A very attractive 17th Century Maison de Maître, situated in an unspoilt and lovely country setting in the heart of the Dordogne, and surrounded by a stunning private estate consisting of over 20.5 hectares (50 acres).
The Main House, with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, has been extensively and sympathetically restored and retains many of its historical and original features.
The central core of the Main House - the dining room and entrance hallway which has an ancient pisé floor - is thought to be 500 years old, and was probably the base of a fortified tower supporting the local Bastide towns. The remainder of the Main House was built around 350 years ago as the principal building within a large farm.
The very pretty courtyard is flanked by two large stone barns - one with garages and workshops to the south - and the second being an ancient long house with a great deal of gite potential.
The salt water swimming pool (11m x 5m) is very privately located at the rear of the property and has a generously sized covered dining area equipped for enjoying al fresco dining on long hot summer days. Surrounded by a large travertine stone sunbathing terrace the pool itself has undergone extensive renovation also, including a new liner, filter and solar shower in addition to the all important and much sought after pool heating system (“pompe à chaleur”).
The grounds are regularly maintained and offer a haven of lovely trees, shrubs and shady places in which to relax.
An arbour of mature vines runs along the front of the ancient long house and around the garage and workshops (we are led to believe from the present owners that delicious red wine can be produced from the grapes).
The ancient dovecote (“pigeonnier”) was sympathetically restored several years ago as a small guest apartment with two small rooms including a shower room and WC.
There is a renovated, centuries old, stone well in the grounds surrounded by numerous walnut, cherry, damson, apple, pear and fig trees. As recently as 20 years ago the well supplied water to the house and could probably be brought into use again for domestic or garden purposes.
Main house ground floor
Through the main entrance you arrive in the hallway with it’s original pisé floor (Roman style marble cobbles floor)
To the left of the hallway is a very attractive family dining room, a grand but cosy living room, and finally a large utility room.
To the right of the hallway lies the spacious modern kitchen with a good range of light wall and base units, marble worksurfaces and a door leading directly out to the pretty dining terrace at the front of the property overlooking the central garden fountain.
To the rear of the hallway is an inner lobby which leads to the original historic cloakroom with immense stone sink, a toilet/wash room, a small storage room and a large cellar (cave) for wine and general storage.
From the entrance hall there is an original elegant chestnut staircase leading to the first
A wide and very spacious hallway leads to all bedrooms/bathrooms. The gorgeous King size master bedroom, with it’s beautiful stone fireplace and wood burning stove centre piece, has its own substantial en-suite bathroom with central bath and walk in shower in addition to ‘his and hers’ basins.
The second bedroom has a lovely old oak floor and stone fireplace with views to the central courtyard.
Bedroom three, also of very generous proportions, is carpeted and has double aspect windows overlooking the grounds and pool area. These two bedrooms share a good sized family bathroom (bath, walk-in- shower and toilet).
At the end of the long hallway/landing there is a large solid wood door giving access to a relaxing sunbathing terrace overlooking the swimming pool.
Also accessed from the first-floor hallway, and a continuation of the original chestnut staircase, is an immense attic with a beautifully exposed beam structure. This space has plans and planning approval for conversion into a self-contained apartment.
Accessible from outside via a stone staircase is a very private and delightful fourth double bedroom with exposed beams and its own en-suite bath/shower room. This very pretty building has an attractively tiled roof and the interior beam structure oozes character. There is also space for a small sitting area, making this an ideal separate annexe for a couple with a baby or grandparents who want to be part of the main property but have additional privacy.
Outside, with its own separate entrance, is a boiler room with gas and electric hot water tank, gas central heating facilities, swimming pool equipment and toilet/changing room to support the swimming pool.
Master bedroom 31m2 ensuite bathroom
Family bathroom 9m
Bedroom in Annex 22m2 ensuite bathroom 2m2
The old long house has great potential for rentable Gites with the appropriate renovation. It is currently being utilised for storage and workshops. In the 1940’s it was said to have housed 42 people.
Below the current large workshop is a cellar, accessible from the outside. In recent times this workshop and cellar had plans for conversion into a Gite. The upper roof space has more than sufficient space for a double bedroom, a ground floor open living room (with view across the fields) leading to the cellar via a spiral staircase being converted to a kitchen.
Please note: renovation of the long house will require installation of a septic tank.
Total ground surface at the moment is about 124m2
The previous owner converted the Pigeonnier (dovecote) tower into a small guest suite.
The Pigeonnier has separately supplied water and electricity.
There is mains electricity and water (but not sewage or gas). The electricity feed was upgraded in 2019, in addition to a new underground cable being laid in 2010.
The septic tank was up-graded in 2018 with further modifications in 2019.
A new sunken LPG gas tank was installed to specific guidelines in 2018 which feeds the central heating and cooking gas to the property.
There is a sunken well in the garden which was used to supply water to the house as recently as 20 years ago and could probably be brought into use again for domestic or garden purposes.
There is a full burglar alarm system with live surveillance cameras via a wireless link.
Total living habitable space of the main house: approximately 280m2.
Ground surface around the estate: 205,486 m2
2017; New roof for the main building, garage and workshop.
2017; New electricity wiring throughout the house and for the outdoor lighting.
2017; New swimming pool heating.
2017; New paintwork of the house (exterior and interior)
2018; New salt filter system for swimming pool.
2018; New built-in gas tank
2018; New gravel.
2019; New internet camera surveillance and burglar alarms.
Gas central heating
Taxe Foncière: € 1866
Taxe d'Habitation: € 1459
The property is located 7 minutes West of St Alvère (which is renowned for its Black Truffle market), 30 minutes north east of Bergerac and 45 minutes south of Périgueux. Bergerac Airport provides easy and regular access to major airports in the UK as well as flights to Paris, Brussels and Rotterdam.
The Dordogne (located in Aquitaine) has a population of 400,000.
Local Hamlet and nearby communities
St Laurent Des Batons is a small, very old hamlet with a population of approximately 200 with its own School and church. The property is about one kilometre away.
The nearest small village is St. Alvère which is 7km east. It has a number of cafés, bar and a popular local restaurant. It also has two boulangeries, general store, a hairdressers, self serve petrol station and garage. There is also a good pharmacy, a medical practice, post office and bank (with cash machines).
The weekly market is on a Monday and there are regular family fun filled summer night markets, where the whole community comes together to eat, drink and chatter
Vergt is a small town about 12km away to the north west, (en-route to Périgueux).
Le Bugue and Lalinde are larger market towns offering all amenities: they are situated 18kms (25 minutes) and 14kms (20 minutes) away respectively.
Périgueux is the capital of Perigord/Dordogne offering everything you would expect from a city and is only one hour away from the property.
Much of the 20.5 hectares of rolling hills and small secluded valleys can be viewed over a glass of local wine from the hillside patio. The estate It is made up of 2.5 hectares immediately surrounding the house, with approximately 11 hectares of fields and 7 hectares of woodland, guaranteeing that much sort after privacy.
Farming and Hunting rights
The 11 Hectares of fields are used by a local farmer and used for maize, animal food and hay.
The farmer has been given permission to run a hunting syndicate on the estate, which can be joined with the appropriate shooting licence for shooting of deer and wild boar.
The farmer helps maintain the boundaries of the estate and often provides venison in return for use of the land.
Please contact us for Google maps and Cadastral plans.
There are also two small parcels of land, a small distance from the house and shown on the estate map.
Although the owners have never found them this 20.5 hectares estate, in the centre of the Truffle region, could potentially offer a source of the dark nuggets!