This substantial 16th-century logis lies in Nieuil, in Charente. As well as offering spacious accommodation in the main five-bedroom property, there are also outbuildings and a lake.
Prior to the French Revolution, it was owned by an aristocratic family, the Lavergne de Champlaurier. Sadly, the last of the family to own the property has the distinction of being guillotined in 1794 for failing to defend the area from a Prussian invasion.
It’s a sad story: Louis-christophe Lavergne (1740-1794), master of the forge of Champlaurier, had been appointed Commander of the National Guard of St-claud and Military Governor of the citadel of Longwy. Unfortunately, he capitulated before the assault from the Prussian forces.
This resulted in him being arrested, tried and sentenced to death. He was then executed with his young wife, who apparently had dared to shout out “Long live the King’’ when the sentence was pronounced. charente-immobilier.com