Price: 1.365.000 EUROS
A stunning example of a 12th century chateau with a detached gatekeeper's lodge, both of which have been renovated and maintained to an excellent standard by the current owners.
Currently a family home and up-market Boutique Hotel, much care has been taken to retain the character of both properties with many rooms having original features such as exposed beams, impressive fireplaces and oak doors.
The rooms are very spacious, yet retain the feel of a family home, with carefully selected furnishings and accessories. The property also benefits from oil-fired central heating, channelled through cast iron radiators, in keeping with the environment.
A striking feature of the chateau are the two towers which have been tastefully incorporated into the living accommodation and now house en-suite bathrooms, wine cellar and utility room.
From the driveway large wooden gates open into the original cobbled courtyard, separating the chateau and the gatehouse. The main entrance into the chateau leads to the entrance hall with granite flagstones, stone ceiling & door surrounds and original stone staircase.
The spacious kitchen/diner with French flagstone flooring, painted beams, electric Aga, electric oven with gas burners, large bespoke island unit with excellent storage capacity and a feature granite fireplace incorporating a beautiful hand-painted ceramic wood burner.
Glazed double doors lead to the Mirror Room, a ground floor cloakroom with exposed stone walls and flagstone floor. There is also a glazed door from kitchen to the rear garden and access down to the Vaulted Cellar.
From the kitchen, the tower utility room has a double butler sink with nickel taps and plumbing for dishwasher and washing machine.
The drawing room is a welcoming venue, with superb granite fireplace with two original bread ovens, original flooring, glazed double doors to the garden terrace and parkland beyond, as well as a second doorway to The Mirror Room.
The atmospheric Dining Room has stone floor tiles, glazed double doors to the garden terrace and also to the front courtyard, a wealth of oak beams and a unique iron door leading through to Tower Wine Cellar with three deep-set windows and external door to the courtyard.
From the hallway, the stone staircase takes you to the first floor landing and left into Bedroom 1, light and airy with triple aspect windows, painted beams, built-in corner cupboard and large granite fireplace with seating area to the front.
A door leads through to the tower bathroom featuring an original roll-top bath with rainbow shower over, WC, sink, exposed stone walls and old Italian stone flooring.
Across the stone landing to the internal hallway with original Limousin oak floorboards. The first door leads to Bedroom 2 with original Limousin oak floorboards and door through to dressing room with a range of fitted shelves and hanging rails and door to en-suite shower room with large walk-in shower, toilet, sink, exposed stone wall and high ceiling.
The second door from the hallway leads to Bedroom 3 with original terracotta flooring, triple aspect windows, exposed oak beams, feature granite fireplace and door to the tower shower room.
From the landing, the stone staircase continues to the second floor attic which is divided into three rooms and is ripe for renovation to suit new owners.
From the courtyard access to the Gatekeeper's Lodge is through the impressive entrance to the dining room. The Lodge has been transformed into a luxury Boutique Hotel retaining the character and charm of the original property.
The dining room, with seating for 12 diners, has large double glazed, glass fronted wall overlooking the courtyard and chateau. High beams, panelled walls and recessed lighting. The kitchen has tiled floor, stainless steel sink & worktops, heated towel rail and fitted storage units.
The reading room has virtually wall to wall shelves full of literature. There is a fireplace with wood burner and glazed door to rear terrace. Within one panel of books is a hidden door through to the laundry room which has a tiled floor, Butler sink, plumbing for washing machine & ice machine, wooden worktops over storage units with hand crafted doors. Door out to small storage area, with further door out to the rear garden.
From the reading room, a door leads out to a hallway off of which is a cloakroom with toilet, double wash hand basin and separate linen cupboard. Two old oak doors lead from the hallway into the potting shed, a room used for pre or post dinner drinks. It has a tiled floor, light wooden beams and glazed doors through to the rear terrace and front courtyard.
A wooden staircase from the hallway leads up to the first floor. Landing with wooden floorboards, half-panelled walls and door to Bedroom 1, a suite with sitting room, bedroom and shower room. The sitting room has wooden floorboards and light, pastel shaded walls. Glazed, double doors lead through to the bedroom, with wooden floorboards and pastel shaded walls, built-in wardrobe and recessed drawer unit. Door into shower room, with wooden floorboards, walk-in shower, heated towel rail, sink and WC.
Bedroom 2 with tiled floor, exposed stone walls and subtle lighting. Antique mirrored doors conceal the entrance to the en-suite bathroom with tiled floor, large walk-in shower, toilet, original 1920s basin with nickel taps, contemporary hanging rails.
Second floor landing with wooden floorboards and half-panelled walls and door to Bedroom 3 with tiled floor, exposed stone walls, wooden beams, built-in wardrobe and sitting area. Door to en-suite bathroom with tiled floor,exposed stone wall and beams, roll-top bath, walk-in shower, toilet, sink and heated towel rail.
Outside is a barn attached to the Gatekeeper's Lodge, which houses the oil boiler and oil tanks for the supply of hot water & heating to the chateau, as well as the gas boiler, which supplies hot water & heating to the Gamekeeper's Lodge. Large access doors to the front, off of the courtyard, as well as a rear door to the Lavender Garden.
Detached barn opposite the chateau, with large double door access and two other doors, one of which is the original entrance to the former chapel, which stood on this site until 1646.
The principal area to the rear of the property is parkland - mostly laid to lawn, with established rhododendron & hydrangea and bordered by mature trees, with a central cedar tree, estimated to be over 200 years old. At one corner of the garden is a further entrance, sealed by substantial iron gates, leading onto the side road.
There is a very pretty lavender garden, with a delightful iron arch, covered with honeysuckle and various other climbing plants, ideal for an evening stroll. There are several terraced areas around the chateau and gatekeeper's lodge, perfect for entertaining and dining. Across from the chateau is a large area of grassland and trees, which borders the village road.
The village is located 15 kms from Bellac, 30 kms from both Limoges city centre and airport, whilst access to the A20 motorway is 17 kms.
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