In a Saintonge, listed, 17th century chateau, a 70 m² flat,
with a view over the gardens and their mirror lakes
Douhet, CHARENTE-MARITIME poitou-charentes 17100 FR

Location

The town of Saintes grew up in a wooded region near to the Gironde estuary and Ile-d'Oléron in the south-west of France. Saintes, a town with a dynamic tertiary sector, is the capital of the Saintonge region, with its oceanic climate. Its rich past spans more than 2,000 years of history, with its Gallo-Roman amphitheatre and its Arch of Germanicus. Steeped in Romanesque art with the crypt of Saint-Eutrope church, one of the biggest in Europe, and the “Abbaye aux Dames” (Ladies’ Abbey), now a music centre, it is but a vague glimmer of an even richer country.
On the outskirts of a village near to Saintes and just 20 minutes from its historic centre, a late 17th century chateau and its outbuildings stand peacefully in the midst of their gardens, their listed mirror lakes and their 19 ha of walled parklands. Less than an hour from the sea and 3½ hours from Paris by train, this chateau is also near to the A10 motorway, putting it 4½ hours from Paris and just 1½ hours from Bordeaux. Not counting any of the famous local towns such as La-Rochelle or Angoulême, the region is lucky enough to include invaluable vineyards renowned for producing pineau-des-Charentes and cognac. Local residents have the benefit of market gardeners in the area around the chateau as well as all shops and amenities in Saintes.

Description

This edifice is composed of several buildings, predominantly comprising the chateau and its outbuildings.
This south-facing chateau, spanning two levels on the courtyard side and three on the garden side, dates from the late 17th century. It is topped at each end and in the middle by pavilion, slate roofs. The parapet features a wealth of cannon gargoyles reminiscent of those of Congénies or of Sommières castle. The exposed, dressed stone walls feature wide openings with small-paned, casement windows. The vaulted cellars still house an old oven. The porch comprises a horseshoe-shaped, stone stairway linking the ground floor of the chateau to its gardens and its mirror lakes. The latter are fed by a Gallo-Roman canal, whose spring, 2 km away, was once part of Saintes’ water supply system.
The outbuildings, also dating from the 17th century, span two levels. Their architecture, lower than the chateau, features numerous carriage doors, robust walls and traditional local low hip roofs, covered with terracotta Roman tiles. They are separated from the chateau on the east side, contrary to the west, and are symmetrically laid out around a vast, interior courtyard, enhanced with grass parterres and crossed by gravel paths.
On the north-east side of the chateau stands a round, 16th century dovecote, containing more than 1,800 dove-holes.

The flat

This flat is accessed via the outbuilding immediately to the right of the main building. It is laid out in the west end of the chateau, on the first floor, under a pavilion, slate roof.
The main, south-facing room, includes an open-plan kitchen. It has an elegant view over the gardens, their mirror lakes and the forest through two luminous, small-paned windows. A corner bedroom also has a south-facing casement window. A second bedroom, with a west-facing window, is adjoined by a bathroom, its two bull’s eye windows illuminating the wall and floor tiles. The floors are laid with strip pattern parquet flooring throughout. The wooden-frames windows are double glazed and the flat is fully insulated right up to the ceiling. The height of the latter has, moreover, been lowered from 3.65 to 3.20 m.

Our opinion

This chateau and its outbuildings, in the midst of the Saintonge region, exude the tranquillity and serenity specific to the local countryside. Several residents take advantage of the peace and quiet and work from home. Not far from the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by forests, the cannon gargoyles evoke but bygone days, now taken over by new owners. Giving those who so wish privacy and fellowship between co-owners, the estate’s 19 hectares are just a prelude to the region’s wide range of activities and its wealth of heritage. Boat outings on the river or the sea as well as forest, cultural or special event trips, not to mention its proximity to the large neighbouring towns, this flat is in an unusual setting in outstanding surroundings. It gives residents a taste of life in a chateau for a mere €150 per month in co-ownership fees, €60 of which is for supplies, whilst having the advantage of tax benefits with regard to property insurance and taxes courtesy of its status as a French Historic Monument. This purchase is, in any case, an investment.

205 000 € Negotiation fees included
180 000 € Fees excluded
13.89% TTC at the expense of the purchaser


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Reference 501249

Land registry surface area 19 ha 1 a 28 ca
Main building surface area 67.8 m2
Number of bedrooms 2

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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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