is in the very small hamlet of Le Petit Chevallon, just outside the village of Frichebois and within the Commune of Geay.
The hamlet is approximately five to ten minutes drive from St Savinien, a small pretty market town on the banks of the beautiful
The property is set on a single track road which is more likely to see
children playing or bicycles, than cars passing.
The house is built in traditional Charentaise style with rendered and exposed stone walls. The inside is nearly all exposed
stone with high ceilings in the principal rooms and plentiful exposed old beams and attractive features.
The house comprises an old agricultural barn and out buildings
which were converted and restored about six years ago to provide a well appointed second home with all the usual facilities,
whilst preserving the original character of the property, including the old village bread oven.
The house, garden, pool, garage and parking area are surrounded by a high wall
with two solid locking gates thereby affording complete privacy, as well as security for small children who can be allowed
to roam the house and garden in safety.
Within the walls there is a gravelled area with space for
parking at least four cars as well as space to play boules.
The swimming pool is 12 m by 6 m and has a new bubble cover if the sun does not do it's job. There is a large terrace
surrounding the pool with sun loungers. There are usually various lilos and toys for the pool etc but the attrition rate does
tend to vary availability.
Under French law swimming pools in let houses must be enclosed with
a dedicated fence or wall for safety reasons; our pool and sunbathing area has a purpose built fence with a self closing gate
and consequently one can relax and leave small children, who cannot swim unsupervised, to play in the garden whilst you siesta
or have a long lunch.
The large garden is set mainly to a flat lawn with ample space for games.
the front of the house is a terrace with some planters and a table and chairs under a pergola on which we are growing
some vines. In fine weather, the terrace enjoys uninterrupted sunshine from morning till dusk.
the end of the house, the old village bread oven has been converted in to a Bar-B-Q, with a further lawn and gravelled area
to sit for your evening meals, if the terrace is still too hot.
There is a detached
garage which is used to house the tumble dryer, eight bikes, (6 adult and 2 children’s), surf boards, toys, garden
tools etc and storage.
Adjoining the property, but outside the walled garden, we have a further paddock
which is also fenced and gated and includes a small barn and the old village well. The Goat House, so called after its last
occupant, is unconverted but quite safe and will form phase two of our project. The well has been fitted with steel bars to prevent anyone falling into
it, as we calculate by the scientific dropping of pebbles and a watch, it is some 60 ft deep!! Within the paddock there is also a set of swings and a slide.