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House in CLAIX , Charente , Poitou Charentes

€499,000 €446,250 £387,524**
Ref: 86270JKB16
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Reduction from €499,000 to €446,250
Restored 18th Century Hunting Lodge with 8 bedrooms and gite, set in 40 acres. Ideal for "chambres d'hote" business. Equestrian facilities.

Janine Keeble , your local Leggett agent, says :

Price €446 250
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Reduction from €499,000 to €446,250
Ref 86270JKB16
Town CLAIX
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Dept Charente
Surface 365 M2* Plot Size 159008 M2
Bathroom 4 Bedrooms 8
Location
  • Isolated
Type
  • House
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Country House
  • Equestrian
  • Family Home
Features
  • Barns / outbuildings
  • Business potential
  • Character property
  • Detached
  • Guest house / gite
  • High speed internet
  • Private parking
  • Suitable for horses
  • Swimming Pool
  • Woodburner(s)
Condition
  • Good condition
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This impressive property has been added to over the centuries and now comprises eight bedrooms, four bathrooms, two sitting rooms, a dining gallery, a study, an e large dining kitchen and a utility room.
The outbuildings include a barn (with stable), garage/workshop, greenhouse and cottage. There is a swimming pool close to the house.
The land extends to 16 hectares, and is currently set up for horses, with around a hectare of grazing (more easily available), a ménage and boxes. The present owners also operate a successful seasonal bed & breakfast and gite business.
Easy access to the RN10 for Bordeaux (110km) and Angouleme (20km), with local shops nearby in Châteauneuf sur Charente (8km).
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This distinctive property is approached via a driveway through vineyards to the gates of the estate and then down a private drive. The house and outbuildings sit in the centre of the grounds.

The central part of the house was originally built as a hunting lodge in 1704. Since then it has been extended in several phases, and the resulting layout makes it ideal for a “chambres d’hôtes” business. This comprises 3 suites, each of two bedrooms and a bathroom, which are in separate wings of the house, well separated from the family living areas. The hospitality business also extends to the cottage in the grounds and there is potential to provide horse liveries and riding holidays.

House

The Ground floor comprises:
GRAND GALERIE (38m2) which serves as a spacious dining gallery, with Godin wood-burning stove. A large French window leads to the front terrace.
To the right:
FAMILY ROOM (29m2) large stone fireplace with wood-burning stove. Satellite TV connection.
STUDY (14m2)
DRAWING ROOM (36m2) with large stone fireplace, and French windows to the rear terrace.
MASTER BEDROOM (27m2) leading to DRESSING ROOM, SHOWER ROOM and WC. Door to rear garden.
To the left:
DINING KITCHEN (38m2) on two levels. Large dining area with a wood-burning stove.
UTILITY ROOM (14m2) with door to garden.
Note: Both kitchen and utility room were completely renovated in 2010 with new tiled floors, oak-fronted cabinets and sinks, fitted electric oven and hob and dishwasher. The traditional built-in cupboards and large custom-made country dresser have been retained.

To the rear of the Gallery lies the first rental suite:
BEDROOM 2 (11m2)
BEDROOM 3 (10m2)
BATHROOM and separate WC
Access to the CELLAR (20m2)

First floor:
Second rental suite:
BEDROOM 4 (15m2)
BEDROOM 5 (15m2)
BATHROOM with WC.

BEDROOM 6 (21m2)

Third rental suite:
BEDROOM 7 (17m2)
BEDROOM 8 (12m2)
BATHROOM and separate WC

General information:
The owners have recently installed heat pumps in most of the downstairs rooms. The grounds provide the fuel for the wood-burning stoves. There are electric heaters upstairs.
In 2009/10, sections of the house roofing were repaired and re-tiled; new circuit breakers and fuse boxes were installed in the house, garage, barn and cottage; and the plumbing upgraded in parts of the house.
The house has its own water source – a cistern fed by rainwater and pumped as required into the house supply, either to augment or replace mains water. The pump was renewed in 2010.

Outbuildings

Timber BARN (215m2) with concrete floor, power and light, incorporating 2 horse boxes, a bay for hay and a secure workshop and store (28m2).
Adjoining wood store (15m2) with power and light, equipped with circular electric wood saw.

Stone GARAGE and WORKSHOP (28m2) Power and light, workbench and vehicle inspection pit. Recently re-roofed and new guttering.

GREENHOUSE (2.5 m x 2 m).

Some 150m from the house, on the edge of the woods, sits the COTTAGE, comprising:
LIVING ROOM (20m2)
KITCHEN (9.5m2)
BEDROOM (12.5m2)
SHOWER ROOM (4.5m2)
The roof, internal walls, floors, kitchen and bathroom were all renewed in 2011. Outside is a new, raised wooden deck (6.4 m x 4 m), a covered sitting area and built-in barbecue. The cottage is privately situated, overlooking the paddocks and sand school: it has proved extremely popular with couples looking for a peaceful, secluded rental gîte.

SWIMMING POOL (8m x 4m) with paved terrace (100m2).

Grounds
The estate extends to 16 hectares/40 acres. This includes 3 acres of paddocks, all inter-connected and with several gates, and a separate sand school. The lawns and gardens cover another 2 acres with scores of mature trees. The remainder is woods which provides complete privacy and has a number of paths around the perimeter. The grounds and surrounding areas have a number of paths and tracks for horse riders to hack.

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