16th century Dordogne Château

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* 16/17th century château in Dordogne – Périgord vert

* 16th century manor house

* 6 cottages and 6 barns

* 70 hectares of land (including lakes and streams)

* Price: €1.25m

There are many châteaux in Dordogne but few of them can match this one for style, setting, out-houses, gites, ‘other accommodation’ … and price!

Set in a landscape of woods and meadows on the edge of the Parc Naturel de Périgord a few miles outside Thiviers this property has much going for it. Firstly, just the extent of the buildings included in the sale: the château itself with its 800m² of living space, the 16th century manor house, the 6 cottages which can be quickly let out for the summer season as gîtes ruraux, and the other barns and outhouses which can, over time, be converted into living accommodation or used for farm work.

Mid-way between Limoges and Périgueux, the château is easily accessible by car and train, making it the perfect venue for weddings, receptions and corporative events. The fine reception rooms on the ground floor (lounge, dining room, library with oak-panelled walls and ceilings) and the 17 (I gave up counting at this stage) bedrooms upstairs and in the tower, give a lot of latitude as to usage. Oil-fired central heating.

The manor house, 200m behind the château, has spacious reception rooms, four bedrooms, big kitchen and pantry, stables and another wing for garages and storage. Gas-fired central heating.

There are six more houses/cottages on the estate in varying states of repair. All the roofs are sound but some are in better order than others. One is occupied full-time by a tenant.

Our opinion: Five years ago this property was occupied and for sale at €2.5m. Today it is unoccupied and on sale for €1.25m. It was a bargain at €2.5m.

There is work to be done – superficial cleaning and refreshing work as far as the Manor House and Chateau are concerned – with more important work needed on the cottages. A week’s gardening too: cutting back the wisteria that is covering the Manor House, choking off the ivy, cutting the brambles…

We would occupy the manor house at once and use it as a base while the chateau and two or three cottages are licked into shape. The important thing would be to get an income-flow running: from the cottages and, soon, from the chateau itself. This, coupled with what local farmers already pay for use of some of the land, should cover basic costs and more in no time (taxes, water, electricity, fuel.) At just four and a half hours from Paris by road (and less than 3 hours from Toulouse or Bordeaux) this splendid property is easily accessible for people on the move.

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