in a verdant haven in a region with a wealth of farmland around Poitiers
This house stands in a hamlet, within easy reach of a town, where the borders of the French departments of Deux-Sèvres and Vienne meet. Just a few kilometres from Airvault, a little town of great heritage interest with its 12th century abbey church. Airvault also has all the facilities to be expected of a town with 3,000 inhabitants, such as a supermarket, secondary schools, several doctors, a dentist, etc. In the village itself are a primary school, a bakery and a restaurant. Poitiers, with its university, its teaching hospital its airport and its TGV train station, is just over 40 km away. La-Rochelle and the Atlantic coast can be reached in less than 2 hours.
This rectangular residence is topped with a slate roof, laid on a superb, sturdy, roofing framework with a hip rafter and queen post. The house features three bays, spanning three levels, the third not as high as the first two. Two 5 m high chimney stacks protrude from the roof, all totally redone thirty years ago. This residence is flanked, on the right of the main facade, by the low roof of the old stable, now a wing, one bay wide, comprising a ground floor as well as an attic floor and adjoining the neighbouring house. The walls, made of stone and earth, are covered with a thick, eminently hydraulic lime rendering. All the doors and windows are double-glazed and feature small panes. A canopy protects the entrance doors on either side. The total interior floor surface area is 280 m².
A through vestibule, with hexagonal terracotta floor tiles, houses a wooden stairway going to all the floors. A large room on the right-hand side is used as both a dining room and a kitchen, a bit like in old-fashioned farmhouses. A round Godin wood-burning stove has been installed in the impressive fireplace, the flue of which is lined with stainless steel tubing. Perpendicular to the ceiling joists, the entire trunk of a young elm tree constitutes the main, 400 year old beam. A door provides access to the wing which also opens out from the rear facade. A hall area leads to a vast bathroom, illuminated by one of the openings in the main facade, to a separate toilet and to a narrow flight of stairs going to a study, made extremely bright by a skylight and an opening, level with the floor.
On the left-hand side of the entrance vestibule, the large lounge has the same type of ceiling as the dining room. It also has a wood-burning stove installed in the large fireplace, complete with a stainless steel tube lining the flue.
Corresponding to the two large reception rooms on the ground floor and set on either side of the vestibule which also includes a toilet, with a wash-hand basin, are two vast bedrooms, made extremely bright by their double aspect. Their wooden flooring dates from the construction period of the residence. Each bedroom has a fireplace in good working order.
The relatively steep stairway going up to the second floor leads to a door opening into a vestibule. Four bedrooms intercommunicate two by two. The ceilings are 2 m high.
The attic space can be reached via a narrow open stairway. The roofing framework, redone in the 1980’s, is in pristine condition.
The current residents opted for a lush vegetation which creates a coolness during periods of drought provoked by climate warming. It is watered via a 40 m deep well on the property. This garden also features two ornamental pools. Trees such as pine, lime, red maple, hazelnut, walnut, fig and other fruit trees provide much-appreciated shade and, of course, a variety of fruit. Vegetables can be gathered from two vegetable gardens, one of which is closed on two sides by a dry stone wall. The orchard and the vegetable gardens take up a total surface area of 800 m². Shrubs, including spindle, are planted alongside a little decorative alleyway.
The outbuildings comprise a 52 m² garage-workshop, standing near to the property’s second gateway, on the side of the biggest section of garden. There is also a second, 28 m² garage as well as a little woodshed.
This haven of lush, cool vegetation is on one of those hypnotic farming plains, fashioned by the hand of man. The steep bell-tower in the village can be seen amidst the ears of wheat, just somewhat higher, like a permanent landmark. The house is warm and welcoming without being eye-catching. All the rooms are spacious. A family will be able to settle here quite happily once a few works to provide additional home comforts have been carried out. Friends, too, will be pleased to visit a region, easy to get to, with a natural and cultural heritage that people with taste are unable to ignore.
|Land registry surface area||3700 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
|Main building surface area||280 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||80 m2|
Jean-Pascal Guiot +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.