A manor house, reflecting the English romanticism style, with almost 2 ha of parklands,
on the outskirts of a large market town between Angoulême and Bordeaux
Angoulême, CHARENTE poitou-charentes 16000 FR

Location

This property, on the outskirts of a large market town with all shops, is but 45 minutes from Bordeaux as well as being near to Angoulême and its TGV train station, with 2-hour links to Paris. Angoulême, capital of the comic strip, renowned locally for its chocolate factories as well as its old town and worldwide for its annual Circuit-des-Remparts classic car race. Just 30 minutes away from Cognac, birthplace of François 1st, capital of “eau-de-vie” spirits classified as “Cognac Fine Champagne”, the region also includes vines from the local area classified as “Petite Champagne”, benefitting from the sunny southern Atlantic climate. Proof of the mildness of the climate is the presence of France’s northernmost evergreen oak forest. The region abounds therefore in vines and wooded plots. The heritage comprises a wealth of old stone, Romanesque churches and estates such as that of Alfred-de-Vigny.

Description

This manor house, concealed from the road behind vegetation forming a large, high, natural hedge, gradually comes into view. Once through the gates, it is possible to see its large parklands featuring very tall trees that form undergrowth to the south, providing protection from the summer heat. The house is set back from a lake, adorned with vegetation and inhabited on an islet by a heron, sculpted in metal, appearing to guard the premises. A walk around the property reveals its numerous facets. Its architecture, with its dressed limestone walls reflecting the southern Atlantic light, its north-east corner tower and its slate roof with its many slopes, is typical of the region. On the west side, a little, 2-storey house, with a gable roof and a veranda, is concealed by tall trees whilst, on the east side, a gable roof tops four garages and a woodstore. The parklands are identified as green belt to be protected in the town’s “PLU”, local planning programme.

The manor house

This U-shaped house spans three levels above cellars. The house is built from a white dressed limestone, inlaid with small shells, known as “shellstone”. On the north-east corner, an oblong, octagonal tower stands taller than the rest of the house. The tower roof, featuring upward-turning eaves, is topped with two banner finials and supported on a modillion cornice. The tower also bears a crest featuring the first owner’s initials. The building is topped with a roof, composed of a multitude of slopes, covering the various exposed and capped gables. They are enhanced with numerous dressed stone chimney stacks. The finials are made of dressed stone. A low hip roof on the south-west end is crowned with a sculpted stone parapet. The north-east end spans but one level, topped with a 5-sided roof as this section has cut-off corners. Next to the tower, the usual entrance is via a door after passing under a veranda. It is engraved with the year “1923”, that of the last architectural modification. On the west side, the property has an entrance, with a porch, looking out over the parklands. Said entrance is topped with a balcony. The facades of the manor house are enhanced with dressed stone string courses and openings in a variety of forms, some arcades, some with triangular arches, some grouped in twos or threes and some with finely wrought lintels. The door and window frames have all been redone, with great attention paid to detail as all the casement bolts and handles are made of wrought iron.
The house is embellished between the openings with decoratively trimmed cypress and oleander bushes.


Ground floor
The vestibule sets the tone: the oak wood flooring, with its patina of time, and the doors, set in their wooden surrounds, contrast with the light-coloured walls. From there, a chestnut wood stairway, housed in the tower, goes upstairs. After a concealed toilet is a back kitchen, followed by a kitchen, with its stoneware floor tiles and its luminous, stainless-steel fireplace. A serving hatch opens into a dining room. A room, with a marble fireplace, laid out as a study and a first, west-facing lounge are followed by a small room on the north side, called the smoking room. The wooden fireplace features fluted columns and opens into the dining room. The wooden flooring is laid in a herringbone pattern and the ceiling adorned with a rose. A door on the parklands side is flanked by two stained-glass windows, beautifully designed with floral motifs and a central crest featuring an eagle. A large opening leads into a second, large adjoining lounge, facing east, south and west. Its marble fireplace, with lions’ claws, is topped with a triple arcade window. A similar window adorns the protruding section on the west side. On the east side, a window is embellished with stained glass, depicting a diamond shape with the initials of the first owner of the premises. The panelling is enhanced with honeycomb leather panels as is the perimeter of the ceiling. The dining room, accessed via the first lounge or via the vestibule, has two cut-off corners, one in use as a showcase and the other to conceal the serving hatch. Two double windows open on to a little terrace, linking the garden via six steps, along each wing. The ceiling is further adorned with a rose and the contrast is great between the dark panelling and the light-coloured ceiling.
First floor
A separate toilet. A bedroom, with two cut-off corners, one of which is used as a dressing room. Said bedroom, fitted with vast cupboards, is illuminated via a triple arcade window. Some of the oak wood floorboards reflect the grey of the walls. One room has been converted into a linen room. A bedroom, followed by its adjoining bathroom, is fitted with large wooden cupboards. The end of the vestibule opens into the biggest bedroom, adorned in one corner of the room with a light-coloured marble fireplace. A French window opens on to a balcony. The wooden flooring is laid in a herringbone pattern. A room, laid out as a dressing room, communicates with a separate toilet, set in the protruding section of the building. A vast bathroom and shower have been installed in the southern end, featuring a triple arcade window.
Second floor
The chestnut wood stairway in the tower, with its exposed stone walls, goes up to the landing which provides access to a room, laid out as a kitchen, a bedroom, followed by its bathroom, with large cupboards. A corridor leads to three bedrooms, two of which have marble fireplaces, and a bathroom, set in the protruding section of the west end. The areas in pristine condition take full advantage of the miscellaneous heights of their roofs and their gable walls.
Cellar
These extensive cellars could be converted into a games or other room. One section is taken up by the boiler, a workshop and a wine cellar.

The caretaker’s cottage

Spanning approx. 60 m², this cottage awaits renovation. A cellar and, on the ground floor a shower room with a separate toilet. The living room houses a highly wrought stairway going upstairs to the bedroom.

Our opinion

The quality of the external architecture is perfectly in keeping with the interior and its wealth of panelling, all in an excellent state of repair. This clearly well-balanced property exudes the air of an English manor. The internal layout is extremely versatile, ideally suited to modern-day uses. One of the property’s key features is that its wooded land is under the protection of the town council.

896 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 393287

Land registry surface area 19109 m2
Main building surface area 480 m2
Number of bedrooms 7
Outbuilding surface area 62 m2

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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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