- Fully renovated, detached, stone-built house
- A quarter of an acre of land
- 3 bedrooms, 3 en suite bathrooms and 2 receptions
- Potential fourth bedroom and bathroom
- Planning consent for pool
- Gas-fired central heating
- Mains drainage
- Large sitting room and separate dining room
- Less than 50 minutes from Brive-Souillac Airport
In the heart of La France Profonde, the very essence of the France we all adore, is this gem of a property. In the lea of a 13th Century, fairytale château stands this incredibly beautiful, fully renovated, detached treasure of a house with 3 bedrooms, 3 en suite bathrooms and a garden with views to die for.
The property is situated in the South-West of France in the sunny department of the Lot, in the small hamlet that lies below the hilltop fortress of Castelnau. Within 10 minutes are the vineyards which produce the celebrated wines of the Coteaux de Glanes. Nearby is the medieval town of Martel very close to the Dordogne River. Nearer still are several other medieval settlements including Carennac and Saint Céré. This is a wondrous region which never fails to delight.
The house is built of the mellow, honey-coloured stone of this region. The property was partially re-built and re-furbished about 10 years ago to a very high standard throughout. A large part of the contents of the house is available for sale by separate negotiation. Propane gas-fired central heating has been installed and there are 2 new electric radiators.The property is connected to mains drainage. The house has wifi and there is a satellite dish for TV and radio reception as well as Internet telephone. A central stairwell and custom-made, wooden staircase links all floors.
The accommodation, which measures approximately 170m² of habitable space, consists of, at entrance door level, a hall with a cloakroom with WC and washbasin which leads on to the boiler/water tank etc. The very well fitted kitchen area includes a further door to the outside, a sink unit, dishwasher, under-counter fridge, oven and hob with extractor hood above and several storage cupboards. There is more than enough space for a dining table and chairs. Two steps down leads to the comfortable sitting room with inglenook fireplace with a wood-burning stove.
On the lowest floor is a store room which leads to a further storage cave. There is also a utility room, including sink, washing machine and tumble dryer, and large fridge-freezer. The room has has double door access to the garden. Two steps down there is the dining room which could double as a a summer kitchen or games room or could become the fourth bedroom if the adjacent utility room incorporated bathroom facilities. Double gazed doors from the dining room lead to the garden terrace.
On the floor above the kitchen is the master bedroom which has an en suite bathroom with bath and integral shower, wash basin, bidet and WC. Also on this level is Bedroom 2 with en suite bathroom with walk-in shower, wash basin and WC.
At the top of the house is Bedroom 3, again, with en suite bathroom with integral shower, bath, wash basin and WC.
The garden is mainly lawn with a selection of mature trees and shrubs forming a terrace from which stone steps lead down to the lower road. Here there is a fenced gravelled area providing parking for up to four cars and a substantial two floored, stone-built garage. This could possibly (subject to Planning) be converted into further accommodation. Adjacent is a further parcel of land in which the gas tank is buried. Planning permission has been granted for a small swimming pool to be installed if required.
As can be seen from the images of the property, it is one of the older properties which hug the ramparts of the château. Castelnau is a much visited national monument, and fortunately, the approach to the fortress, car parks and tourist facilities are all on the other side of the hill. So, these in no way interfere with the enjoyment of the house which is quiet without being isolated and is ideal for relaxed living. It enjoys spectacular views sweeping down into the river valley and looks across to other hilltop villages. For shopping and restaurants as well as twice weekly street markets, the charming town of Bretenoux is just 3kms away. The exquisite little town of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne is less than 20 minutes’ drive away.
A short drive away is the thriving cliff-side town of Rocamadour which can seen in all its glory from the little village of L’Hospitalet above. There are any number of interesting places to visit on a day’s outing such as Gramat, Figeac, Conques, Sarlat, Domme and Gourdon. Castelnau makes an excellent base camp for visits further afield to places such as Albi, Toulouse, Bergerac, Carcassonne, the Pyrenees or even the Mediterranean coast and Barcelona!
The area provides a wide variety of activities such as kayaking, canoeing, and camping, river bathing with lifeguards in attendance, two local water parks and, an hour’s drive away, the beautiful lakeland playground of Lac Toulerme. There are several tennis courts locally and also a golf course.
We are often asked the reason for the sale of a property. Here’s what the owners had to say: “We love the property and the whole area but we will not be quitting completely as we have another smaller property just 10 miles away! This house is now a little large for us as all our children and grandchildren have spread themselves around the globe.”
Habitable space: 170m² (approx)
Plot size: 1000m² (0.25 acres)
Heating: Gas-fired central heating and wood
Distance to shops: 3 kms
Distance to airport: 42 kms (Brive-Souillac - 47 minutes)
Taxe Foncière: 858 € per annum
Please note: All sizes and locations are approximate. La Résidence has made every effort to ensure that the details and photographs of this property are accurate and in no way misleading. However, this information does not form part of a contract and no warranties are either given or implied.