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Chateau with Gites, Swimming Pools, Tennis Court and Stables. Holiday Letting Business and Beautiful Home For Sale.

With 10 Ha (25 Acres): A Beautiful, 6/7 Bed Chateau, Two Large 4 Bed Gites, Two Pools, Tennis Court, Stables, Barn for Conversion and Carp Lake. Option to Acquire Additional Land and Property.

Location: Near Confolens, Département of Charente, Poitou-Charentes. 
Price Reduced: €750,000
Status: For Sale
ID: 487

Approximately 6.5% should be added to the purchase price to cover Tax, Notary and Registration Fees.

Saint Junien 25km
Bellac 40km
Ruffec 41km
Limoges 56km
Angoulême 62km
Poitiers 78km

Undoubtedly one of the finest small chateaux in central France. The original stonework dates back to the pre-revolution France of 1763, as do many of the stone features, floors, fireplaces and the main planting in the garden. Like many fine houses, the Chateau was probably damaged by mobs during the revolution but has been magnificently restored, largely in the style of Napoleon III (c 1850 – 1880), when the servants’ quarters (now the ‘Petite Maison’ gite) were probably added, but including some early Art Deco features. The kitchen wing and the Gatehouse are later additions.

Set in 10 hectares of beautiful gardens, park and paddocks, the Chateau is located in one of the prettiest parts of the Charente and benefits from the Charente microclimate with as many hours of sunshine as the Cote d'Azure, but none of the problems. Winters are mild and short with little wind and summer temperatures are on average 3 to 4 °C warmer than the best in the UK and there is far less rain. Summers start early and it stays pleasantly warm late into the evenings, but is not as intensely hot as further south so the land remains green. The area is unspoilt and uncrowded with rolling pastures, wooded hillsides, hundreds of randonées (rambles) and abundant wildlife.

The nearest Village (under 2 kms), is Ansac-sur-Vienne with boulangerie, charcuterie, pharmacie, 2 restaurants, tabac/bar, coiffeur.

Nearest town is beautiful Confolens, straddling the river Vienne, with supermarkets, banks, pharmacies, market hall, garages, post office, hospital, cinema, hotels & restaurants.

There are numerous tourist facilities within a 20 km radius and local schools & colleges in and around Confolens.

The Chateau (Main house approx. 540m². Ground floor ceilings are 12’ high)

Main entrance: Large glazed double doors leading into:-

Spacious Hall (21' x 11'): Original polished wooden floors, fine wood panelled walls with silk fabric inserts and inset mirrors. The hall provides access to the sitting room, dining room and library.

Sitting Room (40’ x 15’): Grand original fireplace, large bay window, french windows to front terrace. An oil painted canvas frieze adorns the walls all the way around the room.

Dining Room (21' x 21'): Polished wooden floor, gilded mirrors, period fireplace, gilded detailing to ceiling and walls, two large windows and french windows to the garden.

Library (16' x 14'): Polished wooden floor, original marble fireplace, built-in floor to ceiling glazed bookcase units. Painted marquetry effect ceiling with small chandelier, french windows to front terrace. Currently used as an office with telephone and 1024kbps ADSL points.

Second Hall (16' x 11'): Original mosaic tile floor, wood paneling and massive wooden stairs to first floor. Original marble basin and mirror under the stairs.

Kitchen (25' x 15'): Fully fitted with ample base and wall units, tiled floor, large wood burning stove. Windows to front and side gardens. The new electric range cooker, extractor, and the other large electrical goods are included in the sale.

Utility Room: with storage cupboards and door to side garden,  washing machine & dryer plumbed in. Access to small cellar (1.5 m headroom only). Through to:-

Living/TV Room (18' x 15'): Original fireplace and velour lined walls, french windows to rear garden. (this could make an additional guest or B&B bedroom) Door to:-

Bathroom (8' x 15') with large antique bath, antique basin, enclosed WC and several storage cupboards.

Entered from the library or dining room:-

Bedroom (17’ x 15’): Lovely ceiling, window to the rear garden and lots of fitted cupboards. (This is currently the main Guest Suite and has also been used for B&B.) Door to:-

Large en-suite Bathroom (16' x 11'): Wood paneling, built-in bath, large shower and vanity unit, french windows to rear garden.

Up the stairs from the second hall is a small half landing with door to a small room with access to a WC with basin lit by a rooflight. Also a door leads to a store with fitted cupboards and another door to a huge loft space, partially boarded for storage.

First Floor (ceiling height 9’)

Off the main landing there are 5 Bedrooms:-
(18' x 18')
(17' x 14')
(16' x 14')
(14' x 14')
(12' x 12').
All bedrooms have built in wardrobe units and two have en-suite bathrooms.

Also on this floor, another bathroom and a separate room (7' x 6') kitted out as a sauna.

The roof is in good condition. The heating system with oil-fired boiler newly installed in 2002, is excellent. The electrical system and plumbing have all been modernised and meet the latest standards. Most of the major rooms in the main house have been refurbished in 2008/09. Most of the curtains and all the fitted carpets in the main house are included in the sale price.

Swimming Pool:
Set in an attractive paved terrace, the pool is 8m in diameter, 1m deep at the edge and 2m at its centre. There is a filtration system and a solar panel for heating, which extends the swimming season. The pool area is fenced for safety and is located to the rear of the main house, but is currently made available for the use of guests in the adjoining ‘Petite Maison’ gite.

"Petite Maison" Gite
The Petite Maison is in no way small! A four bedroom house of over 150m², full of French character and original features, the Petite Maison is attached to the west end of the Chateau and probably was once servants accommodation. The gite is approached off the drive behind a line of lime trees which give it privacy and create a shady sitting area overlooking the front gardens and children’s play area.

Hall (22' x 8'): Mosaic tiled floor, wooden staircase to first floor.

Sitting Room (10' x 15'): Original mosaic tiled floor, wood paneling and french windows leading to the rear BBQ area on the terrace, and to the rear garden and pool area.

Kitchen (9' x 15'): Fully fitted modern kitchen with french windows to rear terrace and breakfast bar. All kitchen equipment, linen and appliances are included in the sale price.

Bathroom 1: A lovely 'French' bathroom with fully tiled walls in traditional blue and white.

Off the kitchen:-

Dining Room (9' x 15'): Very high ceiling, wood paneling and window overlooking rear garden.

First Floor

Large Landing. Original wooden floor and wood paneling.

4 Bedrooms :-
(15' x 13')
(15' x 13')
(15' x 12')
(15' x 11')
Three bedrooms have original fireplaces. All have bidet, basin and fitted wardrobes,
original wooden floors, and windows overlooking the gardens.

Bathroom 2 (12' x 8'): Tiled floor, shower, WC. Access to loft space

Store Room (10' x 8'): Could be converted to another bedroom if required.

"Gatehouse" Gite
The Gatehouse is a superb, spacious 4 bedroom house, standing just inside the main gate. This is a conversion of what was probably the Coachman's accommodation, added after the main house was completed. Its terrace is just a few metres from the lake. The 6m above ground hexagonal pool, 1.2m deep, with timber sunbathing deck and solar heating panel, is next to the terrace. A fabulous feature in this sheltered area of garden.

The Gatehouse front door leads into:-

Kitchen (16' x 12'): A fully fitted modern kitchen with breakfast bar. All kitchen equipment, linen and appliances are included in the sale price.

Sitting/Dining Room (30' x 11'): Large fireplace and french windows leading to the sitting and BBQ area on the terrace and to the lake and pool area. Wooden staircase to:-

First Floor

Landing. Doors lead to:-

Bathroom 1 (10' x 10'): Bath with shower, wash basin and WC.  Access to Loft space.

Bedroom 1 (22' x 15'): Windows overlooking lake and front garden. En-suite shower room/WC.

Bedroom 2 (15' x 12'): Windows overlooking front garden.

Bedroom 3 (22' x 15'): Windows overlooking front main gates and front garden, with large fireplace.

Bedroom 4 (12' x 15'): Windows overlooking main gates and front garden. En-suite shower room/WC

Barn (38' x 34' Internal): Two floors and a fantastic roof structure. The foundations have been underpinned and drainage installed under the new concrete slab. It has full planning permission to convert into a habitable dwelling. The planning permission is based on conversion to a 3 bedroom Gite. The plans also allow for an outside swimming pool and terrace.

Stable Block (50 m²): 3 Stables + store/tack room, near the chateau - currently used as games rooms and storage for garden equipment.

Garage (90 m²): Formerly the coach house under part of the Gatehouse Gite. Doors at both ends. Easy access to electricity and heating from Gatehouse system. Could be converted to further accommodation.

Pigeonnier: In the Wall to the East of the chateau is an original pigeonnier in excellent condition. Ground floor - WC and store. First Floor - in original state with beams and pigeon access.

Lake: Approx. 1 acre with carp (mirror & common - up to 25 Ib), roach, and tench. The biggest carp caught in 2003 was 41lbs. More than 30  25lb+ carp were caught in 2004. There is a folly at the far end of the lake for quiet contemplation or a spot of fishing.

The Garden: Recognised by the French authorities as of historical importance but is not subject to a protection order. Rare trees include:-
Magnolia Grandiflora - 50' high
Indian Bean Trees
Western Red Cedar – a relative of the Sequoia
…and many others.

The rear garden has some magnificent London Plane trees and open views of the rolling green countryside.

The Land: Overall, the grounds run to about 25 acres, comprising:
Garden around the Chateau and lake (approx. 5 acres)
Paddocks (approx. 17 acres)
Woods (approx 1.6 acres)
Orchard/Vegetable Garden (0.5 acre)
Streams - marsh area and small river (0.5 acre)

Equestrian centres, feed suppliers, farriers, vets, competitions - many in the area.
Level Paddocks - ideal for horses with direct access from the barn! All are sheep fenced and secure with shady areas for shelter. The property is fenced with a combination of sheep fencing, cement post & rail, and electric. Outriding is excellent with plenty of off-road routes.

Oil central heating in all habitable buildings (2 boilers). There are 3 "fosses". They have not been inspected and the owners are unaware if they meet current standards. ADSL. There are a number of water supply points across the estate.

Nearest neighbours are French farmers along the chemin and a holiday home opposite the lake. The property is not overlooked!

The owners do not market the gites heavily. Over the past 5 years they have obtained on average 18 weeks of bookings at prices ranging from €600 to €1800 per week. The previous owners secured 29 weeks of bookings in a single year.

Taxes Fonciere €3,672
Taxe d'Habitation €1,568

Additional Items For Sale
Many other items can be purchased by separate negotiation. This includes furniture and garden equipment, such as the tractor with front loader and back hoe (Mini JCB), vacuum leaf sucker, ride-on mower and attachments, hedge cutter, petrol strimmer and all the garden tools.

Additional Land
The neighbouring farm, comprising 3 bedroom renovated farmhouse, barns, stables and other outbuildings with 49 hectares of land (121 acres).  Additionally a 3/4 bedroom House and 17 acres is also for sale. This may be of interest to a prospective buyer wishing to expand the gite business and/or diversify (horses, dairy farming, etc).

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