Castle Riberac (24)
A renovated chateau and its outbuildings, surrounded by 13 ha of parklands and woods, with an optional 24 ha of untenanted land in the Green Périgord area.
Set between Aubeterre-sur-Dronne and Brantôme, two of France’s most beautiful villages, the Dronne Valley comprises an undulating, verdant landscape, alternating multi-coloured fields, mills, Romanesque churches, peat bogs and woods. The building heritage was constructed using local white limestone making it particularly luminous. It was through this region that the English writer, Edward-Harrison-Barker, walked and canoed in the 19th century. A journey that he recounted in his book entitled “Two Summers in Guyenne”. Local shops are to be found in a lively village just 5 minutes away and in the town of Ribérac, a 20-minute drive away. Bordeaux can be reached in less than 2 hours and Paris less than 3 hours by TGV train from Angoulême.
On the southern slope of a little hill, resembling a promontory, this impressive, unoverlooked residence provides a 180° view over cultivated fields and woods. On the plateau on the north side, a tree-covered walk crosses the parklands and leads to the woods and footpaths, to be explored on foot, or on horseback as wooden loose boxes, designed by an architect, have been constructed in the shade of the oak trees. A narrow tarmac road, the bends of which contribute to the lack of visual and audible nuisances, comes to an end in front of several outbuildings and a set of wrought iron gates. The long central building is flanked on the north side by two 15th century towers, dissymmetrical since the French Revolution, between them is an extension with its own single-sloped roof. This is a space which has been fully renovated in a contemporary manner. The main building is extended on the east side by a wing of similar height, set at right angles. And lastly, a vast inner courtyard is formed by a separate, single-storey farm building which joins the entrance gates.
The houseThis impressively tall house, with its two levels of living space and its Mansard roof, reflects light off of its yellow ochre-coloured, luminous rendering. The perfectly symmetrical facade features a central entrance door, the surround of which is bevelled under a cornice, and large, wooden-framed, small-paned windows, redone like-for-like, on either side. The two side French windows feature the same carved panel motif as the central door. The vertical continuation of the windows comprises five roof dormers which, topped with a cornice, protrude slightly from the flat tile-covered break. The low-sloped deck is covered with recuperated Roman tiles.
The main entrance door opens into a vestibule, paved with pointed stone. Three arcades curve above the first flight of a monumental stairway, with its shellstone balustrade. A passageway leads to the contemporary open space and a closed cloakroom includes a toilet. Reflecting the symmetry of the windows shown on the facade, two rooms follow one another on either side of the vestibule forming a row of wooden doors along the length of the building: a kitchen with its stone fireplace and its floor, covered with broad old flagstones, a Vilhonneur stone dining room with underfloor heating and a plain fireplace, a first lounge with parquet flooring and a wooden fireplace, adorned with an original painting, and a second lounge, paved with Vilhonneur stone and featuring a richly decorated stone fireplace. Everything that was in a good state of repair has been preserved. The fireplaces have insulation trapdoors. All the interior walls (apart from the plasterboard ones in the kitchen) have been scraped, lime-rendered, plastered by hand by a master plasterer and then whitewashed in varying hues. The east end of the building has a hall area, with a stone floor, housing a second stairway, …
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