castles / chateaux for sale in france creuse region

Dominating a village in the Creuse, a 14th and 15th century chateau,
with French MH classification, a terrace roof and 360° view
Guéret, CREUSE limousin 23000 FR

Location

4 hours from Paris, approx. two from Clermont-Ferrand and Poitiers, and one hour from Limoges and Montluçon. 15 km from Guéret, a small town with a full range of shops and amenities, train station and schools. Paris is three hours away by car. Set in the heart of a hilly and wooded countryside crisscrossed by streams and beautiful lakes. A region where outdoor activities are prioritised and exploration of a rich historic and architectural heritage formerly the object of dispute between the kingdoms of France and Aquitaine during the one hundred years’ war.

Description

Perched on a promontory, at an altitude of more than 500 metres, on the site of a former motte, the property dominates the small hamlet that is part of. This strategic position enabled it to defend its territory and indeed a large part of the region in ancient times. It is surrounded by 2 570 m2 of land mainly enclosed by tall trees and coppice screen protecting it. The chateau is accessed via a country lane on a lower level and is surrounded by a dry moat. The west-facing part of the castle has been restored, the east-facing part of the castle is in ruins but still reflects the grandeur of the property. It is located away from any kind of nuisance and the peace and quiet is significant.
The site – the chateau and its motte-, is protected for its historic value, its geographic location and its view. Below, in the heart of the hamlet, a barn completes this estate (approx. 130 m2).

The chateau

Access to the courtyard is via a tall fortified south-facing door. Built of dressed stone, it was once fitted with a portcullis. The architecture of the building developed greatly between 11th and 14th centuries, period during which the dungeon, originally round in shape was then incorporated in the main building, making it look like a large fortified building and making up the west rectangular surrounding wall. The surface area of the latter was reduced in 15th century (25 m x 18 m outer surface area) but the height of the walls increased to improve security and reduce the size of the troop necessary for its defence. Four turrets located in the corners of the surrounding walls act as buttresses. Two additional towers flank the east facade of the dungeon, the latter incorporating living space on each level. The staircase tower is located three quarters of the way along the dividing wall.
On either side, there are traces of a former arrow drawbridge. The windows on the east and west facades are narrow and one-traverse, except for two that are wider and mullioned. The towers, including the spiral staircase tower, are illuminated by much smaller windows.
The chateau, that can be lived in as is, spans four levels with a panoramic roof terrace. Built of granite stone and lime pointed, the building has an austere appearance and may be seen from a long distance. It owes its current appearance to a couple of enthusiasts who purchased it from the municipality 70 years ago and undertook its preservation. At that time, in bad shape and almost in ruins, the building required above all consolidation works to redefine the different floors that had disappeared. The interior comprises two rooms on each of the four floors (66 m2 and 37 m2). The turrets mainly incorporate utility rooms (4m2). Modern techniques and materials like cement were chosen for restoration works. The floor coverings are well suited and catch the spirt of the place (floors and ceilings). Fireplaces on the north and south facing walls have been preserved and are operational however those located along the dividing wall have been sacrificed to allow a lift to be installed and cleverly hidden in the former chimney shafts.


Ground floor
This level was originally dark and had no entrance until the first phase of restoration works. Currently, it comprises a hall illuminated by a window fitted with window seats on the south-facing facade and by a small opening on the west facade. Access to the upper floors is via a reconstituted twisted spiral staircase in the protruding east-facade rectangular tower but also via the lift. The second room in the tower, north facing, is used as a utility room and leads to some toilets currently in disrepair. A sauna has also been fitted here and a technical room for maintenance of the lift. The floors are covered with irregular concrete slabs that imitate stone slabs perfectly.
First floor
This floor comprises the lounge and a kitchen come dining room as was the custom in the past. There are exposed beams on the ceiling and the floors have similar tiles to the ones on the garden level. Each room features a refined monumental stone fireplace as well as large windows with seats providing pleasant brightness that contrasts with the austerity of the exterior of the building. The north-east facing tower houses the pantry and is fitted with a sink. There are also the former protruding latrines (located outside the fabric of the building). The south-east room in the tower, adjoining the lounge, is used for storage.
Second floor
It comprises two bedrooms. The larger master bedroom features a ‘à la francaise’ ceiling, window with window seat and warm-coloured concrete flooring that imitates terracotta tiles perfectly. It also includes a beautiful decorated fireplace with sculpted capitals and finely carved jambs. The adjoining corner tower has been made into an oratory. The second bedroom, smaller in size and also with fewer decorative features, has a strip pattern parquet flooring as well as two windows with seats. There is no fireplace on the north-facing wall. The room in the north-east tower awaits restoration.
Third floor
Restoration of the four rooms on this level is to be continued. In the two main rooms, there are monumental fireplaces slightly less decorated that the one on the second floor but just as beautiful. The windows are fitted with window seats, the floors are of strip pattern parquet and the ceiling is in its raw state, concrete.
Fourth floor
It comprises a terrace with duckboard flooring specially treated to withstand bad weather. Twenty metres from the ground, one has a wonderful 360° view of the surrounding countryside.

Our opinion

Saved from the ravages of time by the experienced work of a couple of enthusiasts, this superb historic property proudly dominates, from the top of its motte, a splendid region rarely seen or experienced by the general public. With its unaltered landscapes and their revitalising effect.
Those who have got to know the region, appreciate the surrounding nature, the quality of life on offer here and have never regretted it. This site is suitable for anyone particularly concerned by the protection of the regional medieval heritage and of this remarkable property, in particular. Its austere and dissuasive style hides the personal and charming features one encounters once inside.

Exclusive sale

350 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


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Reference 482085

Land registry surface area 2721 m2
Main building surface area 457 m2
Outbuilding surface area 130 m2

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Périgord, Limousin, Quercy


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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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