Interview with an agent in Charente

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Christophe Guay of Agence TIC Ruffec explains why this single-storey property, on the market for €197,500, gets his vote

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Why does this property stand out for you?

After living in as beautiful a part of France as Charente for over 12 years you tend to hone your requirements based on what clients want. I imagine many may expect an agent in this area to choose an old stone property but, having had a rural farmhouse with barns, this exceptional modern property appeals to me on several levels. It has clean lines, central-heating and insulation, mains drainage and a heated swimming pool, and it’s within a short walk of a town but retains country views.

Why is it a great buy?

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It’s worth mentioning that the price has been reduced from €251,000 to €197,500. This is great value for an edge-of-town property in such good order.

What’s the wow factor?

This has to be the high-tech finish to the whole property, inside and out. I love its modern kitchen and electric gates and shutters, and the low-maintenance lifestyle on offer.

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What is the immediate location like?

The views from the pool and garden would suggest you were far out in the countryside but, in fact, the town centre is no more than a five-minute walk away. Here there is a weekly market and all commerce on tap, and for those keen on walking or fishing, the River Charente is even closer.

What is the appeal of the area?

Away from the market town there are plenty of activities for young and old alike. Canoeing on the Charente is a popular pastime as well as cycling on country lanes among the endless sunflower fields. There are many pretty villages nearby such as Verteuil-sur-Charente and Nanteuil-en-Vallée, plus a good choice of local restaurants.

Close to Poitiers is the renowned Futuroscope theme park and near Civray are the fabulous Vallée des Singes (a monkey park with many roaming free) and Crocodile Island. The coast is within easy reach for a day out at the beach and for the cultured, the area is well known for its unspoilt architecture, particularly Romanesque churches. The departmental cities of Bordeaux, Poitiers, Niort, Angoulême and Limoges are all within a manageable drive of the area too.

How easy is it to get to?

Accessibility is one great aspect of this sunny corner of France. The area is served by airports at Poitiers, Limoges, La Rochelle and Bordeaux. In addition, the N10 toll-free road provides great access by car or you can ‘let the train take the strain’ by hopping on the TGV and reaching Paris in under three hours. There is a TGV station just three miles from the house.

Who would it suit?

The property is currently occupied by a retired couple enjoying the ease of running such a home and having all accommodation on one level. It would equally suit someone looking for a holiday home, a professional couple or indeed a young family; there is plenty of space and a large double garage offers potential for an extended living area.

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