residences for sale - vienne - in the poitou region

A traditional, long farmhouse and a mill, with full water rights,
in parklands crossed by a river, forming islets in the Poitou region
Poitiers, VIENNE poitou-charentes 86000 FR


In the Poitou region, between one of France’s most beautiful villages, Angles-sur-l’Anglin, and Saint-Savin abbey, classified as a World Heritage site by Unesco, just 10 minutes from the medieval village of Chauvigny with its shops and amenities. The spa resort of La-Roche-Posay and its golf course are 20 minutes away. Another golf club, with 9 and 18-hole courses, is 30 minutes away.
Châtellerault and its TGV train station are also 30 minutes away whilst Poitiers, with its TGV train station, is 40 minutes away. With the new LGV fast train line, it takes a maximum of 90 minutes (with some trains taking only 70 minutes) to reach Paris and 60 minutes for Bordeaux. The French capital is 3 hours away via the A10 motorway. Poitiers airport notably has flights to Lyon, Marseille and London.


There is nothing around the property to indicate the spaciousness of the living areas and its natural setting. It is reached via two entrances, the first providing direct access to the parklands and the second to the south-east facing, traditional long farmhouse, via a courtyard with a covered area able to accommodate two cars.
A first guest house stands in the parklands, just a few metres from the traditional long farmhouse. The mill, facing these first two houses, appears to be in the centre of the property’s buildings and parklands. The second guest house is on a first islet, connected to the bank via a bridge. Another bridge leads to a bigger islet where the only noise comes from the flowing water and the wind in the leaves.
All the dykes have been reinforced with bricks and raised to counter any possibility of flooding.

The traditional, long farmhouse

Ground floor
The entrance door in the courtyard opens into a through corridor which provides access, via a wooden stairway, to the first floor, via a door on the left to a dining room and on the right to a lounge. In the fitted kitchen, which opens into the dining room, are two doors leading to an air-conditioned cellar (storage capacity of 2,000 bottles) and to a laundry-boiler room. The kitchen also has two independent entrances from the outside, one in the courtyard and the other on a terrace, with a plant-covered arbour, overlooking the parklands and the river. A fireplace, with a rare wooden mantel, takes pride of place in the lounge. Adjoining and reached by a last door is a room laid out as a theatre, with its stage and its mezzanine. It opens into the entrance courtyard and also into the woodshed-covered area which, in turn, provides access to another area with a fireplace, currently in use as a study. A toilet is nearby. All the ceilings on the ground floor feature exposed beams and all the floors are covered with terracotta tiles.
First floor
This landing provides access to two bedrooms and the theatre’s mezzanine. The first bedroom, with an uninterrupted view of the parklands and the river, has its own shower room with an Italian style shower and a toilet. The second, extremely spacious bedroom, dominating the parklands, the mill and the river, also has its own bathroom (Italian style shower and bath), a toilet and a dressing room. This level has wooden flooring throughout.

The first guest house

This exposed stone house is topped with a tile roof. It is reached by going in front of the traditional long farmhouse and passing the entrance gates. Facing south-east like the farmhouse, it looks out over the mill and a pond formed by the flow of the millrace.

Ground floor
A living room, with a cathedral ceiling and a fireplace housing a closed-hearth fire, provides access to the kitchen, the adjoining bathroom with its shower and toilet, the bedroom and the stairway which goes up to a spacious mezzanine.

The second guest house

The second guest house, reached via a little bridge, is constructed on one of the islets. It is entered via stone steps.

First floor
This house comprises a single living area, in which nestles a shower room with a toilet. It forms a sort of belvedere. Its windows look out over the wooded islets, the mill, the river and the traditional long farmhouse.

The mill

Records of the mill’s history date from the 17th century, a time when its dykes were built. It burned down in 1790 and was rebuilt in 1800. It has full water rights.

Ground floor
Of the two original wheels only one has been preserved. Each of the wooden mechanisms was used for grinding specific cereals. The floor is paved with stone.
First floor
A wooden stairway goes up to the first floor where a fireplace heats the living room with its kitchen area. There is also a toilet.
Second floor
The second floor is currently laid out as a dormitory with a fitted shower room. Both the first and second levels have wooden flooring throughout.

The outbuildings

A 19th century greenhouse accommodates seeded plants and those that are sensitive to frost.
The south-facing covered area and its bread oven are ideal for taking meals outside in the spring and summer.
And lastly, the barn and its attic can be used for storing small boats for outings and other water games.

The caretaker’s cottage

This caretaker’s cottage stands three metres away from the property’s main entrance.

Ground floor
The living room and kitchen include a fireplace and terracotta tile floors. The windows face east and south.
Mezzanine floor
Three steps provide access to two bedrooms, a bathroom and a separate toilet.
The four rooms open on to an east-facing terrace.

The parklands

The ornamental pool near to the traditional long farmhouse appears to draw the eye towards the natural features worthy of notice. One section of the parklands spreads gently out towards the flowing river, another section comprises five islets, the biggest of which spans 3,500 m², all connected to one another via bridges. The orchard is planted with apple, plum, walnut and cherry trees. Fishing enthusiasts will find carp, barbel, silurid and pike in the streams. The fishpond constructed in the 18th century is still in existence.

Our opinion

Where wood, stone and water meet. The wood of the robust piers supporting the airy roofing frameworks. The stone of the mill’s austere and noble facade. The water that makes the place lively, a leisurely way of life now that the working life is ended. The river feels sufficiently at home here to lazily wind its way between the five islets. The miscellaneous buildings are restored and ready for all kinds of projects. The natural setting is tamed without being formal. New owners will vehemently contradict poet Jules-Supervielle: “I imagined my life as following the example of rivers. Not settling even for the tiniest instant”.

690 000 €
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Reference 587482

Land registry surface area 16586 m2
Main building surface area 350 m2
Outbuilding surface area 480 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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