Stunning historic 7 bedroom chateau with dry moat set in 27 acres close to Chatellerault
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Built in the 16th century out of the rock on which it stands, and added to over the years, this beautiful and very private chateau is a wonderful family home, surrounded by a dry moat with caves. It commands an unenviable position over the Vienne countryside. It’s huge windows to the front not only ensure the chateau is light and airy but ensure that you don’t miss the wonderful views.
Entering through gates into a gravelled courtyard, a stone staircase leads up to the chateau where there is a grassed terrace to the front. With approximately 500m2 of habitable space, the chateau’s many rooms are generously proportioned.
GROUND FLOOR ...
From the entrance hall (26m2), used as a billiard room, to the left, is the formal sitting room (36m2) with feature fireplace. Continuing through is an office (19m2). To the right is a dining room (40m2) with fireplace and you then go through to what was the ancient chapel. now used as a TV room (18m2). From the rear hall (16m2), to the right, is the large kitchen (44m2) with a huge stone fireplace. There is a pantry (15m2) with access to a cellar below and an additional room (13m2) once the maid’s bedroom. To the left, there is a laundry room (12m2), cloakroom (12m2) and separate toilet. A wide wooden staircase leads down to the wine cellar and gives access out to the moat.
FIRST FLOOR ...
A sweeping staircase in the rear hall leads to a large landing which is used as a sitting room and has views to the back gardens. Off this landing are 7 bedrooms of varying sizes. Two have ensuite shower rooms. There is another shower room and also a bathroom, separate toilet and large storage cupboard.
SECOND FLOOR ...
A staircase from one of the bedrooms leads up to an enormous attic space made up of several rooms which could be converted to provide further accommodation, if desired.
Below the chateau is a dry moat with multiple caves housing the ancient wine presses, wine stores and bread ovens. These are used for storage and as workshops and garages.
On the lawn to the front of the property, and benefitting from the spectacular views, is a swimming pool with pool house and summer kitchen. To the side of the chateau is a pigeonnier which once would have housed 2000 pigeons. A walkway from the rear of the house over the moat leads to lawns and continues onto woodland. Within the woods, there is a small house which requires renovation but has its own water and electricity supply. There is also a well.
The Chateau is just 10 minutes from Lencloitre with its shops, amenities and monthly market, 20 minutes from the larger town of Chatellerault and 45 minutes from the city of Poitiers. The property is ideally situated, with easy access of the A10 motorway; you can take the TGV from Chatellerault and be in Paris in 1 hour 20 minutes and there are regular flights from Poitiers to London Stansted and less than 4 hours from the ferry port at Caen Ouistreham.