Large detached “Maison de Maitre” dated 1895 offering a high degree of restoration throughout and retaining many original features. Situated on the edge of a small red roofed and historic village of around 700 inhabitants with riverside and woodland walkways, served with a general store, post office, school and an award winning restaurant all within walking distance. Just 5 miles from Fontenay Le Comte a medieval town with year round weekly market and good selection of commerce including 2 large hyper-markets, schools, colleges, modern hospital and health services.
La Rochelle with beach and airport (range of low cost flights) serving several UK destinations and Eire is around 30mins, 2 hours to Bordeaux and 4 hours to Paris by car. The closest ferry port of St Malo is 3hrs while the tunnel is just 6.5hrs.
An early viewing is advised.
The house is currently used as two separate living areas but could easily be used as one large family home, or alternatively be divided into two separate accommodations, providing an income generating gite. The accommodation extends to approximately 355sq m and provides 5 Bedrooms, 3 Reception rooms, plus office/ hobby studio, 2 Bathrooms and 1 en suite. There is an attached Barn/ workshop of 190 sq m offering numerous possibilities, an external Summer Party room, complete with bread oven. The home is offered and presented to a high standard throughout and benefits from oil fired central heating, solar hot water heating and mains drainage. Recently featured as “Escape to the Continent’s” “Top Pick this Summer”.
Main house – ground floor
Entrance Hallway – 17 m² South facing with traditional double entry doors, period feature tiled flooring with doors leading to bedroom, lounge, service corridor and original hardwood staircase to upper levels.
Bedroom 1 – 35m² Bright double windowed south and east facing room with period stone fireplace and over mantle feature, exposed timber beams and new fitted en-suite, comprising WC, basin unit and corner shower with thermostatic mixer valve.
Lounge – 35m² large bright double windowed south and west facing rooms fitted with marble fireplace and working fire. Parquet flooring, cornicing and central light feature. Door leading to Dining room
Dining Room / Family Room: 26m² traditionally decorated with floor tiling, dado rail to walls, cornicing and traditional corner fireplace unit. Single window and half glazed door leading to garden. Two other doors lead to service corridor and kitchen.
Kitchen – 17m² Breakfasting kitchen comprising traditional painted hardwood units, fitted double sink unit, hob and oven (all units and appliances are being left) Doors to garden and service corridor.
Bathroom Modern fitted bathroom with corner Jacuzzi whirlpool bath, built in shower with thermostatic mixer valve, large basin unit with marble worktop and large mirror. Under worktop storage and two full height storage units.
Hallway: Linking all of the ground floor, giving access to the main house stairs, “Apartment” and Barn.
Main house – first floor:
Bedroom 2 – 35m² Bright double windowed south and east facing room with period stone fireplace and exposed timber beams.
Bedroom 3 – 35m² Bright double windowed south and west facing room with period stone fireplace, exposed timber beams and built in wardrobe.
Upper Landing – South facing window with fitted under stair storage. Original wooden stair leading to upper level
main house – second floor
Office/ study fitted with power and phone point with plenty of light so ideal for an art studio or hobby room
Two large attics 30m² each, providing storage or conversion possibilities.
Apartment – ground floor
Lounge/ Kitchen – 32m² Large bright area fitted with two large roof lights, double glazed window and patio doors to garden. This area was completed some six years ago and provides an exceptional independent living area with a double storey height exposed beam ceiling, large original fireplace now fitted out with a 10KW wood burning stove, fitted galley kitchen comprising high and low fitted units, recessed white china sink unit, hob and built in fan assisted oven. Tiled floor with under floor insulation and wooden staircase leading to interesting mezzanine level with exposed beams and balustrade balcony over-looking the room below.
Apartment – first floor
This area was completed “recently” and provides original hardwood staircase leading from service corridor and lit by double glazed roof light providing access to the following.
Bedroom 4 – 32m² Large and bright room with window overlooking garden and two large roof lights. Sloping ceiling and exposed beams provide an excellent ambiance for an area that can be used as a multipurpose living/sleeping arrangement.
Bedroom 5 – 13m² Sloping ceiling and window overlooking garden provides a pleasant guest bedroom.
Bathroom Fitted with WC, bath with shower mixer and marble topped wash hand basin unit with fitted storage units below. Well lit by double glazed roof light, all appliances are of very high specification including brass and chrome taps and mixers.
Barn/ workshop:-A large attached area of 190m² providing numerous possibilities. Access via service corridor from house and fitted with rear door and electrically operated sliding vehicle door. Fitted with windows and roof lights it has water and electrical supplies and contains the recent oil fired central heating boiler for the house. The heating supply is fitted with two independent controls systems for the main house and apartment and incorporates a Solar Heating system which provides for hot water supply all summer.
Outbuildings: – 19m² Ancient bread oven now used as a summer lounge & party room, fitted with two windows and double French doors. Ideal for summer dining and entertaining with the rustic fireplace for heating and bbq’s.
Garden: – Laid mostly to lawn and fitted with a pumped sprinkler watering system fed from its own well. The garden has been landscaped with several different areas, linked by gravel pathways, formed to provide full sunshine or shade. The garden is well stocked with cherry, apple, pear, plum and fig trees, several vines and a “potager” for vegetables, a wide variety of trees provide year round colour and add to the high level of privacy afforded. Four gates provide access with the principle vehicle and personnel gates automated. In total the gardens extend to an impressive 4700m2 (more than 1 acre) Ideal for a pool fully enclosed and offering a high degree of privacy.