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(16) Charente

Superb 15th C Fortified Castle for sale


Reception Rooms: 6
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 7
Land: 6.33 ha

Reference: P4-14116
£ 1,753,787
$ 2,262,610

A chance to buy a beautiful historic Chateau for sale, nestled in idyllic peaceful countryside in the southern Charente, yet only 30 minutes from Angoulême &1 hour from Bordeaux, both with high speed train links to Paris. This splendid fortified 15th Century fortified property listed IMH has been painstakingly restored using fine quality materials and taking care to maintain its authenticity. High walls and a watch tower bear testament to its historic past. As well as the main house there is a 15th century pigeonnier and additional outbuildings offering capacity for events as well as accommodation.

A private drive leads to the arched carriage entrance with vast wooden gates giving access to the courtyard and this fortified architectural jewel. The quality of the renovation gives this lovely property a special 'cachet'. During the three years of works, all the roofs were renewed. and because the main house only has two bedrooms, the outbuildings became the additional accommodation for family or guests. Besides the main house there is also a large function room, bedrooms suitably equipped for either chambres d'hôtes or private residential/guest house use, another outbuilding developed with further accommodation, stables, an exercise ring, a swimming pool, and a farmhouse to restore. Set in the middle of six hectares of land the property benefits from a tranquil and idyllic situation whilst being ideally located, just one and a half hours from La Rochelle and the Atlantic coast

Hallway with guest washroom. Petit salon with attractive fireplace and beamed ceiling; grand salon, also with beamed ceiling and originial tiled floor with fireplace dating from 1460. Professional kitchen, beamed ceiling, stone floor and fitted with beautiful units made of pale oak and a local stone, "Combe brune", by local artesans. The kitchen opens onto the garden and an attractive area for Al Fresco dining. A spiral staircase leads to the upper level where there is an elegant bedroom with pale beamed ceiling and pretty fireplace with a separate bathroom; suite comprising large bedroom with impressive white stone fireplace dating from 1460, matching the fireplace in the salon below, and bathroom. Further bathroom at the top of staircase with bath and shower.

Further accommodation. The function room can accommodate up to 100 people and has a large bar and an outdoor kitchen for receptions, a large mezzanine, a home cinema and cloakrooms. There is an additional unheated room which can accommodate 100 people for a sit-down dinner. In the pigeonnier a study has been created. In one wing of the property is a house which has been completely restored using Charente stone and comprising salon, kitchen, bedroom and shower room, with various period elements including a niche. 3 large and luxurious bedrooms suitable for either private use or as chambres d'hôtes, each with bathroom and one with a separate salon. Continuing this building, there are stables with a tack room and a beautiful pediment, opening onto the exercise ring.

The farmhouse to refurbish (3 possible bedrooms) also has outbuildings including a massive bread oven and a workshop.

6.33 hectares of grounds.
Swimming pool 10 x 5 m, away from the main building and surrounded by meadows with donkeys, sheep, goats.

Additional information;
Total living accommodation: 830 m2.
Overall, the property has 7 full bathrooms and 4 half bathrooms or washrooms, one with 2 W.C.’s for events. There are 3 septic systems.
Taxe fonciere: 2,500 euros per annum. Taxe d'habitation: 2,500 euros per annum.

The restoration of this delightful property has been beautifully carried out, preserving the original architectural features, (exposed beams, fireplaces etc.) resulting in a most attractive and successful combination of the old and the modern with attractive contemporary bathrooms and quality fitted kitchens. Oil-fired central heating system.

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