13th century french chateau with land and plenty of history, Vienne, Nouvelle Aquitaine
This 13th century chateau estate set in over 21 hectares with gardens, parkland, courtyard, paddocks and forest is situated near Poitiers in the Vienne region with excellent access to local amenities and a choice of market towns. A rare piece of french history with plenty of charm and features as you would expect....
Dating back to the 13th century, this chateau/settlement was created and owned by the local lords using its fortified defenses to protect the locals against invasion and being one of the main strategic defenses south of Poitiers.
The same family who created the site lived and owned it up until the 17th century when it was sold on to the last remaining lord of the area. With its own dungeon, fortified square tower ('keep') complete with defensive archer emplacements and, we understand, it once had a moat surrounding this was truly an impenetrable stronghold and today the solidity of its construction is clear to see. The mound that the group of buildings is placed upon is also man made with various legends pointing to underground passageways and the key-stones visible in the now grassed courtyard indicate the structures that once stood here – an archeologist’s/historian’s delight.
About the Chateau The current owners have undertaken a sympathetic renovation of this historic estate and today it offers a comfortable home for owners and guests alike. Their attention to detail (paint shades and composition of the period for example) have recreated the splendor of ages past whilst incorporating the necessary luxuries of today’s lifestyles. The formal entrance into the “Logis” from the courtyard takes you into an impressive stone floored room with large open fireplace and exposed beams – the polished surface from decades of wear on the stone floor gives an instant appreciation for the age of the building.
Stairs lead up to the accommodation level with a two elegant lounges; one with quarry tiled flooring and the second double aspect with parquet flooring, fireplace and views over the formal gardens (this room also has access to the drawbridge leading directly into the “Keep”). The dining hall (also double aspect) features period hexagonal quarry tiled flooring and leads directly into the kitchen, a large double aspect room with original fireplace and stone floor. The oven, fridge/freezer, cupboards and basin provide the comfort needed for today’s lifestyle without detracting from the character features in this room. Across the rear of the Logis, with access from all of the rooms, is a raised terrace, an ideal al-fresco area with views over the formal park to the forest beyond and a private “tower room”. The master bedroom suite (bathroom and dressing area) and 2 double bedrooms with a shared bathroom are to be found on the 2nd floor again with splendid views over the estate. Accessed via the original 'draw-bridge' from the larger lounge on the first floor (as well as ground floor access) the 'Keep' offers 3 floors and a basement each one with a large reception room and antechamber/side room – currently used for entertaining (concerts, diners, etc...) but were originally used as the lodgings and even 'justice rooms' for the ruling lord and then later on the 'lord and ladies' separate chambers with the 'guardian of the keep’s' watch-room on the top floor. The stone winding stairs (so designed to aid the repel of attackers) provide access to the three floors as well as the archers positions and also the defensive castelations above and down to the dungeon below. Fully restored from the ground up by the current owners the guest lodge is in keeping with the period style of the logis and keep with a spacious lounge/kitchen, two good sized bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Above is a large open plan office with separate access which could possibly be modified into a further guest studio if required.
Within the courtyard of the chateau is an open hanger used as a garage, a stone stable-block and barn and the former estate workers quarters with original bread oven. The estate covers a little over 21 hectares including formal gardens, parkland, courtyard, paddocks and forest with some arable land. The local legends include tales of the woodland which today offer a sanctuary to the local wildlife who inhabit them.
Ideally located a short drive south of Poitiers with excellent access to local amenities and a choice of market towns.