This house has a sophisticated rusticness about it; an exuberance of style. It is a house you will either love or hate, no room for half measures here. I can imagine Nigella Lawson feeling at home in this kitchen with a dining room alive with guests. With all that space it still spills over into the outside with different areas to sit in, eat in, enjoy and if that was not enough – the river is at the end of the garden.
Entrance is through the gates into the courtyard with the building housing the carriage entrance and parking and the cottage/barn for conversion. The house is set back on the other side of the courtyard, with its attached barn. There is an open barn (hangar) to one side and wall the other: giving a large enclosed space, a mixture of gravel area and flowerbeds – where the roses bloom. There is a choice of entry into the house but the main one is into the kitchen; 36m² with room for intimate meals, a central island workplace, oak beams, flagstone floor, hand built cupboards. exposed stone on the walls, the equipment can be negotiated for. To the left of the kitchen you step down into the dining room; stone fireplace with wood-burning stove, flagstone floor, oak beams, potager (the original slow cooker); 27m². The toilet and boiler room are off to one side. Turn to the right from the kitchen and enter the salon (living room is too mundane) 62.50m² again oak beams, exposed stone walls, beam staircase to the first floor that looks as if it is floating; another potager; a door to the rear that takes you onto the back terrace with hot tub (negotiable) and relaxing area. To the front is a glassed conservatory and exit to the front courtyard and terrace. Upstairs are two large double bedrooms and the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, and a family bathroom – with bath and shower.
There is a vegetable garden behind the hangar accessed from the road and the private river plot with its own landing stage which cannot be overlooked; ideal for swimming from. In addition it is a short walk to the punt ferry over the Charente and a swimming and picnic area.
The village is of historic significance with the Church being named the “Jewel of the Charente”: it is on the Compostela route with links to the Knights Templars. It is close to the town of Mansle for all your shopping needs and about 1 hr to Limoges and flights to the UK. ©