A new beginning for Château de la Borie

Château de la Borie has been given a new lease of life, following its acquisition by a Dutch couple. A true renaissance for this château and its garden, where exhibitions by international artists can be admired.

Château de la Borie: a place steeped in history

Château de la Borie is in the rolling Limousin countryside, less than 5 kilometers from Limoges in the village of Solignac. The château dates to the 17th century and was listed as a chateau-de-la-borie-groupe-mercureHistorical Monument in 1984. Its first owner was Squire Martial de Maledent, Seigneur de la Borie, President Treasurer of France at the Finance Office of the Généralité de Limoges.

In the late 20th century, Château de la Borie became a cultural destination. In February 2017, Harry Struijker Bourdier and Ardi Poels jointly acquired the property, guided in this purchase by Frédéric Pierre of Groupe Mercure Limousin.

From history to art

From the very first visit, despite the overgrown vegetation, the retired Dutch couple fell in love with the place immediately, and their plans were fulfilled. Ardi Poels (art historian) and Harry Struijker Bourdier (professor of pharmacology), both passionate about heritage and history, decided to open a contemporary art gallery here.

Galerie La Borie presents works by artists from all over the world, including Thomas Grünfeld, William Hunt, Sofia Hulten, István Csákánv, Oscar Santillan and Rodrigo Hernández, exhibited in the château and its gardens.

In addition to its permanent exhibitions, art enthusiasts such as artists, museum curators, art critics and collectors are invited to hold conferences and many other activities depending on the season. La Borie also offers contemporary art courses for groups of up to eight people, with participants staying at the property.

In September 2017, Château de la Borie opened a new page in its history… or how to combine culture and “art de vivre.”


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