Charente, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Property Details: House, Saint-Claud, Charente, Nouvelle Aquitaine
France Property Shop ID: 482919
The front door opens to an elegant marble-tiled reception hall (approx. 90 sq m) with high ceilings and moulded coving. Part of the hall currently serves as the reception desk.
To the left of the hall a door opens to a cloakroom with WCs. Also to the left of the hall a wide corridor provides access to the dining room, drawing room and kitchen.
To the rear of the hall a corridor provides access to the dining room (37 sq m) - another very elegant room with high ceiling with moulded coving and two pairs of floor-to-ceiling glazed doors opening onto the rear terrace.
To the rear of the room a pair of glazed doors open to the corridor leading back to the main reception hall. To the far side of the dining room a pair of doors lead to the dual aspect drawing room (approx. 80 sq m), again with high ceilings, moulded coving, two pairs of glazed doors to the rear terrace and a pair of doors that open to the corridor that leads back to the reception hall.
To the rear of the drawing room a short passageway leads to the kitchen (31 sq m) with tiled floor and a range of fitted kitchen units and a door to the front of the house. From the kitchen an opening leads through to a multi-purpose space (11 sq m) which in turn leads through to the utility room (20 sq m) with shower room. A door from here opens back into the corridor that leads back to the main reception room.
A very impressive staircase rises from the reception hall to the wide first floor landing that runs the entire width of the property. The corridor provides access to four bedrooms (each about 17 sq m), each of which has an ensuite bathroom and doors opening onto a large covered balcony with fine views over the grounds.
To the far end of the corridor is the master suite comprising a vestibule, a large bedroom (26 sq m), a bathroom and a separate WC. The bedroom has a pair of glazed door opening onto the main balcony that runs along the rear of the house as well as a pair of glazed doors that open onto a Juliette balcony to the side of the house (the bathroom also opens onto a Juliette balcony to the side of the house).
To the other end of the corridor is a useful linen room (about 10 sq m).
The estate also includes two detached gites, both echoing the same architectural style of the manor house.
The larger of the two comprises a living room, separate kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a separate WC. The Gîte has two terraces - one sunny and the other providing shade on those hot sunny days.
The smaller Gîte comprises a living room, a galley kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom. The bedroom has doors opening onto a Juliet balcony.
In total the estate covers 47085 sq m (about 11.5 acres). To the front and rear of the house are landscaped gardens with lawns with a number of mature trees. To the rear of the house a flight of steps descend from the terrace to a path that leads to a large swimming pool (17m x 10m) beyond which is a small paddock.
To the side of the pool area is a giant chess set.
Beyond the Gîtes a path leads to a full-size hard tennis court, beyond which is a large paddock.
This is a very impressive and extremely elegant property, benefitting from double-glazing throughout and under-floor heating. The entire house can be heated using the heat-exchange system and part of it can be heated independently using a wood-fired central heating boiler (this makes it possible to close down the major portion of the house whilst still heating part of it - useful if, for example, only part of the house is being used during the winter).
The property offers huge potential - currently run as a successful holiday let business, it could equally become a wonderful family home with room for horses, a wedding venue, conference centre etc.