Set in beautiful surroundings, just outside the pretty medieval village of Nanteuil-en-Vallée, a superb 4-bed, fully renovated, 19th century detached property in the heart of the Charentaise countryside. Just a 10 minute walk through delightful scenery, will bring you to the village centre where you can buy everything you need from the 2 accommodating shops, 2 lovely restaurants, a great little pizzeria (to eat in or take away), 2 creative art & craft boutiques, a friendly post office, pharmacy, doctor's surgery, an historic Church, an 11th century Abbey and an Arboretum (delightful water gardens). Nanteuil, listed as a 'Petite Cité de Caractère,' also has an impressive primary school. This wealth of amenities is a rare find in such an unspoilt rural setting.
The nearest supermarket is just 4kms away and 10kms from the larger, pretty town of Ruffec with twice weekly markets, supermarkets, hospital, sports facilities and other commercial outlets.
Our property has excellent Broadband (wifi) and mobile phone signals. Mme le Maire is particularly helpful (she and her husband also run the local charcuterie and depot de pain).
In the main house there are 3/4 bedrooms, a dressing room, 2 bathrooms, 2 separate wcs, scullery with sinks/shower, a cloakroom, an open plan kitchen with dining and sitting room, a separate morning/breakfast room which leads onto an Italian style courtyard, fabulous for eating outside among the scented plants, shrubs and herbs (lavender, passion flowers, salvias, roses and hydrangeas). A barbecue and antique pump with running water add to the ambience. Adjoining the courtyard is an historic, stone building which we use for storage, but could easily be transformed into a summer house, office or workshop.
We have updated the electricity and installed sophisticated, high spec, Inertia radiators, replaced the main roofs and recently rendered and pointed all the outside walls. There are also 2 very efficient wood burners.
At the other end of the property there is a beautiful, large garden with mature trees, shrubs, a potager and soft fruits (figs, blackcurrants, raspberries, mirabelle plums) a spacious studio, or extra bedroom (with wc, sink and shower), a wood store and an enormous grange (barn) all with electricity and water.
We are situated above Nanteuil with views of the surrounding fields and meadows (usually sown with flax, sun flowers or similar) woods and valley below. The night skies are perfect for star gazers.
There are plentiful walks and cycle rides, plus a nearby public tennis court.
The wildlife is abundant – song birds, deer, hares, butterflies and bees. It is a very tranquil, safe and unpolluted environment in which to live.
Ours is a property which could easily be divided into two parts eg if you are a large, extended family and wish to be together, but with privacy.
Just outside the pretty medieval village of Nanteuil-en-Vallée (Charente) just 10km from Ruffec, 50kms north of Angouleme.