My dream home
An 18th-century chartreuse in Dordogne
Before I first arrived at this elegant 18th-century chartreuse, I was already excited by the 1km drive through the magical woodlands and rolling countryside in which it is nestled. It is so private and yet still only 20 minutes from the ancient capital of Périgueux. The five-bedroom house is full of character with many original features, such as wooden beams and floors. I love the flexibility the accommodation offers with a choice of wellproportioned rooms. It’s a house to enjoy all year round, from the swimming pool and gardens in the summer, to cosy log fires and a large country kitchen in the winter. Particularly stunning are the two pavilions at each end of this long building, one of which was a chapel and is now definitely one of my favorite features with its rather extraordinary master bedroom and ensuite bathroom.
The property has been restored to a very high standard and is surrounded by easy-maintenance gardens with a number of gorgeous specimen trees, climbing roses and a lavender walk.
Likely to appeal to those who want peace and privacy, it’s an ideal family home with opportunity for expansion thanks to a huge barn that could be converted to create additional accommodation if need be.
The local village offers basic amenities, including a primary school, mairie, post office, tabac, surgery and award-winning boulangerie. All the big shopping outlets are in nearby Marsac and Périgueux with its fantastic markets, impressive St-front cathedral and historic Roman ruins. Bergerac airport is less than an hour away and Limoges, Brive and Bordeaux airports are also within easy reach.
Cate Carnduff, of Agence Immobilière Herman de Graaf, reveals why she’s so taken with this five-bedroom ‘chartreuse’ in Dordogne, on the market for €740,000