This former seat of a powerful family in southwestern France took shape over six centuries.
Located near the town of Périgueux, the castle is made up of three interconnected structures built from the 12th to the 18th century. The ramparts forming a defensible boundary around the fortified property are still in place.
The three sections of the castle include a medieval house, a Renaissance wing and a central domed building.
The medieval castle to the left of the dome is the oldest part. The house has a renovated living area of 5,382 square feet on three levels. Features include the original fireplaces, terracotta floors, stained glass windows, interior shutters, a 15th century tower and door. There are modern updates everywhere.
The Renaissance chateau on the right contains another 5,382 square feet of living space over two floors. A large cabin of approximately 2,150 square feet is adorned with period tile floors, a beamed ceiling, stained glass windows and a baronial fireplace.
The thick exposed beams continue into the eight bedrooms, which contain such features as stone walls, colorful tiled floors, stained glass windows, and fireplaces. There are a total of five bathrooms.
The dome, built in the 17th and 18th centuries, connects the two wings and is a visual focal point. The vaulted sand-colored brick ceilings rest on the stone walls.
Other on-site structures include a 3,230 square foot two story janitorial service building, 1,076 square foot staff quarters and a barn of over 3,000 square feet.
The nearly 10 acres of grounds include well-manicured gardens, walkways, lawns and mature trees. A later addition is the swimming pool.
Pierre de Luzan of the Mercure Group is the chateau’s listing agent, priced at approximately $ 3.58 million (€ 2.99 million).
Périgueux is the capital of the Dordogne, a region with hundreds of castles as well as Roman ruins. In the heart of the city is the cathedral Saint-Front with dome and turret. An excavated Roman house is contained in the Gallo-Roman museum of Vesunna.
Regional points of interest include the painted cave of Lascaux, which dates back 17,000 years and depicts horses, deer and an extinct species of cattle known as aurochs.
This part of France is also known for its gastronomy. Specialties include local cheeses, nuts, truffles, lamb and wines.
Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport is about an hour and a half drive west.
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