on an estate with 48 ha of woods and grasslands near to Poitiers
In the Poitou region, home to the greatest of French thinkers such as Joachim-du-Bellay, Rabelais, Ronsard and Descartes. 20 minutes from Saint-Savin abbey, classified as a World Heritage site by Unesco, and just 10 minutes from the medieval village of Chauvigny. The spa resort of La-Roche-Posay is 35 minutes away. Poitiers and its TGV train station are 20 minutes away. The new LGV fast train line provides 70-minute links to Paris and 60-minute links to Bordeaux. The French capital is 3 hours away via the A10 motorway. Poitiers airport has flights to Amsterdam, Brussels and London. 13 minutes from an 18-hole golf course and 20 minutes from another with 18 and 9-hole courses.
The main driveway leads via an alleyway to the houses and the outbuildings which form a hamlet. There are three houses, two are independent with their own little garden and the third, which is bigger, comprises two studio flats. A first outbuilding has been divided into two. One section has been transformed into a concert hall and the other has been converted into six horse loose boxes, with a loft above. Two adjoining barns and a large covered area complete the hamlet.
Its facade, featuring attic roof dormers, five windows and the double entrance doors, exudes an authenticity which is also to be found in the quality of the materials. The two chimney stacks reinforce the balance of the building which is scarcely upset by an adjoining building added at a later date.
The entrance hall, with its 3.3 m high ceiling, its Burgundy stone floor tiles and its exposed beams, sets the tone. On the right-hand side is a stately dining room with two doors, one leading to a corridor and the other to a room transformed into a family dining room. A wooden stairway goes from the latter up to the first floor. Two steps separate it from the kitchen. On the left-hand side of the entrance hall is a lounge with its windows overlooking the French formal garden and the residence’s covered area. Each room is adorned with a fireplace. The corridor provides access to the fitted, west-facing kitchen which leads to the priest’s garden via four steps. It also provides access to a laundry room, a bathroom and a toilet. Following the corridor, on the other side of the kitchen, visitors find the spacious music room, exuding quite a different architectural air. The cellar can be reached from this room which also features a spiral stone stairway, adorned with menacing or welcoming, high relief portraits. The stone has therefore been engraved with invitations for visitors to continue exploring the residence or to go back the way they came. All the doors are enhanced in their upper section with a term reflecting a variety of styles.
This level is reached, first of all, via a gallery adorned with a wooden balustrade overlooking the music room. An anteroom provides access to two bedrooms, with their fireplace, one of which communicates with a third which, in turn, opens on to a landing reached via the wooden stairway. A corridor leads from the landing to a bathroom and a toilet. This level has period wooden flooring throughout. The first bedroom has through light, whilst the other two look out over the French formal garden.
The stone stairway winds its way up to the second floor where the attic has been converted into a vast restroom, illuminated via attic roof dormers and featuring its exposed 16th century roofing framework. This large living area could be transformed into bedrooms and bathrooms.
The orangery, laid out in an old barn, has undergone contemporary works. Purposefully decorated to reflect the present, it provides residents with a break from the past. It opens on to a terrace, towards a wide meadow on the edge of the wood. Facilities such as a kitchen and a toilet have been installed for the comfort of those free spirits seeking contemplation.
This hamlet is composed of three houses, a concert hall, horse loose boxes, barns and a covered area.
The houses have all been restored by enhancing their period features. Two of them are independent and have their own garden. The third is divided into two studio flats. These four dwellings currently generate income through seasonal renting, on top of which, weddings, limited to 10 per year, provide an additional income of between 50,000 and 60,000 euros.
This concert hall has been created to receive a large public and to enable musicians to display their talent on stage.
Next to it are six horse loose boxes, with a shower area.
The adjoining barns are used for storing all the tools and equipment needed for the upkeep of this vast estate.
And lastly, the covered area can be used for sheltering vehicles.
This architectural building bears witness to the fact that the residence was once a stately home. It is rendered on the outside and surrounded by a protruding architectural string course to discourage predators. The roof, covered with flat, fish scale tiles, is topped with a slate lantern. This vast dovecote spans two level, with a lower vaulted room, paved with quarry blocks, and the actual dovecote located in the upper section.
The forest estate
This 48 ha forest estate is planted with oak, chestnut and hornbeam trees. It is crisscrossed with bridle paths wide enough to take horse-drawn carriages.
The estate could be used hunting grounds for small game or be associated with the land of its immediate neighbours to constitute hunting grounds, devoted to large game, spanning almost 350 ha. New owners will be able to run the estate as they wish as there are no contracts tying it to its neighbours.
The row between supporters of old and modern art will not be sparked off again here as the spirit is very much an open, conciliatory one. The preserved past still exudes attraction despite more recent additions. The restoration works have coherently united the successive eras. This property, with its concert hall and its accommodation for the musicians, will appeal to music lovers. It has all the facilities necessary for a bed & breakfast or an equestrian activity.
|Land registry surface area||47 ha 90 a 70 ca|
|Main building surface area||350 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||1050 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
Jérôme Broun +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.