Vienne, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Property Details: House, Chatain, Vienne, Nouvelle Aquitaine
France Property Shop ID: 482910
The village has a bakery/ grocer, a hairdresser, a primary school, with a school bus to ferry older children the nearby secondary schools and colleges. The River Charente, which is ideal for canoeing and fishing, is a short walk down the road.
The nearby town of Charroux, with its commerce, pub, cafes, restaurants, weekly market and famous abbey is just ten minutes drive away, whilst the larger town of Civray and adjacent Savigne with its supermarket and DIY stores, are just 20 minutes drive. You can be in Poitiers or Angouleme in around an hour, or Limoges with its airport. The mainline train station in Ruffec is also within very easy reach.
The main house, dating back to 1830, has been sympathetically restored to maintain all the original charm and features. It boasts spacious rooms with beamed high ceilings, restored oak flooring, limestone hallway floor and an outstanding example of an original wooden staircase - this house is full of character and retains its original elegant style.
House Ground Floor The central, impressive oak front door leads into a hallway (7 sq m) with stone- flagged floor, access right to the sitting room (25 sq m) with tiled floor, original oak beams and log burner, and left to the equally spacious kitchen/ dining room (27 sq m) with solid wood floor, fireplace and Godin wood burner.
First Floor The original feature wooden staircase leads up to the first floor landing, with two large double bedrooms both with original oak beams (28.5 and 28 sq m) and a family bathroom (5 sq m) with roll-top bath, hand wash basin and WC. The larger of the two bedrooms also benefits from a newly installed en-suite shower room, with shower, hand washbasin and WC.
Second Floor There are two further bedrooms on the second floor (38.5 sq m and 27.5 sq m) with feature beams and original features.
Outside Two sets of double gates lead to a secluded, private, pretty courtyard at the side of the main house, which is ideal for morning coffee, and provides a great outside entertaining space plus ample off- street parking.
There is a variety of outbuildings - a large barn attached to the main house, also used as a garage and workshop, (148 sq m approx.); a detached, stone-built atelier/ studio (17 sq m), currently used as a potting shed, but previously used as an artist studio; the old stables and piggery; plus another large, ancient stone cottage which could possibly be converted to a Gîte if required (50 sq m). Behind the cottage is a large sunny terrace used for outside dining throughout the spring and summer. Further up the garden is a soft fruit area with raspberries and currants.
The garden, which is spectacular in the spring and summer due to clever planting by the previous owner, runs behind the house (2000 sq m approx.), with succession planting of flowers, and a variety herbs, shrubs and trees including apples, pears, damsons and cherries, whilst, at the top of the garden, is a small field with blackberry bushes.
If you are looking for a classic and impressive village house, with room for further expansion if required, then look no further..!