character houses for sale - vienne - poitou region

An 1850s, large, luxurious home with parklands
and a little wood in 5 ha in the Poitu region
Poitiers, VIENNE poitou-charentes 86000 FR


35 km south of Poitiers where a TGV train station has direct 80-minute links to Paris, 30 minutes from Poitiers-Bard airport with direct flights to London, Edinburg, Barcelona and other large European towns.
This south-facing house nestles in a small hamlet. The surrounding countryside is dotted with fields, grasslands and deciduous woods. La-Rochelle beaches are two hours away and some interesting tourist sites are nearby.


It is easy to glimpse this superb house on entering the tiny hamlet with its three or four houses. The lime-rendered facades are near to the neighbouring verdant woods. This house is evenly laid out, the north and south facades being virtually identical and featuring a wonderful, harmonious hue. Not far from the house, a superb, 260 m² farm shed is in use as a garage for cars and garden machinery. The parklands, at the back, comprise trees of varying species: lime, maple, oak, etc. A wonderful, immense cedar tree forms the focal point. A little further away are meadows, an orchard and miscellaneous plots of woods.

The house

A short alleyway leads from the entrance gates to a parking area not far from the north entrance door. Vehicles can go around to the south side of the house should that be necessary. This rectangular house has two pavilions at each end, giving it a stately air. The lime-rendered facades are a peach-ochre colour. The recently restored slate roofs are in pristine condition. Most of the windows are double-glazed. A large number of them were changed recently. A door opens into a wide central corridor which runs through the house from north to south. On the south side a fine gravel area contrasts with the verdant parklands and the adjoining rows of lime trees.

Ground floor
A central entrance door in the north facade provides access to a wide corridor, with superb Charente stone tiles, which crosses from one side of the house to the other. At the end, a wonderful oak wood stairway, decorated with oak wood acorns, leads up to the bedrooms. Near to the entrance, an old stone sink, with an oculus, has been preserved. A second corridor, on the right-hand side, perpendicular to the first, leads to the lounge. As with many of the rooms in this house, this is a double aspect, through room, running from north to south. A hushed, luminous lounge, it comprises a large fireplace and a ceiling with exposed beams and joists as well as a superb cupboard, typical of the region, set into a wall. The oak wood parquet flooring gives off the pleasant fragrance of bees wax. Near the entrance hall are a large kitchen and a toilet. The kitchen can also be reached via the central corridor. Functional and luminous, it is divided by a work surface with, on one side, the actual kitchen and, on the other, a small breakfast room with a fireplace. A door, on the left-hand side of the central corridor, facing the kitchen, opens into a luminous dining room. This spacious room can comfortably seat some fifteen guests. The parquet flooring has been replaced like-for-like. Its white-painted wainscoting and yellow walls bring the house of Claude-Monnet in Giverny to mind. Following this on the west side, a stairway provides access to a workshop on the first floor. A study has a view over the parklands. A large laundry room and a utility room adjoin a storage area. The house’s walls and partition walls have been restored using mortar made from hemp and lime, providing a perfectly authentic result.
First floor
A central stairway provides access to three bedrooms on the first floor, to a bathroom and a toilet. On one side are two bedrooms with a view and cupboards. The third, double-aspect, master bedroom features wainscoting and superb old oak wood parquet flooring. A second stairway, near to the study, goes up to a large, pleasant room currently in use as a tapestry workshop which could easily be converted into a library. Its roofing framework has been left exposed in order to enhance its size. A large attic, on the east side, can be reached via a stairway, going up from the kitchen.
Second floor
The central stairway continues up to the second floor and its four bedrooms. They are set out in the following manner in relation to the stairway: two on the east side and two on the west side. All four have sloping ceilings. These bedrooms are in a good state of repair and can be used straightaway. Some attention to the decoration could bring them in line with the good quality restoration works carried out throughout the house. The second floor also comprises a shower room and a toilet.
The cellars can be reached via an extension of the central stairway. The first section is used as a wine cellar and a larder; the second section comprises the boiler room.
Open barn
A superb, exceptionally long farm shed, not far from the house, is used for storing firewood as well as garden tractors and as a garage able to take at least four cars. This farm shed has been completely redone and is in an excellent state of repair. It also includes two small rooms at the back for storing garden tools, etc.

Our opinion

This comfortable, restful home is superbly decorated. A little off the beaten track, it is an attractive location for those seeking the peace and quiet of the countryside, with a village as well as its cafes, restaurants and shops but a 5-minute drive away. Stylish restoration works have been carried out using good materials according to age-old traditions. The French Heritage Foundation distinction is a guarantee of their quality. All that remains to be done are a few little works as regards the decoration on the second floor. This house and its land span generous surface areas. Its meadows could easily accommodate a few horses, goats or lamas.

450 000 €
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Reference 831648

Land registry surface area 5 ha 77 a 30 ca
Main building surface area 350 m2
Outbuilding surface area 300 m2

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Jérôme Broun       +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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