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

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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

ON THE MAR­KET FOR

€975,000

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

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