A remarkably restored, stately, 15th & 17th century house
in a hamlet to the north of the French department of Charente

Location

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.

Description

A narrow lane winds its way towards the hamlet, passing in front of an old, 15th century chapel and leading finally to the entrance door. On the left-hand side, the dwelling stretches out longwise, in front of a terrace. Straight on is a large terrace with an immaculately kept Medieval style garden, at the end of which is a small 15th century building, used as a garden shed. On the right-hand side is a magnificent view over a verdant valley. The south facade comprises features predominantly dating from the 17th century, with the exception of a small section at the west end which dates from the 19th century. This extension is a good example of authentic rural architecture in the Poitou region. The stately origin of the main section of the dwelling is clearly illustrated by its mullioned windows and good overall symmetry. A square tower, adjoining the north-east corner, brings the prow of a ship to mind. The small building on the corner of the terrace was connected to the dwelling up until the 1950’s. The lintel above its door is adorned with a coat-of-arms. The propitious layout of the hamlet is organised such that this dwelling dominates the neighbouring houses, guaranteeing its privacy. The garden, set out around the dwelling, is well-tended by its current owners. Medieval in style, it comprises square beds, some bordered by oak wood and others planted with species characteristic of the era; it is flanked by fruit trees and a small vineyard.

The dwelling

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.


Ground floor
The central entrance hall, with the “Italian-style” stairway, features “cœurs-de-demoiselles” paving. On the right-hand or east side is a large lounge, followed by a library with a toilet in the corner pavilion. On the left-hand or west side are a large dining room, a kitchen with a pantry/ linen room at the back, a toilet and an adjoining storeroom. Next to the kitchen, a covered area is used as a garage. Down a few steps, a bread oven is in a good state of repair. A small patio. This level has underfloor heating.
Mezzanine floor
On the east side is a vast, 54 m² bedroom, with a fireplace. In an adjoining room, in the south-east corner, is a large bathroom with a shower and a toilet. On the north-east side in the tower is another dressing room. The nailed, light-coloured oak wood flooring is superb throughout.
First floor
A few more steps on the west side provide access to a second bedroom with its own adjoining shower room and toilet as well as a dressing room. A third bedroom can be reached via a stairway near to the kitchen. It has a sloping ceiling as well as a shower room, a toilet and a dressing room. The first and second floors are heated via cast iron radiators.
Second floor
A superb bedroom takes up the east section of this floor. It has the advantage of through light with window seats set in the embrasures of each window. The corner pavilion comprises a shower room.

Our opinion

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.

Price : contact us

Reference 211070

Land registry surface area 1250 m2
Main building surface area 472 m2
Outbuilding surface area 20 m2

 

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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.


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