A 12th century Knights Templar Commandery and its gardens
30 minutes from La-Rochelle and the Vendée beaches
Rochelle, VENDEE pays-de-loire 17000 FR

Location

The commune, with its wealth of historic heritage, is marked by the proximity of the Bay of Aiguillon, at the mouth of the river Sèvre-Niortaise. Amidst the marshlands in the south of the French department of Vendée, 30 minutes from La-Rochelle and even less from the sea, this property stands in the middle of a village. The house, surrounded by the walls of the old Commandery, is out of sight of onlookers. All shops are easily reached in a town less than 15 minutes away by car.
The village bakery also sells some groceries. La-Rochelle TGV train station provides direct links to Paris, taking less than 3 hours.

Description

The Commandery was founded in the 12th century. At that time, it comprised a chapel and its adjoining cemetery, a house, outbuildings and farm buildings. Nowadays, walls, shrub hedges and the chapel surround the house and two outbuildings. Gates open on to a driveway. Lined with flowers as well as trees and bordering the swimming pool, it leads to the house which separates two gardens, one facing east and the other facing west.
This rectangular house spans more than 500 m² of living space. The rooms are laid out on each level around large vestibules: four bedrooms, a study, a lounge and a vast kitchen on the ground floor, five bedrooms and a large lounge upstairs.

The house

The facades still have their 18th century decorative features. One facade is aligned with seven bays, the other with five. Some of the openings are topped with segmental arch lintels. The central bay comprises the door and an upstairs window. The low roof, covered with tiles, and the two levels bestow it with sober elegance.


Ground floor
The original, large vestibule is now laid out as an entrance hall and an area in use as a lounge. The floor was initially paved with large flagstones. One section remains visible at the foot of the stone stairway, with its two straight flights of steps and its wooden railings, going up to the first-floor landing. A small, concealed pantry was probably the starting point for the underground passageways, no longer in existence. Four bedrooms, a shower room, with a toilet, a laundry room, two bathrooms and toilets, a study, a kitchen, a back kitchen and a dining room are laid out on either side of the central area. Said rooms have exposed stone or painted walls and their floors have a miscellaneous coverings. Fireplaces heat some of the rooms
First floor
All the walls on this level are composed of pointed, quarry stone blocks. The main beams of the roofing framework have been left exposed. The stone stairway leads to a vast landing, enclosed by railings, extending those of the stairs. It is illuminated via two small-paned windows. Three openings then provide access from there to the bedrooms, a games room and a large lounge. All the bedrooms have either a wash-hand basin or a bathroom area enclosed by a wooden panel. The smallest bedroom opens into a bathroom and comprises a garret reached via a ladder.

The gardens

Two separate areas surround the house on the east and west sides. Gates open off the street into the first where a driveway, lined with flowers and bordering the swimming pool on one side and the churchyard wall on the other, leads to the house. A vegetable garden and a long outbuilding at the end of the plot enclose the area. A wall, vestige of the old stables, forms a link between the house and the church wall. It features an opening and a window which dates from the 18th century. Both house and wall form the separation between the two gardens. The second, west-facing garden, probably the Commandery’s old courtyard, is enclosed by the walls of old buildings, the church, the house and an outbuilding. Flower beds laid out around the lawn are enhanced with trees and an old well.

The outbuildings

A building, laid out longwise, at the end of the first garden is used as a tool shed. A semi-circular arched door in the old courtyard opens into the two rooms, paved with stone, of a shed, illuminated via a French window and a loophole.

The swimming pool

This 7x5 m swimming pool is exposed to the sunlight from dawn to dusk. The water is purified by an active-oxygen filtration system.

Our opinion

This property still has traces of its Knights Templar past concealed here and there: a loophole, a rose, dates engraved in stone, the worn steps of the spectacular stone stairway as well as legends of underground passageways. The estate was part of a bigger property, of which the village still has vestiges. The size of the interior rooms and the equilibrium between the two gardens are but an invitation to enjoy conviviality and relaxation.
The proximity of the sea and La-Rochelle add even further to the feeling of enchantment exuded throughout these premises.

640 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 585433

Land registry surface area 5295 m2
Main building surface area 550 m2
Outbuilding surface area 100 m2
Number of bedrooms 9

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Nadine Riant +33 1 42 84 80 85

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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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