• CHATEAU in CHARENTE €2,449,000 €1,990,000 (HAI)**
  • 6
  • 7
  • 500 m2
  • 63302 m2

One of the most exquisite 15th Century Renaissance homes in France has come to the market, Cognac region.

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A registered historical monument (ISMH), the property was completely restored in 2007 and is perfectly positioned in the Cognac region 20 minutes from the Angouleme TGV station. The property is 90 minutes to Bordeaux Airport by car, and 2h15m to Paris by train. It has been featured in many of the world’s finest interior design magazines and several celebrated European television programs. 

Property includes: Main house of 320m2; Caretaker’s cottage of 88 m2, Guest room wing of 100m2; separate reception room of 113 m2; stone farm and barn to-restore. Away from the intrusions of everyday life, this unique fortified manor is surrounded by cognac vineyards through which a white track leads you to a haven of elegance and comfort. 

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For over 300 years the property was home to the de Lâge family, several of whom, over the generations, were advisors to Kings of France, including Louis XIII. Today the property is a warm and graceful home where friends and family are generously received. The architecture is a blend of Medieval and Renaissance craftsmanship and details; the interiors and comfort-level are completely modern. The configuration includes a Manor house with two large Master bedrooms, each with en-suite feature bathrooms. There are three independent guest suites each with en-suite bath, and a caretaker’s cottage with bedroom, salon, equipped kitchen, one full and one ½ bath. The nearest neighbour is about one kilometer away.

This extraordinary historical monument has been exceptionally restored and memorable first impressions include silence and simplicity as you pass by acres of vineyards and planted fields. Enormous and automated oak doors open into the completely walled-in property. Once inside, the main house sits back and faces south over a picturesque valley filled with trees and wildlife. Within the courtyard space are white hydrangeas, iron-forged details and stone walls which frame a manicured lawn. Every detail has been tastefully and meticulously thought-through. 

The Main House has been handsomely restored with modern conveniences and an eye for the property’s heritage. The entrance hall (off which is a generous guest bath) leads to a charming salon with a unique stone fireplace. The small salon leads onto the property’s historical reception and cooking space, where the original terra-cotta tile floors are apparent. The home’s original stone sink and large stone fireplace are features, and the room today doubles as dining and living spaces. During summer months double French doors open to the terrace and view below. Beyond this room is a well-planned American-style kitchen fit for a real chef, and features a La Cornue stove with hood. The oven is Gaggenau electric. Two Miele dishwashers, a wine-cooler and large GE refrigerator/freezer with ice-maker finish the kitchen’s appliances and a walk-in larder storage complement the space. From the kitchen are double French doors which lead onto the dining terrace for stunning and intimate sunset dinners. 

From the ground floor of the main house is the oldest architectural element within the courtyard, a stone spiral staircase dating to the late 14th C. Above the stairs sit two bedrooms and 3 full baths. The 56 m2 master bedroom with large stone chimney offers both north and south views and boasts a mezzanine area ideal for a private library or office. Beyond is the master bath decorated in the region’s apparent stone, wood, and brass fixtures. The room has ample closet space. A second bath for this room is off the mezzanine space. The home’s principal guest room is generously proportioned and has views facing south. A full bath with separate shower, this room has generous closet and storage space, too. Electric towel warmers are found in all bedrooms. The three further guest suites are located on the east side of the courtyard. 

Important features to note: new roofs, electricity and plumbing are found throughout the property. All windows and doors (both interior and exterior) have been reconstructed in oak and have been limed to replicate historical patinas. Exterior electrical lines have been discreetly buried; dimmer lighting installed throughout; Satellite television and broadband ADSL are also available throughout the property. Electrical sockets in the kitchen are both 220v and 110v to receive European and American appliances… 

Each of the three guest suites has been beautifully restored. Former stalls for the property’s farm animals; today each room shares a cozy yet sumptuous feeling where the natural tones highlight the architectural features. All rooms enjoy views onto the courtyard and 21st Century ensuite bathing facilities. CARETAKER’S COTTAGE… The one-bedroom guest/caretaker’s cottage continues the theme of natural elegance. A small entrance hall (with guest half-bath) leads onto a two-story salon with stone chimney and medieval features. Beyond is a well-equipped kitchen with staircase leading to a dressing room and master bedroom and bath overlooking the house’s living space and fireplace. 

BARN used as additional dining space for larger parties during the summer months, STABLES, GARAGES, FARM and HEATED SWIMMING POOL … 

For further details relating to the beautiful reception hall, the stables, garages, farm, heated pool and the superb location of this property, please contact the Leggett Prestige office.

* €1 990 000 (HAI)**
**agency fees included : 4 % TTC to be paid by the buyer
(€1 910 000 without fees)
This property has ...
  • Barns / outbuildings
  • Business potential
  • Character property
  • Garage
  • Guest house / gite
  • High speed internet
  • Private parking
  • Suitable for horses
  • Swimming Pool
  • Well
  • Woodburner(s)
Property Type
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Country House
  • Equestrian
  • Hotel
  • Isolated