la-rochefoucauld-charente-3, Charente, Nouvelle Aquitaine
The frontdoor opens to the entrance hall(18 sq m) with tiled floor, exposed stone walls and exposed beam ceiling. To the left of thehall a door opens to the sitting room (29 sq m) with tiled floor, exposed beam ceiling, exposed stone wall, Charentaise fireplace with bread-oven and a pair of glazed doors to the garden.
To the left of the hall a door opens to the main living room (50 sq m) with tiled floor, exposed stone walls, double-height ceiling (6m), stone fireplace, original stone "evier" (sink), original potager (a form of stone "cooker") and glazed doors to both the front and rear gardens. To one side of the living room is the open-plan kitchen with a range of modern fitted units
To the rear of the entrance hall are a bathroom (bath, shower and twin wash-basins), a separate WC and a laundry room.
A wooden staircase rises from one corner of the living room to a mezzanine (19 sq m) which overlooks the living room. This space is ideal as an office/study area/library and so on. From here a corridor provides access to four bedrooms (11 sq m, 10 sq m, 10 sq m and 9.5 sq m) as well as a dressing room (8 sq m). Also off the corridor are a shower room and a separate WC.
A flight of steps leads down from the entrance hall tothe winecellar
Ranged around the spacious courtyard area number of outbuildings including a large barn with horse stables (about 190 sq m) and an attractive open-sided barn (about 100 sq m) In a converted former barn is the two bedroom Gîte - with ground floor kitchen dining room (25 sq m)and bedroom (12 sq m) with shower room. On the first floor isa lovely sitting room (35 sq m) with exposed beams, plus a further bedroom (15 sq m) and shower room to finish.
The property sits in the middle of a plot of 16,330 sq m (about 4 acres) which is entirely fenced. The garden is landscaped with a mature wooded area, areas of lawn, an orchard and a vegetable garden. To the rear of the house is a terrace that leads onto the swimming pool (10m x 5m - self-regulating salt water system). To one side of the courtyard is a stone-lined pond fed by a natural spring plus a sand school for the horses and outside horse shower area. This is a wonderful property that retains many original features and provides modern comforts (including double-glazing and under-floor heating).It really is a rare find and would make a wonderful family home or extravagant holiday home. The nearby historic town of La Rochefoucauld, complete with its stunning chateau, is just 4km away and provides all amenities.