The estate encompasses four acres of land (two hectares) .Two acres of fields leading to the river Charente, and to acres of park all surrounded by stone walls opening to the rest of the world by three impressive wrought iron gates.
La Nauve with its world famous counterpart Bagnolet, the Hennessy's resort, are the upstream and downstream sentinels of mighty Cognac.
They are the only two "Hôtel de Négociants" which were built, a mile or two out of town, with their façades turned towards the river and not towards the street. They were conceived to be family homes before being the ostentatious flagships of Cognac most renowned trade marks.
(La Nauve is related to the Martell and Hardy families)
The park,( about two acres), with nearly bicentennial sequoia and plane tree, mature laurel and yew wood hedges, as been improved by the addition of a large swimming pool (12mx6m) in 2001.
A well provides water for an automatic watering system.
The quarter barrel shaped, south facing green house is a must for winter afternoon teas.
The little canal Jean Simon ,( a diversion of the Charente and about three meters wide) travels through the park and two little bridges lead to the vegetable garden , a pair of dove houses and the beautiful stone wall fish reserve ( half an acre ) where carps , ducks and swans enjoy a peaceful life .
A vaulted landing stage with its delightful twin stone built staircases give to the place an air of little Venice .
The house, (about 1000 square meters of living space), beautifully built with the best stone from Sainte Même quarries, speaks for itself and a visit will be better than a thousand words.
The façade with mouldings, carvings, cornices, balustrade, pilasters and balcony.
The interior with oak floor planking, marble fire places, bevelled glass doors, mosaic floor in entrance hall, mouldings, paintings, three walnut staircases ..... , the inventory is endless.
The strong room with its sheet steel safety door made by Fichet-Bauche and its monumental 6ft high safe by the same maker is a testimony of the quiet opulence and respectability of the place. Not to mention the cellar.
Ground floor contains hall, three large reception rooms, office, breakfast room, two kitchens, utility rooms, bread oven, and two toilets. Garage for four cars.
First floor contains landings, 8 bedrooms, six bath or shower rooms, utility rooms, four toilets, and attics.
The adjoining directoire style buildings, which were used till the beginning of last century as a distillery, (about 450 square meters), offer an exciting opportunity to develop a private or commercial project
Exactly five minutes from market, townhall, hospital and all amenities.
Viewing by appointment.
Contact details at the end of the video