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Castle Poitiers (86)

Price: € 1,260,000
  • 1020 m2
  • 11 rooms
  • 11 bedrooms

An 18th century chateau and vestiges of a listed Cistercian Abbey with 65 ha of woods and grasslands near to a village in the Poitou region. Just twenty or so minutes by car from Poitiers. Poitiers-Biard airport includes flights to the British Isles and the TGV train station has 90-minutes links to the French capital which can also be reached via the A10 motorway in just over 3 hours.On the outskirts of a quiet village standing amidst woods and streams. The surrounding rolling hills are covered with dense woods and modest-sized fields forming a landscape that has remained unchanged for more than a century. The region is renowned for the Romanesque architecture of its numerous chapels and abbeys. A narrow road leading out of the village goes up towards the estate. The caretaker's cottage, marking the entrance to the 65 ha property, can be glimpsed after some two kilometres. The driveway, bordered by tall trees and wild hedgerows, leads to a crossroads where an indefinable pastoral aura greets its astonished visitors. The latter must then leave their cars and continue on foot to reach the small verdant valley and its buildings:- on the south side is the chateau, which appears to have been set down in front of its large lake, shimmering in the light, - on the east side is the chapel, - on the west side, partially masked by immense plane trees, stand the old stables and the barn, extended by a succession of other buildings: a pigsty, a henhouse and storage areas, - on the north side, the garden is flanked on one side by the hillside and on the other by a narrow river.The chateauThe chateau was built in an H-shape with a central building, dating from the late 18th century, flanked at the ends by two protruding wings. These two wings are older than the central building as is proved by their vaulted rooms and their Medieval fireplaces. Documents and archives show that an Abbey, affiliated to the Order of Cîteaux, was built here in 1201. No longer in existence, all that remains are a small room and the superb gallery of its former cloister, listed as a French Historic Monument, which runs the length of the north facade. The south side has a wonderful view over the lake. An exceptionally tall horse-chestnut tree, cleverly planted for this purpose centuries ago, protects the facade from the summer heat. This large, 2-storey residence has a sober, balanced architecture, its facades featuring regularly spaced openings. The building has numerous doors leading outside. A large stairway and three back stairways go up to the first floor.The carcass of the building is in a good state of repair and its roof was recently fully restored.Ground floorThe first of three French windows on the south side opens on to a vestibule. On the left-hand side is a cosy little lounge or study with a fireplace for receiving on an everyday basis. Panelling covers the bottom half of the walls in this room. A toilet is on the other side of the vestibule. On the right-hand side, double doors lead to the dining room, a room with a hushed atmosphere courtesy of its panelling and wall hangings. A wooden Renaissance style fireplace features a superb medallion containing a painting. The floor is covered with limestone flagstones with black inlaid decoration. The dining room provides access to the main lounge which takes up the central section of the chateau where visitors arrive via the large porch way and double French windows. This large room, with its ceiling reaching a height of almost 4 m, is completely lined with superb 18th century panelling and features a red breccia Louis XV fireplace, topped with a trumeau featuring a mirror and a painting. The mouldings are made of gypsum and the floor covered with parquet flooring laid in a randomly matched pattern. All the reception rooms are extremely luminous courtesy ...

reference : 671948 - Le Figaro Properties reference : 10286722