The House

The spacious 5 bedroomed House

Petit Chateau La Vigne

The house, purchased by the Wood family in 2002 is built in Charente stone, the rooms are large and light.  It comprises 3 en-suite bedrooms with double beds (2 having lovely views directly across the Charente) and the lounges enjoy the same views through the woodland across the river far below to which  stone steps lead.  When we bought the house it had been the house of a local businessman for about 50 years. The cellar was full of wine and the garden was wall-to-wall with flowers. The Wood family have simplified the gardens to make life easier and to  maintain the beautiful appearance of the Petit Chateau.

The river, to be clear, lies around 200 – 250  meters from the house, down a flight of stone steps from which you can access the river-bank.  The steps take you through the woodland which form a part of the estate.  It is a beautiful setting and there is no danger whatsoever of flooding !

The house has a large entertaining kitchen with 3 sides being constructed of glass (constructed by Akena) which opens up fully onto a  patio,  built in 2012.  The kitchen is modern with central island for entertaining and hob for central cooking.  You feel as if you are actually in the garden surrounded by lush green woodland and lawn, not to mention the view directly over the woodland and river.

A large dining table which came from a nearby monastery seats up to 14 people.  The dining room and main lounge are L shaped, spacious and relaxing with views across the river  through the trees in the grounds to the hills beyond.

Wildlife is abundant,  red squirrels and much more including an abundance of moths and butterflies and birds.

tulips at the “garden house”

The two master bedrooms face across the valley one having an art deco bathroom with bath within the vaulted tower of the old pigeonier, and so is square with slit windows. The other has a modern bathroom with shower.

The third double bedroom is on the ground floor and also has a singe bed. The bathroom has a bath.

Two further  double upstairs bedrooms with their own sitting area share a downstairs shower room.

There is a main L shaped sitting room/ dining room (the table came from a local monastery), a further small sitting room and a large conservatory kitchen, which has a breakfast table.

The cellarage is the whole footprint of the house and leads to further storage areas.

The Charentaise stone house is furnished tastefully and comfortably in a mixture of Napoleon III style, traditional french and contemporary. It has all the comforts of modern living but allowing visitors to enjoy the natural charm of the old house.

The Garden House sits in the corner of the garden, currently used as a table tennis room.  It has 2 rooms, it is a small cottage having an open chimney/fireplace at one end which has previously had a log burner fitted.  It has running water, no bathroom facilities but could be easily attached to the main septic tank systems (2) of the house which have been recently installed (within 5 years approx).

The double garage also facilitates pool pump.  A further large store is attached.

 

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Ruffec in the lovely Poitou Charente region of South West France