On Market

South West France, Dordogne-Charente borders, Nr Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (16 Charente)

  • Stunning 8 bedroom home with business potential with about 500m2 of habitable space
  • Built in the 1830's and recently has been meticulously restored over the last 5 years
  • Located on the border between the Dordogne and the Charente
  • Two minutes from Aubeterre-Sur-Dronne
  • Two suites with sitting areas, three letting en-suite bedrooms and three 'family' ensuite bedrooms
  • Huge dining/billiards room, living/dining kitchen and good sized sitting room
  • Garaging for 4 cars
  • 12m x 4m swimming pool and boules pitch
  • Gardens, orchard and woods about 2 acres (8000m2)
  • Huge business potential
A quite stunning property built in the 1830's with lovely views which has been meticulously restored over the last five years to a very high standard. It offers potential as a large family house or scope for business potential (it was run until recently as a B&B) with eight en-suite bedrooms.  It can be sold with most of the furniture, if wanted, including the 3/4 sized billiard table.  It is located just a 2 minute drive from one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, with easy access to airports, railway stations and the A10 motorway.

This superb property is on the open market for the first time since it was built in about 1830. It has such great potential as either a large family house, with space to land your helicopter, or as a business with two letting suites, each with their own sitting rooms, three ensuite B&B rooms as well as three en-suite bedrooms which are suitable for the owners family if required. In addition, there is a 12m long swimming pool, boules pitch, gardens and grounds as well as a huge dining/billiard room, sitting room and a kitchen/breakfast room. With lovely rural views from the house and only a few minutes from the very pretty village with many facilities, this is a great opportunity to purchase a superb house as well as possibly the furniture as well, so all you need to bring are your suitcases! The property has been completely renovated from top to bottom to an extremely high standard. This is hugely apparent on first inspection and the renovation work was thorough and meticulous, resulting in a house which has retained all its original charm while being improved no end for the discreet introduction of everything needed for comfortable living. Everything works and conforms to all current legislation.
Business Potential

This stunning property, until recently, was run as a top end chambres d`hotes and has now reverted to a delightful and impressive private family home. There is much potential for the new owner to recreate the chambres dhotes business immediately, as the property is already set up for it. It would also work extremely well as a wedding venue run in tandem. Cleverly designed, the building could be divided into three parts if desired and, with very little work, would provide spacious and independant accommodation for two or three families, or as letting units. Alternatively, one large family could live in the property and let out some of the suites for additional income. The possibilities are many and varied, including potential use for residential courses, or as a discreet business venue. The letting potential for the whole house is exceptional.
Ground Floor Accommodation

Please see the floor plans which show the layout of the accommodation on the two floors. GROUND FLOOR The whole of the ground floor has underfloor heating with porcelain black and white harlequin tiled floors. French doors lead out onto the gardens from every room which comprise an impressive DINING/BILLIARD ROOM, complete with a 3/4 sized billiard table. A comfortable SITTING ROOM with very large opening windows giving the inside/outside effect when open, a most welcoming living KITCHEN with an extensive range of units with a central island, granite worktops and table, fireplace with wood burner and a spiral staircase . UTILITY ROOM and WINE STORE. The linen room and huge garage area off the main entrance hall with its fine turning staircase complete the ground floor.
First Floor Accommodation

The main staircase leads from the ground floor to a large library landing and the two suites. The balustraded landing, with sitting area and corner bookcases, has a door to the outside and the car park. This large entrance hall also serves the two suites, which are identical. Each suite comprises a sitting area with satellite TV, a double aspect BEDROOM and large shower room with wet room shower, Porcher sanitary ware, Hans Grohe taps and WC with porcelain "Travertine" tiled walls and floor. From the dining room, a staircase leads up to three good size DOUBLE BEDROOMS, all of which are ensuite with showers, WC and a basin. Each has a very useful built in wardrobe. From the kitchen, the spiral staircase leads up to two adjoining MASTER BEDROOMS, each with dual aspect windows, ensuite shower rooms and good sized built-in wardrobes. There is a further double bedroom with ensuite shower room and built in wardrobe. Adjacent is the office which also has a loft ladder access to the useful ROOF SPACE which is already boarded out and again has potential to be converted to provide more accommodation if required.

The grounds presently extend to approximately two acres in total including lawns, grounds, orchard and woodland. Just beyond the lawned area is the rose garden with its recently reinstated pergola leading to the 12metre long swimming pool with tiled terrace. At either end, there is a pigeonnier, one of which contains the pool equipment and pump. Below this area, there is enough space to land a helicopter. Between the gardens and the woodland, there is also a large boules pitch. There is also plentiful and good parking in addition to the large garage.

The property is a two minute drive to the charming and historically important listed village of Aubeterre-Sur-Dronne with its restaurants and cafes clustered round a pretty tree lined square. There is a buzzing produce market on Sunday mornings. A range of shops, a pharmacy, local garage and doctors surgery are all available in the village. The market towns of Chalais and Riberac are within easy reach (about 15 minutes). There are good schools and comprehensive medical facilities in the area. By car, Angouleme is 30 minutes and both Perigueux and Bordeaux are about 60 minutes away. The railway station at Chalais connects to Angouleme or Bordeaux for TGV services to Paris. From 2017, it is scheduled for the TGV train to arrive in paris in 105 minutes. Airports are found at Bordeaux, Bergerac, Limoges and Angouleme with local airfields at Chalais, Riberac and Bergerac. The A10 is the nearest autoroute.
Services and taxes and summary

Services: Mains water and electricity, two wells, underfloor heating on the ground floor, individual heat exchangers for all the bedrooms and suites and three fosse septiques. DPE: C (119 kWh) Taxe Fonciere: 1267€ pa IN SUMMARY, This is quite an exceptional property which has been renovated to a very high standard with huge potential for a number of uses, with or without income, and is ready to move into. Floor plans are available on the website and for any more information or to make an appointment to view this property, please contact Guy Sherratt on +44 1598 710134 who visited the property in November this year.


Property Ref: F888