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Poitiers
€1,350,000
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  • 8 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 11 habitable rooms
  • 730 square meters of living space
  • 483 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
A luminous 19th century chateau and its outbuildings in 9 ha of parklands, with woods and a river, near Poitiers - ref 397434
This property, on the ancestral lands of the lords of Poitou, well protected by its wood, is just a 10-minute walk from a picturesque village with a Romanesque church and a few shops. 4 hours from Paris by road, with a motorway slip-road 20 minutes away, or a 90-minute journey via the French TGV train. Poitiers-Biard airport, 30 minutes away, has regular flights to the British Isles. Just over 100 km from La Rochelle and the Atlantic beaches.
This 9 ha estate is accessed via a narrow lane, leading up to the property from the village. A long driveway bordered by oak and ash trees leads to the property’s entrance with its majestic wrought iron gates. Visitors go along a second, driveway, this one shaded by lime trees, which leads into the main courtyard, created by the chateau and its two wings.
Not far from the chateau is a large building which houses the caretaker’s accommodation, the former stables, a tack room, loose boxes and a garage. A little way away to the west are miscellaneous farm buildings comprising barns, an orangery, a gardener’s cottage and, in a walled garden, an attractive rounded greenhouse backing on to a wall.
The chateau is surrounded by parklands, the vast lawn of which is dotted here and there with tall trees including cedar, sequoia, magnolia and oak (one of which is an amazing size) trees, as well as a Mahlab or St Lucy’s cherry tree and an araucaria or monkey puzzle tree.
Further away, a wood shades the slope leading down to the river that runs alongside the property.

The chateau

Built in the 19th century on the foundations of a medieval castle, this U-shaped building, spanning approx. 700 m² without the attic space, opens on to the courtyard on the north side. To the south, the wide facade dominates the parklands below it. The chateau has the classical shape of a 19th century building, but the numerous windows that let copious amounts of daylight into the building are much rarer.

The outbuildings

At a distance from the chateau, a vast building with a slate roof contains the caretaker’s accommodation, stables, a former tack room, loose boxes and a 2-car garage. The caretaker’s accommodation consists of three rooms on the ground floor with three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs.
Slightly on one side, a set of utility buildings includes the gardener’s cottage, barns and a large orangery
Further away, near to the walled garden, a superb rounded greenhouse awaits restoration.

The parklands, the wood and the river

The chateau is surrounded by 2 ha of parklands, the relatively plain design of which is easy to maintain. To the south, a path crosses a 7 ha wood that goes down to a river, home to storks and other grey herons.
A heated swimming pool, protected from onlookers and the wind, is reached via a few steps leading down from the courtyard. It is bordered by a wide stone terrace.



Our opinion
Not far from the main transportation routes and the regional prefecture, this property comprises outstanding interior decoration, superb reception rooms and intense luminosity, in addition to the discrete and elegant features that characterise the local architecture. In pristine condition, it is set in rich, welcoming natural surroundings, inhabited by a varied fauna. A private bank, running alongside the property border, provides amateurs of fishing with the chance to catch pike and pikeperch under the watchful eye of wild wading birds. Whilst the parklands with their outbuildings meet all the demands of hiking and pony trekking enthusiasts.
Poitiers, France
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