A 17th century mansion house and its flower-filled garden
in the midst of the spiritual capital of the Bas-Poitou region
Luçon, VENDEE pays-de-loire 85400 FR


The geographic position of Luçon, the former bishopric of which Cardinal-de-Richelieu was titular, in the centre of the large plain in the French department of Vendée, 10 km from the Bay of Aiguillon and 20 km from the Coast of Light, has many assets. La Rochelle, with its TGV train station and its airport, with flights to large English and Belgian towns, is but 40 km away and Les-Sables-d'Olonne is 50 km away. Luçon is also near to two major roads: the A83 and the A87 motorways. Nantes, Poitiers and even Angers are within easy reach. The Nantes-Bordeaux train line goes through the town. Luçon not only has many historic monuments, it also has the outstanding Dumaine Gardens. This dynamic town has all amenities and schools.


This discreet property stands less than 500 m from the shopping streets in the town centre and from Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption cathedral. Concealed behind its high stone walls, it is difficult to imagine that, according to history and certain local specialists, this mansion house once belonged to Charles-Sochet-des-Touches, admiral and hero of the American War of Independence. However, with its landscaped garden, its two interior patios, its swimming pool and its two vast garages, it is possible to live in the centre of town and not be troubled by any nuisances.

The mansion house

Identified on the first land registry of the town as of 1704, the external appearance of the building is classical with eleven openings, fitted with wooden or slatted shutters. Such architectural discretion is regularly to be found in Luçon. Consequently, the town “elders” can only be seen once past their entrance gates. The current owners have, moreover, restored the premises totally in keeping with their character. This U-shaped mansion house, with masonry composed of dressed stone and quarry stone blocks, spans approx. 360 m² and includes seven bedrooms. It has all modern-day home comforts, together with double-glazed openings. Heating is provided by a mains’ gas condensing boiler dating from 2012. Outside, two enclosed patios, filled with flowers, enable residents to rest in the shade, out of sight of onlookers.

Ground floor
At the end of the plot, having passed the swimming pool and in the shade of the pomegranate tree, the entrance door opens on to an exposed stone wall. It provides access, left, to a large music room and, right, to a lounge. These west-facing rooms, with tall windows, are extremely bright and look out over the garden. Following the lounge, the main corridor has a Burgundy stone floor, with inlaid slate decoration. It leads to a first patio and its well. The outside door is elegant with dressed stone framing, lintel and entablature. Said main corridor also provides access upstairs via a 19th century, solid wood stairway which precedes a living room, with an impressive fireplace and an annex room, ideal as a bar, a storeroom or a study. The living room provides access to both a billiards’ room and a kitchen. The latter has an authentic appearance with its terracotta floor tiles, its “potager” (secondary hearth where soups were cooked on embers) as well as its exposed beams and stone walls. Well laid out and fully fitted, it includes a large cooking range and a Godin wood-burning stove. It is followed by a back kitchen and a bathroom. The second patio, reached via the kitchen or via the billiards’ room, is without doubt one of the house’s most pleasant areas. Surrounded by palm trees, hydrangeas, bamboo and bougainvillaea, its orangey hues and its exposed stone make it welcoming whilst its high walls keep it shady. The layout on this level is completed, after the music room, by a second couloir leading to a second kitchen, followed by two utility rooms and a separate toilet. A concrete stairway, more discreet than the main 19th century stairway, goes up to the first floor landing.
First floor
The first suite comprises a bedroom, a shower area and a separate toilet. The second includes a dressing room, a bedroom and its own shower room. And lastly, the third bedroom has a study which could be used as a spare bedroom. Facing west, the last two rooms and two others to come are extremely luminous with a view over the swimming pool. So, on the second landing, accessed via the wooden stairway, are three more bedrooms. One has a fireplace and its own shower room, with a toilet, whilst another has its own bathroom with a toilet. The last has the advantage of being the biggest in the house.
The garden
In the south of Spain, in the region of Granada, the height of happiness is to be found in the garden as soon as it contains fig, palm, olive and, of course, pomegranate trees. For this property, the minimum is not enough! As residents pass through the entrance gates, they can immediately smell the fragrance of the magnificent passionfruit flowers, followed by that of jasmine and miscellaneous roses. The plants, harmoniously laid out around the swimming pool, resemble a North African oasis. For the residents’ comfort, two vast garages, spanning 45 and 85 m², have direct street access. One of them has been converted into an office.

Our opinion

Discretion and soberness are the words that come to mind when describing this property; soothing and protective such are its functions. Taking full advantage of the ocean climate, the department of Vendée has a comparable amount of sunshine to those in the south of the Mediterranean. The vegetation resembles that of the south of France and the shade provided by the tall palm trees is an invitation to laze by the side of the swimming pool or on one of the property’s well-protected patios. Residents in the centre of town can opt for cultural outings, take advantage of the shopping streets or travel a few kilometres to the seaside and make the most of the fine sandy beaches. The luxurious countryside of the Poitevin marshland bordering Luçon awaits those who prefer freshwater. This house, with its modern-day home comforts and its welcoming atmosphere, will be especially appreciated when returning from long, sometimes windy, walks.

510 000 €
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Reference 352965

Land registry surface area 1179 m2
Main building surface area 360 m2
Outbuilding surface area 130 m2

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Regional representative

Aurélien Turrini       +33 1 42 84 80 85



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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.

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