An exceptional 15th Century Renaissance home on 6 ha land, Charente, Nouvelle Aquitaine
One of the most exceptional and exciting 15th Century Renaissance homes in the southwest of France has just come to the market. The property set on 15.6 acres of land, one of the dominant feature of the property is a central and private courtyard which is planted with white hydrangeas, whose flowering starts in late May and lasts through September.
The property and its outbuildings have been featured in numerous international design magazines and television programs. Completely restored in 2007 with quality materials, craftsmanship and taste, this fortified farm is a registered historical monument (ISMH).
This unique property features architectural elements dating to the late 14th Century with most of the building dating to the mid-late 15th Century. The original owners were noble and advisors to successive Kings of France. Today the interiors are spacious and contemporary in design, with respect given to local stone, wood, and rusted metal.
The property consists of several parts; a main house (320 sq.m); a caretaker’s cottage (88 sq.m); a guest-room wing (100 sq.m) and a separate reception room (113 sq.m). There are also a farm house and barn remaining to be restored if one needed extra space, or could be used to store cars. The main house boasts two master bedrooms, each with bathrooms en-suite. There are 3 independent guest rooms, each with private baths, and a guardian’s cottage with front hall, salon, equipped kitchen and bedroom above. The caretaker’s cottage has one ¾ and one ½ bath. The kitchen in the main house offers all modern appliances including a La Cornue stove. All plumbing and electricity were replaced in the 2007 renovation, and all traces of modern comfort and living, including satellites and electric wires, are discreetly hidden or buried.
Outside, there's a separate barn, ideal for housing up to 5 cars and sports equipment. There are 3 generous stables for horses, with tack room. There are 2 paddocks totaling just less than 2 hectares for the horses. Separate and fenced paddocks are in place for additional animals including sheep or donkeys. Horseback riding and hiking are exceptional. The house is positioned in the middle of the property and has a principal view south where, during summer months, the dining terrace affords exquisite sunset views. The swimming pool is 100 meters from the main house and is close to a promontory with an inspirational view south. Location wise, the property is situated in the Cognac area, about 20 minutes drive from Angoulême, 90 minutes from international airports, and 2.30 hours from Paris by TGV train. This unique one of a kind home is ideal for someone requiring proximity to major European cities and who has a need to connect with nature and history, in total privacy.