An old, early 18th century priory, its outbuilding, swimming pool and 1.3 ha of parklands
in a small hamlet, near to the historic centre of Saint-Jean-d'Angély in the Saintonge region
Rochefort, CHARENTE-MARITIME poitou-charentes 17300 FR

Location

This property is set in a hamlet in the New Aquitaine region, near to Saint-Jean-d'Angély and its royal abbey, an area with “fins bois” Cognac appellation. Near to slip roads for the A10 motorway, putting Bordeaux 1½ hours away and Paris 4½ hours away.

Description

This property, completely enclosed by walls, is accessed via a gateway with pillars adorned with pilasters. A wide, lime tree lined driveway leading to the house begins by two chestnut trees. On one side, the swimming pool is flanked by flower beds, whilst a patch of vines, on the other side, precedes tall trees: a beech, flowering ash and a cedar. The parklands are planted with fruit trees, umbrella pines, olive and fig trees. The building, owned by Benedictine monks up until the French Revolution, housed the latter during the Wars of Religion from 1594 to 1600. On the south side, next to an age-old dogwood tree, a dressed stone ornamental pool adorns the garden and a statue, a little further away, represents the goddess Leda holding Zeus, transformed into a swan, in her hand. The section of the property on the west side is taken up by another outbuilding, featuring wide doors.

The house

This L-shaped building faces south-south-west. Its low roof is covered with Roman tiles. Both levels feature openings, framed with limestone surrounds and protruding moulded sills. All the door and window frames feature eyebrow curves. The ridge on the west side is adorned with a weathervane resembling a dragon, the souvenir of a former resident who spent part of his life in the East. And lastly, the old, preserved rendering was made using sand from nearby quarries no longer in existence.


Ground floor
The main, through entrance hall houses a stairway made from elm, a traditional construction wood renowned for not cracking under the steps. It also provides access, on one side, to a door opening into a bedroom and its shower room. This room is adorned with an 18th century dressed stone fireplace. Another door opens into a through lounge, with its fireplace, followed by a dining room. A fitted kitchen is adjoining and a stairway goes upstairs on this side. On one side of the main entrance hall, the first room is laid out as a dining room. The finely sculpted fireplace faces the panelling on the opposite wall, featuring a central door opening into the kitchen. On either side of the opening, large doors conceal cupboards. Everything subtly reflects pastel sea-green hues. In the kitchen, the clarity of the built-in furniture, with a central unit, contrasts with the wood and terracotta tile floor. The following large lounge, spanning more than 50 m², is laid out in the corner of the building. This room, enhanced with a Louis XIII style fireplace, is illuminated with the light that is so characteristic of the region. Two doors open from there, one into a laundry room and the other into a bedroom, also enhanced with a dressed stone fireplace, behind which is a bathroom communicating with a last bedroom, with a view over the swimming pool. French ceilings are the order of the day throughout the property. The wine storehouse, with its swimming pool machine room, its boiler room and its workshop, can be reached independently behind the house.
First floor
The second stairway goes up from the west end to two bedrooms as well as to a shower room. The main stairway leads to a corridor which gives access to three south-facing bedrooms as well as to a dressing room and two bathrooms. This level is as beautifully decorated as the ground floor. A door at the end of the corridor opens into the attic. Spanning approx. 200 m², this area could be converted.

Our opinion

The statue of Leda holding Zeus transformed into a swan could symbolise the tranquillity of these premises which says everything as the master of the thunderbolt has become a swan! Moreover, numerous guests have returned to take advantage not only of the inside, with its large rooms and their large fireplaces, their French ceilings as well as their refined decoration, but also of the outside with the large, wooded parklands, their sunny swimming pool and the Atlantic climate. New owners will, no doubt, also take full advantage of all these assets.

628 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 846272

Land registry surface area 12909 m2
Main building surface area 450 m2
Outbuilding surface area 160 m2
Number of bedrooms 8

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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Ariel Dormeau +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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