25 km from Ruffec where a TGV train station provides direct links to Paris and 15 minutes from two interesting tourist villages. Angouleme, Limoges and Poitiers are an hour away. This south-facing dwelling, nestling in a small group of houses and buildings, all restored and featuring first-rate architecture, stands on the north-facing hillside of a small valley. Its unobstructed view takes in countryside watered by little rivers and dotted with fields, grasslands and deciduous trees. It gives an impression that the world has never seen such beautiful countryside, without the slightest nuisance. Two hours from the beaches at La-Rochelle with highly interesting sites featuring Romanesque architecture nearby.
This quadrilateral-shaped building, predominantly facing south-east, dominates a valley. Typical of the dwellings constructed during the 15th century, it was transformed in the middle of the 17th century to make it more comfortable. This well laid out house has wide openings in the south facade and a half-pace stairway in the centre of the building. This was a “stately home”, a sub-fief of a barony, once part of the province of Poitou. Its current owners found it in ruins but despite its condition and the fact that it was completely overgrown, they managed to find numerous old vestiges and fell in love with the property.
In just a few years, in association with qualified companies, all the exteriors have been checked over and rebuilt as new where necessary: roofs, chimneystacks, door and window frames, etc. The interior has not been ignored: floors and parquet flooring have been replaced as new according to old traditional practices. Insulation, electric wiring and plumbing have been completely replaced as well as the central heating system and the hemp-lime rendering.
Period features have been preserved: stone fireplaces, Burgundy stone or terracotta tile floors, the “Italian-style” stone stairway, a cooking range and a “potager” (a secondary hearth where soups are cooked on embers). The main entrance door still features a four-lobed rosette, adorned in the middle with a double flower with regular petals. Either side, two modillions are adorned at the end with a scroll and a branch of foliage. It spans some 472 m² of living space.
This property will appeal to would-be buyers seeking a totally unspoilt setting in which to relax, write or paint, a place with pure air under a clear sky or even a verdant, grassy valley for contemplation. A superbly restored house with no works to be scheduled and, lastly, a garden which, although modest in size, has a most attractive character. Premises that new owners can move into straightaway and, with no worries, have simply to unpack their belongings.
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|Land registry surface area||1250 m2|
|Main building surface area||472 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||20 m2|
Deux-sèvres & Vienne
Henry Lewis       +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.