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House Challans (85)

Price: € 870,000
  • Surface 470 m2
  • Rooms 16 
  • Bedrooms 8 
  • Land 5 800 m2

An elegant, traditional, long farmhouse, spanning approx. 470 m², once an imperial secondary school, in a town on the Vendée’s “Coast of Light”.
Eight kilometres of fine sandy beaches, both urban and wild, have made this seaside resort on the Vendée coast famous. A national forest planted with pine trees separates the seafront from the old market town where the secondary school was built. Inland, the marshlands are crossed by numerous hiking and cycle paths, providing a variety of paludal landscapes. A golf course, listed as one of the thirty most beautiful French golf courses, overlooks the ocean. This Isles of Yeu and Noirmoutier can be glimpsed rising out of the sea in the distance.
A variety of shops, amenities, restaurants and markets are within walking distance of the property.
Nantes TGV train station, 70 km away, has daily links to Paris, taking about 2 hours, whilst its airport offers national and international flights.
This property, resembling a traditional, long farmhouse in a quiet, one-way street, is one of the oldest houses in the town. It constitutes a real haven of peace, its specific characteristics isolating it from all of its surroundings. The only stone house in the market town, its elegantly sober architecture is laid out in a T-shape, with a central building set at right angles to a wing running alongside the access road.
It stands in close to 6,000 m² of parklands. Walls and shrub hedges surround the house, whilst old trees are dotted throughout the grassy areas.
The central building separates two gardens, one facing north and the other south. An earth terrace, surrounded by a low wall, extends the building on the south-facing facade and looks out over the garden. Two wells are used for watering purposes. A swimming pool could also be installed.
The property’s historyThis elegant, traditional, long farmhouse, built in 1774 and therefore with two centuries of history, was initially used as a lodge for hunting ducks. The owner at that time sought to build a building of quality and had the stone to be used for its construction brought by skiff over the marshes to the great astonishment of the local population who used earth, sand, water and straw to construct their homes, known locally as “bourrines”.
Its destiny took a prestigious turn when it was chosen in 1804 by Napoleon to become the Vendée’s first imperial secondary school. It housed some fifty pupils from poor families, victims of the civil war, who lived in the marshlands and surrounding areas. Napoleon was seeking to ensure some level of education in “this unhappy land”.
Once purchased, works were immediately undertaken to extend the house but even so the premises soon became too small.
Ten years after its creation, the secondary school was transferred to another town and the buildings were respectively used as a presbytery, a court’s office and an annexe of the town hall, before being purchased in 1858 by an ancestor of the current owners. Since this time, six generations have lived in this showplace of local heritage, now a convivial family home.
The houseWith two entrances off of the street and an entrance via the main building, this house is consequently composed of three separate areas that could easily be reconnected as the different sections intercommunicate.
Typical of the Vendée’s rural hamlets, these two buildings are laid out longwise all on one level. The building materials reflect great homogeneity: the gable roofs clearly standing out in the landscape courtesy of their orange-coloured Roman tiles. These are enhanced with a wrought cornice where the roof drains project their graphic shadows. Dressed stone, sometimes with arched lintels, surrounds the many small-paned windows and French windows. The stone walls are covered …

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Advertiser reference: 647288 - Le Figaro Properties reference: 33753847

In detail

    • Surface 470 m2
    • Rooms 16
    • Bedrooms 8
    • Land 5 800 m2
    • Construction N/A*
    • Parking N/A*
    • Bathrooms N/A*
    • Toilets N/A*
    • Exposure N/A*
    • Heating N/A*
    • Kitchen N/A*
  • Energy Performance Certificate

    in KWhPE/m²/year

    N/A*
    • A ≤ 50
    • B 51 to 90
    • C 91 to 150
    • D 151 to 230
    • E 231 to 330
    • F 331 to 450
    • G > 451

    GreenHouse Gas emission

    in CO2eqkg/m²/year

    N/A*
    • A ≤ 5
    • B 6 to 10
    • C 11 to 20
    • D 21 to 35
    • E 36 to 55
    • F 56 to 80
    • G > 80
  • € 870,000

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