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Chateau in BENEST , Charente , Poitou Charentes

€650,000 (HAI)** £557,440**
Ref: 105592HM16
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An immaculately presented and superbly renovated 15th century manor house with stunning countryside views.

Hugh Mcsheffrey , your local Leggett agent, says :

Price €650 000 (HAI)**
**agency fees included : 6 % TTC to be paid by the buyer
(€615 000 without fees)
Ref 105592HM16
Town BENEST
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Dept Charente
Surface 460 M2* Plot Size 4972 M2
Bathroom 5 Bedrooms 4
Location
  • Hamlet property
Type
  • Chateau
  • Family Home
  • Holiday Home
  • Manoir
Features
  • Business potential
  • Double glazing
  • Garage
  • Private parking
  • Woodburner(s)
Condition
  • Excellent condition
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The property is approached through large gates which lead to a gravelled courtyard. The house overlooks a lovely, established garden with a series of raised beds, a covered terrace, and original dovecote; with great countryside views and a large paddock to the side. There is a covered hangar to one side of the house, providing ample parking space and housing the fuel tank. This also leads to the kitchen and a further, lovely walled sun terrace with a working bread-oven.

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There are a number of entrance doors to the front of the property, providing a choice of which to use, day to day; however, the main entrance, through a fabulous, large oak door, leads into a stunning hallway (3.5m x 1.5m) with the original and very beautiful stone staircase, leading to the first floor. This bright area demonstrates the care and attention taken with the renovation, with its creamy stone walls, original Coeur de Demoiselle floor and great oak beams to the ceiling. One of the old stone sinks, embedded into the wall, has been left as a gorgeous feature with a small window set above it. There is also a large ante-room (15m2) underneath the staircase, ideal for use as a cloaks room.

To the right of the hall is the stunning dining room (8m x 6.5m) with a breathtakingly beautiful stone fireplace, large double windows, gorgeous original terracotta tiles to the floor, under which lie underfloor heating, and those massive oak ceiling beams. The dining room leads to a large sitting room (6.5m x 7.5m) with beautiful stone flooring (again, with under floor heating), another stunning stone fireplace, double aspect windows and a door to the front exterior, and oak beams to the ceiling.

A door on one side of the fireplace in the lounge leads to a lovely library (2.5m x 4.0m), with floor to ceiling wooden bookshelves, a door to the front exterior of the house, a large window and those lovely oak beams on the ceiling. A door on the opposite side of the fireplace in the lounge, situated in the old tower, leads to a downstairs WC (4.5m2) with a hand basin and heated towel rack.

Back to the entrance hall, to the left hand side, a doorway leads to another, smaller hallway, with the same beautiful tiled floor, oak beams, radiator and wooden stairs leading to the first floor. From this hallway, there is access to another downstairs WC, a large utility room (5m2) which houses the boiler and electrical meters and, up a stone staircase, leads to a laundry room (3m x 5.5m) with plumbing, shelves and fitted cupboards. From the laundry is the wine cellar (9m2) which has been carefully restored with gravel flooring to retain exactly the right temperature for storing wine. The main kitchen (6.5m x 5m) for the property is accessed from the hallway, which has modern fitted units with work tops and cupboards, a large double cooker and double sink. Another lovely stone fireplace is to one side of the room and there are two glazed doors, one leading to the front exterior and the other to the garage. The wooden staircase in the hall leads to a large landing with deep, fitted cupboards and a doorway to a large shower room (5m2) with double shower, double sink and radiator. The landing also provides access to a good-sized, naturally bright, bedroom (6.5mx 5m) with two windows, beamed ceilings and radiator there is a door leading down stone steps to the sun-terrace, outside and open garage.

This part of the house was added in the 19th century and it’s worth mentioning that, with some change to the kitchen facilities for the property, this whole area could easily become an independent annexe, if required.

From the main, stone entrance hall, the staircase leads to the first floor and to a large bedroom (6.5m x 7.5m). Here, we have a beautiful oak floor (with noise dampening insulation beneath it), another original and very beautiful stone fireplace, a large window to the front and another to the rear, which sits above an original stone window seat and those beautiful oak ceiling beams. Leading from the bedroom is an en-suite bathroom (14m2) with beautiful Italian style tiled floors, a large Italian style shower, a large sunken bath, WC, sink, dual-aspect windows, heated towel rail and radiator. Also from the bedroom is a smaller, ante-room (5m2), with a window overlooking the paddock; ideal for use as a dressing room or a walk in wardrobe, baby’s room etc.

Another original stone staircase leads to the second floor with another en-suite bedroom. Like the first bedroom below, the second bedroom (4.5m x 6.5m) has beautiful oak floors and beamed ceilings as well as a lovely, recessed window and a decorative, feature fireplace. The room provides access to a shower room (14m2) with beautiful tiled floor, large Italian style shower, double sinks, 2 windows, heated towel rail and radiator. Also from the bedroom is a smaller room (8m2) with shelving and a small window – again, ideal for a dressing room or walk-in wardrobe.

The third bedroom (6.5m x 7.5m) is accessed from another, beautiful stone staircase and again, features the beautiful beams, oak flooring, double aspect windows, beautiful fireplace and radiator. The en-suite shower room is simply gorgeous; with a “wet-room” style shower, beautiful, feature hand basin, fabulous wall and floor tiling, WC, heated towel rail and shelving.

This stunning property has been tastefully, sympathetically and beautifully renovated. The fittings and overall improvements are of top quality, whilst retaining a number of gorgeous original features throughout the house. The walls have all been renovated with lime and hemp, providing great insulation and each room has been decorated with impeccable taste. The windows are quality built, wooden double or triple glazed; there is oil fired central heating, with radiators in almost every room – the ground floor dining room and lounge both having underfloor heating fitted. The septic tank conforms to regulations as do the electrical fittings and wiring; there are at least 5 electrical sockets, including TV sockets, in every main room. The shower taps are all thermostatically controlled and there is mechanical ventilation in each shower/bath room.

Situated close to the market town of Champagne Mouton and 20km from the larger town of Ruffec with all necessary amenities on hand (train station, secondary school, hospital, shops etc...) and Confolens & Civray approx. 25km. Limoges airport approx.. 70km.

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