On the outskirts of the Gâtine-Poitevine region, 360 km from Paris, 330 of which are on the A10 motorway. Poitiers airport, 30 km away, has flights to the British Isles, and Poitier TGV train station has 90-minute links to the French capital.
Close to a small medieval, tourist town with all shops and amenities, this property is but a 5-minute walk from a village with a bakery, a restaurant etc. This verdant setting features small pastures surrounded by rustic hedges alternating with woods comprising various species. A fish-filled river runs through the property.
This castle is one of those that was built in the second half of the 15th century on the foundations of old defensive buildings in order to make them more pleasant to live in. Fully listed, it spans approx. 800 m² of living space throughout fifteen or so rooms. It comprises a large rectangular building, the south facade of which is flanked on the corners by two round towers, whilst the north facade is centred around a pentagonal tower. The two long side walls feature large mullioned and transomed windows, topped with roof dormers cutting into the overhang of the eaves. These well-preserved openings are richly decorated with fine moulding which sometimes expands into multiple ogee-shaped lintels. The roof dormers are topped with gable roofs and finials. The gable walls, restored in keeping with the originals in 1991, still have two detached feline statuaries at the base of the slopes.
This building has but two entrances. The one in the pentagonal tower comprises a superb ogee doorway topped with a finial alongside pinnacles. The second, plainer entrance, on the west side, provides access to the kitchen and the utility rooms.
The interior layout is identical on the ground and first floors with two large rooms that take up the central section and pentagonal rooms housed in the large towers. Every room has a fireplace. Those in the towers are modest, but those in the main building are decorated and much more impressive.
The annex house
This small, 4-roomed house is used as an artist’s studio. It stands in front of the castle, at the foot of a few steps, and is all on a level with the garden. This was once the castle bakery and the building still has its bread oven. It could be used as a guest house as it is fully converted and in pristine condition. A long greenhouse, spanning a surface area of approx. 50 m², backs on to the north side of the building.
Set out along the banks of the river, this elegant and coherent garden cannot be separated from the castle. With its Medieval air and its design in accordance with Paradise as it was then imagined, its alleyways form a cross symbolising the four ways of the world. At their intersection is a fountain representing the source of life. The woods, the planted meadows, the fish pond, the enclosed orchard, with its superb collection of old varieties of fruit trees, and the vegetable garden add considerably to the charm of this little garden of Eden.
A wide building stands near to the gates. It houses comfortable accommodation for the caretaker, a second smaller dwelling, at the back, stables, followed by a workshop and an immense garage which could easily take ten or so vehicles. Restored at the same time as the castle, it is in a very good state of repair.
When contemplating the castle, it is easy to understand how, at the beginning of the Renaissance era, large noble families took to softening and lightening the original structure of the sober fortified castles where their ancestors were shut up throughout the Middle-Ages. This castle has come down through the ages from this transition period completely invigorated and so attractively radiant that even the surrounding countryside is apparently smitten with it. As the dowry for the wedding, the castle appears to have brought its garden, the marvellous clusters of which now bloom on the banks of the little stream. It comprises a small secret universe just a stone’s throw from the village. Its restoration works have been brilliantly carried out and managed. Everything blends harmoniously together and even sizes appear ideal, whether they be those of the dwelling, the garden which is easy to tend or the forest where residents can walk for an hour or two without having to double back before kicking off their boots in front of an immense fireplace. The ultimate asset: this property has been so fully renovated that new owners can move into their fiefdom straightaway.
1 800 000 €
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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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Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros 30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
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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 %
|Land registry surface area||29 ha 21 a 30 ca|
|Main building surface area||866 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||800 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.