25 minutes from La-Rochelle TGV train station, La-Rochelle-Ile-de-Ré airport is 20 minutes away. The A10 motorway is 40 minutes away. Paris will be but 140 minutes away when the new fast train line is commissioned in July 2017. Facing the port of Saint-Martin-de-Ré, in the fortified perimeter of the town designed by Vauban at the end of the 17th century, not far from the citadel. In an area where architecture has been preserved, in the immediate proximity of the Hôtel-de-Clerjotte, built in the 15th and 16th centuries and currently housing the Ernest-Cognacq Museum.
This L-shaped residence, spanning approx. 650 m² of living space, stands around an inner, completely walled garden. The profile and contour of the building along the avenue is sober, the openings, getting smaller as the floors get higher, add a superb harmony. But it is the belvedere, protruding from the Roman tile, hip roof, which makes its architecture unique on the island.
The dwelling in the outbuilding
At the end of the property, opening on to a small courtyard, is a self-contained, 2-storey dwelling. The ground floor comprises a large room with an old bread oven. A stairway leads upstairs to a bedroom and a large bathroom. The small courtyard contains a little outbuilding used for laundry and storage purposes.
The garden is of a respectable size for a townhouse. It is out of sight of onlookers and can be reached from each of the ground floor rooms.
The belvedere is the ideal place from which to observe the comings and goings of the port whilst putting the world to rights with friends around a bottle of the local Pineau or a good Cognac. Its very warm architecture gives a seaside touch to the residence which reflects the growing interest of citizens from Paris or Bordeaux for the sea at the time of its construction. It is one of the island’s emblematic buildings, not only because of its architecture but also because of its setting. The opportunity to purchase a genuine family home, exuding its original ambiance, is rare here. With the size of the building, its layout on the land and its internal architecture, we can but think that this is also a wonderful opportunity for a professional activity.
2 950 000 €
Our fees are included in the stated sale price.
|Land registry surface area||770 m2|
|Main building surface area||598 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||66.0 m2|
Charles Rofort       +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.