- 4 bedrooms
- 3 bathrooms
- 8 habitable rooms
- 220 square meters of living space
- 40 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
This property, in the north of the French department of Vendée, is a few kilometres from the town centre of Challans, near to the beaches in Saint-Jean-de-Monts as well as to Noirmoutier, Roche-sur-Yon and Nantes with its international airport. The railway line and the excellent road network make it possible to move around easily. The dynamic commune, the second major town in the region, has all amenities.
Challans is surrounded by well-kept, lush countryside that is dissected by long, winding, tree-lined roads. This property, in a hamlet in the midst of a hectare of wooded parklands, is free of any nuisances. It can be reached via two main entrances. One is guarded by tall, wrought iron gates whilst the other has outstanding wooden gates set in the long stone wall. The gates, with a brick surround, come from an old Parisian mansion house. They open on to a gravel driveway with low-level lighting, bordered by palm and Tuscan cypress trees.
The main house
This house, built in 1830, exudes an Italian air. It was constructed in the traditional way from lime-rendered quarry stone blocks. The four corners of the building feature pilasters with scrolled capitals. The classical entablature has an architrave with three fesses topped with the frieze and the cornice. It goes up to a height of more than ten metres. The long facade features six openings, with triangular pediments or with a floral motif on an overhead panel under a semi-circular arch, and four concave alcoves.
The double-glazed PVC openings have electric rolling shutters. Floors are covered with travertine stone tiles, in the reception rooms, or solid pinewood flooring. It has electric heating and a sanitation system with an all-water septic tank in line with current day standards. The current owners renovated all the buildings in 2005.
Unusual architecture provokes infatuation and an architect’s imagination always arouses feelings in new residents. A Tuscan-style villa is not out of place in Vendée as a quality of the light, a certain historic dynamism and something like a pleasant way of life can be found in both areas. Here, Italian features, reflected in the design of the residence and the plants growing in the parklands, are out of sight of onlookers; this property cannot be glimpsed from the road, the one leading to the very attractive Challans and to the ocean.
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