Elegant stone house with independent guest house
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This impressive detached house, located in that sought-after edge-of-village setting, has an attractive guest cottage, a heated pool and a mature garden.
The front door opens to the entrance hall with tiled floor and exposed beam ceiling. To the right of the hall a door opens to the dual aspect kitchen (18m2) with tiled floor, exposed beam ceiling, newly fitted kitchen units and a glazed door giving access to the courtyard and garden beyond.
To the far side of the kitchen a corridor leads to a room (13m2 - currently used as a generous study). Also off this corridor is a large cloakroom (WC, wash-basin and bidet). As there is plenty of space here for a shower it would be possible to create a ground floor bedroom suite out of the study and cloakroom.
To the left of the entrance hall a door opens to a large L-shaped living room. The dual-aspect dining area (19m2) has a tiled floor and exposed beam ceiling and the sitting area (22m2) has the same tiled floor, exposed beam ceiling and an impressive Charentaise limestone fireplace.
An attractive wooden staircase rises from the entrance hall to the first floor landing. To the left a corridor leads to the master bedroom suite comprising a large dual-aspect bedroom (20m2), a large bathroom (bath, wash-basin, WC and bidet) and a dressing area.
To the right of the landing a corridor leads to two further bedrooms (19m2 and 14m2) one of which has a fireplace. Both bedrooms have doors opening to a second landing, off which is another bathroom (bath, shower, twin wash-basin and WC).
The staircase continues from the main landing up to the attic (about 80m2) with plenty of scope for further development.
The guest cottage can be accessed either from the main house (via a door in the sitting area) or via the garden (via its own front door). Both means of access open to an entrance hall with terracotta tiled floor and the original stone sink ("evier"). Off the hall are a laundry room and a separate WC.
From the hall a door opens to a spacious living room (33m2) with tiled floor, exposed stone walls, exposed beam ceiling, stone fireplace and to one side there is a fitted kitchen area.
A wooden staircase rises from the living room to the first floor landing, off which are two bedrooms (11m2 and 9m2) as well as a shower room (shower, wash-basin, WC). Another door from one of the bedrooms opens to the second landing in the main house.
The guest cottage can easily be incorporated into the main house just by unlocking the adjoining doors.
Below the house, and accessed from the courtyard, are some useful cellars.
To the rear of the house is a courtyard, mainly laid to gravel, ranged around which are the outbuildings. These included the former distillery (53m2), a workshop (35m2) and the former stables (50m2) - all with development potential (subject to relevant planning permissions).
From the courtyard a wide archway leads through to the garden. This is mainly laid to lawn and is well-planted with a mature orchard and specimen trees and shrubs creating an attractive woodland atmosphere. To one side is the walled and fenced heated swimming pool (10m x 5m). To the other side there are two long rows of productive vines.
This is a large and attractive property in a very good location - set on the very edge of the village and within walking distance of the shops. The department's capital, Angouleme, with its good road and TGV links, is just a short drive and the historic towns of Jarnac and Cognac close by. The popular beaches of the Atlantic coast are less than a 1h30 drive, as are the airports at La Rochelle, Poitiers and Limoges.
Given its size this property would be ideal as a very generous family home or a home with income potential.