12 bedroom cottage for sale
Perigord Noir, Dordogne ,Sarlat-La-Canéda ,France
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- Tenure: freehold
Exceptional Dordogne Chateau For Sale. This beautifully presented chartreuse dating from the 17th century, that has been restored to its original grandeur, is a pure example of classic charming French architecture with a matching delightfully peaceful rural idyll setting in the stunning Perigord Noir area of the Dordogne. The chartreuse retains many period features. There is a range of reception rooms for different occasions. The grounds consist of beautifully maintained formal gardens around the house, a formal fruit and vegetable garden next to the lake, a pool and loggia and a total of 73 hectares including woodland and meadows.
The chateau offers 600m² of living space on two floors and a large attic. The ground floor consists of a kitchen, service room, store room, family dining room, snug living room, bedroom with ensuite bathroom, sauna and shower. Ceilings are original oak with the beams either painted or limewashed. There are large stone fireplaces in the reception rooms, some with wood burning stoves. All rooms have south facing fenestration, some with double doors opening on to the garden and sitting and dining terraces. Floors are stone or tiled or with wall to wall coir matting. An elegant stone staircase leads us to the first floor.
The first floor is also accessed by a grand Fontainebleau external staircase, leading to the entrance hall. The hall leads through to the drawing room and formal dining room, both of which have superb original fireplaces. On either side of the receiving rooms are wings which lead to the bedrooms, three in the west wing and two in the east. All rooms have south facing views to the garden and woods beyond through tall elegant windows. Original oak beams and oak flooring, fitted with wall to wall carpet. All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms, which have been created at mezzanine level, accessed by cast iron spiral staircases, in order to preserve the lofty proportions of the boudoirs. Bathrooms are well equipped with high quality modern appliances.
The Guest House is a lovely comfortable and contemporary house situated at the south end of the garden. It has a large open plan living room/dining/kitchen, with oak columns and ceiling beams, and a magnificent stone fireplace. There are four bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom. In fact the master bedroom even has 'his and hers' bathrooms.
On the east side of the garden are two cottages. These are currently used as a Yoga/Massage studio and a Gymnasium, but could be used as either two bedroom gites or a gite and a yoga/fitness centre.
The Caretaker's Cottage is adjacent to the guest house. It has living accommodation downstairs, with two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs.
The chartreuse dates back to around 1680 and was originally built as a gentleman's hunting lodge. In the early 1700's it was acquired by the Marquis of Fleurac, Seigneur de Rouffignac. After the Revolution, it was converted to an iron foundry for the manufacture of cannons for Napoleon's army, hence the name 'La Forge du Roy' ('The King's Forge'). The original furnaces are still to be found on the property.
The grounds are a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity, with mature trees, wisteria and a stream traversed by pretty bridges. The swimming pool with a stone loggia with changing rooms and a toilet, is set in the grounds away from the accommodation with views of the valley. To the east lies the trout lake, fed by the river further up the valley; it has an island and fishing platforms. The estate extends to 73 hectares (180 acres) of mature woodland and lush meadows.
Today the property would equally suit a permanent residence with plenty of room to comfortably accommodate friends and family, a second residence, or as a business. The property has great potential as a boutique hotel or luxury bed and breakfast, as well as a venue for wedding receptions, seminars and other events. It would also be an ideal setting for a restaurant that could combine nicely with the reception business, as the property already has a restaurant licence in place.