Built to the present owners' exacting specifications in 2011, this ultra-modern property also has a hidden past as it has been built using a Second World War German bunker as its foundations!
The bunker has 8 rooms with their original metal doors, some bearing signs showing their wartime function - "Operations Room" and the like.
The bunker provides dry storage and could be converted to other uses also - it's constant temperature makes it an ideal wine cellar as one suggestion...
To return to the modern home above ground, the house is very private, secure and secluded, in a peaceful street with direct pedestrian access via a footpath to the beach and superb facilities of the Pontaillac beach with numerous bars, restaurants and shops plus the well-known casino.
The beach is protected by rocky outcrops at each end but has its moments as a surfing beach too. The town of Royan offers a great all-year round variety of social and cultural activities and has an excellent choice of quality shopping, in addition to its unusual and fabulous indoor market, built like the Royan "cathedral" and other local iconic buildings to the designs of national and international architects taking part in the post-war reconstruction of the town, largely destroyed by Allied action at the end of World War Two.
The surrounding area holds plenty of interest with easy access to Atlantic coast beaches and ports and the attractions of the Gironde Estuary and the Médoc Peninsula, reached by a regular ferry service from Royan.
The marina in Royan itself offers excellent facilities for boatowners and there is an airfield for private aircraft enthusiasts.
The nearest airports are Bordeaux and La Rochelle, reached by road in about 90 minutes and 65 minutes respectively. Royan is served by regional trains giving access to the larger towns and cities of the region, including Angoulême from where the high-speed trains can whisk you to Paris in less than two hours.
The house has every convenience in its 305 m² of habitable space, being composed of light and airy adjoining spaces with the vast living space having direct access throughout to the terrraces, with a choice of sunshine and shade, and the pool.
The ground-floor level of the house consists of:
- entrance hall (14.5 m²) with a window looking onto a small side terrace and a large walk-in cupboard for outdoor clothes and shoes.
- the 130 m² L-shaped living space provides a luxury fitted kitchen, with island/breakfast bar and all appliances, seating areas, TV area, snug winter lounge space with fireplace and a games room. The same floor til es are used throughout the continuous space and the large sliding doors and windows make the transition from indoors to outdoors entirely seamless. Electric blinds and roller shutters are fitted throughout and there is underfloor heating using a heat pump as its source. Behind the kitchen is an extra preparation and storage room of 9.5 m² and there is a 10.75 m² laundry room with direct access to outside.
Off the living space of the ground floor is the master bedroom of 38.46 m², with its superb array of fitted storage cupboards and its open-plan bathroom/WC with doors to the terrace and garden.
Also accessed from the living area is the study, which could be used as a guest bedroom if required. It has a door to the garden and fitted storage shelves. (17 m²).
Downstairs cloakroom/WC 4 m².
Upstairs, via a circular metal staircase are two identical suites, facing one another across a large landing/reading space of 26.5 m², which could be closed off if wanted to make an extra bedroom. Each of the two suites has a double bedroom of 16.4 m² with direct access to a large terrace/balcony; ensuite shower/WC (5.6 m²) and walk-in wardrobe of 3.9 m².
Outside, surrounded by the extensive decked terraces and neat vegetation, is the 13 x 3.5 m pool, heated by a heat pump. The gardens, mainly laid to lawn with trees, form an attractive border between the built part of the property and its boundaries.
There is secure outside parking for three cars and a two to three car garage which leads to the rooms of the bunker in the basement.
Overall, a stunning property which must be seen to be appreciated.
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- Wohnfläche (m2)
- 296 m²
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- 1.176 m²
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