Impressive Fortified Farmhouse with enclosed courtyard.
An ancient south facing farmhouse with connections to the templars and the Crusades, named (Forteresse Chevaliers) situated in a pretty hamlet very close to the town of Civray in the Vienne department of France. The property is approached through a beautiful arched entrance and into a lovely and totally secluded courtyard flanked by ancient stables.
The main house has a large kitchen/diner with a wood burner providing central heating to 2 of the bedrooms above, ancient flagstone floors and big beams. On the left hand side of the 1 metre wide ancient stairs is a living room and dining room . In the cellar ( 50sqm) below these rooms, is a fuel fired boiler providing heat to the radiators on this side of the house. The cellar has its entrance outside in the courtyard by the main house entrance, there is also another entrance internally with stone stairs which is presently closed off. There are 5 bedrooms ( fitted wardrobes) in total and the 40m2 master bedroom has a generous sized en suite; there is also another bathroom and 2 more wc’s. 2 of these bedrooms are on the second floor which was formally a teenagers apartment where there is a kitchen/diner, sauna room ,lounge and also a Art /craft studio room
Attached to the main house is a 4 bedroomed cottage, 3 bedrooms have fitted wardrobes, the open plan lounge/kitchen has a wonderful inglenook type fireplace and stone stairs to the upper floor.The whole cottage is centrally heated and has 2 bathrooms. On the ground floor of the cottage there is a door leading to utility area and a further room being uses as a bedroom presently with its own en-suite and French doors leading into the courtyard, this could be made into an office/studio. The main house could benefit from a refresh but is is totally habitable and oozes character.
Outside, the house has a gravelled frontage and features an ancient well and a castellated boundary wall on a terrace. 2 of the old stables could be converted to gites without too much expense. Beyond the courtyard is an orchard and sunny vegetable patch a swimming pool would be great in this location. At the side of the courtyard and though a stable is the rear entrance providing a large gravelled parking area as well as covered parking in a huge tythe like barn. At the rear of the property is a fenced paddock of around an acre, however the property can be purchased Without the paddock if required.
Closest village Blanzay 1km. Pub/Restaurant, post office, bread shop, mini market, church, park.
Closest next village Champniers. 2Km. Pub/Restaurant, bread shop, park. (Weekly fish & chips wagon).
Closest town Civray 8km,( Twinned with Downham Market in Norfolk) very colourful with weekly market, Beautiful square with Byzantine style church, alfresco coffee shops, restaurant/hotel on the river Charente 4 Large supermarkets ( Lidl, SuperU, Aldi, Intermarche ) 5 Pharmacies,DIY Stores, 4 petrol stations, various doctors, dentists ( English speaking )Banks, newsagents, bread shops, Pizza parlour, 6 bars, cinema, central park, camping etc. New open air swimming pool and covered pool with wellness area with sauna , steam room and relaxation room.
Closest city Poitiers 50km. Airport.( Ryanair )
Closest city Limoges 85km Airport ( Ryanair )
Tgv. High speed train. Ruffec 20km
English & French speaking owners.