A stunning example of a twelfth century Chateau with a detached Gatekeeper's Lodge, both of which have been renovated and maintained to an excellent standard by the current proprietors.
Currently enjoyed as both a family home and up-market Chambres d'Hôte/Boutique Hotel, much care has been taken to retain the character of both properties, whilst providing the comforts expected in the modern day.
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.
Chateau: The property dates back to the 12th Century and has been sympathetically restored using high quality materials such as Farrow & Ball paints and Little Green Paint Co. paints, Catchpole & Rye sanitary ware and bespoke Chalon hand-painted oak kitchen units. Many rooms have original features such as the flooring, oak doors, exposed beams, high ceilings, stone trimming around windows & external doors, stone staircase from the ground floor to the second floor, some exposed stone walls, impressive fireplaces (Cantou - typical of the south west of France) and numerous “nooks & crannies” to discover. 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, channeled through cast iron radiators, in keeping with the environment.
The two Towers - a striking feature of the Chateau - 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:
Entrance Hall (8 m²) with granite flagstones, stone ceiling & door surrounds and original stone staircase.
The spacious Kitchen Diner (56 m²) 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 Godin wood burner. Glazed double doors lead to the Mirror Room (6m²), a ground floor cloakroom with exposed stone walls and flagstone floor, a Catchpole & Rye “The Deluge” high level cistern with solid oak seat and double sink with nickel taps. 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 (7 m²) has a double butler sink with nickel taps and plumbing for dishwasher and washing machine.
The Drawing Room (53 m²) is a welcoming venue, with superb granite fireplace with two original bread ovens, original Tomette 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 (62 m²) has stone floor tiles, glazed double doors to the garden terrace and also to the front courtyard, oak internal shutters, a wealth of oak beams and a unique iron door leading through to Tower Wine Cellar (5 m²) 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 (58 m²) 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 Bath Room (7 m²) featuring an original roll-top bath with rainbow shower over, a high level “Deluge” cistern & oak seat, sink, exposed stone walls and old Italian stone flooring.
Across the stone landing to the internal Hallway (16 m²) with original Limousin oak floorboards. The first door leads to Bedroom 2 (25 m²) with original Limousin Oak floorboards and door through to Dressing Room (7 m²) with a range of fitted shelves and hanging rails and door to Ensuite Shower Room (6 m²) with large walk-in shower, toilet, sink, exposed stone wall and high ceiling.
The second door from the hallway leads to Bedroom 3 (66 m²) with original Terracotta Tomette flooring, triple aspect windows, exposed oak beams, feature granite fireplace and door to the Tower Shower Room (5 m²) with C & R sanitary ware, shower with rainbow head, “Deluge” high level cistern & solid oak seat, sink and exposed stone walls and tomettes.
From the landing, the stone staircase continues to the Second Floor Attic (200 m²) which is divided into three rooms and is ripe for renovation to suit new owners.
Gatekeeper’s Lodge: This former house has been transformed by the current owners into a luxury Chambres d’Hôte/Boutique Hotel. Quality fixtures & fittings include Provence & Fils hand painted sink units with marble tops, nickel taps by Catchpole & Rye and Fired Earth hand thrown terracotta floor tiles. Both the guest accommodation and public areas have been designed to provide maximum, modern day comfort, including a new gas-fired central heating system and sensor reactive corridor lighting, yet each retains the character and charm of the original property. Whilst new owners could continue to operate as a Chambres d’Hôte, or similar, such as a restaurant with rooms, or cookery school, for example, the layout is such that it could also be enjoyed simply as a family home.
- Property type
- Special class
- Guesthouse-bed & breakfast-gites
- Extra info
- Grounds 1-5 HA
- Plot size
- 12,587 m²
- Total living area
- 620 m²
- All bathrooms