This traditional country home in Charente with its green shutters and heated swimming pool has caught our eye
I’ve longed to own a holiday home in Charente ever since I spent time in this picturesque corner of France as a child. As an adult, then, I was delighted to happen upon this historic four-bedroom property in the heart of the department’s countryside – where better to create new memories of holiday fun under the French sun?
I can imagine arriving here in the summer months in my car, pulling up to the property set against an azure-blue sky, and throwing open the wrought-iron gates to reveal the welcoming sight of my own holiday hideaway complete with rambling roses and jade-green shutters.
Inside, the ground floor includes the original fireplaces in both the dining and sitting rooms, with chestnut flooring in the latter. I love to entertain in the heart of the home, and have a weakness for kitchens, so this property’s well-proportioned space with original quarry tiles underfoot lends itself to being a hub of activity. Follow the curve of the carved wooden staircase up to the remaining two floors, and you’ll find the four bedrooms set out alongside three bathrooms and an office space.
Outside, stone walls encompass the lush green garden to the rear of the property, which is home to a swimming pool (heated, naturally), and a fully renovated twobedroom gîte with kitchen and bathroom, perfect for guests.
And as for where to park the car, once I’ve pulled up and taken in my dream property? The detached stone barn, of course, which comes complete with its own hangar for undercover parking.
Now, where did I put my holiday hat and sun cream?