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(24) Dordogne

Stunning XVII C. Chartreuse, lake & estate.


Reception Rooms: 5
Bedrooms: 10
Bathrooms: 11
Land: 73 ha

Reference: E9-3380612
£ 2,235,250
$ 2,949,250

Magnificent chartreuse dating from the XVIIth century, located near Les Eyzies in the Perigord Noir area of the Dordogne,. The property lies in a quiet, open valley, fed by a small stream. The main chateau has 600m. of living space, comprising of a drawing room, sitting room, formal and informal dining rooms and 6 bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom. Glorious south facing views from all rooms to the luxuriant garden and park. There is also a large comfortable guest house with 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, two cottages; one with two bedrooms, and a yoga room/ exercise studio, and one divided in two with a gymnasium on the ground floor, as well as a two bedroomed caretaker's cottage. Overall the habitable area of all the houses comes to 1,395m2. Swimming pool 15m x 7m with loggia and changing room. 73 hectares (182 acres) of land, pasture and woods - a veritable paradise

Chartreuse The chatreuse offers 600m. of living space on two floors and a large attic. The ground floor consists of a kitchen, service room, store room, family dining room, snug living room, bedroom with ensuite bathroom, sauna and shower. Ceilings are original oak with the beams either painted or limewashed. There are large stone fireplaces in the reception rooms, some with wood burning stoves. All rooms have south facing windows, some with double doors opening on to the garden and sitting and dining terraces. Floors are stone or tiled or with wall to wall coir matting. An elegant stone staircase leads to the first floor. The first floor is also accessed by a grand Fontainebleau external staircase, leading to the entrance hall. The hall leads through to the drawing room and formal dining room, both of which have superb original fireplaces. On either side of the receiving rooms are wings which lead to the bedrooms, three in the west wing and two in the east. All rooms have south facing views to the garden and woods beyond through tall elegant windows. Original
oak beams and oak flooring, fitted with wall to wall carpet. All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms, which have been created at mezzanine level, accessed by cast iron spiral staircases, in order to preserve the lofty proportions of the boudoirs. Bathrooms are well equipped with high quality modern appliances. Gas C.H.
Guest House The Guest House is a lovely comfortable and contemporary house situated at the south end of the garden. It has a large open plan living
room/dining/kitchen, with oak columns and ceiling beams, and a magnificent stone fireplace. There are four bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom. In fact the master bedroom even has 'his and hers' bathrooms.

Cottages: On the east side of the garden are two cottages. These are currently used as a Yoga/Massage studio and a Gymnasium, but could be used as either two bedroom gites or a gite and a yoga/fitness centre.

The Caretaker's Cottage Adjacent to the guest house. It has living accommodation downstairs, with two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs.

Grounds: A haven of peace and tranquilllity with mature trees, wysteria and a stream crossed by pretty bridges. The Swimming pool, 15 x 7 metres, with a stone loggia with changing rooms and a W.C. is set in the grounds, away from the accommodation with views of the Valley. to the East lies the trout lake, fed by the river further up the valley. It has an island and fishing platforms. The remainder of the estate extending to 73 hectares 9 180 acres) consists of mature woodland and lush meadows.

History: The Chartreuse dates back to around 1680, originally built as a gentleman's huntingv lodge and the property of a Marquis until after the revolution when it ws converted to an iron foundry for the manufacture of cannons for Napoleon's army. The original furnaces are still to be found at the property.

10 minutes from Les Eyzies, centre for famous prehistoric sites. Nearby are pretty villages towns and villages such as Limeuil and Sarlat and the spectacular chateaux of the Dordogne valley. The region is rich in gastronomy, and ideal for walking, canoeing and cycling. Bergerac and Brive airports (flights to UK, Paris, Brussels, Rotterdam) are 40 minutes drive, and Bordeaux 2 hours.

This exceptional property would be equally suitable as a private residence and ideal property to entertain friends and family, as a secondary residence or for some form of business. It equally has potential to become a Boutique hotel or luxury Chambres d'hotes, or a venue for weddings, seminars and other events. The property even already has a restaurant licence in place. The potential also exists to rent the property and it would command a rental figure of 8,000 Euros per week.