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A listed, medieval & 19th century castle, its hamlet of outbuildings and its 22 ha of landscaped parklands near Poitiers. 17 km from Poitiers and its new TGV fast train line with 78-minute links to Paris. The French capital is 352 km away by road (334 km of which are on motorway). Poitiers has an airport with daily flights to the British Isles, Italy, Lyon, etc. In the middle of a village surrounded by undulating countryside with fields and meadows, dotted with thick oak and chestnut tree woods. The local area is renowned for its stone quarries ten or so kilometres away. The setting is peaceful even though Poitiers is relatively close. This property takes up a large part of a small, but lively and pleasant town. It can be reached via several sets of gates and entrances but the castle remains discreet behind high walls and very many, beautiful, one hundred year old trees. Visitors entering the property via the gates near to the village church, gradually glimpse the castle between enormous plane trees. It predominantly comprises architecture from two periods, the late Middle-Ages and the 19th century, although its towers, turrets and pointed roofs exude a strong troubadour atmosphere. The building is surrounded by a wide stretch of fine gravel and an extremely attractive, flowering parterre on the south-east side, then a superbly long alleyway, with a double row of plane trees, leads south-west. On the west side, the atmosphere is more Italian with a large terrace surrounded by columns and a pergola with a lawn and a fountain at the end. The outbuildings, on the east side, are concealed by trees and directly reached via a second set of gates. A wide private road, paved with stone, crosses this group of ten or so buildings. An orangery, on the north-east side of the castle, has been converted into living space. And lastly, a long, old greenhouse, backing on to the perimeter wall, adjoins a large vegetable garden. The land, spanning some twenty hectares laid out in a fan-shape, comprises a wood, a lake, meadows and an orchard.The castleIn the 10th century, the seigneury belonged to Eblès-Manzer, Count of Poitou. On his death, the Countess gave the estate to the Saint-Trinité-de-Poitiers monastery. After many changes, the Beauchamp family became the owners in the middle of the 19th century whereupon they rebuilt the south section as well as the outbuildings. At the same time, the Countess financed the reconstruction of the nearby village church. This residence comprises a rectangular building, covered with a long-sloped, hip roof, flanked by watch-towers with candlesnuffer roofs. The north and south sides feature two rectangular pavilions of four different sizes. The castle can be entered via five doors, the main entrance is in the centre of the south-east facade. Its doors, like the rest of the building are resolutely medieval in style. Sets of corners and roofs create an ever-changing blend of light and shadow throughout the day, in all weathers. This castle spans more than 1,000 m² over four levels. It is in pristine condition inside and out. The entire castle is heated via an oil-fired central heating system, the boiler for which is installed in the outbuildings. As the castle is regularly used, upkeep is carried out almost on a daily basis. The floors as well as the door and window frames are in a good state of repair. The windows, very often, still have their indoor oak wood shutters fitted with bronze judas holes; the communication doors are superb and the stairways majestic.Ground floorVisitors, entering via the central door on the south-east side, find themselves in an entrance hall with the main stairway. A 19th century atmosphere takes pride of place with large luminous openings, high ceilings and large rooms. On the right-hand side of the entrance hall is an adjoining, ...

Le Figaro Properties reference : 12320670