12th Century Castle in La Souterraine, France

Listing Description

"Situated in an elevated position with 360°views over the countryside sits this magnificent 12th century medieval castle set in 3.7 hectares of parkland. Dating from circa. 1174 it is one of the oldest medieval castles in the Limousin with 844 years of vast epic history. Originally built as a hilltop defence castle by the Knights Templar, the castle still retains its original walled battlements, dungeons and escape tunnel.

The south defence turret of the tower is carved with the royal crest "Fleur de Lys" to mark the french members of the royal family that resided at the castle over the centuries.

The castle was also owned by "The Sun King" King Louis XIV who gave the castle to his royal mistress as a love token for baring him two children and inspiring the creation of Versailles.

The approach to the château is a long tree lined avenue planted in commemoration of the coronation of King Louis XIV, which is archived as "The Great Road". The château was constructed over an enormous vaulted cellar with the castle kitchen, and the beautiful original medieval granite staircase running throughout, forming the centre-piece of the château.

The main entrance to the chateau is from the west terrace, on the ground floor there are three very large reception rooms and a large dining room, all with many original period features such as beamed ceilings, ornate fireplaces, doors from each reception room leading to the southern veranda, a study with an ornate ceiling in the tower, and a separate 17th century spiral staircase which was commissioned by the Marquis for the servants.

On the first floor there are currently eight bedrooms with bathrooms, although the rooms on this floor have been created with relatively recent partitions to provide maximum sleeping space when the château was previously run commercially. There is capacity for the floor to be remodeled if required.

On the second floor is a fully renovated self-contained 3 bedroom apartment with living/dining room, kitchen and bathroom. There are 3 further bedrooms which require finishing on this floor.

Situated within the château's parkland is a detached fully renovated, 2 bedroom house. This house is being offered fully furnished, is fully insulated and provides heating from the cosy wood-burner and supplemented by electric radiators. Set within the grounds there is also a detached 14 bedroom coach/carriage house on three levels which needs modernising internally, a small detached chapel, large indoor menage, barn and stables.

Substantial restoration work to the chateau has been carried out over the past few years, there are remaining rooms to be completed. Recently the electric throughout the chateau have been replaced. The chateau is heated by oil central heating. Request more detail regarding room measurements for the second house, coach house etc. Within the well-designed parkland gardens are many established trees, pretty ever-green shrubs, beautiful lawns, wood-land and pasture.

The Creuse is home to a rich variety of unspoilt natural scenery. Its lakes, rivers, waterfalls, forests and footpaths make it an ideal location for many outdoor leisure activities such as cycling, walking and watersports.

The Chateau is in the area of Gueret and La Souterraine and the airport at Limoges is reachable in 1 hour by car. A stunning piece of history could be yours as a home with grandeur with the opportunity to create a business here too!"

OHDO Notes

Location: La Souterraine, Creuse, Nouvelle-Aquitaine. At the time of this post, priced at €639,000 ($730,920 USD). For more information on this property contact Agence Newton .

Additional info: Rightmove.co.uk
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7 Comments

  • leighlev

    This is a beauty! I love the exterior more than the interior, actually. Loving these Templar castles! So much history in them, I’m sure.

  • Jo Ann G

    Incredible! In the US we think a house is old if it is over 100-150 years. Can you imagine 850 years old! That real knights and kings and mistresses and all the people and happenings and things of books actually happened here! So amazing. Not sure I would want the responsibility of ownership (I don’t have the budget of a king) but it would be an unbelievable experience to visit and think about all that those walls have seen.

  • Miss-Apple37

    Amazing! Can’t even imagine how much heating oil is needed to heat this castle. And seeing the price of oil in France, that must be very costly.

    I googled about castles given by Louis XIV to his mistresses (La Vallière, Mme de Maintenon, Mme de Montespan) but couldn’t find anything regarding this castle…

    • Zann

      I don’t recall Versailles being inspired by a mistress? Catherine Bellier was given an estate by Louis’ mother, but that is a sordid story I won’t repeat here, and it had nothing to do with Versailles.

      Regardless of what may or may not be accurate, these walls have obviously seen a huge amount of history. It’s gorgeous, and the grounds are delicious.

      I would like to see the dungeon and escape tunnel, though.

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