Charente, Nouvelle Aquitaine
The front door opens to an entrance area (14m2) with tiled floor, exposed beam ceiling and a bespoke wooden staircase rising to a mezzanine first floor landing. To the right of the entrance area a corridor provides access to a large walk-in coat room, next to which is a WC. At the end of the corridor a door leads through to the kitchen.
To the left of the entrance area a door opens to a multi-media / home cinema room (15m2) with tiled floor, exposed stone wall and exposed beam ceiling.
The entrance area itself leads directly into the large living room (about 45m2) with tiled floor, exposed stone feature wall and a large picture window with sliding patio doors opening onto a walled courtyard garden. Part of this room has a double-height ceiling and is overlooked by the bespoke staircase and landing.
To the right of the living room a few steps lead up to the kitchen / dining room (about 43m2) with tiled floor, exposed beam ceiling and two pairs of part-glazed doors opening to the garden. To one end of the room is a dining area with fireplace and to the other is the kitchen itself with fitted units.
To one corner of the kitchen a wooden staircase rises to the first floor. Off the kitchen is a pantry with a door to the garden.
The main staircase in the entrance area rises to a first floor landing. To the left a corridor leads to a family bathroom (bath, shower and wash-basin) and a separate WC.
Also off this landing is a suite of two rooms comprising a bedroom (about 12m2) and a room currently used as a study / private sitting room (about 12m2).
To the right of the staircase a corridor leads to two more bedrooms (12m2 each), both with exposed stone feature walls. At the end of this corridor a doorway opens to a large room (about 40m2 - currently used as a children's play room) with wooden floor. The staircase from the kitchen rises up into this room.
To one side of the play room a staircase rises to another large room (about 40m2) with high ceiling with exposed beams. This room is currently used as an office / hobby room.
Accessed from the garden there is a good size cellar that as well as providing plenty of storage, also houses the central heating heat-exchange system.
Attached to the main house an accessed via the garden and via the living room is a second house. From the garden a door opens to an open-plan living room, to the rear of which is a kitchen area. To the right a door opens to a short corridor that leads back into the living room of the main house. Off this corridor is a WC.
A staircase rises to a landing off which are two bedrooms and a shower room with WC.
The house sits in a generous plot of 5417m2 with most of the garden laid to lawn. From the impressive covered gateway a sweep drive leads to the house. There is a very large and attractive pine tree, providing welcome shade on the terrace next to the kitchen.
Sitting in the middle of the garden is a large pentanque pitch. To one side of the garden a pair of gates open to a walled courtyard garden (into which the living room looks). Here there is a large covered terrace looking on to an attractive plunge pool with jacuzzi system. To one side of the courtyard are a number of stone store-rooms.
This is a spacious house in a desirable location that has been extremely well renovated to provide a comfortable (and low energy cost) family home. The house has under-floor heating provided by an air/water heat exchange system. It is also double-glazed and well insulated. The internal air is refreshed via a Canadian well which pre-warms (or pre-cools) the air depending upon the season and distributes it throughout the house. In theory this means that the windows need never be opened!
All the facilities of this pretty riverside market town are within easy walking distance.
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