The only part of the Poitou Charente region to enjoy a coastline, the Charente Martime benefits from the resulting mild winters. This micro-climate (officially sub-Mediterranean) means that olives, mimosa, palms and oleander flourish, and those buying a property here will appreciate the effect, too.
The coastal landscape varies widely, from open grassy plains where the local cattle graze to wild salt marshes and tall limestone cliffs.
This is where the mighty Gironde river makes its way into the Atlantic and the mouth of the river is dotted with charming little ports and harbours which retain a truly French feel. This is a popular place with the French looking to buy a second home.
Local produce including the aperitif Pineau (a blend of cognac and grape juice) is a must-try along with the locally produced caviar. Worth a look are Mortagne-sur-Gironde, Saintes for its Roman architecture and Royan - a lovely, busy harbour town with a great zoo nearby at La Palmyre.
Stunning 20th century 5 bedroom manoir set in the grounds of an 8400m² park, in a village with amenities and just 5 minutes to the centre of Surgères with TGV station for trains to Paris and La Rochelle.
Completely renovated in 2013 this beautiful house retains many character features whilst offering all the comfort of a modern property; no expense has been spared.
The main house on 3 levels comprises a huge veranda with all around views of the garden, a modern kitchen and two large reception rooms on the ground floor, 3 large bedrooms all with en suite facilities on the 1st floor and 2 further bedrooms, a bathroom and a sitting room on the 2nd floor.
The outbuildings include a huge garage, a small house, a large cognac chai and a further large outbuilding offering lots of potential for a business premises, events or holiday lets.
Surgères centre and TGV 5km, the coast and Atlantic beaches 35km.
Price including agency fees: €661.440
Price excluding agency fees: €624.000
Buyer commission included: 6%