Fortified Medieval Lodging In Western France Retains Its Middle Age Essence

The stone chateau outside Angouleme, in the south Charente region of western France, has been fully renovated in keeping with its period character (GROUPE MERCURE).

Fifteenth-century France was a time of civil unrest, with factions warring for control of the country. So how appropriate that this medieval lodging house from the era is fortified with high walls and a watchtower – the state-of-the-art security system of the day.

Today the stone chateau outside Angouleme, in the south Charente region of western France, has been fully renovated in keeping with its period character.

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The estate, listed for EUR 1.9 million, covers 6 hectares, or more than 14 acres (GROUPE MERCURE).

The estate covers 6 hectares, or more than 14 acres, and consists of the primary residence, a 16th-century dovecote turned into an office, an outbuilding converted into a separate dwelling, stables, a riding arena, a swimming pool and a farmhouse ready for restoration. Outbuildings contain a gigantic bread oven and a workshop.

There’s also a reception room that can accommodate up to 100 guests with a bar and an outdoor catering kitchen for events. It includes a mezzanine, a home cinema system and bathrooms.

stone chateau in france with turrets and a tile roof accessed by carriage entrance

The main dwelling, a light-colored stone structure with turrets and a tile roof, is accessed through a one-time carriage entrance that opens to an inner courtyard centered on a towering tree (GROUPE MERCURE).

The main dwelling, a light-colored stone structure with turrets and a tile roof, is accessed through a one-time carriage entrance that opens to an inner courtyard centered on a towering tree. Lawn and formal shrubbery soften the expanse.

The stone-lined living spaces blend old and new, capturing an essence of the late Middle Ages. Details include lime-washed wood, weathered metal and thick wooden beams.

stone-lined living spaces in a french castle for sale blends modern with middle ages

The stone-lined living spaces blend old and new, capturing an essence of the late Middle Ages (GROUPE MERCURE).

One wing of the chateau contains a living room with a fireplace, a kitchen and an upstairs bedroom. Stone walls and a stone sink lend rusticity to the kitchen. The bathrooms feature local stone as well.

Three en-suite guest rooms, one with a separate living room, are located in the side buildings. Within the 8,934 square feet of living space are six bedrooms and five bathrooms.

bedroom with stone walls and other middle age details inside a french castle for sale

Within the 8,934 square feet of living space are six bedrooms and five bathrooms (GROUPE MERCURE).

A stone-walled swimming pool is adjacent to meadows.

Xavier Robelin, the co-founder of Groupe Mercure, is the listing agent. The property is priced at 1.9 million euros or about US $2.25 million.

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The French castle features such details as lime-washed wood, weathered metal and thick wooden beams (GROUPE MERCURE).

The estate is roughly an hour north of Bordeaux and a half-hour from Angouleme.

Local attractions include the sculpture-filled Angouleme Cathedral, several museums, an old town with cobblestone streets, an annual comic book festival and a classic car grand prix. Canoeing, kayaking or touring on the River Charente are among outdoor activities.

stone walled estate with a central garden at a french estate north of bordeaux in france

The estate is roughly an hour north of Bordeaux and a half-hour from Angouleme (GROUPE MERCURE).

Regional delicacies include pork dishes, snails, pate, the cantaloupe-like Charente’s melon, chocolates and macaroons.

The nearby town of Cognac has vineyard and distillery tours.

stone walls conceal a swimming pool at a french castle for sale near bordeaux

A swimming pool sits adjacent to meadows and is concealed by stone walls and landscaping (GROUPE MERCURE).

The closest airport to Angouleme is in Limoges, about 83 kilometers (51 miles) away.

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