Charente, Nouvelle Aquitaine
The front door opens to the entrance hall (20m2) with beautifully tiled floor and, to the rear, a door to the garden. To the right of the hall a door opens to a very large dual-aspect reception room (42m2) with wooden floor and a stone fireplace.
To the far side of this room a door opens to a room (10m2) which is currently used as an office. To the back of this room there is a good-size store-room.
To the left of the hall a door opens to a second reception room (23m2) with a stone fireplace. To the back of this room a door opens to the library (15m2) which overlooks the garden.
To the far side of the second reception room there is a door to a second entrance hall (9m2) with terracotta tiles to the floor and a door to the terrace running along the front of the house. Off this hall there is a generous laundry room as well as a separate WC.
To the left of the hall a door leads through to a large dual-aspect kitchen (28m2) with a tiled floor, exposed beamed ceiling, a large Charentaise fireplace and a range of fitted units including an island unit.
A very beautiful wooden staircase rises from the main entrance to the first floor landing that runs the width of the house. Off the lading are five bedrooms - the master bedroom (28m2) with a large ensuite bathroom (13m2 - free-standing bath, walk-in shower, wash-basin and WC), a second bedroom (17m2) with ensuite shower room, a suite of two rooms (16m2 and 11m2) and a final bedroom (16m2). In addition to this there is a spacious family bathroom (bath, wash-basin and WC).
Beneath the house, and access via the garden, is an ancient vaulted cellar (perfect for storing wine) which dates back to the original château that sat on this site.
Attached to the house (and accessible from the kitchen and the garden) is a large outbuilding, divided into a number of rooms. The room accessed from the current kitchen is likely to have been the original kitchen, retaining a monumental fireplace and an unusually large "potager" (a stone cooking range). This room could easily be incorporated into the main house to make a wonderful kitchen or dining room. Beyond this there is a store room and the utility room. All of these spaces could be converted to gîtes or guest accommodation if desired (subject to relevant planning permissions)
In addition to this there is a large outbuilding that houses old wine storage vats.
The house sits on a plot of about 3500m2 (actually area yet to be determined). To the front of the house is a pretty garden, well-planted with shrubs and roses - to one corner there is a very attractive old well. Next to this there is a stone outbuilding which now comprises an outdoor, covered, sitting room (about 25m2) and next to it a similar sized, glass fronted, indoor, contra-current spa pool with jacuzzi.
To the back of the house is a private walled garden with a number of fruit trees.
This beautiful property, set amongst the vineyards, has a very attractive rural outlook but is within walking distance of a restaurant and is just a short drive from the department's capital, Angoulême, with its extensive range of shops, restaurants and museums as will as its excellent transport links to Paris, Bordeaux and beyond.
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