- 200 m2
- 4 rooms
- 2 bedrooms
A fully renovated, 18th century tower with its bungalow and an exceptional view in the midst of an estate in rural Ardèche.
This property is set near to a village, with some 800 inhabitants, in the foothills of the French department of Ardèche. The village, steeped in history, is mentioned as of the 12th century as a stopover along the route from Le-Puy-en-Velay to Jerusalem. Although in the countryside and benefitting from a panoramic view, this property is but 20 minutes from Tournon-sur-Rhône and 50 minutes from Valence with its TGV train station and its 135-minute links to Paris several times a day. Lyon-St-Exupéry airport is 90 minutes away by car.
This property comprises an old tower, from an 18th century windmill, which has been fully restored and transformed into a house, spanning approx. 200 m² of living space, as well as a bungalow, spanning approx. 32 m². A horse loose box completes the property which is part of an estate, extending over approx. 3.7 ha of co-owned land, comprising other stone houses and bungalows set amidst immaculately kept and superbly laid out green open spaces, together with a swimming pool and a patio, where a Provencal atmosphere reigns. A panoramic view takes in the still wild surroundings.
The towerThis square tower is entirely built of stone. It spans four levels and is topped with a hip roof covered with Roman tiles. The windows are filled with small-panes. A south-facing terrace, paved with small tiles, provides a panoramic view. A series of bungalows stands on a lower level, in the direction of the swimming pool. These small wooden constructions also have a south-facing covered terrace. One of them comes with the tower, together with a horse loose box in one of the co-owned buildings which houses a riding arena. This horse loose box could, of course, be used for storage purposes.
A superb outside stone stairway goes up to the first level of the tower. A wide terrace, stretching out in front of the entrance, provides an unobstructed view over the surrounding hills, typical of the Ardèche. The front door is set under a wide stone archway. A stairway, housed in the hall, goes down to a lower level of the tower. A few steps go up to the lounge. The walls are constructed from exposed stone and the ceilings have exposed, white-painted beams. This convivial lounge features a Godin wood-burning stove. It communicates with a spacious, fully fitted kitchen. A stairway goes to the floor above.
The stairway comes out on the second floor in a luminous bedroom. Once again the ceiling has exposed, white-painted beams whilst the floor is covered with tiles reflecting ochre hues. Large cupboards forming an alcove flank the south-facing window which lets in bright rays of sunlight. A stairway adorned with wrought iron railings goes up to the top floor of the tower.
The bathroom on the third floor is spacious. It has a superb bath with lion-claw feet and a wide Italian-style shower. Both wash-hand basins are set on the marble top of a long, old cupboard, providing a lot of storage space. The toilet is separate. This level also includes a dressing room and a small room, containing bunk beds.
The stairway in the entrance hall goes down to the lower level of the tower. A door, level with a mezzanine, acts as another entrance to the residence via a covered porch way adjoining the tower. Said porch way leads to a small shady patio and directly outside.
The stairway ends in a small corridor where there are a toilet and a storage room. This level features stone floor tiles and walls covered with old fashioned whitewash. The corridor leads to a bedroom which has a shower room and cupboards with old wooden doors. This level therefore comprises a suite which is independent from the rest of the ...
reference : 824362 - Le Figaro Properties reference : 14980785