character houses for sale - deux-sèvres - anjou and poitou regions

A Belle-Époque house, out of sight of onlookers, its garden and its swimming pool
in the centre of a little character town on the borders of the Anjou and Poitou regions
Bressuire, DEUX-SEVRES poitou-charentes 79300 FR


The little town, where this house is to be found, developed as the continuation of a castle, standing on a rocky promontory inside the meander of a tributary of the river Loire. It was not only fought over by the French and the English during the One Hundred Years War, but also by the Catholics and the Protestants at the time of the Wars of Religion. For the three centuries preceding the French Revolution, it belonged to the dukes who built the current imposing chateau in the 17th century. Monuments, churches and houses from the Middle-Ages, the Renaissance period and the classical era line the streets and the squares.
Saumur is less than 40 km away, Poitiers is about 70 km away. Paris, less than 350 km away, can also be reached by train from Angers or Tours.


This residence has nothing but advantages: in the town centre, it is out of sight of onlookers and sheltered from noise behind its high walls. Within walking distance of all shops and amenities, it is in a natural setting courtesy of its garden on a 1,548 m² plot. It faces east-west but also has south-facing windows on three levels. Built of stone, it is covered with an ochre-coloured rendering. It was constructed in 1885 as is shown by a cross-shaped scroll on the south gable wall. This residence, typical of the Belle-Époque, features balanced proportions, aesthetic facades, a slate roof, a decorative overhanging roofing framework, a canopy above the main entrance, mosaic floor tiles in the central vestibule, cement floor tiles and fireplaces.
The ground floor, over cellars, comprises the reception rooms, with 2 lounges and a dining room as well as the kitchen. The first floor includes four bedrooms, a bathroom, and a shower room. On the second floor is a fifth bedroom, with the possibility of creating another, and attics.
The sheltered garden is planted with over a dozen different species of trees, including several fruit trees, not forgetting shrubs and flowers.
An arbour runs alongside the swimming pool deck. A miniature glazed greenhouse adjoins a small vegetable garden. A garden shed resembles a doll’s house. The vintage garage dates from 1928.

The large, luxurious home

This house spans two levels, four if the cellars and the space under the sloping roofs are included. The main building is vertically laid out with three bays whilst a small wing, set back on the right-hand side, is lower and narrower. The overhanging eaves of the hip slate roof form a gable feature, topping an oval oculus, above the central bay on both facades. The levels are separated by string courses that become thinner as they get higher. The spaces between the windows, with their wooden slatted shutters, are decorated with protruding brick panels. The window cornices take the form of overhead panels, framed with moulding and featuring a central mitred arch stone. The protruding window sills below are rectilinear upstairs but enhanced with guttae motifs on the ground floor. The dressed stone quoins have been replaced by the current owners in keeping with the original profile. The main entrance door, on a porch reached via a few steps, is protected by a metal and glass canopy; shaped like the peak of a cap, it is as original as it is elegant.

Ground floor
The ground floor is laid out on either side of a through vestibule, the floor of which is covered with floral mosaic tiles. Double doors featuring stained glass windows in its centre could create additional privacy.
On the right-hand side, a dining room features a ceiling with moulding on its sides and stucco decoration in its centre. It has a fireplace. Oak wood parquet flooring is laid in a strip pattern, differing from that in the lounge, on the other side of the hall, where it is laid in a randomly-matched pattern. The decor in both rooms is generally intended to create a stylistic unity. The lounge is steeped in light courtesy of its double aspect, east, on the facade, and south.
Just after the double doors with stained glass windows in the middle of the vestibule, a corridor on the right-hand side, closed by a partially glazed door, leads to the kitchen, in the wing of the house, opening on the way into the dining room, thus providing a second access, and into a storeroom, the small window of which wisely faces north. The kitchen, with very cheerful red and white cement tiles, has its own door leading outside via a few steps. This double-glazed door, together with the window in the same wall, lets in copious amounts of the morning sunlight whilst the double-glazed window, on the opposite side, receives the late afternoon sun.
On the left-hand side, after the double doors in the centre of the vestibule, a second, slightly smaller lounge that also communicates with the main lounge is currently used for comfortably watching the television and reading books from the bookshelves. Both its windows are double-glazed. It has oak wood parquet flooring and a fireplace. Opposite in the vestibule, which opens into the garden on the west side via double doors in the east facade, very similar architecturally to the west facade, is a wooden stairway. It has the advantage of being illuminated via the two windows of a bay in the west facade. A toilet with a wash-hand basin has been installed under the stairs.

First floor
The landing, luminous courtesy of its west-facing window, provides direct access to three bedrooms and a bathroom as well as a corridor leading to a fourth bedroom. The first two bedrooms are double aspect, south and west for one, south and east for the other. Both have double glazing. The third bedroom is also on the east side, separated from its neighbour by the bathroom, fitted with a free-standing bath, an old wash-hand basin, a shower and a toilet. The window in the bathroom is one of those on the main facade. The guest bedroom is in the wing, which is lower than the main house, consequently the ceiling in this room goes up to the roof. The corridor, leading to said bedroom, is lined with linen cupboards as well as a wardrobe and has a shower room with a toilet which has its own window on the north side. All four bedrooms have parquet flooring. Three of them span more than 20 m², the fourth is not much smaller.
Second floor
This floor is laid out under the slopes of the roof and is still partially in its original condition. A fifth bedroom, or a study, on the right-hand side of the small vestibule, is extremely bright courtesy of its window in the south gable. Another equally bright room on the south side, flanked by an alcove, still has its 1930’s wallpaper. New owners will be able to decide on its future use. At the end of the vestibule is an area made highly original by the complex shape of the roof. This receives light via the facade oculus, under the gable formed by the roofing framework. There is a large attic on the north side. The roof has been completely redone on the east side.
The cellars are ventilated and daylight comes in via large basement windows. They are reached via a stairway going down from the kitchen. A first room communicates with the garden via a few steps. A second room contains machinery for the swimming pool. A third, with brick vaults and a packed mud floor, is a wine cellar. It still has its original brick compartments and barrel supports. Another room, with a packed mud floor, is used for storing some of the garden furniture in winter. A last room, on the south side, houses the boiler room, the domestic hot water tank and a safe, cemented to a base.

The garden

The garden, spanning approx. 1,300 m², goes all around the house, standing in its centre, and is enclosed by high walls. A verdant setting, it also includes some little outbuildings as well as cypress, acacia, lime, olive, sweet chestnut, apple, pear, almond, fig, plum, hazelnut and cherry trees, not to mention some lilac bushes. This intentional abundance of species, mostly planted singly, provides much variety, making the garden bright and cheerful without being excessive.
Set in a corner, the swimming pool is flanked by paving with an arbour on one of its sides. In a denser section, a small wooden shed, painted red with blue-green doors, is used for storing garden tools. On the right-hand side, wrought iron garden furniture is ideally laid out in a grassy setting.
Facing the street entrance is a covered gateway, housing enormous carriage gates which open on to the end of a no-through road, the other end of which is the shopping street in the little town. A garage was built near to the gateway in 1928; the year is engraved on the lintel above the door.
A small greenhouse adjoins a miniature vegetable garden in another corner. A 500 litre rainwater storage tank is used for watering its produce.

Our opinion

A little of the small town’s architectural heritage can be seen from the haven formed, in its very centre, by this property’s garden. It has its nooks and crannies as well as an abundance of different trees and it includes delightful outbuildings. Fully enclosed, it is an ideal setting for a swimming pool. This residence, constructed for a rich trader in 1885, features all of the Belle-Époque’s architectural vocabulary. The optimism of this time demanded home comforts, decoration meticulous down to the last detail, an embellishment of everyday life. And all this is still in place today. The current owners have renovated all that needed doing such as the roof on the east side, the rendering, the electric wiring, the waste water evacuation, the fitting of double glazing, etc. The layout of the premises, with more than one entrance, is compatible with autonomy, privacy and conviviality. A house that has successfully amassed so many features is already a big step towards happiness.

349 000 €
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Reference 302262

Land registry surface area 1548 m2
Main building surface area 251 m2

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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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