Magnificent property with courtyard, garden and pool
*** Sterling Service : �300 000 FIXED ***
Set in a village with shops near the small market town of Aigre, this property comprises the major part of a very large and beautiful Charentaise maison de maitre that has extremely generous living space, a vast reception hall, a courtyard, pigeonnier, walled garden and swimming pool.
The front door opens to an entrance hall (8 sq m) with flagstone floor. To the right of the hall a pair of doors opens to the drawing room. At the end of the hall a pair of part-glazed doors opens to an extremely impressive reception hall (40 sq m), running the depth of the house, with flagstone floor, trompe l'oeil painted walls and glazed doors to the courtyard. To one side of this hall a door opens to a room (10 sq m) with flagstone floor. This room was formerly used as a cloak and boot room and is currently used as a TV room. Also off the reception hall is a WC.
To the right of the hall a door opens to a large dining room (37 sq m) with tiled floor, attractive stone fireplace, an unusually large potager (stone cooker) and an exposed beam ceiling. To the right of the room a door opens to the drawing room (33 sq m - which in turn opens back into the entrance hall) with original wooden floorboards, marble fireplace, wainscoting and corniced ceiling.
Another door from the dining room opens to a small hall, off which is the kitchen (12 sq m) with a modern fitted kitchen with granite work surfaces. Also of this hall is a modern shower room with a large walk-in shower, wash-basin and WC.
To the rear of the dining room a door opens to the utility room / second kitchen with flagstone floor, fitted units and plumbing for a washing machine. From here a door opens to the well-room which houses a well with a fine, circular stone surround. This room has doors opening to the courtyard.
An extremely impressive staircase rises from the reception hall to a huge first floor landing (23 sq m) with plenty of space for use as a library / office / sitting area. To one side a door opens to a bedroom suite comprising a dressing room, a wash room and a bedroom (20 sq m) with marble fireplace.
A corridor from the landing provides access to three more extremely generous bedrooms (33 sq m, 26 sq m and 16 sq m) each with fireplaces.
At the end of the corridor there is a very large family bathroom (bath, shower, wash-basin) as well as a separate WC.
The staircase continues to the second floor, opening into a large room (43 sq m - currently used as an office). From here a doorway opens to a suite of two rooms (40 sq m and 15 sq m) - the larger of the two is currently used as a home cinema and the smaller as a store room.
A corridor from the office leads to two bedrooms (20 sq and 17 sq m) as well as a modern bathroom with a free-standing bath, wash-basin and WC.
There is a further room (currently used as a store room).
A flight of steps lead down from the reception hall to two cellars.
A door from the reception hall opens into the walled courtyard with a range of outbuildings (including a very attractive pigeonnier in the form of a tower) forming one boundary. The outbuildings serve as useful storage and garaging and also offer potential for further development (subject to any relevant planning permissions).
To one side of the courtyard is the main entrance gate - in the traditional Charentaise style of a large arched gateway and a smaller pedestrian gate. The courtyard itself is laid to gravel and terrace and to one side is the swimming pool (8m x 4m).
A passageway in the outbuildings leads through to a delightful, private walled garden with lawns, terrace and a wide variety of fruit trees as well as some vines.
This is a very substantial property in a village with amenities - it would make wonderful family home or perhaps even a quality chambres d'hotes. The second floor accommodation could be re-designed to create more bedrooms if desired.