Les Marchis is a grand stone-built 16th century house, perfect for a relaxed and private family home or holiday. It is in a peaceful rural position with a large sunny garden and open views across fields. It has been exceptionally well renovated, while retaining original features. Private swimming pool (8x4m, 1.5m deep) with pump house. Attached to the house is 50m2 renovated room used as a studio/gallery, with original fireplace, two sets of doors and equal sized loft room above - could be incorporated in the house or converted to separate gite. Large workshop and wood store, well (covered). It could be available fully furnished as it has been a successful holiday let for the last 6 years.
This delightful property comfortably accommodates 7 people and comprises:
- Large 30 m2 living room with original oak floor and stone fireplace.
- Large 30m2 dining room with original stone fireplace.
- A large kitchen and pantry with dishwasher, gas hob and electric oven, microwave, fridges and freezer
- Utility room with washing machine, plus shower and WC.
Authentic Charentaise staircase leads to:
- Three large bedrooms all facing south with lovely views. Bedroom one with double bed and en suite with shower and WC, bedroom two with double bed, bedroom three with three single beds.
- Family bathroom with bath, shower and WC.
- Grenier, with possibility of further bedroom(s)
- There is full oil-fired central heating, double glazing and shutters to all windows.
- Swimming pool 9x4 m, 1.5m (5’) deep, with steps and alarm
- Large garden (261 m2) with garden pond (fenced)
- Fruit trees (fig, nectarine, pear, mirabelle plums)
- Barbecue and shaded outside dining area with table and chairs for 6-8
- Parking for several cars within large metal gates
- Woodstore and large workshop
- Very large studio
Ruffec (ten minutes away) is a pretty market town (two markets each week) on the river Charente, with all facilities. There are numerous beautiful villages nearby, with excellent restaurants. Rouillac's enormous monthly market (on 27th of every month) is worth visiting.
This area is part of the Compostelle route, so every village has a Romanesque church. There are also interesting Roman and prehistoric sites in the region (including an amazing amphitheatre at St Cybardeaux) and at the other extreme a hilarious 'It's a knockout' competition between local villages in the summer. The tourist offices are full of leaflets and programmes of events of all cultural and activity interests over the summer months . The famous town of Cognac and the wine regions with their famous distilleries (Martell, Hennessy, Remy Martin, etc.) are within easy reach. The coast is 75 mins to the west.