Charente, Nouvelle Aquitaine
The front door opens to the entrance hall (13m2) with terracotta-tiled floor and exposed stone walls. To the right of the hall a door opens to a reception room (23m2 - currently used as a guest reception room) with tiled floor, fireplace and exposed beam ceiling. Off this room is a little kitchenette - ideal for guest use.
To the left of the hall a door opens to the dining room (25m2) with wooden floor, marble fireplace with ornate overmantle and an exposed beam ceiling.
On the far side of the dining room another door opens to the large farmhouse-style kitchen (26m2) with tiled floor, a very attractive Charentaise limestone fireplace and an exposed beam ceiling. From the kitchen a door opens to the covered entrance barn.
To the back of the kitchen is a sitting room (20m2) which the current owners use as their private sitting room. There is also a corridor leading off from the kitchen which gives access to laundry room and a separate WC.
To the rear of the entrance hall a door opens to a bedroom (14m2) which has an ensuite bathroom (bath, wash-basin and WC).
A beautifully aged wooden staircase rises from the ground floor to the first floor. Up here there are five generous double bedrooms (35m2, 21m2, 20m2, 17m2 and 17m2). Four of the rooms have ensuite facilities. All of the bedrooms have very attractive wooden floors and three of them have fireplaces. In addition to this there is also a bathroom.
The extensive outbuildings run along one side of the garden and include former stables and store rooms. The property also retains its "alambic" or Cognac still. To the back of the garden there is also an open-sided barn which provides useful covered parking and outside entertaining space.
The south-facing courtyard garden is laid mainly to lawn beyond which is a gravel parking area. The garden is well planted with trees, shrubs and flower borders.
This spacious property is on the edge of the well-served village (small town) of Segonzac and is within walking distance of the restaurants, shops, supermarket and medical centre. Segonzac is the capital of the Grande Champagne, the Premier Cru vineyards for Cognac and is home to the small University of Cognac (Université des Eaux-de-Vie et boissons spiritueuses) where future congac-makers are trained in the art of distilling and blending.