Superb Well Renovated 19th Century Stone House In Tranquil Setting With Long Private Drive
This mid 19th century stone country house is located in a small hamlet and surrounded by tranquil, unspoilt countryside in an elevated position well away from any main roads. The impressive renaissance Chateau de la Roche du Maine is nearby and visible from outside the gates.
There are also many similar beautiful estates and buildings in the locality.
It is a 10 minute drive from the historic town of Richelieu, Indre-et-Loire, which is modelled on the Place des Vosges in Paris and named after the famous cardinal whose statue dominates the square outside its park. It is 5 minutes from the pretty village of Monts-sur-Guesnes which has recently undergone major renovations to its chateau in the central square, and has subsequently been given the status of Petite Cite de Caractere.
These provide boulangeries, patisseries, butchers, markets, cafes, restaurants, doctors, dentists, pharmacies, hairdressers, schools, supermarkets, boutiques and brocantes in spectacular settings.
The major cities of Poitiers and Tours are 40 minutes and 1 hour away respectively and both have airports that serve the UK.
The TGV is also available at both with fast travel to Paris and Bordeaux.
Richelieu and nearby Chinon, with its close ties to gastronomy and wine, and its statue of Rabelais confirming the importance of both placed at its centre, are major tourist centres in this region and are frequently visited for their architecture, restaurants, vineyards, jazz and classical music festivals as well as a variety of other cultural events throughout the year.
The spectacular medieval chateau of Chinon and other beautiful buildings are regularly used as concert and festival venues.
This richness of culture and the proximity of the most important french chateaux makes the area a popular destination to live or to buy a second home with Parisians and culture seekers from around the world.
The house has approximately 265 metres sq.(2,850 sq. feet) of habitable space in total.
In addition there are 3 cellars under of around 80 metres sq.(860 sq. feet). These have power and light connected and are used as studio/work spaces.
One of these has an original bread oven and another is suitable for wine storage on a grand scale.
There is also a detached garage and car port of approximately 70 metres sq.(750 sq. feet) with power, water and light connected.
Additionally there is plenty of other parking space.
The property is completely enclosed by a large but manageable walled garden of around 2,700 metres sq.(two thirds of an acre) within which are many ornamental and fruiting trees including figs, cherries, almonds, walnut, apricot, apples, plums, quince other soft fruits and vines, as well as established shrubberies and topiary.
The house is accessed from a minor road via large original wrought iron gates and a long private gravel drive.
It is comprised of:
an entrance hall, an ante room/inner hall, a drawing room, a dining room, a sitting room/bedroom 4, shower/utility room, live-in kitchen/dining room, master bedroom suite with dressing room and bath/shower room, 2 further guest bedroom suites with shower rooms and dressing areas, and a single bedroom 5.
Overlooking the south facing rear garden and accessed directly from the kitchen is a raised terrace covered by a vine pergola for outside dining and sunbathing.
Below is a private, walled garden with an ornamental fountain, sunbathing areas and a terrace for relaxing and entertaining during the day and into the long summer evenings.
The house is fully insulated, double glazed, rewired and re-plumbed with modern electric radiators and towel rails fitted throughout.
The rooms are all of generous proportions and measure approximately:
Entrance Hall - 6.5 m. sq.(70 sq. feet)
Ante Room/Inner Hall - 15 m.sq.(160 sq. feet)
Drawing Room - 31 m. sq.(330sq. feet)
Dining Room - 22 m. sq.(235 sq. feet)
Sitting Room/Bedroom 4 - 13 m. sq.(140 sq. feet)
Shower/WC/Utility - 5 m. sq.(55 sq. feet)
Bedroom 5 - 8 m. sq.(85 sq. feet)
Kitchen - 43 m. sq.(460 sq. feet)
Master bedroom suite - 27 m. sq.(290 sq. feet)
Guest bedroom suite 1 - 29 m. sq.(310 sq. feet)
Guest bedroom suite 2 - 24 m. sq.(260 sq. feet)
The bespoke kitchen, with quality fitted appliances and bamboo work surfaces is the largest room in the house and has 5 double glazed windows, 4 of which are floor to ceiling door windows.
The house has been renovated and finished to the highest standards and is filled with light throughout.
It is ready to move into and enjoy with friends and family and with its current layout could equally serve paying guests.
There is an abundance of storage throughout the house, wood panelled rooms, 4 working stone fireplaces 3 of which are original, high quality flooring, fixtures, fittings and appliances.
The house provides modern living but has retained all of the best elements of a prestigious country house (known by the locals as le chateau).
Broadband and satellite connection to british and french TV is currently in use.
Most of the furniture could be available by negotiation, if required, as the owners are downsizing.
There are Notaires in both Richelieu and Monts sur Guesnes.
*Please note this property is being marketed on behalf of a private vendor. The details, description and images have been written and furnished by the seller, and have not been verified by Healey Fox. We cannot therefore guarantee their accuracy. Prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves on all information before agreeing to purchase or booking viewings.
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