Stunning, historic country house, near Thuré, France – €375,000
Located in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region in western France, a sympathetically renovated, stone built country house with origins dating back to the 15th Century. The property is set in 2,500 sq.m of land, including an orchard, an enclosed garden with raised terrace and a gated courtyard with outbuildings, garage and a swimming pool.
The property is set in rolling countryside only 5 minutes drive from Thuré and only 15 minutes drive from the A10 exit at Châtellerault, which has fast train links to Paris and to Bordeaux. Châtellerault has a full range of civic amenities, including shops, supermarkets, leisure and entertainment facilities.
The historic town of Richelieu is only 20 minutes north and Chinon, set in the picturesque Loire valley, is only 45 minutes drive. The historic city of Poitiers with its regional Airport is 40 minutes south, with flights to the UK and to Spain. La Rochelle, and the Atlantic coastline is 2 hours drive.
The next village, St Gervais les Trois Clochers, has an aquatic centre complete with an indoor/outdoor pool, paddling pool and cafeteria. There is also a small supermarket, pharmacy, restaurant, hairdresser, bar, tabac, boulangerie etc.
The town of Lencloitre is a 10 minute drive and has a range of amenities and hosts an incredible farmer’s market on the first Monday of every month.
Just the other side of Châtellerault, the Saint-Cyr Leisure Park has 300 hectares dedicated to sport and nature with watersports, swimming, fishing and golf.
Even closer to home is the beautiful small town of La Roche Posay as well as the Futuroscope Theme Park.
La Rochelle, Les Sables d’Olonne, Niort and the Vendee are close enough for a superb day out.
Roads: Access to A10 is only 15 minutes drive. Paris is 3.5 hours drive via A10 (300kms).
Airports: Poitiers 30 minutes, Tours 45 minutes, (Ryanair/Stanstead).
Trains: TGV from Tours and Poitiers to Paris and Bordeaux. Fast train links to Paris from Châtellerault only 15 minutes drive.
Channel Ports: Caen/Ouistreham (3.5 hours), Le Havre (4 hours), Dieppe (4 hours 10 mins), Cherbourg (4 hours 15 mins), Calais (5 hours 30 mins).
Access from courtyard via medieval arched doorway, opening on to small hall with limestone floor, restored ancient oak spiral staircase. Oak beams and columbage.
Sitting room (5.5m x 5.2m) with beamed ceiling and original wide oak floor. Lime washed walls. 17th century stone fireplace. French window leading to terrace. Oak door and window to courtyard. Oeuil de Bouef window.
Utility room WC and hand basin. Tiled floor. Plumbing for washing machine. Gas fired central heating and hot water boiler. Electrical cupboard. Small window.
Dining room (5.5m x 4.0m) with limestone floor, oak beams, lime washed walls. Large stone fireplace with log burner. French window to terrace. Oak door and window to courtyard. Kitchen (5.7m x 3.9m) with handmade painted cupboards. Double ceramic sink, granite worktops. Island unit with stainless steel inset sink. Plumbing for dishwasher. Tommette floor, lime washed walls. Exposed oak trusses, cathedral style ceiling. French doors to courtyard.
Tiled landing, oak beams and columbage.
Master Bedroom (5.8m x 5.6m) with 17th century stone fireplace. Tommette floor. Exposed oak beamed ceiling. Two windows to courtyard, Oeuil de Boeuf to front. En-suite bathroom (3.4m x 2.7m) with free standing antique rolled top bath. WC and bidet, wash hand basin. Enclosed walk-in tiled shower. Oak exposed beams. Original arched window overlooking garden.
Bedroom 2 (5.5m x 4.2m) Oak exposed beams and columbage. Wide oak floor. Window to courtyard.
Landing with solid oak floor and oak beams.
Bedroom 3 (5.5m x 4.0m) with exposed oak trusses and beams, painted wood floor. Dormer window to courtyard.
Bathroom (3.2m x 1.8m) with white bath set in limestone tiled surround with shower over. Vanity unit with white inset sink. WC. Tiled floor. Exposed oak trusses and beams. Velux window. Exposed oak trusses. Dormer window to courtyard.
Bedroom 4 (4.0m x 3.0m) with exposed oak trusses. Dormer window to courtyard.
Surrounded by rolling fields and woodland with a long drive up to the house. Large lawned garden to front with established trees, shrubs and lavender. Small orchard with apple, pear, almond, plum and cherry. Separate parking area divided by arch with roses and picket gate. A terrace overlooks the lovely gravelled garden with trees, shrubs and roses. South facing courtyard Climbing roses, vines and an olive tree set in stone surround. Lower terrace with pergola and BBQ. Steps down to garden with roses, fig tree, grape vine and garden shed. From here the garden leads up a slope to adjacent farmland with views across to the forest.
Former stables with authentic, recently tiled roof, ready to convert into Gite. Large open barn housing salt water swimming pool (7.5m x 3.5m) set in the original walls. Four à Pain with original stone, beautifully constructed bread oven, ready for renovation and use as a summer kitchen. Garage / workshop housing swimming pool equipment.
Mains water. Gas tank (underground). Septic tank. Broadband connected. Diagnostic reports show no issues.
The house is situated on an ancient pilgrimage route from Paris to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain and is understood to have been a refuge for pilgrims on their journey. National parks, heritage sites and leisure and entertainment facilities are available within easy reach in all directions, making it an ideal base to explore the wider region. Local markets are held weekly and monthly.