A superb 19th century residence in a verdant, watery setting on the outskirts of the Poitevin marshlands.
This astonishing landscape is just 5 minutes from Niorts historic town centre, renowned for its superb metal structure housing one of the Poitou regions richest covered markets. The TGV train station, in the centre of town, has 110-minute links to Paris. The proximity of La-Rochelle and Poitiers makes it easy to reach their airports with flights to England and other European destinations. Paris is 400 km away via the A10 motorway, easily accessed on the outskirts of town. Nantes is 75 minutes away, La-Rochelle 40 minutes and the Ile-de-Ré is 50 minutes away
This residence, built around 1850, is a former outbuilding of the Chateau of La-Tiffardière. It is located in an unusual and astonishing natural setting on the outskirts of the Poitevin marshlands, in Niorts Saint-Liguaire district. This site, exuding well-being, provides peace and quiet in which to recharge ones batteries as well as radiating a special energy: the air is extremely pure courtesy of centuries-old trees and also constitutes a sanctuary for numerous species of birds.
The house suddenly comes into view at the end of a narrow lane. On its south side, a long lawn goes down to a pure water spring which feeds an old, stone-lined fish breeding pool. This corner of the garden is in the shade of an oriental plane tree, a specimen which is one of the biggest in the region. In another corner of this large landscaped area, a small bamboo grove acts as a reminder that water is an essential feature of this property. On the north side, a parking area provides access to two sections of an outbuilding: one old section of living space, now an artists studio, was once used as a bakery and a laundry room. The other section is in use as a garage and a shed. On the west side, a vast clearing surrounded by tall trees gently slopes down from the house to the river Sèvre, the water flowrate of which has been controlled perfectly for decades. A mooring area for small boats makes it possible to set off along the Poitevin marshland canals. A clearing towards the right-hand side leads to a forest where the owners have right of way.
The mansionItalian in style, it dates from the early 19th century. The northern elevation is strictly identical to the southern. The buildings proportions and the feeling of harmony that it provokes are without doubt the work of an architect. The house is surrounded by many mature trees that have been chosen and placed with great care.
The main door is on the northern elevation and leads into an entrance hall. The sunlight flows in from the south through a pair of Arabic style doors. Several of the ground floor rooms have large red tiles on the floor, which create an atmosphere reminiscent of the south of France. To the left, the small living room with a large fireplace and parquet floor has a cosier feel. To the right of the hallway a second living room with views of the glade and the river is used as a study. From the study, a door leads to a corridor that serves the south-facing rooms and a stairway. The corridor has fitted cupboards and exposed stonework walls. The kitchen is in the south-west corner of the house. This large room is lit by a south-facing glazed door and a window as well as two twin windows above the sink on the west elevation, similar to American houses. The floor has pale flagstones in excellent condition. The adjoining dining room opens onto a patio. The flooring is terrazzo, a combination of fragments of stone and coloured marble held together with cement and polished to a shine. On the left is a lovely fireplace to keep out the chill on a winters day. A second corridor, perpendicular to the first, leads to the boiler room, toilets and the garden to the ...
Anzahl der Schlafzimmer: 7, Anzahl der Badezimmer: 1, Bundesland: Poitou-Charentes