Property SummaryThis beautifully designed and built home comes with a well-appointed guest cottage, an infinity pool and a huge raised terrace that makes the very most of its incredible location.
A door from the garden opens to an entrance hall which in turn leads to a large reception hall (30m2) with wooden floor, exposed stone feature wall and an ornamental fireplace. This space is easily large enough to include an office area if desired.
To the right of the hall a pair of glazed doors opens to a very generous triple-aspect kitchen / dining room (42m2) with tiled floor. The whole length of the room (10m) is formed of glass panels and doors, offering a spectacular view over a formal garden and the vineyards beyond. Every aspect of the room has been meticulously planned, with many of the elements sourced from antique fairs and architectural salvage specialists. The view from the kitchen sink is amazing.
To the far side of the entrance hall a door opens to a small internal hall, off which are a WC and laundry / boot room as well as access to the garden and to a cellar.
Another door off the main hall opens to a pretty guest bedroom (9m2) with an ensuite shower room (shower, wash-basin and WC).
A corridor from the main reception hall leads in turn to a second guest bedroom (21m2) with ensuite shower room (shower, wash-basin and WC). This spacious dual-aspect room has patio doors to a covered terrace overlooking the garden and the vineyards beyond.
An imposing reclaimed wooden staircase rises from the reception hall directly into a huge living room (about 50m2) with wooden floor, exposed beam ceiling and a free-standing wood-burning stove. As with the kitchen, the end wall of this room is glazed, creating a large picture window (6m wide) overlooking a very large raised terrace and offering breath-taking views. Glazed doors from the sitting room open to the terrace, where there is plenty of space for outdoor furniture - to one corner there is a barbecue - making this an ideal entertaining area. The terrace and sitting room face west - perfect for viewing the sunsets. The terrace has glass barrier all around so as not to interrupt the views.
To the back of the sitting room a short passage leads to the master bedroom suite (23m2) with dressing area, free-standing bath, wash-basin and a separate WC. Glazed doors open to a balcony with fine views.
In total the main house covers about 215m2.
To one corner of the grounds is a detached house offering generous guest accommodation. On the ground floor there is an open-plan kitchen (12m2) / dining area (20m2) which leads on to the sitting room (23m2) with fireplace. Also on the ground floor are a bedroom (11m2) and a bathroom. Upstairs there is a bedroom (19m2) with shower, wash-basin and WC) and another room (12m2).
In total, the guest house covers about 105m2.
Attached to this house, and accessible from it, is a garage (22m2)
The house sits in a fenced plot of 10186m2 with no visible neighbour. A gravel drive leads from the lane to the main house, passing by the guest house.
To the front of the main house is a covered terrace which overlooks a beautiful formal garden with water feature. Next to the house is the pool area with swimming pool (12m x 5m) surrounded by plenty of terracing. There are also a number of seating areas around the house offering sun or shade throughout the day.
The rest of the garden is mainly laid to lawn with a number of mature trees, shrubs, flower borders and hedging. To one corner there is a vegetable garden and in addition to this, there is an area of woodland.
Rainwater is captured and stored in a large tank and can be pumped to water the garden and to top-up the pool.
This beautiful property has been carefully designed and planned from top to bottom with no expense spared. Making the most of its privileged location, the views are stunning and there is no visible neighbour. The house is well-insulated and also benefits from photo-voltaic panels which provide an income of circa 3,500 euros, easily covering the annual electricity consumption.
The pretty riverside town of Châteauneuf-sur-Charente is just a short drive and the department's capital, Angoulême, with its shops, restaurants and great transport links, is just a little further.
Properties like this rarely come on to the market and this offers a unique opportunity to buy a superb property in such a great location.