in the midst of one of the Vendée’s seaside towns
Les-Sables-d'Olonne, 3½ hours from Paris via a direct TGV train line and 1¼ hours from Nantes airport, is a town on the “Coast of Light”. With its 50,000 inhabitants, its rich economic base, its shops and its schools, it is a dynamic town and a well-known seaside resort.
This house, standing in the centre of the town, benefits from space provided by a wide square. The dykes and the beach are within easy walking distance.
The floor surface area of this house spans approx. 300 m². Eight bedrooms and three lounges are laid out over its three levels. The presence of semi-underground cellars explains the short flight of steps leading up into the house.
The middle-class home
A facade with a clipped-off corner is set between two sections of building, one with four bays and the other with three. It reflects a wonderful architectural wealth: covered with a pavilion, slate roof, crowned with two finials and featuring a roof dormer. This opening, flanked by two jambs, is topped with a cornice decorated with a Renaissance style shell and enhanced with three fire pots. Quoins flank the vertical succession of three windows and a wrought iron balcony marks the opening of a French window on the second level.
The two main facades display the central decorative codes, although one is more sober than the other. Bull’s eye windows alternate with the roof dormers and a second balcony decorates one of the facades.
A discreet door in the entrance hall, concealed by the stairway, provides access to a few steps. The basement comprises storage areas and a machine room intended to house the boiler.
The entrance hall opens into a vestibule providing access to all the rooms on this level. A hanging spiral stairway features wrought iron railings. Two adjoining reception rooms are illuminated by five windows and separated via double glazed doors. A 19th century marble fireplace faces the two windows in the first room. A kitchen, laid out in two sections around a counter, opens on to a little terrace via a short straight flight of steps. It is extended by a laundry room with a toilet.
A door opening on to the landing gives access to a study, a bathroom and a large, adjoining bedroom. The latter opens on to the balcony on the cut-off corner facade and also communicates with the corridor. A second door on the landing opens on to the corridor which leads to another two bedrooms, a shower room and a large dressing room. The main facade balcony opens into one of the bedrooms and the dressing room.
The landing leads to a corridor providing access to four bedrooms, one of which has a shower room, a lounge and a separate bathroom. All the rooms on this floor are illuminated via the roof dormers and the bull’s eye windows.
Although the year this house was constructed is known, the builders remain a mystery. History has it that prestigious craftsmen from the “Compagnons de France” used its construction to demonstrate their know-how. The wealth of its architectural decor reinforces this story so well that it is pleasing to think it true. Its facades house a spacious home where a family can take leisurely advantage of the virtues of seawater baths, the town’s cultural events or, quite simply, write their own history.
|Land registry surface area||169 m2|
|Main building surface area||280 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||8|
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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.