8 bedroom house for sale
Entre St Emilion et Bergerac ,Dordogne ,France
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Propriété viticole et son Château de 33 hectares. Vignoble de 20 hectares, 70 % en cépages rouges. Rénovation de grande qualité, le Château offre des vastes espaces de réception, y compris une salle de billard et une cave à vin privée ; Il y a deux cuisines. Les huit chambres à coucher ont chacune leur salle de bains privée. Le chai à vinification, le chai à barriques et l'entrepôt ont une capacité adaptée pour la vinification. Il y a aussi une accueillante salle de dégustation, grange de tracteur, bureau et maison de gardien avec 2 chambres à coucher.
The chateau is accessed from the courtyard on the west side up a stone stairway to the front terrace. The entrance hall is spacious and light, with a marble fireplace. There are double doors leading to the east lawn, and doors leading left to the drawing room and right to the dining room. The drawing room is large and filled with natural light, which streams in from tall windows on the east and west elevations; there is a fine marble fireplace. Beyond the drawing room is the billiards room, with a smaller adjacent kitchen.
The dining room is accessed from the front entrance hall. It has tall windows and a fireplace as in the drawing room. The dining room leads on to the main kitchen, which has a large working fireplace, and is fitted with good quality appliances and ample cupboards. The kitchen has a separate access from a vestibule which leads to the owners' yard and car park (three garages) on the south side of the house. This vestibule also gives direct access to the winery, and has a boot room with cupboards, shower and WC.
There are 8 bedrooms upstairs, each with its own bathroom. Four are accessed by stairs from the billiard room, and four from a parlour behind the main kitchen.
The house can thus be easily used in two parts, each with two reception rooms and a kitchen on the ground floor and four bedrooms above. This gives excellent flexibility for guests and potential for 5 star chambres d'hote.
A new wine warehouse was built in 2004. It has the capacity to store up to 80,000 bottles in steel cages of 600. It has refrigeration units to maintain the temperature at a constant temperature enabling the wine to be stored in optimum condition. Specialist equipment enables the bottles to be labelled, capsuled and packaged as and when required to fulfil sales orders.
A caretaker's apartment adjoins the barrel store. It comprises living room, kitchen/dining room, three bedrooms, bathroom, laundry and a private garden.
There are two garage buildings, one in the private courtyard to the south of the main kitchen providing space for three cars, and an older barn in the main courtyard with ample space for tractors and equipment.
The vineyard currently measures 20 hectares, with planting rights for a further two hectares. It lies in the Montravel appellation, a premier classification of Bergerac. Soil is clay on limestone, the same as Pomerol and St Emilion which lie to the west on the same continuous line of hills. Average planting density is just above 4,000 vines per hectare.
71% of the vineyard is red wine (Cabernet sauvignon 30%, Merlot 28%, Cabernet franc 8% and Malbec 5%) and 29% are whites (Sauvignon blanc 18%, Semillon 8%, Muscadelle 3%). The vineyard is managed by a local professional contractor, who uses his own labour and equipment. A restructuring plan is being implemented in 2014 and 2015, which will increase the production yield to over 40 hectolitres per hectare.
The winery is the southern arm of the ensemble of buildings on the western side of the chateau. It can be directly accessed from the lobby leading off the main kitchen. It has two rows of concrete wine tanks (14 in total) with a combined capacity of 1,425 hectolitres. In addition there are 3 fibreglass resin tanks of 350 hectolitres and 2 stainless steel tanks of 36 hl and 27hl. The total tank capacity is thus more than double the projected annual production, giving a high degree of flexibility to the winemaker.
There is all the equipment necessary to make wines of high quality, including a Vaslin press, crusher/destemmer, refrigeration plant and pumps.
To the north of the courtyard is the barrel store, which can store 60 barrels or more. It forms part of a line of buildings which include the caretaker's apartment, the tool store and the pesticide/fertiliser store.
The proportion of wine bottled varies from year to year, depending on sales forecasts and the quality of the harvest. The aim is to bottle not less than 50% of the production. Bottling is undertaken by an independent contractor, and labelling/packaging is performed on site using the estate's own equipment. Wine not bottled is sold in bulk to local wholesalers.
Some bottled wine is sold at retail price to visitors and tourists who visit the estate, particularly in summer. Adjacent to the office is an attractive tasting room, in which clients are received. Export and wine merchant sales are made by an independent sales company, Aureus. Export sales are made to China, Japan, Belgium and the USA. Retail prices (VAT included) for red wines are €5.00 for the entry level, easy drinking fruity Brocards and €14.50 for the Chateau Masburel (18 months in oak barrels). The easy drinking Consul White sells for €6.00, and the oaked Chateau white for €9.00. There is also the delicious Moelleux (semi-sweet) which is priced at €7.00 for a 50cl bottle.
The four bedrooms on the first floor (south side) would naturally be used as the owners' apartments. The master bedroom has views to south and west, and is generously provided with fitted wardrobes. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, with either bath or shower or both. Floors have fitted carpet.
There are four guest bedrooms on the first floor (north side), which are accessed by stairs from the billiard room. All bedrooms enjoy good views and have ensuite bathrooms, with either bath or shower. Floors have fitted carpet.
Winery & Outbuildings
Measuring 21m x 13m, the winery is situated on the south side of the front courtyard. It contains 17 cement and epoxy cuves (vats) with a total capacity of 1700 hectolitres. The winery is well equipped and is easy to clean and maintain.
The warehouse is a modern purpose built store for bottled wine and packaging materials. It has an area of 230m2, and the roof height of 5 metres enables easy stacking and moving of materials by a forklift or trailer.
Barrel Store & Caretaker's Apartment
This building, stone walls with tiled roof, measures 15m x 14m. It houses the barrels in which the best quality wines are fermented and aged. There is capacity for 80 barrels, or 18,000 litres of wine.
At the eastern end of this building is an apartment for a caretaker, with two bedrooms. At present, the Chateau's resident winemaker occupies this apartment with his family.
Stone walls and tiled roof. Ample space for tractors, spraying machines and other vineyard equipment.
Land & Vineyard
The property extends to a total of 33 hectares, of which 13 hectares are woods and fields. 2 of the 13 hectares have vine planting rights. The vineyard currently comprises 20 hectares, of which 14.45 hectares are red wine cultivars (Cabernet Sauvignon 45%, Merlot 33%, Cabernet Franc 15% and Malbec 7%) and 5.6 hectares are whites (65% Sauvignon Blanc, 24% Semillon and 11% Muscadelle). This would be generally regarded as an excellent planting mix. Planting densities vary from 3,300 vine stocks per hectare to 13,300; the total number of vines is 106,315, giving an average planting density of 5,300 per hectare. The soil is clay on limestone, excellent for wine grapes. The vines are on the range of hills (coteaux) running along the north of the Dordogne River, stretching from the Montravel appellation in which this property