Château - Angoulême (16000) - CHARENTE € 1,672,000 (HAI)

Réf : A13104

Breath-taking château, along with a gorgeous self-contained owner’s apartment, just 20 minutes from Angoulême.

Extraordinary opportunity to acquire a magnificent 19th-century château nestled in the outskirts of a pretty village in the Charente, currently operating as a highly sought-after premium wedding and luxury exclusive-use rental venue.

Lovingly restored and set within five acres of beautifully manicured grounds with mature trees, formal gardens and a generous 14.5 x 6m walled and heated swimming pool, the château’s original parquet flooring, stone walls, exposed beams, high ceilings and portes-fenêtres have been blended beautifully with stylish contemporary interiors to present the most luxurious living space. A true credit to the current owners, this stunning château offers an exceptional residence or a highly successful turn-key business opportunity for prospective owners.

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Réf : A13104

Detailed description

Private gates lead through a quaint coachman’s entrance and into the charming central courtyard, enclosed on three sides by the wings of the château.

Ground floor
This unusually light and airy château, with huge window areas and elegant high ceilings, demonstrates the chic, urban fusion of new and old to perfection. Exposed stone, ancient beams and original oak floors blend seamlessly with a curated collection of ornate antique and trendy vintage furniture, objects and artwork, creating an effect that is at once artistic, yet warm and welcoming.
The sunlit grand entrance hall with its art deco lighting is accessed by a wrought iron detailed door from the central courtyard. The striking combination of original black and white flagstone floor and creamy stucco walls is overlooked by a galleried landing, setting off the ornately detailed oak staircase which provides access to the upper floors.
One of the six salons, the stone salon (56.5m2), occupies the ground floor of the four-storey crenelated tower. A triple aspect room, flooded with light and with French doors to the terrace and the formal gardens, the room has exposed stone walls and ornate ceiling mouldings, a vintage Italian style bar, polished solid wood floor and a stone fireplace with wood burner. Two sets of high double doors lead into the white salon.
The white salon (44m2), with its polished herringbone oak floor, is another bright airy room. Dual aspect, with a large stone open fireplace and exposed beams, it is illuminated by windows to the courtyard and French doors to the formal gardens. Two sets of elegant double doors lead to the entrance hall.
A refined dual aspect room, the piano salon (48m2) has a waxed herringbone oak floor, exposed beams and a magnificent stone and carved oak fireplace housing a wood burning stove. An original flagstone floored bay, with its baby grand piano, has French doors to the terrace and formal gardens. Grand double doors lead to the château office/library (15m2). A further set of panelled doors lead to the dual aspect secret salon, (30m2), with open fireplace and large windows looking out to the formal gardens.
The home cinema room (26.5m2) has large south-facing windows looking out on the main courtyard. The 2.5m screen, surround sound system, Daniel Landini “Frog” furnishings and waxed parquet floor add a modern twist to the ancient exposed stone walls, while a double door leads to the Billiard Room (30.5m2) with a full-size US slate bed pool table and glazed door to the central courtyard.
Two bright lobbies (totalling 47m2) overlooking the orchard, with decorative fireplace and French doors, lead through glazed double doors to the breath-taking dining hall (118 m2). With windows and French doors to the central courtyard, double-height ceiling, exposed beams, acoustic tiles and a separate WC complex, it is a huge space, yet warm and convivial due to the honey-coloured exposed stone walls, gentle lighting and vintage furnishings.
The kitchen (90m2) sits next to the dining hall and is an inspired combination of functionality and aesthetics.
Equipped and appointed to professional standards, it offers space, light and convenience with three workstations, a “piano” incorporating cooking range, two ovens, bain-marie and deep fryer, two walk-in pantries (12m2 and 6m2), and a washroom independent of the WC complex. Two further storerooms also give access to the orchard. Specified with wooden work surfaces, enhanced with creative and dramatic lighting and ancient doors used as wall decorations, the room also benefits from a large breakfast area and a cosy wood burner to create a wonderfully warm environment for entertaining.

First floor
The sun-drenched open landing above the main entrance hall overlooks the gardens to the east where the sun rises precisely between the alley of mature yews, and to the west, where a French door gives access to a balcony over the main courtyard. Leading from the galleried area is a long unbroken landing with polished wooden floor and views from the château turrets over the central courtyard.
The nine bedrooms are all wonderfully chic and completely individual, blending comfort with original features, space, warmth and light to make the very most of each room. Custom-made mirrors, uniquely creative tiling, twin baths, exposed stone and turreted bathrooms are some of the regal features you will find in the remarkable bathrooms.
A grand triple-aspect suite (45.5m2) occupies the tower's first floor. Its exposed stone walls provide access to two stunning south-facing Juliette balconies, while an original oak staircase leads to a spectacular dual aspect en-suite bathroom (20m2), complete with decorative fireplace, two baths, art deco basin and WC.
A second suite (22.5m2) overlooks the formal gardens. With an original stone and marble fireplace and polished oak floor it also boasts another obsessively detailed bathroom, with two baths, exposed stone walls, and original reclaimed double sink.
The third suite (28m2), large, bright and airy, has double French doors to a spacious balcony overlooking the formal gardens. The en-suite is a little jewel, incorporating bath, basin and wc, set off by the original tiled floor and one of the château turrets with its exposed white stone.
The fourth suite (22m2) is dual aspect, with exposed stone wall and polished wood floor and views of the formal gardens. The enormous en-suite bathroom (19.5m2) has two large corner baths, feature lighting, basin, WC, and incorporates another château turret with views over the gardens.
A (29m2) bedroom provides scenic views of the château grounds and features a solid wood floor, an office area with exposed stone wall, dressing area and double doors leading to a stunning bathroom with a mirror mosaic bath, custom made, mosaic framed mirror, two washbasins and wc.
A second (13.5m2) bedroom with views of the courtyard and the main château façade features polished wood floor, walk in wardrobe, and an en-suite bathroom (6.5m2) with travertine marble tiled floor, black mosaic tiled bath, piano black washbasin and a custom-built mirror tiled into the wall.
There are two further bedrooms (30.5m2)/(15m2) and a breath-taking family bathroom (9m2) featuring a travertine marble tiled floor, a magnificent custom-built glass mosaic double washbasin and a spacious walk-in shower (2m2).
Stairs from the galleried landing provide access to the ninth, and the largest, master suite (62m2) located on the third floor.
This exquisite, air-conditioned, spilt-level suite provides character and style in abundance, with exposed oak beams, dual aspect windows and a show-stopping chimney breast separating the lounge and sleeping areas. The white mosaic tiled and sumptuous en-suite bathroom (11m2), complete with a luxurious corner bath and generous walk-in shower, is designed to incorporate one of the château turrets.

The private accommodation occupies one of the three wings of the château.
On the ground floor, an independent entrance opens to a bright hall, with access to a suite (52m2) of tastefully renovated offices. The ornately tiled office reception area, with feature wood burner and double doors to the garden, provides access to each of the three separate offices via glazed double doors. Off the entrance hall is a laundry room, and stairs to the owner’s apartment.

Private apartment
The wonderfully chic apartment (168m2) offers an entirely independent, light and luxurious living space. The thoughtfully designed configuration provides a seamless flow to the rooms.
The elegant and spacious salon (50m2) features a vaulted ceiling with exposed oak beams, a polished oak floor, a wood-burning stove and dual aspect windows offering views to the east and west of the château.
The fashionable, well-equipped kitchen (29m2) features gloss black fitted units, black work surfaces, creatively tiled floor, hidden task lighting and windows offering views of the central courtyard. A door leads to a separate set of stairs giving a second external access to the apartment.
The dining room (17m2) has a vaulted ceiling, exposed oak beams, polished oak floor and dual aspect windows presenting lovely views of the main château frontage and courtyard, and the main entrance.
There are five comfortable bedrooms. The fabulous master room (21m2) with views of the central château courtyard has a stunning (9.5m2), artistically tiled en-suite bathroom with a pretty, freestanding bath.
The apartment also benefits from a luxuriously appointed and fastidiously detailed family bathroom (7.5m2) complete with large walk-in shower, freestanding bath, basin and a separate WC.

A dry cellar network (91.4m2) of seven rooms accessed by a staircase from the main château, the largest is 21.7m2. Two rooms house hot water storage tanks and a Weissman oil boiler. Other rooms are currently used for storage. All rooms have a ceiling height of 2.1m2, dry concrete floors and most walls are concrete lined.

The high-quality renovation and move-in condition of the château are augmented with plenty of scope for further development, offering numerous good-condition but unrenovated rooms, including an impressive two-storey tower room with a roof terrace, and a detached cottage within the grounds.

Fantastic location, just a short walk to the village with its local amenities, while a ten-minute drive to the closest town offers banks and major supermarkets. Around 20 minutes gets you to the trendy city of Angoulême, with its high-speed rail links to Paris in less than two hours and Bordeaux in just 35 minutes.

  • 1 672 000 € (HAI)
  • 5 % agency fees to be paid by buyer
This property has ...
  • Mains Drains
  • Electricity on site
  • Private parking
  • Well
  • Woodburner(s)
  • Character property
  • High speed internet
  • Swimming Pool
  • Water on site
Property Type
  • 0-2KM to amenities
Poitou Charentes
  • DPE - 61
  • GES - 12