My dream home

An 18th-cen­tury char­treuse in Dor­dogne

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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

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