Wood burning stove
Plenty of storage
Shell grotto bathroom
What can only be described as a very special one-of-a-kind house, this unique three-bedroom property exudes romantic charm and an individual atmosphere, and has to be viewed to be appreciated. Surrounded by natural rock face and a lush canopy of trees, Chez Gigi is an oasis of quiet calm offering a versatile layout and charming interior with Farrow & Ball painted walls and original features throughout. Price includes agents fees.
LOCATION: Located on a small riverside lane beneath the ancient Cite de L'Ecrit within minutes walk from the town's main square and shops. Montmorillon is a small thriving town with several cafes and restaurants, a cinema, swimming pool, weekly market and easy access to both Limoges and Poitiers by rail and road. Both Limoges and Poitiers are served by Ryanair with daily flights to the UK.
All three floors are accessed via a spiral staircase running from the downstairs internal hallway.
GROUND FLOOR: Kitchen / Diner (6.00 x 5.00 mtrs): With traditional wooden shuttered windows looking out across the Rive Gartempe and the Vieux Palais, a traditional terracotta tiled floor, original beamed ceiling, ample shelving with under-lighting, marble worktops and double glazed French doors leading out onto the spectacular garden, the spacious kitchen/dining room is ideal for entertaining family and friends. Includes all white goods, 5 burner range cooker with large oven, wood burning stove set in an original Charentaise stone fireplace, UK satellite TV connection.
From the kitchen, two steps lead up to a small internal hallway and access to a totally unique bathroom featuring a shell grotto rock wall ( 2.42 x 2.11 mtrs) Tiled floor and walls, white bathroom suite featuring overhead shower. Electric radiator and inbuilt ceiling lights
Spiral stair access to:
FIRST FLOOR: The first floor features two double bedrooms, one with an en suite bathroom. In addition there is an airing cupboard housing the hot water tank and a pretty dressing room with outside access.
BEDROOM 1 (4.10 x 2.93 mtrs): Large double bedroom with original multi-paned window, panelled door and painted wood floor. Vintage crystal drop wall lights and painted beamed ceiling. Access to:
DRESSING ROOM (2.82 x 3.06 mtrs): Charming dressing room with fitted wardrobe, feature red and white tiled floor, painted beamed ceiling, deep wall cupboard, large chandelier and original Charentaise stone fireplace. This room has dual access, one door leading to the property's front steps, the other out onto the first floor terrace garden with wrought iron arch, natural rock face and a spectacular view across the river to the Vieux Palais.
BEDROOM 2 (3.00 x 2.56 mtrs): A smaller double bedroom with new Velux window and a double glazed window overlooking the garden. Cream wool carpet and vintage stag's head wall lights. A wooden step leads onto the ensuite bathroom.
EN SUITE BATHROOM (2.78 x 2/15 mtrs): White bathroom suite, terracotta tiled floor, large feature wall mirror and long double glazed window with deep window sill. Tongue and groove facing on the bath, half-tiled walls and in-built ceiling lights. Door to the large grenier which runs the width of the house, providing ample storage space.
Spiral staircase access to second floor:
SECOND FLOOR: This whole floor is dedicated to a stunning LIVING ROOM/LIBRARY (3.07x7.95 mtrs). Three almost floor length windows ensure plenty of natural light, complementing the room's spacious proportions with painted beamed ceiling, original wooden floors and a sunken seating / TV area with small fireplace and deep inbuilt wall cupboard with original doors. A step up leads to the library area with floor to ceiling shelving, soaring gable beamed ceiling and feature chandelier. Overlooking the library is a mezzanine balcony crafted from original ship's timbers. This floor also features an original wooden door with stone steps leading down to the first floor terrace garden.
Spiral staircase access to third floor:
THIRD FLOOR: Large MEZZANINE BEDROOM (currently used as a studio) (2.00x6.00 mtrs) with original beamed gabled ceiling and two new double glazed Velux windows. Original wooden floorboards and feature balcony as described above.
GARDENS: Chez Gigi has the luxury of two separate gardens as well as a large plot of land along the rue des Ilettes.
WALLED GARDEN: From the minute you enter the walled garden, you will be entranced by Chez Gigi's serene sense of quiet tranquility spread over three gravelled terraces co-joined by a flight of ancient stone steps, all designed with an Italianate feel. Stone pathways, raised shrub-filled beds and ivy-covered walls all add to the romantic feel. The terraces provide three totally separate seating areas on different levels of the garden in addition there are two unique cave features, one used as a wood store, the other enhanced by a small rockery.
RIVERSIDE GARDEN: On the opposite side of the lane to the house is a secret riverside garden canopied by trees, overlooking the Rive Gartempe. The garden is bedded with lilies and shrubs and features a meandering stream with a family of resident fish who live under the tiny stone bridge, as well as a pretty rose arch framing the river view.
ALLOTMENT: A huge allotment lies further up the lane. Accessed by an ancient door, the allotment is currently unused but houses wild orchids, peach trees and has five inter-joined caves and a well.
OUTSIDE AREA: In addition to the gardens, Chez Gigi has a flower-filled side path with direct access to the front door and a secured cave which provides dry storage. Adequate parking facilities are found along the river.