Earlier this year, a 12th century castle that was once owned by the Knights Templar was put up for sale. Located on a hilltop near Périgueux, the exquisite capital of the Dordogne, the romantic Château de La Jarthe is built around a classic central courtyard surrounded by crenulated ramparts and ivy-covered towers.
Arranged around the courtyard are 18 bedrooms plus a library, atelier, chapel and five reception rooms, including the 102 sq m Knights Room on the first floor. In total, the chateau has almost 1,500 sq m of habitable space. Elegant medieval features are evident in the interior including massive fireplaces, flagstone beamed ceilings, stained-glass windows and hand-carved wooden details.
One of the outbuildings is an old granary-cum-dovecote, which stands on its original straddle stones.
The château is approached on a tree-lined drive and is surrounded by 100 hectares of woodlands, gently undulating lawns dotted with trees and fields that burst with wildflowers in the spring and summer.
There are a number of possibilities for outdoor recreation including equestrian pursuits and there is an enclosed menage with stabling for around 30 horses.
Peter Boumans, sales manager for La Perla International Living, says, “This château presents superb opportunity for redevelopment, potentially into an exclusive country hotel, and the historical appeal adds significantly to its charm.
“Much of the château has been restored, but with such extensive grounds and various outbuildings, this is an opportunity to develop a magnificent Dordogne retreat.”
Château de La Jarthe is on the market at €5,775,000. For more information, please contact La Perla International Living – Tel: + 31 (0) 20 589 40 70 or Visit: www.laperlainternationalliving.com