Chateau in ROUGNAC, Charente, Poitou Charentes

€2,257,500 €2,094,750 (FAI) £1,786,403**
Ref: 39312JB16
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Beautiful 19th Century Château, offering numerous business opportunities, including a substantial Equestrian Centre.

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Price €2 094 750 (FAI)**
Reduction from €2,257,500 to €2,094,750
Ref 39312JB16
Town ROUGNAC Dept Charente
Surface 700 M2* Plot Size572781 M2
Bathroom 50 Bedrooms 50
Location
  • Isolated
  • Close to golf course
  • 0-2KM to amenities
Type
  • Chateau
  • Working farm
  • Hotel
  • Gite Complex
  • Equestrian
  • Country House
Features
  • Suitable for horses
  • Private parking
  • Lake
  • High speed internet
  • Detached
  • Character property
  • Business potential
  • Barns / outbuildings
Condition
  • Habitable
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Built in 1840, this exceptionally well maintained, 14 bedroom Château has formally served as a Convalescent Home with an independent wing of 50 bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, a kitchen, restaurant and a large highly flexible separate Apartment. In the Château grounds, there are 4 attractive and well maintained/furnished Gîtes, that are currently rented all summer, with guests enjoying the use of a 1.5 hectares well stocked lake, offering a great number of recreational facilities. A large part of the a second independent wing has recently been converted into 22 top quality horse loose boxes - ideal for a professional Equestrian centre set in 57 hectares.

This unique property is reached down a quiet lane in the Charente countryside, lined by ancient woodlands, producing the pure, clean air for which this property is renowned. Access is via one of two sets of large iron gates, ensuring peace and privacy.

Up until 5 years ago, this property belonged to the Government Health Authority and was a popular country convalescent home, hence this Château has been extraordinarily well maintained in every way, by the Government - at which time 6 full-time staff were employed to ensure the property was kept in good repair at all times. Hence all the expensive items have been renewed; the roofs are in excellent condition, wiring, plumbing, heating etc, this property even has its own ecological mini sewage station tucked away in the grounds, catering for up to 140 people. These are just some of the reasons we feel that this property would make an ideal Boutique Hotel with Equestrian facilities, or maybe a health Clinic, much of the infrastructure is already in place and any such project we know, would be warmly welcomed by the local commune and planning authorities. This is not a listed building.

Sweeping steps lead up to the front door of the Château and a large entrance hall with its original tiled floor. Still with its reception desk, in keeping with the Château's character, this is an imposing entrance. The entrance hall opens into a number of elegant reception rooms, each with their beautiful wood panel features, high elegant ceilings, still with their original ornate coving and ceiling roses. Currently there is also a master bedroom en-suite bathroom on the ground floor. A number of rooms still remain untouched since it was a convalescent home, laundry, nurses rooms etc, but require no more than a light refurbishment to refresh them. Doors and windows from the rear of the Château look out across the rolling valley and down towards a small village. Spectacular views are changing endlessly with the seasons. The front shutters were repainted only last summer.

FIRST FLOOR ...
(416m2) Take either the left or the sweeping stairs, that lead up to the first floor where each of the bedrooms are equipped with sizeable en-suite facilities. Each is fitted with alarm buttons for attracting staff attention. Service stairs lead up to a vast attic space, totally sprayed throughout against any wood bug only 5 years ago - this would be perfect for further accommodation if required. A number of the rooms have been refreshed, whilst again, others could do with a light refurbishment.

NORTH WING ...
From the ground floor of the Château an attractive glass hallway leads through to the North Wing - where the vendors have created two distinct areas - large and sunny contemporary living quarters with fabulous views, plus a large reception room for functions. Both of which lead through to the magnificent accommodation created for 22 beautiful horses, with tack room, farriers stall and hay barns off.

SOUTH WING ...
Not visually joined to the Château but has underground service tunnels. It includes 50 bedrooms with en-suite facilities - meeting all current standards. Large flexible apartment for family or corporate events. Restaurant and reception areas.

4 GÎTES ...
Three of the Gîtes are located away from the Château, each with their own gardens and access to the woods and beautiful 1.5 hectares lake. All in excellent condition and fully booked for 2014.

EQUESTRIAN / FARM ...
All the facilities you could possible ask for are already on site, for running a successful equestrian centre/farm. Barns for machinery, feeds and of course 22 top quality loose boxes. Sand arena. Barns and atelier total 645m2.

LAND ...
a total of 57 hectares, of which 50 are ancient woodlands and 7 hectares of excellent pastures. Exotic sequoia trees. Helipad on the property. Wonderful views, rides and water sports all available.

Please ask for a brochure detailing in further detailing this fascinating property.

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Location in France

The Charente department is home to over 340,000 inhabitants and is located in the south-east of Poitou-Charentes. The countryside offers a unique and varied environment for walkers and mountain bikers from rolling hills in the east to a flatter landscape in the west. The northern area is wild with deep forests and peaks reaching to over 1000ft. The Charente has long relied on agriculture to fuel its economy. In the 18th Century, however, the department started mass producing its infamous Cognac drink, which proved extremely popular with people from all over the world.
The department is very well situated for expatriates looking to purchase French property here, with great roads down to the Charente and the Channel ports just a short days drive away. The department has access to Poitiers, La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Bergerac and Limoges airports, all within 2 hours.
Angouleme is a small yet cosmopolitan city, with a fairly dynamic feel about the place when compared to the neighbouring Dordogne or Haute Vienne. It hosts a lot of events such its vintage car racing (the Circuit des Remparts) which takes place in September , the cartoon festival in January and a great music scene which just seems to get better every year . Both Cognac and Confolens have annual festivals which attract tourists to the area.
The Charente has an immensely varied countryside bordering 5 departments, famous for both its Cognac vineyards in the west, and its Limousin beef production in the east, which in terms of scenery are worlds apart. The valley of the Charente River meanders down from Ruffec in the north through Angouleme onto Jarnac and Cognac. Confolens in the East of the department is situated on the banks of the majestic River Vienne, this area being known as the Charente Limousine, and is extremely popular with expatriates because it looks and feels like the UK. The south of the county which borders the Charente Maritime has a much better climate but less undulating scenery.