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(16) Charente

Listed XVth C Fortified Château, luxury Ch. d'hôtes.


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

Reference: P4-14116
£ 1,770,105
$ 2,262,988

A private drive leads to the arched entrance with vast wooden gates giving access to this fortified architectural jewel. Surrounded by high stone walls and a watchtower, this beautiful Château in the southern Charente dates from the XVth Century and is ISMH listed. It has been beautifully renovated using high quality materials, giving it a special 'cachet'. During the three years of painstaking renovation all the roofs were renewed. and because the main house only has two bedrooms, the outbuildings became the additional accommodation for family or guests. The property comprises an imposing main house, a XVI th Century pigeonnier, a large function room, bedrooms suitably equipped for either chambres d'hôtes or private residential/ guest house use, an 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 1 hr north of Bordeaux and 30 mins from Angoulême. The Atlantic coast with La Rochelle and its islands are an hour and a half away.

Hallway with guest washroom. Petit salon with attractive fireplace and beamed ceiling; lgrand salon, also with beamed ceiling and originial tiled floor with fireplace dating from 1460. Professional kitchen, beamed ceiling, stone floor and itted 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 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 toilets for events. There are 3 septic systems.
Taxe fonciere: 2,500 euros per annum. Taxe d'habitation: 2,500 euros per annum.

The renovation of the property has been carried out with high quality materials and with care being taken to preserve 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.

Delightful property, comfortably and meticulously restored in an idyllic setting.
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