My dream home

A for­mer cognac-maker’s home with fab­u­lous pool in Char­ente

French Property News - - Contents - Charles Miller

Charles Miller, of Char­ente Im­mo­bilier, ex­plains why he loves this three-bed­room for­mer cognac-maker’s house, on the mar­ket for €395,850

Set in the heart of the pres­ti­gious Grande Cham­pagne, the pre­mier cru vine­yards of the Cognac re­gion in Char­ente, sits the lit­tle vil­lage of St-même-les-car­rières. Once it pro­vided the area with the much-prized lime­stone used to build not just the châteaux and maisons de maître, but al­most ev­ery build­ing, in­clud­ing barns and chicken houses. And set in the heart of this vil­lage is a beau­ti­ful cognac-maker’s house, nes­tled in el­e­gantly land­scaped Mediter­ranean-style gar­dens that keep the house com­pletely pri­vate de­spite its po­si­tion. You wouldn’t even know it was there. The house has been lov­ingly ren­o­vated to make a lux­u­ri­ous three-bed­room, two-bath­room home, blend­ing the ul­tra-mod­ern with some gor­geous pe­riod fea­tures. I par­tic­u­larly love the sit­ting room with its un­usual ter­ra­cotta-tiled floor which keeps it cool in the long, hot sum­mers, and the stone fire­place with wood-burn­ing stove that makes a cosy fea­ture in the cooler win­ter. But my favourite room has to be the sum­mer liv­ing room – a vast space, once the dis­tillery (part of the old still has been left in place). This room has walls of glass, plenty of space for en­ter­tain­ing and it also has a swim­ming pool. It’s the per­fect place to en­joy a pineau or ‘cognac-schweppes’ on a sum­mer’s af­ter­noon.

The vil­lage bar-restau­rant is just a cou­ple of min­utes’ walk. It’s pop­u­lar with the lo­cal vil­lagers and a great place to pass the time, read the pa­per and catch up on the vil­lage news. The his­toric town of Jarnac can also be reached on foot and Cognac it­self is just a 15-minute drive away.

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