Set on the square of one of the prettiest villages in South West France, this elegant & spacious townhouse was restored to an exceptional standard by an art expert (formerly with Christie’s), who has for many years enjoyed it as the perfect place to relax and to entertain friends.
The house has immense character, with architectural features dating back as far as the 14th century. The large principal rooms and high ceilings give a sense of space and grandeur, but this is still a practical, comfortable home featuring three bedroom/bathroom suites.
The ground floor provides a formal entrance hall (4.96m x 4.53m), with a sweeping stone staircase, and doorways leading to salon/reception room 1 (4.96m x 3.83m), dining room (5.06m x 5.06m). From the dining room, a doorway accesses the kitchen/breakfast room (5.13m x 5.30m), from which a second staircase leads to the first floor. The covered South-facing arcade provides a sunny spot to enjoy breakfast, or a glass of wine in the evening taken from the cellar’s wine racks.
On the first floor there is a galleried landing, salon/reception 2 (5.28m x 8.50m), inner landing (3.30m x 4.47m), cloakroom (1.89m x 1.95m), master bedroom (4.87m x 5.76m with en-suite bathroom), wc, and private landing with staircase to kitchen), bedroom 2 (3.25m x 5.97m with en-suite bathroom), and bedroom 3 (3.11m x 4.56m with en-suite bathroom). There is also a charming large “housekeeper’s store-room” with custom-made storage baskets.
The nearly 330m² property features five working fireplaces, including an open fireplace in the kitchen where radiant heat under the 18th century tile floor adds additional warmth; in the summer there is constant movement of air from the open doors, with gates in the kitchen and small salon, and from wicket windows in the front doors. The high-quality renovation includes a new roof in 2014 and a new heating system in 2015, zoned east and west, and with remote digital control from your phone.
The large and small salons, and one of the guest bedrooms face east to overlook the historic Place Royale.
This is an ideal “lock and leave” property, to enjoy the best of life in France with a minimum of effort and maintenance.