Set on the bank of the Auvezere river, in the heart of one of France's Most Beautiful Villages, this listed, fairytale tower has been beautifully restored by an international architect.
With its majestic spiral stone staircase & elegantly designed rooms , this "small chateau", circa 1485, has all its original features along side a new modern design inkeeping with the nature of the building.
In a spectacular position the property is surrounded by elegant "exterior rooms" in the form of multiple dining terraces, a formal rose garden and developed parklands.
The site affords stunning views of the illuminated 12th century château-fort directly across the river and is further enhanced by the silhouette of the medieval village resting at its foot.
Sit and relax and listen to the river cascading over the waterfall at the foot of the garden.
The glorious centerpiece of the building is the beautifully crafted original stone spiral stair. Generous in proportion, it has unusually wide treads and comfortably low risers for ease of ascent and descent. Each luminous stone landing leads to a series of rooms beyond, and small details delight along the way.
On the ground floor is a charming bespoke kitchen with a heated stone floor, exposed beams and space for dining. All modern conveniences are provided for, to include an elegant French brass-trimmed Godin stove with double ovens. Adjacent to the kitchen is a laundry and cloakroom that provide access to the lower dining terrace and protected walled rock garden. Additionally, a "powder room" is conveniently located at this level.
Ascending the stair to the first floor level, one finds a generous salon with an impressive original stone fireplace embellished with a carved coat of arms. The room is illuminated by casement windows with transoms above and there is an arched door leading to the rear terrace and rose garden. The exposed wooden beams, richly finished wooden floor, unusual period stone details and ironwork speak to the level of craftsmanship in the building.
Also located on the first floor is an additional sitting room with large casement windows accessing direct views across the river. This is a space that is comfortable at all times of day, but is particularly delightful in morning light. The room could also serve as an additional bedroom, if desired.
The entire second floor is given to a lavish master bedroom which is served by an en suite bathroom fitted with a tub/shower and a separate generous walk-in dressing room. The hand-crafted wooden walls for both of these spaces were cleverly designed in a style reminiscent of the late Gothic period with elaborately carved details. Iron sconces in the forms of dragons and fleur-de-lis were designed to illuminate the room. The west wall is dominated by an original stone fireplace stylistically similar to the fireplace in the salon below. In addition to the south-facing casement windows, French doors lead to an iron-railed balcony, which, as in the sitting room directly below, has the advantage of elevated panoramic views. A door in the north wall leads to a room located above the rear stair tower. The room would serve well as a small study or sitting area and offers perfect light for a painting studio.
The third floor is also dedicated to a large bedroom with a dressing room and en suite bathroom. The comfortably proportioned bathroom offers abundant daylight and views over the property and beyond. Adjacent to the built-in bookcase is an ingenious collapsible wooden stair which leads to the fourth floor turret room with its elaborate original wooden conical framing system. Currently used as additional storage, it could easily be finished into a small sleeping area or study, as it is provided with both heat and electricity. Further storage may be found in the small attic which is located above the sleeping area the bedroom.
The state of the art boiler is fueled by oil, and heat is regulated on a room by room basis to better enable responsible fuel consumption.
The house is on mains drainage.
The gardens and terraces have been designed to perfection.
Three terrace areas, each with their own character offer idyllic settings for dining, entertaining & reading
The rose garden is arranged around a geometric design and divided by raised beds separated by stone walkways. The central triangular bed is planted exclusively with hardy Queen Elizabeth roses. The other beds are planted in grass and bordered by boxwood topiary.
The adjacent generous sloped lawn with its extraordinary views is bordered by a variety of specimens to include rhododendron, hydrangea, camellia, flowering cherry, lilac, and forsythia. Liberal planting of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils along with carpets of primrose provide a riot of spring color. A mature apple tree, as well as other deciduous trees, offer seasonal color in addition to shade along the northern perimeter. The gardens become progressively rustic as a path bordered by lavender, heather and topiary salix descends through the parklands towards the river.
The gardens extend over an area of about 3,000 m2
This is an excellent property for an individual, couple or family, who, perhaps, has neither the time nor the expertise to manage a large restoration project, but would derive immense joy from the opportunity to own a truly extraordinary historic property.
- Tipo de Inmueble
- Casa adosada
- tipo vivienda
- Clase especial
- En el río
- Tamaño de la vivienda
- 200 m²
- Tamaño de la parcela
- 3.032 m²
- Cuartos de baño suplementarios
- Internet banda ancha