A rare opportunity to acquire a French country estate occupying a picturesque riverside setting. The complete Domaine is for sale comprising a grand country house, over 40 acres of land including 2km of river bank, two 5 star gîtes, a guardian’s cottage, two swimming pools, a mill house to renovate, two barns and a coach house.
The principal house offers accommodation reminiscent of a bygone era. It was built in 1848 and occupies a parkland setting with beautiful riverside gardens. A sweeping driveway passes through imposing entrance gates and passes through the parkland up the house. The east wing was originally the main entrance into the house and double doors open into a wide entrance hall with an elegant staircase leading to the upper floors.
There are three reception rooms on the ground floor, all with high ceilings, decorative plasterwork and original wooden floors. There is a stately Drawing Room with open fireplace, an elegant Dining Room with French Windows opening out into the riverside gardens and a Library that acts as snug and Tv room. Some of the furniture and soft furnishings in these rooms are available to purchase via a separate agreement.
At the heart of the Kitchen is a range cooker sat within an original stone fireplace along with a wood-burning stove. There are a range of fitted kitchen units and a feature has been made of the original stone sink.
Also on the ground floor is a Study, a Guest Bedroom with ensuite shower room and a downstairs toilet.
Off the wide first floor landing are five further enormous bedrooms, four of which have ensuite bathrooms whilst the Master Bedroom also offers a walk in wardrobe and has an esnuite which includes both a shower cubicle and a roll top bath.
The staircase continues up to an attic space which could be converted to create yet more living space. The property has a massive cellar (which is dry and has good head height) providing copious amounts of storage space along with housing the boiler for the oil fired central heating and a rather splendid wine cave.
The formal gardens consist of a large terrace with stone steps leading onto lawns which run down to the river bank with mature trees providing dappled shade. There is a 12m by 6m salt-water swimming pool with Jacuzzi along with a recently added Pool House which has a kitchen/living area, shower and toilet.
Across a graveled courtyard is the former coach house which now provides a workshop and a garage. On the first floor of this building is a volumious space with excellent head that could be converted to create a very comfortable apartment.
Included in the sale price is a thriving gîte business targeting the luxury end of the holiday market. There are two cottages, nicely separated from the main house to ensure privacy for the owners, that have been renovated to an extremely high standard and have recently been awarded a 5 star rating by the local tourist board. The gîte business is being sold as a going concern to include all furniture, linen, crockery etc. And all existing bookings.
Both cottages offer a similar style and quality of accommodation with large, open plan living areas with high spec fitted kitchens and wood burning stoves. The character of exposed stonework and oak beams has been carefully integrated with extensive insulation, double-glazing, heating and hot water systems to make the accommodation comfortable for year-round living. The smaller of the two has three Bedrooms (one with an ensuite shower room) and a family Bathroom whilst the larger cottage has four Bedrooms (of which two have ensuite shower rooms) and a family Bathroom.
Guests have use of their own private gardens which include a 9.5m x 4m salt-water swimming pool (shared between the two cottages) and access to the river bank for fishing. The cottages have an independent driveway leading from the road and covered parking for several cars.
The Guardian’s Cottage has accommodation across three floors with an open plan kitchen and living area on the ground floor and an ensuite Bedroom on each of the upper floors. The cottage has a wood based central heating system.
The Mill House is a fascinating building that is in need of total renovation but has the scope to create a spacious and characterful house. Many of the old workings of the mill are still in place and it would not be inconceivable to open up the millrace and install a hydro-electric system to generate power.
There are two large barns on the domaine, currently used for storage but both in good condition and with the capacity for further development.
In total, the land extends to 16.7 hectares and two thirds of this is let to a local farmer, part of which is arable land whilst the rest is riverside meadows where cows are grazed.
The property is ideally located in the heart of the Dordogne between the historic and much visited locations of Brantôme and Saint Jean de Côle. There is a small supermarket, boulangerie and auberge in the local village, just 1km distant, whilst the international airport in Limoges can be reached in under one hour, slightly more to Brive which has direct flights to London City Airport.
Agency fees of 3.5% are included in the asking price.
Price € 1,295,000
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