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Pays de la Loire, Vendee, Nr Fontenay-Le-Comte (85 Vendee)

Mainly dating from the 12th Century, this 'petit chateau' is steeped in history of over 1000 years and now offers a family home with 5 bedrooms, underfloor heating in the main living areas as well as wood burners, two gites/apartments with 3 bedrooms in all, further extensive outbuildings, 60m x 20m manege, 7 stables in all including some internal stables, wash down areas, woodland and paddocks extending in all to about 10.5 acres. Good area for equestrian activities and competitions. COMPROMIS BEING PREPARED.

Located in the southern part of the Vendée, dating mainly from the 12th century, although there are parts date back to the 11th century, the Château thus spans some 1000 years of French history, including the Hundred years War and the residents of the Knights Templar. Many of the original features still remain, including an 11th century impressive vaulted cellar which was part of an ancient network of tunnels running between important houses in the area as well as the wide staircase and beautiful stone fireplaces. Adapted now as a comfortable and spacious family home that with five bedrooms with underfloor heating in the ground floor living areas, two apartments/gites with terraces around the property, double glazed windows, some with internal shutters, as will as a range of useful outbuildings, which could have potential for conversion for further gites or stabling, subject to any consents that will be needed, 7 stables, manege, pasture and woodland of about 10.5 acres in total. The living accommodation extends to about 500m2 in total.
Equestrian facilities in the area

The area is well served by all things equestrian. The closest neighbour has 2 driving horses and there are many horse owners close by. Very good farriers, vets, dentist and physio are all local. A neighbouring farmer makes the hay from the present owners’ fields. He also cuts their supply of winter wood from their small wood adjoining the paddocks. Hay / straw also available locally. Feed merchant at Fontenay. 10 mins away, at Coulonges sur LAutize, is a very good, large equestrian centre and pony club where adults and children are taught (Shetland ponies to competition horses) and you can also take your own horse. They have very large indoor and outdoor arenas and hold regular competitions, both affiliated and unaffiliated, in all disciplines (including national western 3 day show!) They provide part/full livery (it is where the owners kept their horses until their facilities were built). At Fontenay Le Comte, 15 mins, is another big equestrian centre ranked 5th in the Vendée for training students for higher level professional qualifications. It provides the same facilities as the centre at Coulonges but with smaller arenas. 15 mins in another direction, is a small friendly riding school into natural horsemanship and Tai Chi - they have a 20 x 40 outdoor arena. Affiliated SJ is held at the sport stadium in Fontenay-Le Comte. Le Trec is held locally throughout the summer and hunting throughout the winter. 40 mins away at Bazoges en Pared, eventing up to international level. 10 mins away is a livery, stud and training yard run by an ex-eventer and his wife. They hold competitions during the summer. For driving enthusiasts there are many organised rallies. The French National School of Equitation is at Saumur, 1 hr 30mins. It is home to the famous Cadre Noir and they hold fantastic displays (you can also take a tour or just watch them training). National and international competitions in all disciplines are held here but it is especially known for dressage; Carl Hester, amongst others, was here last year. At La Roche sur Yon, 1 hour away, is the National Stud with displays and training, especially for dressage.

The chateau is situated in a popular tourist area where there are many local amenities – tennis, gym, swimming pool including a ‘river’ beach 4 miles away which has just been renovated and offers safe bathing with water shute, sand, café, restaurant etc . There are clubs and fetes run by English and French – most people want a mixture of both – plenty to do. The coast is an hour away and boasts some of the best blue flag beaches in France; vast, sandy and safe (with lots of surfing). Also the Vendée Globe (famous round the world single-handed yacht race) starts and ends here – always an exciting event. La Rochelle is only 55 minutes away with its many and varied attractions – we usually pick family up from the airport and spend the day there. There is plenty to do in the Vendée throughout the year.
The accommodation

Entrance Hall: 3.2m x 6.6m. Stone staircase original floor tiles. Living Room: 6.5m x 7.6m. Wooden floor, imposing stone fireplace with woodburner. Original oak ceiling beams, huge south-facing window and internal shutters. Dining area: 6.5m x 4m. Double oak door to the front, french windows leading onto the terrace at the back of the house. Under floor heating, original stone walls and tiled floors. Kitchen: 6.5m x 7.9m. Large kitchen/breakfast room fitted four years ago with oak units, integrated modern appliances and a table to seat 8. Double doors to the sunny south-facing front of the house and two beautiful huge oak beams. It has under floor heating and a woodburning stove. Office: 5.7m x 5.9m. Leading from the east hall is a very large office/study. Multiple telephone and computer network sockets with broadband connection. WC off the office and access to the wine cellar. Utility area: 6.6m x 5.6m. Boot room / utility / boiler room and cloakroom with toilet and wash-basin. Door leading to the rear terrace. Garden Room: 5.3m x 6.8m. Atelier /gardening room, which has a large stone fireplace with bread oven and a sink. First Floor Bedroom 1: 7m x 6.7m With huge fireplace Bathroom: 4.1m x 7.3m. WC & Shower: 1.1m x 3.1m Bedroom 2: 6.4m x 5m With large fireplace Hall: 6.8m x 1.7m Bedroom 3: 5.6m x 4.4m Bathroom: 5.7m x 2.7m Stairs & Landing: 3.2m x 7.1m Hall: 1m x 4.1m Bedroom 4: 4.5m x 3.9m Bedroom 5: 5m x 3.2m Store: 5.3m x 6.8m!
Gites 1 and 2

Apartment 1 / Gite: Living area: 6.5m x 5.5m Mezzanine Bedroom: 5m x 4.6m. Ensuite shower room Apartment 2 / Gite: Living area with kitchen: 6.5m x 8.5m Bedroom 1: 5.6m x 4.3m. Ensuite shower room Bedroom 2: 4.4m x 4.2m. Ensuite shower room
Outside and equestrian facilities

The buildings Old chapel, cellars, two store rooms, large workshop (100 m²) with storage above. Within this area, there are 3 stables recently fitted out, storage above and a large wood and hay store. These rooms could easily be renovated and incorporated into the house, which would yield a further 130 m² of living space without any structural or major works. The area outside is developed as a professional equestrian complex. The main American barn has four internal stables, a wash-down area and secure tack room. There are an additional 3 stables in the stone barn. Water and electricity (including 3 phase) is connected to both. There is also space and scope to develop the barns to accommodate more stables and further houses/apartments (subject to consents). It is a plan the owners considered, but due to ill health, it is a project that they are unable to entertain now Manege: (60m x 20m) This was professionally built 3 years ago. It is drained, has a membrane and the surface is a mixture of felt and sport sand. The paddocks are fenced flexibly with wooden posts and mains electric fencing. At the eastern side of the paddocks is a strip of woodland which provides shelter and fuel. Purpose-built dog kennel (insulated) and run (7m x 8m)


Property Ref: F836e