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.
Beautifully restored masters house circa 1825 in the heart of the Charente-Maritime with views across open countryside, a huge pool, fabulous gardens and even your own small lake.
Renovated in 2012 the large and spacious main house comprises on the ground floor 2 big bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom facilities, a huge kitchen dining room, salon with carved ceiling and fireplace and a lovely shady terrace overlooking the gardens and pool. The ornate original staircase leads to a landing off which there are 4 further bedrooms all with en-suite facilities. The unconverted loft offers the opportunity for further accommodation.
Fully double glazed, insulated and rewired this fabulous property retains all the character features of the period which sit comfortably alongside modern conveniences such as the new wood fired heating system, wifi and built in sound system.
The equally well renovated gite offers additional guest accommodation with 4 bedrooms (one on the ground floor with access to the garden), 2 ensuite shower rooms, a bathroom, large modern kitchen dining room and cosy salon with fireplace. Successfully let to groups over the summer months this stylish property is a stunning family home or fantastic income opportunity.
Price including agency fees: �901 000
Price excluding agency fees: �850 000
Buyer commission included: 6 %