€954 000 (HAI)**
**agency fees included : 6 % TTC to be paid by the buyer
(€900 000 without fees)
|Surface||700 M2*||Plot Size||9419 M2|
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This is a beautiful old country house, parts dating back to the 17th century was once a cognac distillery and proudly retains evidence of its history, especially in the bar area, where the old distillery equipment takes pride of place. Near Jarnac.
Ideal as a large family home or B&B or hotel/restaurant, cooking school, wedding venue etc etc... Sleeps 32+.
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In a fabulous, affluent location with easy access to the TGV and two airports within 1h15.
Tucked away down the tree-lined driveway, the former restaurant is found behind the old carriage door, in the converted barn with double height ceilings and a magnificent open fire. Making the ideal space as a multi-generation living space.
A one bedroom apartment and a separate two bedroom studio.
In the most beautiful area of the South West, Cognac, Angouleme and of course Jarnac are all easily accessed.
Approached via a tree line, private, road passing the GUEST PARKING, with ample room for full capacity. OUTBUILDINGS, ( four of one used as an INDUSTRIAL, LAUNDRY ROOM, fully kitted out with industrial size washing machines and tumble dryers. Two others, used as GARAGES, and a fourth is a WORKROOM. TENNIS COURT, and POOL AREA, with terrace, surround ideal for sun beds.
At the end of the road is the GRAVELLED COURTYARD, with external dining, in the shade of the mature trees. Wrapped around this courtyard you will find both the former hotel and restaurant, bar, industrial kitchen, wine store and apartment accommodation. Giving an impression of size and comfort, no ugly badly lit corridors with impersonal rooms here. The whole of the complex has been beautifully designed and is constantly updated, with luxury bathrooms and plush fittings.
The main house boasts RECEPTION/OFFICE, TOILETS, Large hallway. To the right are the PROFESSIONAL KITCHENS, a stunning kitchen that would please any chef, professional or not.
To the left is the FORMER RESTAURANT/LIVING SPACE, with open fire, vaulted ceilings and large doors, (formally used for the house and cart access), the Cognac vats are still visible and one has been cleverly converted into a wine store. The restaurant could sit 45 for formal dining or can be used for a function room and has hosted many weddings, baptisms, parties etc. But would work equally well as a large family living space with lounge areas, dining areas and play areas.
To the right of this space is the INTIMATE BAR, which retains, in pride of place, the original copper Cognac making equipment.
Sweeping up from the GRAND HALLWAY you will find the apartment accommodation. Beautifully renovated retaining many original features, inc exposed stone walls, beams and fireplace. OPEN PLAN LOUNGE DINER, with ROOF TERRACE, for private external relaxing.
From this large and comfortable area is access to the modern and fully fitted KITCHEN, wooden floors have been maintained for that touch of history. Bright and light, thanks to the Velux windows nestled between the beams.
On from here to the BEDROOM SUITE, This contains BEDROOM, BATHROOM, with bath, separate shower, wash hand basin, toilet and bidé. DRESSING ROOM, with enough hanging space to answer anyone's dreams. Access to a further STORAGE AREA,
with full head height and therefore convertible into further apartment accommodation, if required. From here is access to the STUDIO. Which could also become part of the apartment if needed.
Externally you will find the following accommodation:- FIVE STANDARD DOUBLE BEDROOMS, all with ensuite SHOWER ROOM, walk-in showers, toilet and wash hand basin. Some are ground floor so can accommodate wheelchair users and others can be adapted to allow for a twin when needed.
ONE LARGE DELUX BEDROOM, with a double bed, and seating area. BATHROOM, with Bath, Walk-in Shower, Toilet and wash hand basin.
ONE TRIPLE BEDROOM, DOUBLE BEDROOM, attached TWIN, and SHOWER ROOM.
TWO DELUXE SUITES, for two people: DOUBLE BEDROOM, with seating area and fitted wardrobes. BATHROOM, with luxury walk-in shower, toilet and wash hand basin.
DELUXE, FAMILY SUITE for 2-4 DOUBLE BEDROOM, JACK AND JILL BATHROOM, DRESSING ROOM, and TWIN BEDROOM, BALCONY.
FAMILY BEDROOM. TWIN BEDROOM, DOUBLE BEDROOM, and SHOWER ROOM, access to the private garden and the vegetable plot.
STUDIO FLAT, which can either be used as guest accommodation or attached to the apartment suite, (via the storage area). TWO DOUBLE BEDROOMS, with BATHROOM. One of which could become a living area if required.
INDUSTRIAL, LAUNDRY ROOM, 70 m2
GARAGES, 40m2 X two.
TENNIS COURT, 180m2
POOL AREA, the pool is 8x6 metres
MAIN HOUSE GROUND FLOOR:
KITCHENS, 48,79 m2 and 11,6 m2 with a cool room of 10,2.
MALE AND FEMALE TOILETS
FORMER RESTAURANT/ LIVING AREA 60 m2
INTIMATE BAR, 27,8 m2
MAIN HOUSE FIRST FLOOR:
OPEN PLAN LOUNGE DINER, 55 m2
KITCHEN, 22,8 m2
BEDROOM SUITE, Bedroom of 40 m2 plus Bathroom of 10,7 m2
DRESSING ROOM, 11,2 m2
STORAGE AREA, 30 m2
TWO DOUBLE BEDROOMS, 22,3 and 27,1 m2
OTHER ACCOMMODATION BUILDINGS:
FIVE STANDARD DOUBLE BEDROOMS, (12,3, 16,2, 9,7, 11,7 a,d 10,9 m2) all with shower rooms of 4m2.
BEDROOM, 28,8 m2 with bathroom of 4.5 m2
TRIPLE BEDROOM, Double bedroom 10,5 Twin 5,8, Shower 3,6 m2
DOUBLE BEDROOMS, 21,1 m2 or 18,4 m2
BATHROOM, 4,5 m2 or 9,5 m2
DOUBLE BEDROOM, 32,7 m2
BATHROOM, 8,1 m2
TWIN BEDROOM, 7,1 m2
TWIN BEDROOM, 15 m2
DOUBLE BEDROOM, 32,7 m2
SHOWER ROOM, 3 m2
All measurements are approximate.
The Charente/Charente Maritime areas are sat in a microclimate. We are the sunniest and warmest area in France outside of the Côte d’Azur. We benefit from the brightest skies in the country. However, we still have four distinct seasons and are only a 3 hr drive from the Pyrenees, if you wish to ski.
Cognac, Jarnac, Saintes and Chateauneuf have a lot of Roman influence with amphitheatres etc. Cognac is, of course, we’ll know due to the amber liquid which is growing in popularity year on year.
The area is known as “Spirit Valley” (production of all the internationally known Cognac brands as well as Pineau des Charentes, wines, Grey goose vodka, Grand Mariner and other spirits and liqueurs.
The largest producer, Hennessy, has just completed two new, large, buildings one to store their products another as a factory for attaching the labels to the bottles.
Unemployment is incredibly low for rural France due to the industry, as the barrels, bottles etc are all locally produced.
As a result of this, for a small town, Cognac and the area offer a lot of services and entertainment. An Olympic sized pool, sports centres, schools, conference facilities, bars and restaurants are all very high quality.
The historical centre has been maintained, with its cobbled streets and boutique shops, with a ring road around where you will find out of town shopping. Extremely popular with tourists.
Here are links to the tourist board and the Wikipedia description:-http://tourism-cognac.com/en/?PHPSESSID=fchprjnj5eap3uju5c0jhr9ii3
Again, due to industry, we are surrounded by vineyards. Vine growing land is more valuable than building land. So if these are your neighbours then they always will be.
The river Charente traverses the towns and lends itself to water sports, walks and riverside dining.
You will also see sweet corn and sunflower fields, the area produces the popcorn for the country.
You are well placed for transport. There are train stations in Cognac, Jarnac and Chateauneuf, all of which connect to Angouleme with the TGV and new fast track, (LGV), where you are able to reach Paris in 1h30.
La Rochelle and Bordeaux airports are within an hour and a quarter. Ryan air flies to Stansted, all year, from La Rochelle. Bordeaux is an international airport and an Easyjet hub. We flew to Barcelona from there recently.
The coast is an hour and fifteen away and the Pyrenees and Spanish border are 3.5 hours drive.
St Malo is a 4.5-5 hr drive with overnight, and daytime ferries to the U.K.
PROPERTY PRICES.:-The peak for prices was 2006, since which prices continued to drop until last year. This region was one of the first to begin to recover. Prices are predicted to rise, within the next few years, as the fast travel time for Paris will attract more second homeowners.
THE VIEWING TRIP:-
A lot of our clients organise their own itinerary which can lead to hours spent travelling around the French countryside getting, lost, hot and tired.
By allowing me to organise your itinerary we can ensure that you do not have any of these problems. I collect you from the hotel and drive you to properties allowing me to discuss the areas with you and you to sit back and enjoy the experience.
The maximum properties that I would advise you to view are six a day, otherwise, they all merge into one. I also, strongly, advise on a few days holiday, in between, viewings to relax and discover the area. Leaving the last day clear for second visits, to properties that you particularly like.
THE PURCHASE PROCESS:-
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