and its 1-ha parklands in Châtellerault
Looking down on to Châtellerault plain, and its rich, notably architectural past with its Henri IV bridge, constructed by Jacques-Androuet-du-Cerceau, and its many 15th, 16th and 19th century mansion houses. The river Vienne flows alongside the town and recent development works have made it possible to stroll down by the river. The fiefdom of René-Descartes is now home to numerous cutting-edge companies, specialised notably in the aeronautical and automobile industries. The “Jazzelrault” and “Automne” festivals provide jazz and classical music enthusiasts with first-rate concerts and its Italian theatre offers an extensive programme shared with the National Theatre in Poitiers.
Châtellerault TGV train station, with its 1½-hour links to Paris, is a 4-minute drive away. Poitiers can be reached in 40 minutes and Tours in 50 minutes via the A10 motorway.
Formerly the country house of a local leading citizen in the 19th century, this house is composed of three sections. The first, a guest house, looks out over the plain and has a completely unobstructed view. When it was constructed, it constituted a certain architectural ambition with the building of engaged pilasters, a cornice and balusters, enhancing the roof. The exterior decoration of the second section is much plainer. And lastly, the atrium, adjoining this second section and constituting the third feature, has been redone in keeping with the property’s harmonious aesthetics. All the openings are double-glazed.
The house is entered via the atrium which opens into a vast, bright living room, with an open-plan kitchen as well as dining, lounge and study areas. A closed-hearth fire heats this huge living room. A first stairway goes upstairs from the study. Next to this stairway is a guest toilet, with its shower area. A door, near to the kitchen, opens into a laundry room. The floors are laid with large stoneware tiles. This atrium can also provide access to the guest house, once home to the leading citizen, which also has its own front door.
A bedroom, enhanced with a marble fireplace, has its own bathroom and toilet. Its original parquet flooring has been preserved. A passageway leading to the other section of the upstairs has been closed off in order to create a self-contained flat.
The guest house
This guest house, laid out inside the section where the leading citizen stayed, still has many of its original features.
A living room looks out over the parklands and has a view of the Châtellerault plain. A separate kitchen and a toilet. The floors here, as on the upper levels, are covered with parquet flooring, with the exception of those in the bathrooms.
A first bedroom, with its bathroom and toilet, has a view of the parklands.
A second bedroom, with a sloping ceiling, also has its own bathroom and toilet.
A 2-storey flat, it takes up the first floor of the section adjoining the atrium. This flat is accessed via an independent courtyard. It would be possible to open up this section again so that it might be annexed to the rest of the house.
A living room, with a marble fireplace, is next to an open-plan kitchen. A bedroom and a toilet complete this level which also has a door leading to the “house” section. There is parquet flooring throughout.
Two bedrooms and a bathroom.
These outbuildings are used for storing the various pieces of equipment and plants. A pump for the well has been installed in the one extending the house. A cellar, laid out under the guest house, is home to the boiler and its oil tank.
The parklands alternate vast sections of lawn and undergrowth where it is very pleasant to spend hot summer afternoons. Enhanced with Lebanon cedar, oak and maple trees, over a hundred years old, they are also planted with pear, apple, quince, apricot, fig and cherry trees. A wooden gazebo acts as a reminder of the property’s construction period. A water well is used for watering the parklands with the help of a pump. The parklands are fully enclosed by walls.
The predominant feeling is that the house has decided to make itself discreet and give pride of place to the parklands. Just a 4-minute drive from the centre of Châtellerault, this property has all the advantages of life in the country and, very quickly, all the amenities of a large town. Meticulously and respectfully restored, it is but an invitation to travel through time with some contemporary areas and others from older eras.
|Land registry surface area||10000 m2|
|Main building surface area||250 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||90 m2|
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.