This 680m2 property is surrounded by vineyards, sunflowers and swathes of wild flowers, set on the edge of the pretty village of Brives sur Charente, bordering the majestic river Charente.
The property comprises a range of accommodation (15 bedrooms) which can be used to suit an extended family or more than one family in a traditional farmhouse (with 5 guest houses, three large barns and swimming pool). Offering great potential for income generation (as a B&B and/or gite complex) with no requirement for any renovation.
Set close to the historic towns of Pons, Saintes and Cognac and is ideally located for day trips to the coast and the larger towns of La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Royan and Angouleme. For visitors and for those who may need easy access to and from the Uk the ferry ports of St Malo & Caen are approx. 4.5Hrs drive while Roscoff with crossings to Plymouth & Eire is 6.5 hours, or tunnel 7 hours comfortable drive. Low cost flights are available year round at La Rochelle, Limoges or Bordeaux.
An early viewing to appreciate the property, setting and surrounds is a must.
The main house has been designed for use as a bed and breakfast, with private and guest accommodation well separated (it would nevertheless take very little effort to configure the house as a single family home). The accommodation is extensive and flexibly configured.
The front door (private entrance) opens to a room (18m2 – currently used as a library / reading area) with tile floor, exposed stone wall and exposed beam ceiling. To the left of this room a door opens to an office (22m2) with tiled floor, exposed stone feature wall and exposed beam ceiling.
To the right of the library a door opens to the sitting room (34m2) with tiled floor, Charentaise fireplace with wood-burning stove, exposed stone wall and exposed beam ceiling. To the far side of the sitting room a door opens to the kitchen (18m2) with tiled floor, exposed beam ceiling and a range of fitted kitchen units, oven, large ceramic hob, dishwasher and fridge/freezer.
To the rear of the kitchen a door opens to a large utility / boiler room (15m2), off which is a Wc.
The utility room also serves as the link between the private and guest parts of the house. Guests enter the house from the garden directly into a light and bright breakfast room (19m2). From here a door opens to a living room (30m2) with tiled floor, exposed stone walls and exposed beam ceiling.
To the far side of the living room a door opens to a bedroom (18m2) with a large ensuite bathroom (bath, shower, wash-basin, bidet and Wc.
A wooden staircase rises from the guest living room to a first floor landing, off which are three ensuite bedrooms (16m2, 14m2 and 13m2 – each ensuite with shower, wash-basin and Wc) plus an additional 18m2 room with exposed oak beams which is currently used as a Tv lounge for guests.
A door from the landing opens to a good-size 8m2 bathroom (bath, shower, wash-basin and Wc) which in turn opens to a bedroom (18m2) with exposed stone feature wall. From the bedroom a door opens to another room (26m2 – dressing room / office / bedroom). From here a door opens to a flight of stairs that lead down to the barn next to the kitchen.
Guest houses (Gites)
(Sleeps 4-6, 2 bedrooms) – 80M2 detached gite, all on the ground floor in a converted charentaise stable block. This house comprises a sitting room (25m2) which is semi open-plan with a large kitchen / dining room (24m2). These rooms retain plenty of charm with exposed stone walls, exposed beams and a stone fireplace. There are two bedrooms (13m2 and 10m2) as well as a shower room.
(Sleeps 6-7, 3 bedrooms) – 100M2 two storey gite, in a converted charentaise barn. This house comprises an open-plan living room (about 39m2) with exposed beam ceiling and fitted kitchen area. Off this room are a small laundry space and a Wc. Also on the ground floor is a large bedroom (20m2) with walk-in shower. Upstairs there are two bedrooms (16m2 and 12m2) as well as a shower room.
(Sleeps 4-6, 2 bedrooms) – 80M2 two storey gite with two toilets, in a converted charentaise barn – next to La Grange. This house comprises an open-plan living room (36m2) with exposed beam ceiling and fitted kitchen area. Off this room are a small laundry space and a Wc. Upstairs there are two bedrooms (16m2 and 12m2) as well as a shower room.
(Sleeps 2, 1 bedroom) – 25m2 first floor apartment in a converted charentaise barn which has a living space (about 25m2) with ensuite shower room. Also in this building, is a room (14m2) currently used as a gym and there is also a large store room which houses furniture, bicycles and the controle technique for the pool together with an additional shower room with Wc on the ground floor.
Lavendar Cottage (used for family/friends- in our private, walled garden) – 39m2 charming detached stone cottage comprising a living room (24m2) and a bedroom (15m2). Bathroom (12m2) with Wc and shower.
Gardens & Grounds
The buildings sit on a fenced plot of 21996m2 (over 5 acres) with the majority of the land cultivated as meadow and planted with fruit trees as well as a number of vines. The land is mainly flat. There is also a vegetable garden and plenty of car parking for over a dozen vehicles (including a twin car port).
The previous owners kept horses; the land is suitable for livestock such as sheep or horses. The main house has a private courtyard garden with lawn palm trees, trees and shrubs as well as a covered parking area.
The farmhouse has extensive patios to either side and each guest house has its own terrace. Our luxury family-friendly gites share exclusive use of a large swimming pool, children’s play area, boule court, volley-ball/badminton court, table-tennis, football goals and gym.
Below ground. Built in 2009 to ‘semi-publique’ standards (i.e. Two large filters, chlorine and automatic system, fenced). Size: 12×5 metres (80 cubic metres) with 80m2 sun decking surrounding it.
Barn 1 – 144m2 (next to the main house/by the road; currently used as a wood store, storage, laundry, and as a large, flat keep-fit area)
Barn 2 – 90m2 (next to the main house/behind Le Figuier & La Grange; currently used for storage/workshop)
Barn 3 – 43m2 (behind the Gym and Le Studio; currently used for the controle technique, 20 bikes for hire and storage)
The Property Benefits From:
Main house centrally heated with a heat pump (Pac) and underfloor heating (& ‘Jotul’ log burner).
Double glazed and well-insulated.
All gites have electric heating.
Lavender Cottage has a ‘Villager’ log burner.
Swimming pool solar heated.
Fosse septic sanitation installed in 2006.
The properties are constructed of honey-coloured charentaise stone with exposed oak beams throughout. A sympathetic renovation has resulted in a beautiful blend of contemporary and traditional features; in good order.
Sea/beach (Meschers, St George de Didonne, St Palais sur mer, Royan etc.), Côte Sauvage, Gironde Estuary – 40-50mins
Cognac & Pons – 12 mins each
Saintes & Jarnac (home of Courvoisier) – 20 mins
Local distilleries (closest is 2kms away in Salignac)
Cognac houses (Martell. Remy-Martin, Otard & Hennessey etc.)
The countryside locally is lovely for long, sunny walks or easy bike rides.
Price € 700,000
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