character houses for sale - deux-sèvres - in the poitou region

A quiet, middle-class home in the centre of a small, historic town
with a TGV train station in the Poitou region
, DEUX-SEVRES poitou-charentes FR


The little town grew up over the years around a Benedictine abbey founded in the 5th century. The buildings, reconstructed in the 17th century, then became barracks, followed by the site of a prestigious school. The Wars of Religion and the more or less successful restoration works provided an eventful past for the church which remains an outstanding Romanesque and, above all, Gothic edifice. The banks of the river crossing the town form a delightful backdrop.
The town has all shops and amenities, including a hospital. A TGV train station provides 110-minute links to Paris. Slip roads on and off of the A10 motorway are 10 km away. The Atlantic Ocean, La-Rochelle and its airport, with flights to 3 English towns, Dublin, Brussels and Porto, are just a 75-minute drive away. It takes 45 minutes to reach Poitiers, with its international flights to London, Edinburgh, Milan and Venice.


This robust stone house, standing in the airy central section of this little town, features street facades covered with ochre-coloured rendering. It is set back off the side of the main street courtesy not only of an esplanade planted with trees but also of its walled, 630 m² garden courtyard. A little, very quiet street, set at right angles provides the benefit of a second entrance to the residence. There is also a narrow pedestrian passageway winding between the stone walls. The Roman tile roof was redone in 2006.
The two levels, under an attic floor, are both well laid out and balanced: the reception rooms and the kitchen span more than 30 m² on the ground floor, whilst the smallest of the 4 upstairs bedrooms, spans over 20 m².
Decorative features, including some very old fireplaces, parquet floors, stairways and moulding, tastefully enhance the rooms. All the windows are double-glazed.
The garden courtyard, partially paved and partially laid to lawn, is dominated in one of its corners by a small, square, 2-storey aedicula, constructed from dressed limestone. The ground floor is used for storage purposes and the upstairs room, awaiting restoration, opens on to a terrace reached via an outside stairway. Its hip slate roof is topped with two small zinc obelisks. The position of this pavilion, which also overlooks the street, gives the impression of a watchtower. There is a carport in another corner of the grounds.

The large, luxurious home

Its main facade is partially hidden behind a high wall which features two sections of metal railings, flanked by pilasters and concealed by laurel trees. Five steps lead up to double wooden gates with a moulded architrave. Cars enter the courtyard by passing under the terrace of the aedicula. The attic windows are smaller than those on the first two levels. The L-shaped garden courtyard is narrower by the main facade and perpendicularly wider as well as shorter; this side features exposed quarry stone blocks and the old archways set in the masonry bear witness to the age of the residence.

Ground floor
The entrance vestibule, with its stone floor tiles, allows visitors to immediately see the elegant, oval, wooden stairway, illuminated via a roof atrium, at the end. Said vestibule provides access, left, to a 30 m² dining room which is more or less square. It is illuminated via a French window opening on to the courtyard and two windows overlooking the street set at right angles to the facade. The old doors of a wall cupboard feature moulding. On the right-hand side of the vestibule is a large, slightly rectangular lounge, spanning a floor surface area slightly bigger than that of the dining room. Similarly, light comes in through a French window on the facade and via two windows overlooking the wide section of the courtyard, the short leg of the “L”. The ceiling is decorated with a central rose and a cornice with mutules on its sides. The limestone fireplace is in good working order. It has a brick embrasure, chimney back and hearth. The inset surrounds of the old doors that open into the vestibule and the kitchen feature moulding. Strip pattern parquet flooring covers the floor.
The kitchen can be reached via the lounge and via a door at the end of the vestibule, on the right-hand side. Bigger again than the dining room and the lounge, it has an eating area in front of an enormous, very old fireplace, the chimney breast of which is supported on stone corbels and topped with a cornice. The ceiling features exposed beams. The kitchen opens out on the wide section of the courtyard via sliding glass panels. Behind the kitchen, a laundry room opens on to the courtyard via a French window.
On the left-hand side of the stairwell, at the end of the vestibule, is a door which provides access to a venerable spiral stone stairway going down to the cellar, deeply hewn in the rock.
Also on the left-hand side at the end of the vestibule is a small hall area which leads to a study, with sprung parquet flooring, a window as well as a French window opening on to the extremely quiet street set at right-angles to the facade, a toilet and a boiler room. The mains gas-fired boiler and the domestic hot water heater both date from 2009.

First floor
Four bedrooms are laid out two by two on either side of the landing, extended by a small lounge, with parquet flooring, which corresponds to the vestibule on the ground floor. One of the two bedrooms on the right-hand side has very old, wide strip, oak wood parquet flooring. It also has a dressing room with a window overlooking a garden and, in the distance, the town hall. It communicates with a bathroom which, illuminated via a skylight and partially following the shape of the stairwell, is fitted with a bath and two marble wash-hand basins as well as a shower. On the same side of the landing and the small lounge extending it is the biggest, 34 m² bedroom. This room, with oak wood parquet flooring, is particularly bright courtesy of its three windows. Old moulded wooden doors conceal two wall cupboards, one of which houses a safe.
The two other bedrooms are on the left-hand side of the landing and the small lounge. In the small hall area which precedes the first bedroom there is a second door to the bathroom. The two windows in said bedroom provide an attractive view of the town’s old courthouse. Next to the last bedroom, with its three windows, is a shower room with a very large shower and a toilet.

This level comprises three large areas under an exposed roofing framework. Conversion works, started in two of them, notably include the installation of a shower room and toilet.

Our opinion

The abbey is not the small town’s only architectural treasure as medieval buildings and mansion houses dating from the Renaissance era abound in the long streets of its historic centre. To the pleasant way of life can be added the proximity of natural sites that are well worthy of their reputation such as the Poitevin marshland, as well as some of France’s most beautiful large towns including La-Rochelle and Poitiers. The Atlantic coast features numerous bays and offshore islands. Near to all of the above as well as benefiting from the dynamism of the small town, this discreetly elegant, comfortable home is in the town centre and yet private at the same time. A family can but settle in happily here. It will also appeal to those seeking to work from home, courtesy of its second entrance.

280 000 €
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Reference 764203

Land registry surface area 630 m2
Main building surface area 335 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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