9 bedroom French chateau for sale, Lignieres Sonneville, Charente, Poitou-Charentes
1,490,000 EUR 1,311,200 GBP 1,653,900 USD
This most superb chateau and estate (including two houses) which dates back to the era of Napoleon III is totally renovated and stands on close to 4 hectares of land in Lignieres Sonneville, in the heart of the Grande Champagne area of Cognac.
The 600m2 of living space includes 9 bedrooms, mostly en-suite with 8 bathrooms, opulent reception rooms with all the comforts of modern living. The views are far reaching and beautiful. Situated on the edge of a very pretty village with a restaurant, boulangerie, etc, this is a rare opportunity to buy a significant property in this outstanding area.
The present owner of this 19th century chateau has a keen eye for detail and has studied this beautifully proportioned property and the relevance of the period to preserve the feeling and flamboyance of the Napoleonic period.
One enters through large gates, and there is a curved sweeping drive up to the front entrance. The wide stone steps lead to the magnificent front door which is original.
Into the reception hall, and immediately the impressive marble columns and pillars, the height of the ceilings and the original tiled floor strike one at once. Off this hall is a library, ideal for an office, a large formal sitting room, a second sitting room and the large dining room.
The kitchen is off the dining room through a 'porte cachee', a hidden door. The kitchen itself is spacious, modern and well equipped. There is a large laundry (one of two) with a pantry area.
There are 2 flights of stairs in the property. One a large sweeping staircase off the main entrance hall, again beautifully renovated.
FIRST FLOOR. The living accommodation is on the next 2 floors and there are a range of bedrooms many with en suite bathrooms. The most impressive, not surprisingly is the master which has had all the natural wood exposed. A large room which has a wide bay window to take in the park land views of the property to the rear. There is a very large dressing room and a beautiful en-suite bathroom. There is a useful, practical small laundry room here also fitted with a washing machine and drier.
SECOND FLOOR. The second staircase is to the rear and also in excellent order but is considered the staff staircase.
EXTERIOR. To the exterior, there are 2 fully renovated houses which go with the property. Both have 2 bedrooms, one having 1 bathroom the other having 2 bathrooms. They are situated perfectly to the house. Ideal for visiting family and friends.
In this courtyard area is a large stable with 4 loose boxes and a further garage and barn area. The land which comes with the house is fully fenced/walled. The views are stunning. The planning department (PLU) have declared this an area on which there can be no building to either the rear of the front to conserve the views and the integrity of this significant property.
There is a small lake on the land and there is a small river, half of which belongs to the house which makes a border to the rear of the land. Under the building to the rear is an ancient orangery which could make a hobby room, an office or just a store for citrus plants in winter.
This property is magnificent. The thought, care, attention to detail which has gone one to give a beautiful home but with all the comforts of modern living. The roof has been completely renewed at considerable cost, the electrics throughout are new with telephone points/internet access in every room. All the plumbing has been renewed. The fireplaces are all open and working.
This is a rare opportunity to buy a beautiful restored Chateau, not isolated, in the heart of Cognac country.
It can be ideal for equestrian uses with the existing boxes and land with water, a beautiful boutique hotel, exclusive chambres d'hote or of course as it currently is, a wonderful family home.
Cognac town 22 kms
Angouleme 35 kms
Bordeaux 96 kms
Please note at Angouleme there is currently the TGV fast speed train which stops there and now from 2017, the LGV, the super fast train will stop there and Paris will only be 1hr 35 mins.
North Atlantic coast and beaches, 69 kms.