A 17th century residence, its hamlet and its outbuildings, all listed, on an estate with 48 ha of woods and grasslands near to Poitiers.
In the Poitou region, home to the greatest of French thinkers such as Joachim-du-Bellay, Rabelais, Ronsard and Descartes. 20 minutes from Saint-Savin abbey, classified as a World Heritage site by Unesco, and just 10 minutes from the medieval village of Chauvigny. The spa resort of La-Roche-Posay is 35 minutes away. Poitiers and its TGV train station are 20 minutes away. The new LGV fast train line provides 70-minute links to Paris and 60-minute links to Bordeaux. The French capital is 3 hours away via the A10 motorway. Poitiers airport has flights to Amsterdam, Brussels and London. 13 minutes from an 18-hole golf course and 20 minutes from another with 18 and 9-hole courses.
Once off the main road, the wooded screen falls away, revealing grasslands that provide a glimpse of the estate. A driveway, lined with one hundred year old chestnut trees, then leads up to the entrance to the residence. Enclosed by walls, it is accessed via carriage gates and a postern. The keystone in the semi-circular arched gateway is engraved with the year 1702, which most probably corresponds to the moving of the entrance insofar as the residence dates from the 16th and 17th centuries. A French formal garden then comes into view with, on the left-hand side, chestnut trees, the old bread oven as well as the dovecote and the residence on the right-hand side. Another opening, in line with the carriage gates, is closed with iron gates which open on to a bridle path. On one side of the residence are a covered area and an orangery; behind it is a priests garden. A postern provides access to the maintenance buildings.
The main driveway leads via an alleyway to the houses and the outbuildings which form a hamlet. There are three houses, two are independent with their own little garden and the third, which is bigger, comprises two studio flats. A first outbuilding has been divided into two. One section has been transformed into a concert hall and the other has been converted into six horse loose boxes, with a loft above. Two adjoining barns and a large covered area complete the hamlet.
The residenceIts facade, featuring attic roof dormers, five windows and the double entrance doors, exudes an authenticity which is also to be found in the quality of the materials. The two chimney stacks reinforce the balance of the building which is scarcely upset by an adjoining building added at a later date.
The entrance hall, with its 3.3 m high ceiling, its Burgundy stone floor tiles and its exposed beams, sets the tone. On the right-hand side is a stately dining room with two doors, one leading to a corridor and the other to a room transformed into a family dining room. A wooden stairway goes from the latter up to the first floor. Two steps separate it from the kitchen. On the left-hand side of the entrance hall is a lounge with its windows overlooking the French formal garden and the residences covered area. Each room is adorned with a fireplace. The corridor provides access to the fitted, west-facing kitchen which leads to the priests garden via four steps. It also provides access to a laundry room, a bathroom and a toilet. Following the corridor, on the other side of the kitchen, visitors find the music room, exuding quite a different architectural air. The cellar can be reached from this room which also features a spiral stone stairway, going upstairs, adorned with menacing or welcoming, high relief portraits. The stone has therefore been engraved with invitations for visitors to continue exploring the residence or to go back the way they came. All the doors are enhanced in their upper section with a term reflecting a variety of styles.
Wohnfläche: 650,00 m², Anzahl der Schlafzimmer: 4, Anzahl der Badezimmer: 2, Bundesland: Poitou-Charentes