Dordogne - Château on 60 hectare estate
+ manor house, 6 cottages, out-houses
€1,250,000 * (ref: 124)
Château dating from 1575
Of all the properties in France to have lost value over the past few years châteaux must be top of the list. This magnificent property - which includes seven other houses, 60 hectares of pasture and woodland, lakes and streams - was on sale for €2.5m just 3 years ago. Today the price has dropped to €1.25m, the price of a nice two-room flat in Knightsbridge.
The location is northern Dordogne - Périgord Vert - on the edge of the Parc Naturel de Perigord. A couple of kilometres from the N21 at Thiviers which whisks one north to Limoges or south to Périgueux.
The château itself dates back to 1575 but most of the structure today is late 17th/early 18th century. There is a lot of space: over 17 bedrooms (this is when I gave up counting), 10 or so bathrooms, servants quarters, nooks and crannies. Vast reception rooms on the ground floor: dining room, salon/library, living room, kitchens and pantries. Oil-fired central heating.
There are towers and battlements, secret passages and invisible doors. It hasn't been lived in for a couple of years ... and that's a pity and explains the drop in price.
The Manor House - Strip away the wisteria and you have a fine house (Yes, that's a Merc under the brambles)
The manor house has four bedrooms, two big reception rooms, vast kitchen and pantry area, stables, garages and lots of out-houses out back. Gas-fired central heating.
A number of houses and cottages are strewn over the estate, some with out-buildings, others standalone. Roofs are all sound and the 6 cottages vary from perfect condition to 'needing quite a bit of work'.
As chateaux go, this is one of the finest we've had to deal with. It just exudes French charm and sophistication. It could not fail to work as an upmarket guest house offering Périgourdine cuisine every evening. As a venue for weddings, receptions, reunions, corporative week-ends it would be hard to beat.
In practical terms one could move into the Manor House after a couple of days cleaning and cutting back. Using this as a base a team of three or four people could prepare the chateau for furnishing within a week.
Some of the cottages are immediately habitable: about 4 of them need quite a bit of work. But when they are on-line and let as gites all 6 should produce enough income to cover all the estate's costs. And that's on top of the rent paid by local farmers to graze their livestock on part of the land.
see chateauxforsale.fr for more pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* 3% agency fees included ____________reference n°: 124
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SARL GITES A LA FRANCAISE RCS Toulouse n°: 531 694 925
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The charm of the region lies in the unspoilt nature of the countryside, the picture-perfect villages and a rich heritage of churches, abbeys and chateaux. Above all, Dordogne is home to two (at least) of the most remarkable prehistoric sites in Europe: Lascaux and Font de Gaume.
The region south of the Dordogne river is carpeted with vast forests of oak punctuated with fields and stone walls. Dwellings tend to be grouped in fortified villages and bastide towns with high walls and narrow mediaeval streets.
North of the Dordogne river the landscape becomes wilder with rivers cutting deep gorges through the honey-coloured liestone. In the region - the Golden triangles - between Dordogne and Vézère river valleys - one finds the principal pre-history sites of the Perigord
Sarlat is the uncrowned capital of the Dordogne: all roads lead to this uniformly lovely town with its honey-coloured stone houses and public buildings, its museums, galleries and biutiques, its cafés, restaurants and - especially - its weekly market.
Winters can be cold but summers are inevitably hot and rain-free.
- in the middle of a 60 hectare estate
- gardens, woodland, lake and river
- 7 other dwellings
- on main Limoges-Perigueux axis (N21)
- secluded, peaceful and yet 5 minutes village
- knock-down price
- no pool
other gite businesses in the region:
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