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Poitou-Charentes, Deux-Sevres, Nr Chef Boutonne (79 Deux-Sevres)

  • Formerly run as a B&B
  • 5 bedroom main house originally a watermill
  • Guest annexe
  • Quiet and private setting
  • Close to a lively village
  • Could easily be split into two houses
  • Large kitchen/dining room, 2 living rooms and 2 studies
  • Sustainable wood fired central heating
  • Septic tank currently conforms
  • Equestrian facilities including stables, manage and paddocks with woodland
Formerly run as a bed and breakfast business, this large five bedroom family house is now a private house and outbuildings with equestrian facilities, organic vegetable gardens, terrace with pizza oven/BBQ, small swimming pool, orchards, 3 stables, an outdoor manege, woodland and pasture extending to some 6.5 acres in total with direct access to bridleways. There could be great potential to be able to expand the accommodation and create an income from it being set on the edge of a village yet in a very private and peaceful setting with a stream running through the land.
Owners Description

This is the owners own description of what it is like to live at this property: "A charming 5 bed former mill and equestrian based property, offering the chance to become more self reliant in these hectic times in which we live. It provides ample accommodation for a family and can easily be divided to either provide a letting income or to give the possibility of multi generational occupancy. The property is located in a thriving village, well known in the region for its age and beauty. There is no passing traffic to the property, the neighbours are far enough away so there is no one for you to annoy. You will not be disturbed ever and can be the “Master “of all you survey without reference to anyone else on the planet. Here there is no night time light pollution so to spend time star gazing is an amazing experience. The Milky Way looks like it’s been put there just for you, spotting the planets, constellations and shooting stars is simple and always impresses visitors. Of great note and of extreme importance to us, is, we have no background noise generated by man, the base notes of the sounds here are as they were 300 years ago. Water, Wind and Wildlife
The accommodation

At the front of the house, there are a number of doors that give access into the ground floor rooms from the outside. A door leads up to the Main entrance hall with one of the two sets of stairs to the first floor and doors to Office 1 (24.95m2) Main sitting room (39.12 m2) With wood burner and archway to Kitchen (41.58m2) with fitted base units providing lots of storage, range cooker with extractor hood over, double butler style sink and tiled floor. Door to utility room with plumbing and power for washing machine etc and doorway through to Sitting Room 2/dining room (44.89m2) wth another woodturner housed in a fireplace with backbiter providing central heating to radiators which are positioned in every room and secondary staircase up to first floor. Door to Shower room (5.1m2) with WC and wash basin. First Floor Please note that here is access to both sides of the house on the first floor as well but this could be blocked off if it was planned to split the accommodation on this level. From the entrance hall, the stairs lead up to the first floor and to a landing (13.5m2) with doors off to Bathroom (3.7m2) Bath with shower over, WC, basin and bidet. Bedroom 2 (15.92m2) With parquet flooring. Bedroom 3 (15.43m2) With parquet flooring. Bedroom 4 (17.01m2) With parquet flooring. Library (10.26m2) With access from both the master bedroom and the landing. From the second living room, another staircase leads to Office 2/landing (24.95m2) Master bedroom suite (24.24m2) With door to en-suite (7.02m2) which contains a spa bath, shower cubicle, WC, basin and bidet. Bedroom 5/Guest room (20.26m2) Outside On the end of the house , there is an integral garage (24.12m2) with double full width wrought iron gates which is open to the roof and is currently used as an equipment store but could easily house a large tractor. Access to the boiler room housing the central heating pumps and equipment and safety equipment.
The equestrian facilities

The whole property stands in about 6.5 acres of which approximately 4.3 acres is in some electric fenced paddocks some of which have access to the river for drinking and offers shade in the summer. There is also some parcels of woodland which provides fuel for the boiler and woodburner covering up to about 60% of the annual current requirements. At the back of the house, there is a large Lshaped 215m2 traditionally built timber framed barn which has recently been built with a reinforced concrete floor which is currently divided into areas to form three block built stables (each approx 5m x 3m), separate large tack room, hay and fodder store and a 90m2 workshop. Outdoor manege with a sand surface and post and rail fencing approx 40m x 20m There is excellent outriding directly from the property on local bridleways and tracks over many kilometres. The owners also keep a few hives of bees which keeps them and other locals in honey.

There are excellent schools in the area for children of all ages, well used to integrating non French speaking pupils, excellent regional universities nearby and all are served by public transport! The two local towns have doctors, dentists, hospital, restaurants and supermarkets and the regional town of Niort is 30 minutes away. As there are no shops in the local village, there are some deliveries to the village including the local baker, butcher, charcuterie and fishmonger. The local village has many children of all ages and organises many functions throughout the year and is very active socially, in 2016, they have had spit roast lamb, a Celtic music festival with live music, an afternoon of sports and fun for all ages and a village picnic. There area also very lucky to have sports facilities to die for. In the nearest towns, many facilities are of international standard and most are newly constructed from Equestrian centres, Gymnasiums, Athletics, Football and Rugby fields indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts etc as well as some beekeeping training courses in English. There are sports clubs social and cultural groups, shooting ranges, fishing lakes, rivers and places to sail. So it is unlikely you will not find something to do even if it is just sitting still and thinking.
Services and taxes

Services: Mains water and electricity, wood fired central heating and septic tank which apparently conforms to current regulations but will be inspected again prior to signing the Compromis de Vente. Taxe Fonciere Approx 1050 euros pa DPE C GES B REDUCED Price guide 399,000 euros including agency fees Please allow about 7.5% for Notary costs and charges. F955e - REDUCED March 2017


Property Ref: F955e