Through elegant, impressive black and gold iron gates (electronically operated by remote control - a new motor was installed in 2017) leading to the courtyard with, to your left, 100m² of outbuildings which were formerly stables and coach house and now provide garaging with a mechanic's pit. The garages are fully lit and heated and there is a sprinkler system. There is a lavatory with a basin as well. There are three distinct areas which could provide garaging for more vehicles, and/or as currently, used for occasional wedding receptions. The garden store room & carpentry workshop along with the former kennels, which could equally be used as a hen house and run, make up the far end of the courtyard buildings. There are attics on the first floor of the whole building which have not yet been exploited.
GROUND FLOOR: all the ground floor rooms are connected 'en enfilade', many with two doorways, making it a perfect party space for the flow of people from one room to another. Entrance Hall (22m²) with four specially commissioned Aubusson tapestries to reflect the chateau's original connection to hunting. The current owners have had these cleaned and reconditioned and hung on marine-ply panels to ensure their longevity for future generations. The beautiful stone cantilevered staircase with iron balustrade and newel post with the original faceted crystal ball winds upwards at the end of the hall. Family sitting room: (24m²) Marble fireplace and mirrored doors leading to ...
Crystal Ballroom: (56m²) double room with twin windows at either end overlooking both gardens. The original gilded mirror (renovated by internationally renowned artist, Nicole Jelicich) sits above a majestic red marble fireplace. The two pairs of French doors are faced in bevelled mirror paneling creating a glittering effect reflecting the light in every direction (hence the crystal connotation) lead to ...
Back hall: (9.5m²) leading back to the stairs and the main entrance hall; Dining room: (34m²) the grey and white striped walls were hand painted by Nicole Jelicich in the French Empire Style; featuring a huge marble fireplace. Double half-glazed doors to... Glass Conservatory (27m²) overlooking the pool and providing a warm sun room in the winter. From the corner of the room there is a stone staircase leading down to the massive vaulted cellars and crypt which would provide an ideal area for wine tasting evenings. Wood panelled study: (18m²) with marble fireplace and a large safe in the wall for the family jewels.
Kitchen: (27m²) with quarry tiled floor and furnished with Provencal style Miele cabinets, a Godin stove with a gas hob in the Poitevine chimney piece, new induction hob and Miele dishwasher and microwave. The original tiled warming oven remains in the corner as a decorative piece, although it no longer functions; Back Butler Kitchen (6.5m²) with double sink, fitted Miele cabinets, dishwasher and wide oven/microwave with pizza oven. Laundry (15m²) washing machines, cupboards, ironing area;
Door to garden.
Scandinavian sauna - family size in cedar with shower in same room and lavatory next door. Balneo jacuzzi (which needs some repairs)
FIRST FLOOR …
There is a private owners apartment above the kitchen which consists of a large bedroom with a marble fireplace leading through into a private sitting room and at the other end a lovely light bathroom, with two basins, a bath, shower and bidet and separate loo and glazed door leading out to the roof terrace.
Off the landing is a housemaid's cupboard, a lavatory and a dressing room.
Bedroom 1: (25m²) with en-suite shower room (4m²) with shower, basin and loo
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Bedroom 2: (28 m²) with four poster bed, green marble fireplace, elaborate iron balustraded balcony overlooking the front garden. En-suite bathroom (7m²) with shower, basin, bidet and lavatory.
Bedroom 3: (26m²) with beautiful marble fireplace and balustraded balcony over the back garden.
Bedroom 4: (26m²) with built-in wardrobe and en-suite shower room (4m²) with shower, basin and loo.
Bedroom 5: Moroccan room(15m²) A single room with bay window and two built-in cupboards
Bedroom 6: (25m²) with a built-in cupboard and a beautiful bay window with a juliette balcony
Bedroom 7: (15m²)Small single room with a french bateau bed
Bedroom 8: (26m²) with a juliette balcony and en-suite bathroom (6m²)with bath with shower screen and shower, basin, loo and bidet
Bedroom 9: (27m²) with juliette balcony overlooking the back garden and with magnificent views over the village
At the other end of the second floor are two further bathrooms (5m² & 9m²), a loo and a large attic room not yet converted.
There are three distinct spaces in the basement, housing the oil fired boilers (one for winter and one for summer), the water softener and the pool equipment. Lots of further storage space.
The park surrounds the house and is a beautifully landscaped, well established garden with a wide variety of tree species including massive cedar of Lebanon which towers over the chateau, 13 plane trees define the boundary, an imposing tilleuil (linden tree), holly trees, magnolia grandiflora, horse chestnut and hazelnut trees while the orchard also boasts a variety of fruit trees including apples, Nashi pears, cherries, figs, quince and bay. A new row of espaliered apple trees were planted in 2017 along the wall of the orchard. There is plenty of room here to have a bountiful kitchen garden.
Beside the pool an al fresco circular area of pebbled concrete with 3 stone slab benches and an electrically operated awning to protect diners at lunch in the hot afternoon sun; nearby a Romanesque folly in the form of a ruined arch sits above a water feature.
Lavender bushes line the entire length of rear boundary wall;
The front garden presents a shock of colour provided by rhododendrons, camelias and azaleas.
There is a bore hole that provides water for the garden and an electronically operated pop up irrigation system; the garden is extensively illuminated with antique style lamp posts and many of the trees are lit up from beneath.
A further row of outbuildings at the far edge of the property currently providing storage but could be converted into further habitable accommodation.
ORANGERIE (41m²) has a recently repaired roof and the original frieze which has been restored. This could provide a perfect space for yoga courses or intimate musical soirées. GROOM'S COTTAGE Gîte - is at first floor level above the garaging with an outside staircase to reach it.
Living room: 30m² with fitted kitchen all along one wall, dining nook carved in the Austrian/Germanic style, marble fireplace and cosy sitting area; Bedroom: 15m² with en-suite shower room (3m²) with shower and basin; Separate lavatory: 1.6m²
There is a further piece of land (625m²) opposite the château with an original bread oven and gates as grand but on a slightly smaller scale.
Set in the heart of this welcoming village the amenities (Baker, co-op, hairdresser, restaurant/bar, library, post-office, builders' merchant) are with an easy stroll. For more comprehensive shopping and a railway station to Poitiers/Limoges, Lussac-les-Chateaux is 15km away. The lively university city of Poitiers is 30km away, also benefiting from an airport and TGV railway station. Limoges airport is 80 km away and Tours airport is 130 km. The western channel ports are about 355km and Calais is about 600km, so all within half a day's drive.
The village is proud of its agricultural roots, amid tranquil, gently rolling countryside of oak forests, sheep, cattle and sunflowers, ten minutes from the beautiful valley of the river Vienne with its opportunities for fishing, canoe/kayaking and amazing riverside walks. There are plenty of tourist attractions nearby including the medieval fortified town of Chauvigny at 20 minutes drive, Futuroscope (45 mins), La Vallée des Singes (35 minutes) as well as all the usual markets, churches and châteaux which are all worth visiting. The famous haunted château du Fougeret is 7km away.