These 2 houses were originally a farm and village blacksmiths with the smaller house having been converted from part of the smithy. The houses are at least two hundred years old. Now presented as 2 delightful self-contained homes, comprising a main 4 bed residence and separate self-conatained 3 bed cottage. Set in the village of Vanzay (approximately 200 inhabitants) in the heart of the pretty Deux Sevres department. The property will suit 2 families, extended family living or be ideal for those seeking some extra holiday rental income or even B&B.
Close by is the market town of Chaunay with it’s small supermarket, bar, restaurant, doctors, pharmacy, post office, primary school and dairy, which is open to the public on selected days.
The larger towns of Lezay, Couhe and Sauze-Vaussais with their busy weekly markets, bars, reastaurants, supermarkets, schools, shops, doctors, vets, dentists and opticians are within ten minutes drive. The picturesque market town of Melle with its famous Romanesque churches, indoor swimming pool and leisure facilities is only a 19km drive. The larger medieval cities of Poitiers, Niort and Angouleme with modern shopping facilities are all less than an hours’ drive. The waterways of the Marais Poitevin, the Atlantic coast resort of la Rochelle and the picturesque Isle de Re are approx. 1.5 hours’ drive.
Entrance – With stairs to the first floor, laminate wood flooring and doors to the living room, sitting room / diner and kitchen. Measures approx. 3.4m X 5.6m
Living Room: A good sized room of approx. 5.4m X 5.4m with tile floor, rear aspect and door to outside, log burning stove for cosy winter nights, TV point.
Lounge: Further good sized reception room with rear aspect. Door to barn / boot room. Fireplace with wood mantel and electric fireplace. Door to outside. Measures approx. 4.6m X 5.5m
Kitchen / Breakfast Room: Approx. 5.6m X 3.8m Light and spacious room with plenty of fitted eye and base level storage, cooker point, fridge/freezer point, sink unit, ample space for a good sized breakfast table, tile flooring. Door to conservatory. Fireplace with raised hearth and wood burning stove.
Conservatory / Entrance: Set off the kitchen – Light and bright conservatory entrance with tile floor and the perfect place to start your day with a breakfast and cup of tea!
Bathroom: With bath and shower over, basin with storage under, tile flooring, WC.
Utility – with space and plumbing for a washing machine.
1st Floor – Landing with doors to all rooms
Walk-in Dressing Closet: Approx. 4m2 with ample hanging space.
Master Bedroom: Approx. 20m2 with wood effect flooring with front aspect.
Double Bedroom 2: Approx. 3.6m X 3.6m with front aspect
Double Bedroom 3: Approx. 3.3m X 3.7m with views over the garden.
Double Bedroom 4: Approx. 3.7m X 4m with garden views.
Family Shower Room – Approx. 1.7m X 2.5m with shower, basin plus separate WC.
Attic Room – Ideal for conversion to another bedroom or bedroom with en-suite.
Cottage: With covered dining terrace to the front.
Entrance Hall: Approx. 4.3m X 2.6m with tile floor and stairs to first floor.
Lounge: Approx. 5.7m X 4.6m with tile flooring, exposed stone wall, log burning stove and patio doors opening onto the gardens and dining terrace.
Utility Room – off the entrance with under stairs storage, built in work top with under storage, space and plumbing for a washing machine / dishwasher, sink unit.
Dining Room / Family Room: Measuring approx. 5.7m X 3.5m with garden aspect, doors to the gardens, fireplace with log stove for cosy winter nights ample space for a good sized dining table and chairs. Opening onto:
Kitchen: Fitted and equipped kitchen comprising of a good selection of eye and base level store with work surface over, built in brushed chrome oven, brushed chrome hob with extractor and down-lighting over, corner space with plumbing for a dishwasher / washing machine.
Ground floor Bathroom – with suite comprising of bath and basin plus separate WC.
1st floor – Landing with WC off (restricted height in places)
Double Bedroom – Approx. 4m X 2.4m with garden views.
Double Bedroom – Approx. 4.2m X 3.5m with garden views
Bedroom – Approx. 3.5m X 2.5m with side aspect
Study – Which could be used to create and en-suite / dressing room or larger double bedroom.
Attic – Partially converted attic over the lounge which could be used to create a small bedroom, games room or office.
Gardens / Outbuildings
The property has a gated and walled entrance with parking area and drive leading to a large barn / garage. There is space and parking for 2 or 3 cars. The gardens are split in 2 between each property ensuring each has its own space and dining terraces. To the front of the main home is a covered storage area and small stone outbuilding for storage or potting shed. The gardens are established with a good level of planted beds and borders. The cottage gardens are walled. There is a covered dining terrace, lawn and established beds. Both gardens are safe for ideal for children and safe for pets.
A further separate garden just down the lane is enclosed and comes with extensive lawn, fruit trees and shady areas for dining or relaxing. In total the property comes with approx. 950m2 of formal gardens and just over 1000m2 for the separate land..
Barn / Workshop – with boiler and oil tank.
The property is served by a fosse septic for sanitation.
The airport at Poitiers is 40 mins drive, Limoges airport is approximately 1 hr 20 mins and La Rochelle 1hr 30 mins, all with regular flights to the UK. There is a regular rail link from Poitiers to the Eurostar service and the channel ports are easily accessible with St. Malo around 4.5 hours drive, Caen 4 hours and Calais 6.5 hours drive. Disneyland Paris is around 4.5 hours drive
Things to do
Amongst the many things to see and do in the area are the fabulous Vallee des Singes monkey park (around a 40 minute drive) and the Geants du Ciel where birds of prey give daily free-flying demonstrations within the ruins of the chateau in the beautiful medieval city of Chauvigny, approximately 1hr 20 mins away. The world famous Futuroscope Theme Park is just past Poitiers and is less than an hours drive away.
During the summer months the popular Nuits Roman outdoor festival takes place in the region with nightly performances of music, theatre, light shows and spectacles. Vanzay hosted one of these spectacles in 2013 with many residents taking part in the organisation of this event which brought spectators from all over the region.