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Set in parklike gardens with mature trees such as a magnolia grandiflora, tilleuil and a cedar of Lebanon this magnificent and beautiful restored 700 m2 château will take your breath away.
Entering the property you pass through impressive black and gold electronic gates, operated by remote control and with two recently installed new motors. Driving through into the vast courtyard you pass a large garage with it's own tradesman's toilet,a basin and a guest powder room. The 100m² of stables on your left have the original stone drinking troughs. The stables provide a perfect space for weddings/events or a collection of cars.
Facing on to the courtyard is a garden room that the owners intended to turn into a boutique shop for antiques and a carpentry shop and three kennels that are ideal for hens as the space is protected by iron fencing.
The reception rooms are interconnected 'en enfilade', often with double doors providing the perfect party space. Flooring is original parquet or tiled.
ENTRANCE HALL (22m²)
The original panelled door with iron grills leads into a tiled vestibule. On the walls are Aubusson tapestries commissioned by Monsieur Hubert to reflect the hunting history of the property. They have been repaired. cleaned and re hung on marine ply to ensure their longevity.
The elegant cantilevered stone stairs rise up through two levels and are enhanced with high quality traditional carpeting. The original iron balustrade ends with a newel post capped with a facetted cut crystal ball. A massive brass lantern + early wall sconces illuminate the space.
FAMILY ROOM (24m²)
An original gilded mirror sits atop the rare multi coloured Italian marble fireplace. The doors to the ballroom are faced with bevelled mirror panels.
CRYSTAL BALLROOM: (56m²)
So named because of the light flooding the space from twin windows at either end and reflected off of the two double French doors faced in bevelled mirror. Adding to the glittering effect is the original gilded mirror (recently renovated by internationally renowned artist Nicole Jelicich). It sits above a dramatically carved Italian red marble fireplace. The intricate plaster work has a painted finish.
REAR HALL (9.5 m²)
Tiled and naturally lit
DINING ROOM (34m²)
Hand painted striped walls by Nicole Jelicich in the French Empire style with gilded decorative elements on the double doors. Another impressive Italian marble fireplace dominates the room. Half glazed double doors lead to ...
GLAZED CONSERVATORY (27 m²)
Overlooking the pool this provides a winter sun room. The spiral stone stairs in the corner lead down to the vast illuminated vaulted wine cellars. The opportunity for tasting events has as yet not been exploited by the owners.
THE BUREAU (18m²)
The elegant carpeted study was crafted in oak panelling and signed by the artisan. With a stunning pink fireplace and overlooking the rhododendrons and camellias in the front garden it is a beautiful space to work in. The family jewels can be secreted in the hidden massive safe!
PROVENCAL STYLE KITCHEN BY MIELE (27m²)
Flooring is quarry tiled and a massive Poitevine stone fireplace surrounds the Godin stove with gas hobs, electric ovens x 3 + griller and deep fryer. A new induction hob was installed in 2017. Miele dishwasher and microwave. The original tiled warming oven remains as a decorative feature only.
REAR BUTLER KITCHEN (6.5m²)
Incorporates a double sink, two fridges, fitted Miele cabinets, 2nd dishwasher and wide oven/microwave with pizza stone.
Miele washing machine and dryer and new 15 kg washing machine. Fitted, cupboards, ironing area. Door to garden.
Family sized sauna in cedar with shower in same room and Balneo jacuzzi (which needs repair). Additional powder room and wc next door.
PRIVATE OWNER'S APARTMENT
A servants' stairway leads to a totally private space overlooking the front gardens. Carpeted floors with a marble fireplace in the bedroom it leads to a spacious fully tiled en suite with twin vanity, a bath, shower and bidet.
Off the landing is a housemaid's cupboard, a lavatory and a dressing room. A lockable door leads to the guest bedrooms:
BEDROOM 1: (28 m²) with unusual grey marble fireplace + elaborate iron balustraded balcony overlooking the front garden. En-suite bathroom (7m²) with shower, basin, bidet and lavatory.
BEDROOM 2: (26m²) with carved marble fireplace and French doors leading to balustraded balcony over the back garden.
BEDROOM 3: (25m²) with en-suite shower room (4m²) with shower, basin and loo
BEDROOM 4: (26m²) with built-in wardrobe and en-suite shower room (4m²) with shower, basin and w.c.
BATHROOM SUITE A shower room (5m²) with vanity and separate w.c. and separate bathroom (9m²) with twin vanity are shared by 4 bedrooms. A large attic room off the bathroom is not yet converted but space allows for conversion to another bedroom.
BEDROOM 5: (15m²) A single room with dormer window and two built-in cupboards
BEDROOM 6: (25m²) with a built-in cupboard and a beautiful double bay window
BEDROOM 7: (15m²) Single room with built in wardrobe
BEDROOM 8: (26m²) Overlooks the front gardens. Fully tiled light filled en-suite bathroom (6m²) with bath with shower screen and shower, basin, w.c. and bidet. The potential to create a Jack & Jill bathroom with the adjoining Bedroom 9.
BEDROOM 9: (27m²) With another carved marble fireplace it overlooks the rear garden with magnificent views over the village
There are two distinct spaces in the basement housing the oil fired Viessmann boiler and an electric one in case of need; the water softener and pool pump and chlorinator (new 2018). Ample space for drying laundry.
The park-like setting is beautifully landscaped providing a well established garden with a wide variety of tree species including massive cedar of Lebanon towering over the chateau, 13 plane trees defining the boundary, an imposing tilleuil (linden tree), holly trees, magnolia grandiflora, horse chestnut and hazelnut trees.
The front garden presents a shock of colour provided by rhododendrons, camelias and azaleas.
Bore water irrigates the garden via an electronically operated pop up sprinkler system. The garden is extensively illuminated with antique style lamp posts and up lights beneath many of the trees.
The orchard boasts a variety of fruit trees including apples, Nashi pears, cherries, plums, figs, quince and bay. A new row of espaliered apple trees were planted in 2017. There is ample space for a bountiful kitchen garden.
The walnut tree is home and provider to a family of red squirrels. Adding an extra splash of colour!
A secret garden door leads directly through to the boulangerie
Lavender lines the length of the rear boundary wall and beneath the linden tree is a Romanesque folly sitting above a water feature.
10 x 5 m it is heated pool via the oil fired boiler. The electronically operated retractable hard cover installed in 2017 is a safety feature.
AL FRESCO DINING
Alongside the pool is an area of pebbled concrete and 3 stone slab benches. An electrically operated awning protects diners at lunch in the afternoon sun.
GROOM'S COTTAGE Gîte
Stone steps lead from the courtyard to the 1st level above the garage. Living room (30m²): with fitted kitchen along one wall, dining nook carved in the Austrian/Germanic style, marble fireplace and cosy sitting area. Bedroom (15m² ): with en-suite shower room (3m²) with vanity and basin unit. Separate w.c: (1.6m²)
Parking for six cars and/or reception room for weddings etc
A row of outbuildings at the far edge of the property provide a fruit drying room + storage for the mower and garden equipment. The attic space above can be reached by exterior and interior staircases and could be easily converted into further habitable accommodation.
EARLY VIEWING CAGE
The strange wire structure overlooking Rue des Ecoles was built to give the family an advantageous viewing platform from which to watch the numerous annual holy processions passing below. It would easily convert to an aviary.
ORANGERIE (41m²) has a recently repaired roof, broken glass was replaced and the original frieze has been restored. This could provide a perfect space for yoga or art courses or intimate musical soirées.
It commands a view over the productive orchard with quince, plums, nashi pear, cherry and various apples including espaliered apples planted in 2017.
WALLED GARDEN OPPOSITE the chateau
There is a further piece of land (625m²) with gates as grand as the main property, if slightly smaller. A shed provides possible further development potential as a studio rental. The second shed houses an original bread oven providing the opportunity to develop a pizza bar with tables in the garden and another kitchen garden.
Set in the heart of this welcoming village the baker, co-op, hairdresser, restaurant/bar, library, post-office, builders' merchant are all within an easy stroll. Bouresse hosts an annual fete in late June with live music and a vide greniers. For more comprehensive shopping and a railway station to Poitiers/Limoges, Lussac-les-Chateaux is 15km away. The lively university city of Poitiers is 30km away and benefits from Biard airport and the TGV railway station. Limoges airport is 80 km away and Tours airport is 130 km. The western channel ports are about 355km and Calais is about 600km. All within half a day's drive.
Amid tranquil, gently rolling countryside of oak forests, sheep, cattle and sunflowers and only ten minutes from the beautiful valley of the river Vienne with its opportunities for fishing, canoe/kayaking and amazing riverside walks, Bouresse is proud of its agricultural roots, . There are plenty of tourist attractions nearby including the medieval fortified town of Chauvigny at 20 minutes drive, Futuroscope (45 mins), La Vallée des Singes (35 minutes), motor racing Circuit de Val de Vienne as well as the usual markets, churches and châteaux which are all worth visiting. The famous haunted château du Fougeret is 7km away.
Some words from the owner:
Why One Would Choose this Property:
France has been subject to falling property prices over the past 20 years. Now seemed like a good opportunity to buy into what has always remained an attractive real estate market. We looked at many chateaux and chose L'Hubertiere because it is in a very beautiful, if largely undiscovered, part of France that is totally safe. Its medieval history and architecture are very appealing.
The property speaks for itself. Its elegance is immediately seductive!
Importantly, it had been the subject of a major €1m renovation in the late 1990's and benefitted from a new slate roof, new wiring, new plumbing, 2 state of the art Viessmann boilers an in ground watering system from a sunken bore, multiple bathrooms, 2 kitchens as well as double glazing throughout (even in the outbuildings). The courtyard was underlaid with a thick concrete slab for stability to take numerous vehicles.
As it sold in the '90s for €1.1m - anything below that makes it a bargain.
GES (Gaz à effet de serre) - D
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