Chateaux in Poitou Charentes seem to be from another time period, one that you’ve read about in romantic novels. Luxury castles combine ancient roots with contemporary amenities, allowing you to live in a unique home that’s at the same time steeped in history and outfitted with present-day comfort. Consider these five chateaux if you’re looking for a covetable, stately new home.
1. Majestic Castle in Limoges
This castle in Limoges has lake and countryside views, plus a private garden, terraces, an open fireplace, outbuildings and river access. Bordering Dordogne and Haute-Vienne, this 12th and 15th century chateau has been completely renovated with high quality materials. Striking and regal, the castle is set between a moat and surrounded by 160 hectares of landscaped grounds. Of special note are the architecturally-impressive dungeons, representing nearly 1,000 years of French history. Though strong and mighty, the castle still has the warmth of a modern home.
2. Stunning 16 Bedroom Chateau in Vienne
Set in Vienne, this chateau has views of the river, plus a private garden and easy access to the nearby village. Brimming with tradition and romance, this medieval property is set on 165 hectares that hold four lakes, a river and wells. Under the historical, crenellated towers and inside the fortified walls, the home is luxuriously up-to-date. Features include underfloor heating, game and entertainment rooms, and high-end kitchen and bathroom facilities. There are 16 bedrooms, plus a sitting room, dining area, library, offices and staff rooms. Corporate functions, weddings and concerts for between 100 and 200 people can be accommodated. Afterwards, guests can visit the on-site tavern, which serves food and drinks to visitors of the chateau as well as locals.
3. Historic 20 Room Castle in Guéret
Built during the 16th century on the site of a 12th century fortress, this chateau has 20 rooms, each of which has been fully renovated. The vaulted interior of the home’s main staircase is registered as an historic building and the brick-and-stone portico was restored in the 17th century. The castle’s main building is bound by large, circular towers and the base of the chateau is surrounded by wide moats. Located in Guéret in France’s Limousin region, the property’s features include refined, authentic architecture; outbuildings; an open fireplace; and a tranquil environment with private river access.
4. Historic Hunting Estate in Charente
This fully-renovated, historic hunting estate in Charente has features that date back to medieval times. The main chateau’s two levels have low-temperature underfloor heating, while the rest of the estate boasts a private swimming pool and various outbuildings, including guest cottages and staff housing. The land is this property’s strong point, with a lake, 25 hectares of agricultural land, 70 hectares of woodland and a one-hectare truffle oak plantation. Both Angoulême, which has a high-speed train that travels to Paris, and Bordeaux are accessible.
5. 16th Century Chateau in Charente-Maritime
This 16th century chateau in Charente-Maritime has kept its charm – and many of its original characteristics – throughout a complete renovation. The main house has six bedrooms and five reception rooms, and the property also includes a five-bedroom gite, a one-bedroom maison d’amis (or holiday home) and a heated swimming pool. Just seven kilometres away is the town of Saintes, with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants.
HOMEHUNTS estate agents are able to select luxury chateaux in Poitou Charentes based on your specific search criteria. Whether you want to live in the heart of a city or somewhere more tranquil, we’ll find the perfect property to meet your requirements. Use the search tool located above to browse our selection of homes. You can also speak directly to one of our consultants by calling +33 (0)970 44 66 43.