3 bedroom cottage for sale
Eymet ,Dordogne ,France
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Magnifique maison de maître située dans les collines vallonnées près d'Eymet, à la frontière des départements de la Dordogne et du Lot-et-Garonne. Maison d'amis de 80m2. Joli parc de 7 hectares avec frutiers, prés et plantations de bois.
The manor house is built on two floors with a high ceiling attic. Habitable area is 290M2. The ground floor reception rooms are spacious and enjoy good natural light. The first floor comprises two bedrooms with fully fitted ensuite bathrooms, and attic space for storage. Two further bedrooms and bathrooms can easily be created in the second floor attic (102M2), which has a high roof profile and dormer windows. The house has open terraces to front and rear, the latter with ample space for outside dining and entertaining.
The guest cottage (80M2) has a large living room with open plan kitchen. Ceilings supported by original oak beams, large stone fireplace, and covered terraces on the east and south side. Double bedroom with ensuite bathroom. Electric radiators. Fully fitted utility room with storage.
There is a purpose-built double garage and a stone barn of 200M2, with cellar and boiler room below. The barn is currently used for storage, but the western end opposite the utility room of the manor house could be converted into residential accommodation.
The park contains a variety of fine old hardwood trees, which offer welcome shade in summer. There is a well for irrigation.
In Times Past
The property in times past formed part of the estate of Chateau de Lauquerie, which lies two kilometres to the east. This Chateau was built in the early 14th century by the Knights Templar. The latter had fought in the Crusades alongside King Louis VII and Richard the Lionheart. But later Philip IV of France became jealous of the Templars' wealth and power, and brought false charges against them resulting in their arrest and persecution.
There is a circular well on the east terrace which was the exit from an escape tunnel leading from the Chateau de Lauquerie, which the Templars would have used in times of trouble. Local agricultural workers still find traces of the tunnel between Lauquerie and the property.