OUR DREAM PROPERTY
Every so often we come across a French property that knocks us for six. This month, Eve Middleton is dreaming of a manor house in south-west France
Eve Middleton explains why a 19th-century manor house in Charente is her dream buy
Getting away from the rat race, being your own boss, working to live and not living to work – call it what you will – this is often one of the reasons why so many of us choose a more laid-back lifestyle across the Channel.
This 19th-century, six-bedroom and two-suite property just outside the pretty Charente village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne offers a lifestyle that could restore a more equal work-life balance. This gorgeous historic manor house with sprawling views over the surrounding countryside has been recently renovated before being run as a B&B, so is ready for a new owner to take up the reins and really make it their own.
Set in an idyllic tranquil spot, yet close to the restaurants and cafés in the village – not to mention the tempting delights of the Sunday food market – the property has approximately two acres of land, as well as gardens with an
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orchard and a wood, set out alongside an outdoor swimming pool, boules pitch, and two stately honey-stone pigeonnier towers.
Don’t mistake its rural location for inaccessibility, though – at just 30 minutes from Angoulême and 60 minutes from Bordeaux, there’s every reason for friends and family to come and visit in order to help you restore the latter element of that important work-life balance. www.besthouseinfrance.com