Stunning riverside Napoleonic manor house
With origins dating back to the 17th century, this beautiful logis was re-modelled in the Napoleonic style, comes with river frontage, substantial outbuildings and a guardian's cottage.
The front door opens to a large entrance hall (25m2) with tiled floor. To the right of the hall a pair of glazed doors opens to an elegant formal sitting room (28m2) with wooden floor, marble fireplace and a pair of windows overlooking the garden.
To the left of the entrance hall a pair of doors opens to the large dining room (49m2) with wooden parquet flooring, marble fireplace, ceiling rose and a pair of stained glass arched windows overlooking the garden.
To the left of the dining room a pair of doors opens to the study / office (21m2) with wooden floor, marble fireplace and a pair windows overlooking the garden.
From the study a door opens to a charming morning room (about 35m2) with tiled floor, fireplace and sliding patio doors to a south-facing covered terrace. To the side of the morning room (and open-plan with it) is the kitchen (15m2) with tiled floor and a range of fitted units.
A door from the kitchen opens to an internal hall with a service staircase to the first floor and a door that opens back into the main entrance hall.
From the internal hall a door opens to the summer kitchen / utility room, off which is a store room / wine cellar.
A very attractive staircase rises from the entrance hall to the first floor landing which runs the width of the house. Ranged on either side of the landing are 8 bedrooms (24m2, 24m2, 23m2, 23m2, 20m2, 19m2, 18m2 and 15m2), all with fireplaces and wooden floors. The rooms to the south-side of the house have wonderful views over the garden and the river Charente. Those to the north have views over garden and vineyards and fields.
Also off the landing are a huge bathroom (20m2), a spacious "wash room" (wash-basin and bidet), a laundry room and a store room. These all have the potential for conversion to provide ensuite facilities for most bedrooms.
The staircase continues to the second floor which comprises several large unconverted attic space (about 190m2) with excellent head-height. There is potential to create many more bedrooms etc up here (subject to any structural requirements).
To one side of the house is a vast outbuilding (about 300m2) which fronts directly onto the river (where the cognac was loaded onto boats). To the other side is a smaller building (formerly the laundry and lodgings for a housekeeper). Beyond this, and separated from the main property by a wall, is the guardian' cottage with attendant outbuildings.
The buildings sit on a plot of 10780m2. To the front of the house is a charming garden with lawn, gravel pathways, palm trees and ancient specimen trees. This garden fronts onto the river and wonderful views. To one side a flight of stone steps leads down to the water. To the rear of the house is a park-like garden with lawns, trees and hedges.
In addition to the main plot, the house is also sold with part of the island that it overlooks (6620m2).
This is a wonderful property in an idyllic location and could make a great family home or a fantastic boutique chambres d'hotes.