Villa River House
Antigny (86) France

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€ 125,000

Owing to the death of my wife and personal health issues,
the property is offered at this favorable price and terms.

Fully Furnished 5BR,
including Rover 216 automobile

FREE Gardener/Caretaker/Overseer 
providing 24/7 presence on property

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 3 baths, 1 with WC
  • 2 separate WC
  • 2 bedroom apartment
  • Modern kitchen with 
    • top-of-the-line Neff counter-top stove/cooker,
    • Oven
    • Ventilator
    • Dishwasher, and
    • Laden side-by-side refrigerator/freezer
  • Numerous small Appliances from the US with five 110V-220V step-up converters around the house to meet European electric standards, including
    • GE Toaster Oven
    • Cuisinart,
    • Capresso Espresso Maker
    • Jack LaLanne Juicer
    • Sharp microwave
    • 27" Philips color TV
    • 20" Sony color TV
    • 2 Satellite dishes--SkyTV and French TV
    • Sony DVR/DVD
    • Sony 50 CD player
  • Fully equipped work shop for DIY aficionado including Ryobi wireless hand tools and 3 rechargeable batteries in durable, rolling storage cabinet. 
  • 52 m2 (520 ft2) floor-through Living Room with French doors out to terraces
  • working fireplace
  • double glazed windows
  • American and European antiques 
  • 8 Persian oriental rugs
  • American antique Wadsworth Lounsbury Turner tick-tock mantel clock
  • East/West orientation with unobstructed southern exposure
  • 100 meter frontage River Gartempe
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Welcome to Buy My House In France, where you will learn about one of the best real estate values in France, Villa River House, a 5BR, 3BA, 200 m2 (2,000 square foot) country home in the Poitou Charente region of west central France. It comprises approximately one half hectare, and includes a large vegetable garden and orchard maintained by a resident caretaker (at no cost to the owner) on the left bank of the River Gartempe. 

Located 45 Km east of Poitiers on the western north/south TGV line, and in a rural area planted in vast fields of Sunflowers (Tournesols), Rape, wheat, and other cereal grains, it is two and one half hours from Charles deGaulle airport in Paris by TGV and one and a half hours from Gare Montparnasse.

The property is situated 1 km north of the village center of Antigny, and about 3 km south of the village center of Saint-Savin sur Gartempe where we  buy our bread, and where there are also several restaurants including a Michelin starred restaurant, 2 pharmacies, 2 supermarkets, and hair salons, tabacs, and cafes. The Abbey of Saint-Savin, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983, attracts tourists from around the world to see the ancient church begun in the 11th century and her ceiling frescos. In one crenelated tower of the Abbey, the first hydraulic elevator was built by Otis.

Other larger cities that have many more shops are Montmorillon to the south where we go to the supermarket, Chauvigny and Poitiers to the west, and Le Blanc to the east. Every Friday--continuing a tradition of the past 1,000 years--traveling merchants display their wares on the Place de la Liberation in Saint-Savin. Many local residents rely on such markets coming to them just as they have for centuries. 

We are central to the Bordeaux, Cognac, Loire, Touraine, and Burgundy regions, none being more than 3-4 driving hours away, with the Loire/Touraine being the closest at just an hour to the north. 
Ecossais, our pure bred Scottish Fold cat and boon companion comes to France with us every year. He is not included.
        This view of the house looks southwest showing the three story configuration in the rear and the two stories in front on the road. The street, designated D11, is lightly traveled. The field on the other side of the house is the site every two years for the celebration of ancient farming methods and equipment called the Fête des Battages. 
Across the street is the town soccer pitch, where spirited contests between neighboring villages are held frequently all summer long. And anyone is welcome to participate in pick-up games of Petanque, or Boules, a free-form version of bocce. 

   Though they live in nearby Saint-Savin, M. and Mme. Blanchet preside over the apartment on the ground floor, where M. Blanchet forces plants in the Spring, keeps his planting records, starts his seedlings, fattens his escargots(!), prepares the Geraniums for our terraces, stores his gardening tools, repairs his equipment, and where Mme. Blanchet prepares foods for canning and preserving. 
M. Blanchet has graciously agreed to help in the transition to a new owner, sharing his encyclopedic knowledge of gardening in this climate, the composition of the soil and its past use, what works and what doesn't, and the not inconsiderable intricacies of  the irrigation system.  

The rear terrace overlooks the garden that runs down to the river Gartempe off to the south east. New ceramic tile and custom tooled balustrade were installed in 2009. Opening off the floor-through living room and the kitchen, the terrace is a center of activity throughout the summer. With an awning that rolls out to cover fully half of the 600 square foot (60 square meter) terrace, it provides protection from the sun or the occasional soft summer shower. The table extends to seat 14.

With ceramic tile throughout the first floor, and floor to ceiling French doors giving out to the front and rear terraces, the house is remarkably cool even on the hottest summer days. The custom oak Etagere, built by a neighbor who is a master artisan, hides two TVs, a 50CD Compact Disc Player, DVD, and VCR, and holds dozens of English language books on cooking, Biography, History of France, and numerous mysteries. All furniture, antiques, orientals and other furnishings and fixtures are available, making this truly a turn key transaction, especially important for a foreign buyer.

The oriental rugs are included in the sale, a few over 50 years old.

        How 'bout a nice cuppa tea in front of the fire to ward off the chill of an autumn afternoon. The Wadsworth Lounsbury Turner mantel clock made in Litchfield CT in the early 19th century and the antique Queen Anne wing back chair are among the antiques included in the sale.

The modern kitchen features the latest appliances, including Neff cooktop, hood, and convection/regular oven, as well as custom Neff dishwasher that hides behind natural oak paneling. The faucet collapses to permit the window to open.

The Sharp microwave is one of numerous small appliances brought from the U.S. that plug into any of five 110V to 220V step-up converters around the house to achieve European electrical performance requirements. 

The new Laden refrigerator/freezer slim profile belies its capacity. And the glass-front Epicerie, French for grocery, and hand painted ceramic back splash all around add chic touches to the thoroughly modern kitchen.

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