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(16) Charente

Superb ISMH XVIII/XV C. Château & Sporting Estate


Reception Rooms: 3
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5
Land: 90 ha

Reference: P4-13592
£ 3,240,830
$ 4,312,905

This fine stone built Château has been listed ISMH since 1992 and the site is 'classé' since 1946.  The property consists of a building with two wings, one dating from the XVIII Century, entirely renovated in 2001-2002 and offering the following accommodation:
Ground Floor: A substantial entrance hall with majestic stone staircase with wrought iron balustrade, two large intercommunicating salons of approximately 40 and 60m2 respectively, a study of 20m2 overlooking the lake, a modern kitchen of 70m2 with a living area and a corner fireplace, a dining room of approximately 35m2, W.C., Vast corridors.
First Floor: Master suite consisting of bedroom, bathroom with shower, bath and jacuzzi, separate W.C. and dressing room. Four large bedrooms each with separate bathroom or shower room. Separate W.C. in three of the four bedrooms and not separated in the fourth.
Second Floor: This is ready to be restored. All the services have been extended to this level which potentially offers a considerable surface area above the first floor.
Basement: A fine vaulted cellar.
Second Wing: Dating from the XVth Century, this offers identical dimensions to the previous wing and needs renovation. The main feature is exceptional roof timbers described as 'coque de bateau renversée' or an upturned ship's hull, which merit careful restoration.

Outbuildings;  In front of the Château are two outbuildings facing one another. To one side is a four bedroomed caretaker's house with bathroom, barns and horse boxes. On the other side is a Gite which can accommodate 14 people with six bedrooms and three bathrooms. At the end nearest the Chateau is the Salle de Chasse with a bar, shower and W.C. Attached is a barn and further large outbuildings. Attractive enclosed Swimming Pool area. Kennels.

Estate: A small gate, 1 metre high protects the grounds and orchard from the wildlife in the woodland beyond. At the other end of the property is a large open shed or hangar for the farm and vineyard machinery as well as two houses, one of which is used by the 'Vigneron' and the other one of which is let.

Land:/Vineyard/Agricultural land: The land is entirely enclosed by fencing of 2.5 metre in height, 0.5 metres of which is buried in the ground. The land consists of approximately 15 hectares of vineyard, 140 hectares of agricultural land and 250 hectares of woodland with approximately 20 hectares of lakes to which it would be possible to add 35 hectares of woodland situated on the outside of the park. The SCEA also exploits a further dozen hectares of vines a little further away. The entire harvest is sold to the House of Hennessy by contact. The vinification as well as the distillation are sub-contracted outside. The agricultural land is suitable for the cultivation of maize, sunflower or other crops. All the land has access to a reservoir of irrigation which is underground and fed by the lakes.  The water is sprayed by a pivot, rollers or water canons. The SCEA owns various materials including tractors and other equipment.

Sporting Estate: The property constitutes, combined with the neighbouring property included in the park, a private hunt of approximately 600 hectares entirely enclosed. The bag in 201/2011 yielded 160 sangliers, 20 deer, 200 partridge, 700 pheasant and 50 duck.