A discreet chateau at the edge of a village with almost 2 ha,
outbuildings and a terraced garden looking down on the Dordogne valley

Location

135 minutes from Bordeaux and 105 minutes from Toulouse on the A20 and A89 motorways. At the tourist crossroads of the Upper Quercy, Lower Corrèze and Black Périgord regions. One of the most appreciated areas in France not only for the richness of its surroundings but also for its historic heritage and the quality of its gastronomy. The ideal spot for exploring the Dordogne Valley (classified as a Grand National Site) as well as the Lot and the Célé Valleys, the Grands Causses park, the Medieval villages of Martel, Carennac, Collonges-la-Rouge and Rocamadour, sinkholes such as that of Padirac and numerous castles. Thirty or so minutes from the town centre of Brive-la-Gaillarde (international airport and rail network) a dynamic town standing where the A20 (Paris-Toulouse) and the A89 (Clermont-Ferrand-Bordeaux) motorways meet. Just a few minutes from a small lively market town, with numerous shops and amenities, where markets, fêtes and second-hand markets are held.

Description

This chateau is ideally located in the heart of the Dordogne Valley, in the French department of Lot, out of sight of onlookers. It stands on a slight knoll adjoining the wooded slopes of the dominating cliff. The village takes up the lower slopes and is laid out between its initial centre, the church and the train station. This property spans close to two hectares and has an outstanding panoramic view on the west side. It is reached via a narrow lane that comes to a dead-end near the wrought iron gates. The peaceful sound of a spring, the resurgence of which is directly above, is much appreciated as it flows past. The outbuildings are followed by a dwelling set opposite and then by a vast esplanade in front of the chateau, forming the main section of the terraced gardens. Installed at a distance and discreetly sheltered further to the south behind a high wall, the swimming pool provides an exciting view of the valley. The orchard and the vegetable garden, on a lower level, extend right up to the dwelling whilst, higher up, two more terraced levels follow on from one another and provide access to the woods. This immaculately kept property is harmoniously planted with a variety of trees, bushes and shrubs.

The chateau

This chateau was constructed on foundations that most probably date back to the 12th century. The origins of the building, as it stands today, date from the 16th and 17th centuries, but modifications were also carried out over the following two centuries. Spanning two levels (excluding the attic), this chateau faces east and looks out over the valley it dominates. A dressed stone cornice enhances the slate roof, with its impressive pediment roof dormers. The main facade bears witness to an extension carried out long ago, the two buildings following one on from the other. A rectangular tower flanks the north-east corner. Numerous small-paned windows provide their touch of elegance and let copious amounts of light into the inside. At the back, a protruding section housing the main stairway adjoins the west facade.
This chateau has been carefully restored to include modern-day home comforts whilst preserving the character of the building and its authenticity: stone floor tiles; wooden flooring and period doors; panelling; numerous fireplaces; a stone sink; wall alcoves, etc. Warm and welcoming, it spans approx. 450 m² of living space, excluding the attic which could be converted. Amongst the main rooms are five bedrooms (as well as a spare bedroom), all bright and comfortable; three bathrooms; two shower rooms; two lounges; two dining rooms; two kitchens; a large study; a laundry room. The layout holds great potential for creating totally separate units, making it easy to receive guests.


Garden level
This level is reached via the central section of the east facade, taken up by the vestibule, the floor of which is covered with old tiles reflecting ochre hues reminiscent of those made from Dordogne stone. On the west side is the impressive main, half-turning, four flight stairway. The first landing gives access to the back of the residence. On the south side, the room leads into a large luminous lounge (45 m²) opening on to the garden via a large French window: old parquet flooring, a fireplace featuring a wooden mantel with a finely moulded trumeau fitted with a mirror, and floor-to-ceiling panelling. It is followed by a reading room (20 m²) where the pinkish red tint of the walls and their panelling contribute to the hushed atmosphere. The period flooring features wide strips whilst the fireplace, with its mirror-decorated trumeau is more recent. A bathroom adjoins the west side and, through a lobby, a corridor with its lauze stone and packed mud floor leads to the main stairway, a kitchen (11 m²) set at the other end, recently redone in a contemporary-old style, as well as the old vaulted, completely sound cellar, cleverly converted into a polyvalent and functional back kitchen. The kitchen and the reading room each have a door leading out to the southern section of the garden. Completed by the bathroom and the large lounge, this level could form a totally independent flat, to which could be joined the bedrooms of the south dwelling, laid out above on the first floor.
On the north side of the vestibule is the dining room (29 m²), used for receptions, adjoining the pantry: randomly matched parquet flooring, wall hangings and period cupboards, an Empire style fireplace with a wooden mantel and trumeau with a mirror. This is followed by a lounge-dining room adjoining the main kitchen, set in the square tower; both these coherent rooms open on to the garden. Residents can take every day meals in front of a large stone fireplace and appreciate the many remaining authentic features: floor tiles, a sink, wall alcoves and period doors. On the west side are the back stairway and the laundry room.
First floor
On either side of the main stairway, two corridors provide access to all the rooms in both dwellings. On the south side are four bright and comfortable bedrooms, spanning between 17 and 23 m². They all face the garden with an outstanding, unobstructed view over the valley. The walls feature soft, warm colours, the floors are covered with old parquet flooring and three of them have fireplaces. The southernmost bedroom has its own shower room. The three others share a bathroom and a shower room, both facing west. The second corridor, on the north side, comprises large cupboards and leads to a fifth, east-facing, master bedroom (27 m²), with its own bathroom (10 m²) and dressing room. The ladder-pattern parquet flooring is in pristine condition and the room is enhanced with a fireplace. It is followed, further to the north, by a spacious room in use as a study (25 m²) which, if so desired, could be turned into a bedroom and completed by a small spare bedroom laid out in the square tower. Both look out over the valley. The walls feature soft colours and the parquet flooring is laid in a strip pattern. A bathroom takes up the end of the corridor. The back stairway provides direct access to this section of the dwelling from the kitchen-dining room, thus enabling the south section to be made totally independent if necessary.

Outbuilding 1

This stone construction, spanning a single level (excluding the cellar and the attic), is topped with a hip roof covered with small tiles and featuring two roof dormers. It comprises the boiler room (5.7 m²) as well as a storage area, illuminated via three windows (33 m²).

Outbuilding 2

This stone construction, spanning a single level (excluding the attic), has a gable roof covered with interlocking tiles. The building is currently partially used as a garage (21.6 m²). A second room (30 m²) is used as storage space but could be transformed into a workshop.

The smaller dwelling

This old dwelling, spanning two levels, is topped with a hip roof covered with small tiles and featuring seven roof dormers. The two levels do not communicate with one another. Although in a good state of repair, this dwelling is not habitable. It comprises a main room (50 m²) on the garden level, and another room (25 m²) on the floor below where the old bread oven is to be found. This area is reached via the section of the garden containing the orchard and the vegetable garden.

Our opinion

This chateau is ideally located in the heart of the Dordogne Valley, in the French department of Lot, out of sight of onlookers. It stands on a slight knoll adjoining the wooded slopes of the dominating cliff. The village takes up the lower slopes and is laid out between its initial centre, the church and the train station. This property spans close to two hectares and has an outstanding panoramic view on the west side. It is reached via a narrow lane that comes to a dead-end near the wrought iron gates. The peaceful sound of a spring, the resurgence of which is directly above, is much appreciated as it flows past. The outbuildings are followed by a dwelling set opposite and then by a vast esplanade in front of the chateau, forming the main section of the terraced gardens. Installed at a distance and discreetly sheltered further to the south behind a high wall, the swimming pool provides an exciting view of the valley. The orchard and the vegetable garden, on a lower level, extend right up to the dwelling whilst, higher up, two more terraced levels follow on from one another and provide access to the woods. This immaculately kept property is harmoniously planted with a variety of trees, bushes and shrubs.

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1 450 000 €
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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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Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
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Expertise

Avis de valeur simple : 1 500 Euros TTC*
Avis de valeur argumenté à partir de 2 500 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 3000 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des avis de valeurs argumentés et des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établis respectivement sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de :
Avis de valeur argumenté : 60 Euros TTC*
Expertise : 80 Euros TTC*

   

*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 928940

Land registry surface area 19262 m2
Main building surface area 454 m2
Outbuilding surface area 200 m2

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Périgord, Limousin, Quercy, Aveyron, Tarn

Ilan Libert       +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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