12 bedroom cottage for sale
Chateau Lot et Garonne ,Dordogne ,France
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Château à vendre en Dordogne. Fidèlement restauré et situé dans un magnifique parc comprenant des jardins et un labyrinthe et bénéficiant d'une position dominante. Le château offre des proportions élégantes avec de hauts plafonds et des salles de réception avec des portes fenêtres ouvrant sur le parc. Le château offre 1400m² de surface habitable comprenant 10 chambres, 7 salles de bains, 2 salles de réception, 2 cuisines, une suite parentale, 2 salles à manger et une bibliothèque. Les dépendances en pierre autour d'une cour comprennent écuries, sellerie et garages, ainsi qu'une piscine d'eau salée. S'y ajoute une maison de gardien de 2 chambres et une maison d'amis de 3 chambres. Idéalement situé à 20 minutes de l'aéroport de Bergerac.
This chateau is a classic example of carefully preserved and restored 19th century architecture, with the most ancient parts dating back to the 17th century. It is entered through the sweeping 'Cour D'honneur' (courtyard) and the welcoming steps that open on to the wide reception hall, and leads in to the entrance lobby opening on to the park at the front of the chateau. In the left wing you have the formal living room with a marble fireplace and floor to ceiling French doors giving on to the park. This leads in to a study, then across the hall to the elegant library with wood panelling and a marble fireplace, the family dining room and living room, a service kitchen, and three bedrooms and two bathrooms in the 17th century section with two towers. In the right wing one finds the elegant formal dining room with a marble fireplace, butler's room, laundry room and office. In the basement is the kitchen and scullery, as well as cellars and the boiler room. On the first floor there is a master suite with a dressing room with 18th century panelling (Directoire period), and full bathroom, as well as 7 further bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, with the possibility to create more bedrooms.
Outbuildings and extra accomodation
The attractive 17th century Cour d'Honneur is surrounded by stone outbuildings and features a porch with an original 19th century clock complete with its original mechanism. Through this arch we find an inner courtyard with the salt swimming pool (12x6m) in the centre, surrounded by the stone outbuildings wihich include stables, a tack room, garaging, and the original prune and bread ovens.
The guardian's cottage has two bedrooms, a living room and a bathroom.
There is also a three bedroom, two bathroom guest house with a large cellar and garage (180m2), that completes the estate.
Park and grounds
The chateau is set in in the middle of its 26 hectares of grounds, surrounded by a beautifully maintained 3 ha park that are in a protected area. The park was designed and completed in the mid 19th century by a German countess, wife of General d'Absac. It contains a remarkable quanity of different species and varieties including cedars, horse chestnut, quercus (oaks), Italian cypresses, yew, elm, maple, catalpas, and a large number of ancient boxwood balls, and a palm grove. The park contains over 300 roses, many of which are ancient varieties, millipertus, ivy, blue and white periwinkles in the woods, and there are black truffles under the oaks. The park also features a bowxwood labyrinth, an orchard with plum, apple, cherry and fig trees, a formal vegetable and herb garden, an orangery and a walnut grove. There are three wells that can be linked to a automatic watering system that cover the 2 hectare park. The park has been selected to feature in the 'Reamarkable Gardens of France' listing.
The outbuildings include 4 elegant stables, 2 stalls and a tack room. There are bridle paths throughout the park and woodland and two paddocks with water points and a wooden shelter. There is great scope for riding in the surrounding unspoilt countryside with a network of bridle ways.
Chateau Le Ballet was owned by one of the oldest families of French nobility in the Périgord, the Abzac family, from the beginning of the 18th century until World War One. General d'Abzac, owner of Le Ballet during the 19th century, was the personal assistant of General de MacMahon, commanding officer of the French army during the 1870 war against the Germans, then President during the 3rd Republic. He died at Le Ballet in 1905 and is buried in Pompiac. It is said that at the enfd of the 19th century, the Emporer of Germany came to Le Ballet on a private visit.