This property is in the French department of Deux-Sèvres, where the bocage countryside, small irregular-shaped fields separated by hedges and ditches, has resisted industrial farming. Its wealth of heritage and natural resources, such as the Poitevin marshes, are not spoilt by mass tourism. This manor house, between the upper section of the Sèvre-niortaise, a little river winding its way to a bay known as the Anse-de-l'Aiguillon, north of La-Rochelle, and the relief of the Gâtine area, the far end of the Armorican Massif, is 10 km from a small town, the railway station of which has TGV trains providing links to Paris in less than 2 hours.
The house on the west side
It is constructed from limestone quarry blocks. Dressed limestone was used for framing the tall, regularly-spaced 18th century, small-paned windows with their fanlights, many of which have been replaced like-for-like, and for the quoins. The ground floor has wooden shutters whilst the first floor has indoor shutters. The roof dormers on the west section are topped with triangular moulded pediments, the slopes of which are adorned with fire pots. This outside decoration reflects the stateliness as well as the era of this facade: it was started under the reigns of Louis XIII and Louis XIV. The round tower was crowned in the 18th century with baluster railings. The eastern wing, set back behind a terrace, features the same large, inward-opening casement windows without fanlights; they illuminate the lounges. The square tower at the east end was added around 1830 to partially replace the junction with the outbuildings which can be seen on the Napoleonic land register. It has a hip slate roof.
The east wing and the square tower
A set of adjoining rooms begins, in the east section of the house, on the right-hand of the landing for the through stairway in the house on the west side. These rooms comprise two lounges, made impressive by their size and their decor. The first features an Empire style including a grey marble fireplace with sphinx-like claws. Its walls and doors are symmetrically divided into compartments by wooden moulding; an imitation door matches that of a real cupboard. The oak wood parquet flooring, laid at the beginning of the 19th century, was restored 25 years ago. Through light floods in via the two south-facing windows and their counterparts on the north side. In keeping with the surface area of the room, there are five radiators. The following large lounge features the Louis XIII or Louis XIV style. Its walls are completely lined with walnut panelling that was previously painted. The oak wood flooring has batten strips, reflecting the original flooring. There are three radiators in this room. The floor surface area of this large lounge, with 17th century oak wood parquet flooring, has been slightly reduced in order to create a corridor which provides access not only to a room which was once a bedroom (pink marble fireplace, 19th century panelling), but also to the round tower. The latter comprises an area which once contained a kitchen, a shower room and an independent boiler, a ground floor room and an attic above. The electric control panel, like that for the main house, is new. A double-glazed door at the end of the corridor opens on to the terrace that runs alongside both large lounges.
The outbuildings form a long building, featuring semi-circular or basket-handle arched doors. Overhanging cornices run the length of the restored Roman tile roof. The facade of the left-hand section was redone in 1840 at a time when neo-classicism was still synonymous with good taste. It houses a chapel, initially funereal, the entrance of which is topped with a cross, like a keystone. A bread oven was then added to this area, together with a “ponne”, an enormous stone vat used for washing purposes. The bigger opening in the centre was that of the garage used for horse-drawn carriages, now able to take two cars. These are followed by the tack room and the stables, one of which has paved flooring.
The barn resembling a chapel
This building stands to the south on a slightly lower level, facing the house. It was built in the 18th century from limestone quarry blocks. Around 1855, the front of its facade was redone with dressed stone from Vienne. The bell wall, without a bell, is built on the gable wall above an oculus, giving the building the appearance of a chapel. The oak wood roofing framework supports a new roof covered with round tiles, produced in a nearby town.
Since the division of the stately estate in the 19th century, the parklands extend over a little less than 1.8 ha to the south and east of the manor house, separated from cultivated land to the north and west by a lane, for which the farmer has a right of way that causes little nuisance. On the east side it is shaded by three impressive cedar trees, two of which were planted at the beginning of the19th century. A little wood, on the south side, isolates the property from a secondary road that is virtually silent in the evening and at night.
The vagaries of six centuries of history have resulted in easy to maintain parklands set out around the chateau, the descriptive term long used for this property. Successive eras have left the mark of their style on the buildings, bearing witness to an authenticity which has been scrupulously studied and respected by the current owners. This manor house has reached a balance between elegance and comfort. The 18th century house faces the light and sunlight with all of its large, inward opening windows. The round tower wears the balustrade at its summit like a discreet crown. All the outbuildings feature interesting architecture. The inside of the residence lends itself to a family way of life and to the holding of guest receptions in two large lounges, respectively featuring the Empire and Louis XIII styles. The large study on the first floor is but an invitation to become immersed in books. It is not a cliché to talk about a peaceful way of life when it is reflected by the landscapes and the temperament of the inhabitants.
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|Land registry surface area||17800 m2|
|Main building surface area||400 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||345 m2|
Jean-Pascal Guiot       +33 1 42 84 80 85
NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.