water-filled moats and small bridges
Located in northern Poitou, not far from the Touraine and Anjou regions, at the gates of Loudun that commanded the upper land, and was once a Huguenot settlement that the revocation of the Edict of Nantes brought down. Besides being a favourable region for agriculture and viticulture making it one of France’s major terroirs, it is its literary and political riches that brought it fame. The historic towns of Fontevrault, Chinon, Saumur and Richelieu are less than 25 minutes away. Madame de Montespan’s château, Louis XIV’s favourite, located in Oiron, now houses a contemporary art collection and is within a twenty-minute car ride. Set in a peaceful countryside where fields and woods intermingle. The small local producers guarantee seasonal fruit and vegetables and, in Loudun, the almond croquant speciality is a ‘must’. Almonds were cultivated here for a long time in the past and for a decade now the cultivation has been reintroduced.
The main house
Built in 1875, it was once called a « château » with some parts dating back to 15th century.
A vast entrance commands the living room, dining room, study and a staircase appears as if it is suspended in the air. With ceiling heights of 3.70 m. The living room is open on three sides, opening onto the courtyard and the garden on two of them. A bow-window gives a British touch to this room. There is a corner fireplace. A French window leads out onto a terrace and a park. On the other side of the entrance hall the through dining room also looks out onto the courtyard and the park. A ceramic stove takes pride of place in the centre. Leading on from the dining room a door opens into the kitchen on a slightly lower level via three steps. The floor is covered with period cement tiles. It has direct access into the courtyard. A wooden back staircase leads to the upper floor. A laundry, boiler room and toilet are accessed via the kitchen to the rear and a door opens out into the park. There are parquet floors throughout apart from in the kitchen, and technical rooms.
The landing leads to three bedrooms and a bathroom with toilet. The first bedroom could easily be divided into two given its size. There are three windows one of which opens onto a balcony. The bathroom with toilet is next to the first bedroom. The second, smaller bedroom features a marble fireplace. Finally the third bedroom is also very spacious with a door leading to a small staircase. Off the landing, a shower room and toilet with terracotta floor tiles, then a door opens into a 70 m2-area awaiting conversion, and a wooden staircase leading down to the kitchen. The bedrooms and bathroom have parquet flooring.
The guest house
Opposite the main house, at the entrance to the property. It is rendered just like the main house and spans 130 m2.
Restoration works carried out forty years ago combined architectural and decorative styles. There are two accesses: one via the living room and open kitchen featuring a fireplace (with staircase leading to a 160m2 area awaiting conversion, 4m-high ceiling); the other, via a conservatory off the entrance that leads to a small lounge and access to the first floor.
Two bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms and toilet. Floors are carpeted and tiled.
Built of random stone, their size testify to the importance of the property. Some of them belong to the neighbouring property and have a separate entrance. No right of access. They are used as a garage and two storage rooms one of which houses the fuel tank for the guest house and the other, pump equipment for the well.
Accessed via a small bridge across the moats, and leading on from the terrace. A vast stretch of grass creates a luminous area lined by hundred-year old oak trees. A circle of trees has been created, bringing both structure and a natural style to the park.
A few steps away from the house, the vegetable garden has its own water supply and boasts cherry, pear, apple, prune, fig and hazelnut trees. Part of the walls still standing protect it from the cold.
Both intimate and exposed at the same time, it would appear that this property wants to remain hidden to preserve its authenticity and originality. This19th century house is elegant, without being ostentatious or overloaded. Nature at its doorstep, well maintained close to the house then untamed further away where the large trees stand.
|Land registry surface area||15088 m2|
|Main building surface area||290 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||390 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||3|
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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.