surface area 2015.31 m2

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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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