residences for sale - deux-sèvres - poitou-charentes

A 19th century home, known as Diaphane’s residence, in a verdant,
watery setting on the outskirts of the Poitevin marshlands


This astonishing residence, dating from the 19th century is set in unusual landscaped surroundings. 5 minutes from Niort town centre. 10 minutes from the A10 motorway, 75 minutes from Nantes, 40 minutes from La-Rochelle and 50 minutes from lle-de-Ré. 15 minutes from Niort TGV train station (110-minute links to Paris in 2017). 50 minutes from La-Rochelle-Ile-de-Ré airport with more than 10 destinations including Great Britain, Belgium and Switzerland all year round.


This residence, built around 1850, is a former outbuilding of the Chateau of La-Tiffardière. It is located in an unusual and astonishing natural setting on the outskirts of the Poitevin marshlands, in Niort’s Saint-Liguaire district. This site, exuding well-being, provides peace and quiet in which to recharge one’s batteries as well as radiating a special energy: the air is extremely pure courtesy of centuries-old trees and also constitutes a sanctuary for numerous species of birds. The house can be glimpsed in surroundings featuring magnificent tall trees, some of which are several hundred years old. It suddenly comes into view at the end of a narrow lane. On the south side of the house, a long lawn goes down to a pure water spring which feeds an old, stone-lined fish breeding pool. This corner of the garden is in the shade of an oriental plane tree, a specimen which is one of the biggest in the region. In another corner of this large landscaped area, a small bamboo grove acts as a reminder that water is an essential feature of this property. On the north side, a parking area provides access to two sections of an outbuilding: one old section of living space, now an artist’s studio, was once used as a bakery and a laundry room. The other section is in use as a garage and a shed. On the west side, a vast clearing surrounded by tall trees gently slopes down from the house to the river Sèvre, the water flowrate of which has been controlled perfectly for decades. A mooring area for small boats makes it possible to set off along the Poitevin marshland canals. A clearing towards the right-hand side leads to a forest where the owners have right of way.

The mansion

Italian in style, it dates from the early 19th century. The northern elevation is strictly identical to the southern. The building’s proportions and the feeling of harmony that it provokes are without doubt the work of an architect. The house is surrounded by many mature trees that have been chosen and placed with great care.

Ground floor
The main door is on the northern elevation and leads into an entrance hall. The sunlight flows in from the south through a pair of Arabic style doors. Several of the ground floor rooms have large red tiles on the floor, which create an atmosphere reminiscent of the south of France. To the left, the small living room with a large fireplace and parquet floor has a cosier feel. To the right of the hallway a second living room with views of the glade and the river is used as a study. From the study, a door leads to a corridor that serves the south-facing rooms and a stairway. The corridor has fitted cupboards and exposed stonework walls. The kitchen is in the south-west corner of the house. This large room is lit by a south-facing glazed door and a window as well as two twin windows above the sink on the west elevation, similar to American houses. The floor has pale flagstones in excellent condition. The adjoining dining room opens onto a patio. The flooring is terrazzo, a combination of fragments of stone and coloured marble held together with cement and polished to a shine. On the left is a lovely fireplace to keep out the chill on a winter’s day. A second corridor, perpendicular to the first, leads to the boiler room, toilets and the garden to the south.
First floor
The large central corridor leads to the stairway located on the western side of the house. Five large bedrooms distributed around a central corridor. Most have fireplaces and all are in good condition. The master bedroom has a bathroom. There are two shower rooms. Each bedroom has a lovely view of the gardens and the edge of the forest on the northern side of the house.
Second floor
On this floor, the landing leads to a large bedroom to the north and two smaller bedrooms to the south. In addition, there is a series of three attics.

Our opinion

Rarely has a residence inspired such an atmosphere of well-being, peace and quiet as well as serenity: this complete countryside is on the outskirts of the town of Niort. With its discreet elegance, this well-proportioned property features numerous assets: the proximity of a river on the outskirts of the Poitevin marshlands, vast rooms in a building in a good state of repair, well-designed, low-maintenance and immaculately kept parklands as well as a mild climate. It could become a family home on a permanent basis with, if necessary, great potential for self-employed activities . A bed & breakfast activity could obviously be developed. A visit to listen to its natural surroundings and to appreciate the serenity of the premises associating the waters of the Sèvre, birds and the rustling of the trees will complete this presentation for would-be buyers seeking isolation and discretion in the capital of the French department of Deux-Sèvres.

690 000 €
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Ventes d'immeubles

À Paris et en Ile-de-France
Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
Prix de vente de 200 000 À 400 000 euros   7% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 200 000 euros             9% TTC*
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En Province
Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur


Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établi sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de 120 Euros TTC*


*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 762811

Land registry surface area 6234 m2
Main building surface area 448 m2
Outbuilding surface area 150 m2


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Regional representative
Charente Et Périgord Vert

Henry Lewis       +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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