From cosy cottages and chic apartments to renovated farmhouses and elegant manors, the department of Charente in south-west France has fabulous properties on the market at reasonable prices
€80,600 Near St-Claud
Currently rented out as a gîte for around €400 a week in summer, this cute one-bedroom stone house is in Cellefrouin, a little village with a beautiful church near St-Claud and 37 minutes from Angoulême. Renovated three years ago, it offers views over the village from its terraced garden and has electric heating, double-glazed windows and mains drainage.
€92,500 – Confolens
Paris luxury mingles with Charentais sunshine in this airy one-bedroom apartment with high ceilings and beautiful flooring in the riverside town of Confolens. Available directly from the developer with no agency fees and low notaire costs, it’s in an historic, gated residence with 24/7 concierge and communal facilities including a heated swimming pool, hot tub, gym/sauna, landscaped courtyard and garden with views of the River Vienne.
€149,000 Near Confolens
This freshly renovated farmhouse with new double glazing and new septic tank is in a quiet hamlet 11km from Confolens. It comes with an attached mostly-renovated barn accessible from the ground floor and, in the 1,717m2 grounds, a second barn and original bread oven to upgrade as well as a brick shed and garage. There are three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs.
This beautiful four-bedroom family house was formerly a presbytery and is situated in a village with a grocery shop within walking distance. Double glazed throughout with a large attic that could be converted, it comes with a 645m2 garden that contains a large above-ground pool, courtyard with bar, woodstore and hardstanding parking area for three cars.
This tastefully renovated former Knights’ Templar commanderie is in the heart of a large village with shops, school, doctor’s and twice-weekly market and is only 1h15 from the coast at La Rochelle. The house, which has mains drainage and fibre internet, offers three bedrooms and looks south over beautiful walled grounds that include three large barns and other outbuildings. There’s even a piece of adjoining land with a truffle orchard included in the price of
€254,400 near Villefagnan
Oozing with character and facing south, this gorgeous detached house with gîte and pool are in a tranquil village a few minutes’ drive from Villefagnan, which has a few shops, bar-restaurant and weekly market. It has two huge ensuite bedrooms with oak floors and beams on the first floor and two attics on the second floor. The semi-renovated gîte is to finish off and has two ensuite bedrooms. Outside is a swimming pool, sun terrace, pump room, garage, workshop and low-maintenance garden.
This substantial property is in a desirable hamlet only 2km from picturesque Verteuil village, which has an imposing château as well as riverside restaurants, wine bar, bakers, butchers and chemists. It comprises a main house with a master suite and two other rooms that could be bedrooms, plus a well-equipped gîte with three double bedrooms and office. There’s a pool with changing room in the pretty gardens and the double-glazed property is on mains drainage.
€441,000 near Châteauneuf-sur-Charente
Enjoying great country views, this elegant property is on edge of a small village, withing walking distance of a restaurant, near Châteauneuf-sur-Charente. It has a farmhouse kitchen-diner, two sitting rooms and four double bedrooms, one of which is on the ground floor with a shower room. Substantial outbuildings running along one side and the back of the house could be developed, with planning permission, and the 4,728m2 grounds also contain a pool and pool house, a large barn and handsome two-room pigeonnier, which could make a work-from-home office.
€520,000 near Aubeterre-sur-Dronne
Just 4km from Aubeterre, one of the most beautiful villages in France, this splendid manor house with interesting ancilliary buildings, has commanding views over the Charente landscape. The kitchen is particularly stunning with units handmade from authentic French dressers. There are currently seven bedrooms over the upstairs floors and another could be added if necessary. Buildings in the 5,500m2 grounds include a Gothic façade three-storey house with attached barn, a free-standing music room and a pool with bar and changing area.
Only 20 minutes from department capital Angoulême, which has high-speed rail links, this maison de maître offers no less than 360m² of immaculate living space. The entrance hall, with its stained glass doors, makes a particularly big impression and there’s beautiful tiled, wooden and parquet flooring throughout. Currently set up as a five bedroom, three bathroom home with games room and home cinema, the property comes with an independent annexe (containing a gym), an open-barn garage, and another large outbuilding.
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