mardi 12 février 2019

"Templars" the house & tower

The village is on the north-east Dordogne border with the Limousin and equidistant between Périgueux, the capital of the Dordogne and Limoges, the capital of the Limousin. Templars is just outside the village perched on its hillside as it has been for nearly 900 years.  

The house comprises on the Ground Floor; an Entrance Hall with stone stairs leading down to the Vaulted Cellar with its white quartz floor, "La Roche Blanche" of St Paul and its Spring.  The wide wooden stairs rise up from the Entrance Hall to the floors above. 

The Guard Room is next to the Entrance Hall both have flagstone floors made of river bed stones and Serpentine, "La Roche Noire" of St Paul.  The Guard Room has an impressive beamed ceiling "A la Française" and even more impressive 12th Century granite Monumental Fireplace.  Where a metal sliding door was put into the front wall of this room turning it into a garage, we have replaced this with a pair of doors with stained glass panels in an old oak surround to create the impression that it was always thus so.

 Leading off of the Guard Room is the Extension which houses the Kitchen, Guest Bedroom, Bathroom, Lobby and Rear Entrance.

As you wind up the original wooden ramp staircase with its landings and half-landings (which occupy a third of the house!) you arrive at the First Floor.  A large Landing with a beautiful stained glass window and stone window seat provide stunning views down the valley.

The Solar has an 18th Century window at the back and a 16th Century Mullioned Window at the front (both with leaded glass windows).  The fireplace has been replaced as the original was stolen.  Once again, a magnificent beamed ceiling and the wooden floor has floorboards from the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries. 

Onwards and upwards!   The next Half Landing has a charming window seat with the Renaissance Window and views across the park and lake.  Next to it is The Latrine, still in working order if required! 

Up to the Second Floor (inside the roof space), on the left you have a low doorway in the wattle and daub wall into The Study.  This room we have left open to the rafters to expose the incredible 13th/14th Century roof timbers (very few examples survive from this period), the pinion wall and the internal stone built Pigeon Loft which is a very rare feature indeed !

Across the landing from The Study is the Master Bedroom.  In here we have added a ceiling for practical reasons.  There are two lucarne's in this room, one at the back and one at the front, to allow morning and afternoon light into the room.  From the front window you can enjoy wonderful views down the valley and across to the village.  This room has an en-suite WC and basin and a Dressing Room with storage cupboards behind the bed.

Outside, the house is surrounded by its maturing gardens and park which grow more beautiful with each passing year.  The Upper Terrace provides shaded seating and spectacular views, the Rose Garden contains some lovely old fashioned roses and the Column Walk provides a vantage point to admire the features of the house. 

The Park is planted with a variety of trees and shrubs to provide interest and colour all year round, including the Broad Hedge along the lane and at the bottom of The Park is a "Miraculous Spring", said to cure children who suffer from nightmares!


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