Large character 5-bedroom tastefully furnished Charantaise stone house in 1 acre of grounds with swimming pool, UK TV (with DVD library) and wi-fi, two kitchens and two bathrooms with all appliances and a new wood-burner for winter warmth. The house sleeps up to 12 people, has secure parking; and we accept dogs.
Set in rolling countryside the location has excellent river and woodland walking/cycling paths, with both Villejesus and Aigre in walking/cycling distance, perfect for the morning croissant run.
All amenities are nearby including bakeries, restaurants, bars and markets. The supermarket in Aigre is 3km away. The bar/restaurant at Villejesus provides outstanding food and a beautiful bar environment, whose proprietor, Stefan, speaks perfect English. This is a 20-minute walk alongside a beautiful trout-filled river, following tree-lined paths - a real treat!
Located 25km North West of Angouleme, the property is 75-minutes’ drive from Limoges airport, 55 minutes from Poitiers airport, 90-minutes from La Rochelle airport and under 2- hours from Bordeaux airport. We are just 12km from the N10 at Mansle. The house has been extensively up-graded and is surrounded by open countryside. The Charente River is nearby with parklands and water sports. There are two racecourses nearby (5 and 15 minutes drive away).
The house is 25 minutes from Jarnac, 35 minutes from Cognac, 25 minutes from the stunning village of Verteuil-sur-Charente, and 90 minutes from the Atlantic coast.
The property is the last in a small hamlet 250m from a large chateau. The front is south facing with seating and tables/chairs. Both the frontage and large rear courtyard are high stone-walled providing privacy with access through high steel gates. The hamlet is surrounded by fields, rivers and woods with open country.
The swimming pool (10m x 5m) is located in the rear grounds and is securely gated and fenced as required by French law, with views across open countryside and plenty of space for relaxing and sun-bathing. The pool has two patio areas and sun-loungers, with tables for alfresco dining to enjoy the stunning views. The pool is cleaned twice weekly and a pole net is available to capture any bugs or leaves in the pool. There is a cold-water shower to the pool and an evening pool cover.
The rear garden is over 130 metres long, tree lined with panoramic views across the valley behind the house where you can walk freely. This whole area has the sun all day. Beyond the gates we have great bicycling and walking country as there is minimal traffic and many paths winding across gentle rolling countryside. The Charente region has the second most hours of sunshine in France after the Mediterranean, so prepare for long, hot days.
In the larger of the two rear courtyards there is a large gazeebo, hot-tub, barbecue, dining furniture and sun-loungers set aside stone barns in complete privacy. A table tennis table is provided and there are bicycles, and tennis rackets. The large courtyard is lightly stoned and can accommodate games. The smaller rear courtyard leads to the pool area and is elevated providing shade and full views of the pool and rear grounds, with a patio and seating.
Wildlife is extensive from red squirrels to deer as well as trout in the nearby rivers and streams. Birds of prey abound and the local peacocks in the nearby chateau are a delight. The front and side of the property is heavily planted to help camouflage the dry-stone walls and promote bird access. Established vines grow against the side of the main house and the rear barns.
Within 1-hour’s drive there are numerous attractions including golf courses, water-parks, swimming lakes and La Vallee des Singes (monkey park).
We have a detailed house Information Pack which we forward to guests.