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Castle Angouleme (16)

$ 842,900
  • Euro (€ EUR)
  • American Dollar ($ USD)
  • British Pound (£ GBP)
  • Surface 650 m2
  • Rooms 8 
  • Bedrooms 6 
  • Land 9 299 m2

A surprising holiday home for bishops in a village on the banks of the river Charente near to Angoulême.
This property, easy to access, is but 5 minutes from the N10 linking Bordeaux, Angoulême and Poitiers, putting it 4½ hours from Paris by road. 20 minutes from Angoulême TGV train station, with 2-hour links to Paris. The landscape around Angoulême is composed of meadows, fields and numerous copses. It features a wealth of hamlets and bustling villages as well as outstanding churches and houses, with origins dating back to the 12th century, just like this building standing on the edge of a square in a village on the banks of the river Charente. The luminosity characteristic of the region illuminates the dressed limestone and quarry blocks, materials used to construct most of the houses in the local area.
This property, on the edge of the village square, can be reached either via the garden gates near to the church or, for cars a little further along the street, via the carriage gates set in a monumental, dressed stone entranceway, providing access to the property via a bamboo grove. This L-shaped chateau forms a patio with the church, to which it is closely linked.
The main facade extends at right angles to the latter’s entrance steps. The roofs are covered with the Roman tiles that are typical of the region. The main, Renaissance-style facade spans three levels. A projection, taking up half of the facade, is topped with a curved pediment and features two bays with large rectangular openings. The other section of the facade also features two bays of openings. The window sills are extended horizontally by one string course, whilst a second represents the division between the floors. The vertical lines are enhanced by protruding dressed stone quoins and window architraves. The garden includes a bamboo grove and numerous tall trees as well as an orchard. An above-ground swimming pool and its terrace are set at a distance from the house. Some 5,000 m² of meadow gives free rein to any development projects.
The chateau
Ground floor
One of the entrances provides access to the oldest section dating from the 12th century. A few stone steps go down to some astonishingly wide walls that form the base for the arch crowning the living room, with its fireplace typical of the local style. Said fireplace is flanked by two windows illuminating the room. The packed mud floor is laid with very small stones, bearing the patina of time, a traditional paving known as “cœurs de demoiselles”. On one side is a fitted kitchen whilst, on the other, a door opens into a large vaulted cellar. The second entrance, also with “cœurs de demoiselles” paving, opens into a corridor, providing access, left, to a vaulted room and, right, to a room, with its white marble fireplace, followed in turn by a bathroom, enhanced with a corner alcove laid out on the same side as the church, the entrance to which can be seen from the window. The wide stairway is illuminated by large windows and an arched door leading to the patio.
First floor
The monumental stairway, reminiscent of Italy, goes up to the first and second floors. It is worthy of note that certain heavily worn steps have been turned around. Extremely bright, it is on the patio side, between the property and the church. The grey of the doors contrasts with the overall clarity. This level, taken up by vast rooms, has 4.50 m high ceilings. The landing leads to a first door, opening into the former bishop’s bedroom via a little hall area forming an alcove for the room which is enhanced by a fireplace and parquet flooring laid in a Versailles pattern. The room, now used as a dining room, adjoins a kitchen with terracotta floor tiles. Said kitchen features a window next to the church entrance and an alcove via which the clergymen could take part in the church services. A …

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Advertiser reference: 865907 - Le Figaro Properties reference: 38097301

In detail

    • Surface 650 m2
    • Rooms 8
    • Bedrooms 6
    • Land 9 299 m2
    • Construction N/A*
    • Parking N/A*
    • Bathrooms 1
    • Shower rooms 1
    • Toilets 2
    • Exposure N/A*
    • Heating N/A*
    • Kitchen N/A*
    • Property tax N/A*
  • Energy Performance Certificate

    131 30*

    *GreenHouse Gas emission

  • $ 842,900

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