Historic manor house with 4 acres, close to Gençay and Vivonne.
Our local agent Andy Portsmouth offers you this property: Set in beautiful countryside, yet within easy reach of the historic university city of Poitiers and the airport (30 minutes), this wonderful bastide' dating in parts back to the 14th Century, has been sympathetically restored over 20 years by the current owner, and sits on over 4 acres bordered by the 'Le Cloure' river (trout, sander, carp, crayfish). With huge internal space, two staircases and two entrances, this property could make an incredible historic B B, preserving the owners' space and privacy, or simply a wonderful home. Once referred to as the chateau, and now the bastide' - a one-time fortified manor, where legend has it the tower was removed on the orders of Cardinal Richelieu, for fear that it could be used in an uprising. On the ground floor, the incredible 50m2 dual aspect lounge has a beautiful stone fireplace dating from 1535, with logburner, and a high ceiling with amazing oak beams - the best I have seen. This room leads either to the kitchen (with table, range-cooker, and garden access) or to the main entrance and staircase - going across this hallway, you'll then enter an enormous living room (83m2) with travertine stone heated floor and a stone fireplace with logburner, opening to a large and bright dining room (40m2) opening to the garden, itself connected via a second entrance hallway with WC, to the kitchen. At the far end of the enormous living room, a study, storeroom, and a stone spiral staircase (from 1435) leading up to a bathroom and bedroom (17m2), and also to a huge bedroom (42m2) opening to another huge bedroom (also 42m2) with a fabulous private bathroom - in turn, this bedroom opens to the first staircase: the layout allows for great flexibility on how the rooms might be allocated. Across this landing, a hallway leads to another double and two single bedrooms, and to a shower room. Outside, a barn (120m2) with two stables, workshop (47m2, plus the same above), and the beautiful environment - the fields with trees, willow, cypress, olive, eucalyptus, hazelnut: an extremely peaceful place to be, with the gentle sound of the river. Yet the lovely small town of Gençay is only 10-minutes away with supermarket, Vivonne 15 minutes, and the N10 road (Poitiers/Angoulème) also only 15 minutes.