The only part of the Poitou Charente region to enjoy a coastline, the Charente Martime benefits from the resulting mild winters. This micro-climate (officially sub-Mediterranean) means that olives, mimosa, palms and oleander flourish, and those buying a property here will appreciate the effect, too!
The coastal landscape varies widely, from open grassy plains where the local cattle graze to wild salt marshes and tall limestone cliffs.
This is where the mighty Gironde river makes its way into the Atlantic and the mouth of the river is dotted with charming little ports and harbours which retain a truly French feel. This is a popular place with the French looking to buy a second home.
Local produce including the aperitif Pineau (a blend of cognac and grape juice) is a must-try along with the locally produced caviar. Worth a look are Mortagne-sur-Gironde, Saintes for its Roman architecture and Royan - a lovely, busy harbour town with a great zoo nearby at La Palmyre.
Magnificent manoir, full of character and original features, just 10 minutes from the historic market town of Surgères with TGV to Paris and La Rochelle.
This beautiful property, cared for by the same owner for 30 years, is set in grounds of just over 1.1 hectares with a heated swimming pool, tennis court and a fabulous selection of outbuildings offering so many possibilities.
The main house comprises an impressive entrance hall, 4 large reception rooms and a kitchen, the large wide Y plan staircase situated in the tower features a stained glass window and leads to a large landing, 3 bedrooms and a further corridor leading to a master suite with large bedroom, laundry room bathroom and a further small bedroom. A further staircase rises to a loft area where there are 2 further bedrooms requiring renovation, and what could be a lovely artist's studio in the roof of the tower.
Within the grounds you will find a caretaker's cottage with functioning bread oven and kitchen, a summer house, chai, the old stables, carriage barn, garage and workshop. There is also a huge covered terrace with dining area. Family home, bed and breakfast, holiday lets or venue the choice is yours.
Restaurant 4km, shops 6km, Surgères and TGV 12km, coast 44km, La Rochelle airport 54km.
Price including agency fees: €795.000
Price excluding agency fees: €750.000€
Buyer commission included: 6%