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Double doors lead into the vestibule and entrance hall (16m2) with tiled floor and beautifully appointed stone walls. Light and airy from the open aspect, full height ceiling and feature exposed beams. At the far end of the hallway is the library (22m2) a tranquil area with space for comfy chairs in which to sit and read in peace. To the left of the entrance is a bright and spacious sitting room 34 m2 with polished wood floor, feature Charentaise fireplace, white beamed ceiling. Trap door to below ground "cave" perfect for storing the wine collection. To the right of the hallway is a cloakroom area and downstairs WC. The dining room (28m2) retains a wealth of the Charentaise character with more of the exposed stone walls, old tiled floor, Charentaise stone fireplace with wood burner and a feature old stone warming oven "potager" the french forerunner to the much loved hostess trolley. Off the dining room is a utility room/butlers pantry (7m2) and a large modern kitchen (21m2) which is fitted with modern units, a charming mix of old and new; black granite worktops with white fitted units and modern breakfast bar. The chimney breast has been converted to incorporate the modern cooking appliances; gas hob, electric oven, microwave oven, warming draw and extractor fan. Double glazed doors lead from the kitchen into a covered stone walk way which connects the inner courtyard to the rear garden. Off the kitchen is a further sitting room 16 m2 with glazed patio doors that open out to a private patio area and the rear garden. This room also has an ancient non functioning bread/pizza oven set into the Charentaise stone fireplace, yet another charming feature that has been retained. A second door leads out onto the covered walkway.
FIRST FLOOR …
From the library area and at the far end of the hallway is a wood staircase which rises to a mezzanine area. Continuing through from the mezzanine you find a large bedroom (36m2) with views over the inner courtyard, a dressing area, feature fireplace and en suite bathroom with bath, hand basin, WC and tiled shower. From the first floor landing is access to a room currently used as an office (15.5m2) that could also be used as an additional bedroom, a second bedroom with built in wardrobe and en suite shower room comprising shower, hand basin and wWC and a Master suite with bedroom, dressing room with built in wardrobes, separate WC and substantial bathroom with freestanding claw foot bath, shower and hand basin.
From the master suite a second staircase leads down to the smaller of the two sitting rooms. This gives the option to use this side of the property independently if a smaller self contained living space was required within the main house.
GUEST HOUSE …
The layout of this property has been well thought out so as to create 5 independent studio apartments two of which are on the ground floor, two on the first floor and the fifth which is located over both levels. Each one has approximately 40m2 of beautifully appointed and modern habitable space incorporating bedroom, sitting area, kitchenette and en-suite shower with shower, hand basin and WC. In addition to the five studios there is a large kitchen 16m2 and communal dining room with full height ceiling and fireplace with insert, perfect for entertaining larger groups.
RECREATIONAL STUDIO …
A large barn with glazed doors into both the courtyard and rear garden has recently been converted so as to facilitate many activities eg. gym, dance, art etc. The acoustics are superb and there is even the faciity for a plasma screen and speakers.
Outside and at the front of this guest house are 4 separate patio dining areas. Swimming pool : The 10m x 5m swimming pool with a uniform depth of 1.2m also boasts a whirlpool feature in one of its corners. There is extensive terracing around the pool with high stone walls on 3 sides for privacy. The pump house is discreetly located in the large studio Inner courtyard and 'rondavel' : This amazing rondavel has been built around an old cherry tree and provides welcome shade on hot summer days so as to be able to dine out in comfort. Of course no rondavel is complete without a fully stocked bar which is also within an arms length of the pool area when refreshments are required. There is a large garage big enough to park 2/3 cars a utility room plumbed to take washing machines and dryer and a separate laundry room fitted with a number of shelves for all the linen requirements of such a grand property.
* €997 000 (HAI)**
**agency fees included : 5 % TTC to be paid by the buyer
(€950 000 without fees)