13th century fortified castle located in Pioussay.

€1,690,000  £1,444,865
Region: Poitou - Charentes
Department: Deux-Sevres
Location: Pioussay
Bedrooms: 8
Plot Size (m2): 210000
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Ref No: 184455
Type: Chateau
Date Added: 31/07/2021
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Dating back to the 13th century this castle / establishment was created and belonged to the local lords using the fortified defenses to protect the local population against invasion, it is one of the main strategic defenses south of Poitiers. The same family that created the site lived and owned it until the 17th century when it was sold to the last lord in the area. With its own keep, its fortified square tower ('dungeon') with sites for defensive archers and, we understand that there was once a moat around, it was really an impenetrable stronghold, today the solidity of its construction is obvious. The mound on which the group of buildings is placed is also man-made with various legends showing underground passages, the keystones visible in the now grassed courtyard indicate the structures that once stood here - an archaeologist's delight / historian. The current owners have undertaken a sympathetic renovation of this historic estate and today it offers a comfortable home for owners, and guests alike. Their attention to detail (nuances of paint and composition of the time, for example) has recreated the splendor of times gone by while incorporating the luxuries necessary for today's lifestyles. The main entrance into the Logis from the courtyard leads you into an impressive stone-floored room with a large open fireplace and exposed beams - the polished surface of the stone floor after decades of wear gives you an instant sense of the age of the building. The staircase leads down to the accommodation level with two elegant lounges, one with stone tiled floors and the other with wooden floors, fireplace and views of the French gardens (this bedroom also has access to the drawbridge leading directly to the 'dungeon'). The dining room (also double exposure) has period hexagonal tiling and opens directly onto the kitchen, a large double exposure room with original fireplace and stone floor. The oven, fridge / freezer, cupboards and basin provide the comfort necessary for today's lifestyle without altering the character traits of this room. At the rear of the Logis, with access from all bedrooms, is an elevated terrace, an ideal outdoor area with views of the park and the forest beyond; plus a private 'tower room'. The master bedroom (bathroom and dressing room) and 2 double bedrooms with shared bathroom are on the 2nd floor with a splendid view of the estate. Accessible by the original 'drawbridge' from the large living room on the 1st floor (as well as access to the ground floor), the 'keep' offers 3 floors and a basement each with a large bathroom. reception and an anteroom / side room - currently used for entertaining (concerts, meals, etc.) but used initially as accommodation and even 'chambers of justice' by the lord and then in the 'separate rooms of the overlord' on the top floor. Winding stone stairs (designed to help repel attackers) provide access to the three floors as well as archers' positions and defensive castelations above and below the keep. Completely restored from top to bottom by the current owners, the cottage is in keeping with the period style of the house and has a spacious living room / kitchen, two large bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Above is a large open study with separate access which can be transformed into another guest studio if required. Inside the courtyard is an open shed serving as a garage, a stone stable, a barn and the property's former workers quarters with original bread oven. The estate covers a little over 21 hectares including formal gardens, a park, a courtyard, paddocks and a forest with some arable land. Local legends speak of the tales of the forest which today offers a sanctuary to the local fauna that inhabit them. Ideally located a short drive south of Poitiers, excellent access to local amenities and a choice of nearby towns.
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