|La Pipette||Self Catering||Flexible||4||8||3||Double sofabed in downstairs of tower.|
The house is in small village. There is an empty property on one side, the other side is open fields. There are neighbours opposite but the property is not overlooked, although people passing in the road could with a little effort see into the garden! The house dates from the later fifteenth century and was once part of a much larger property broken into smaller properties during the French Revolution. It has a tower, originally a pigeon loft.
On the ground floor are a lounge, a dining room which can comfortably sit 10, the kitchen, a walk-in larder/rear kitchen, a utility room, and the ground floor of the tower. There are 2 staircase to the first floor, one in the entrance hall and the second in the tower.There is a shower room/wc on the ground floor.
The kitchen is a good size. It has a double oven, one gas and one electric, and gas rings on the hob. There is a dishwasher. In the utility room there is a washing machine. There is a fridge-freezer and a second fridge. The kitchen is well equipped.
The main lounge has a wood-burner stove for use in winter. It is large and well furnished. There is a small sitting room on the ground floor of the tower, with a sofa and 2 arm chairs. It gives directly onto the terrace.
On the first floor there are 4 bedrooms: three double and one twin.
Three bedrooms have access to a bathroom with shower and bath and a separate wc. The master bedroom has an en suite bathroom with bath and shower. There is also a shower room and wc on the ground floor.
The main heating is oil fired. There are wood burning stoves in the lounge and dining room.
There is French tv and Sky Free to View tv. There is also wi-fi.
The garden is large, one acre, largely set to grass but with a little woodland at the end of the garden. There is a small terrace. A stream runs through the garden below the terrace. There is a large 12 x 6 metre pool with a cover for safety reasons.
There is not a garage but 3 cars can be parked comfortably in the courtyard.
Access would be difficult for handicapped visitors. Although the lower room in the tower can be sued as a bedroom with the sofabed. I have been asked if the house and garden are safe for children. My answer is always yes, provided that they are properly supervised. With outbuildings, a stream and a pool there are obvious hazards for children who are allowed free reign.
I have owned the house for almost thirty years and it has many happy memories associated with families and friends over the year. My wife died three years ago and the house is too big and rather lonely for me, particularly in winter. I have therefore moved into a nearby town. However, I want to keep the house going for the family and I am letting the house both because it deserves to be lived in but also to defray running costs so that I can keep it for the family.
|Year property purchased||1991|
|Why this location?||We were looking for somewhere, before the days of low-cost airlines, within a day's drive of the coast. However, basically we fell in love with the house!|
|Unique benefits of property||The house is full of character and history, it was once owned by a councillor to King Louis XIV of France. It has been modernised over the years but retains its character. It is comfortably furnished as a family home, has a pleasant garden of almost an acre and a pool, 12 metres by 6, larger than the average which makes a huge difference when there are a lot of users.|
The small local town of Chef-Boutonne (6km) has a hotel, several restaurants and bars, 2 supermarkets, a butcher, 2 bakers and 2 pharmacies. There is an excellent medical practice with nurses and doctors in case of need. The town also has a large public swimming pool. There is a market on Saturdays.
A little further afield (15km) is the delightful town of Melle. It has a thriving market every Friday and a good range of shops. There are 2 hotels both have good restaurants. There are also numerous other bars and restaurants.
Larger towns within easy reach for touring are Poitiers, Cognac, Angoulême, Saintes and La Rochelle. La Rochelle is about an hour and a quarter by road, the other towns mentioned are about an hour away. Beyond La Rochelle is the Ile de Ré with good beaches and the pretty port town of St Martin de Ré. North of Poitiers is the theme park Futuroscope.