Wednesday, 10 March 2010

About La Charrette

La Charrette is an established bar and restaurant with spacious 2 bedroom accommodation located right in the centre of a pretty Charente Village, surrounded by beautiful French countryside. The owner has laid the groundwork establishing a thriving business which is popular with a good mix of local French, expats, both English and Dutch and holiday makers drawing customers from a wide area. Outside catering is well established for weddings etc. Additionally the business benefits from owning a full on Class 4 full alcohol licence and grocery licence, giving it the sole village trading rights as a bar/restaurant and grocery, the latter being an obvious avenue for future expansion.

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decked front from house side

The business areas have been renovated to an excellent, professional standard. A light and airy open plan bar and restaurant area of 50sqm reveals 18th century Charentais stone walls and period wooden beams, offering a charming dining space for up to 30 covers.

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A vaulted cellar and further basement provide ample storage space and there is a modern fully tiled guest’s toilet. The kitchen is fully equipped to a high commercial specification with stainless steel preparation area, 6 hob dual oven, (Paul Bocuse), fryer, dishwasher, microwave and fridges and freezers.

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customers toilets

The ground floor living accommodation includes two living rooms both with large fireplaces . One of these rooms is currently set up as a store – room, the other is used as an overflow area from the bar. It is used for meetings and has a large wood burner, (cosy for the winter). There is also a separate utility room and second storage area. Upstairs a mahogany staircase leads on to a central study area, two double bedrooms, one with marble fireplace, and a recently installed modern bathroom, all with solid oak hardwood floors. Capitalising on the sizable insulated attic in addition to the entire extra 1st floor above the restaurant space presents a great opportunity for a further two bedrooms and spacious bathrooms for bed and breakfast, once renovated.


double bedroom overlooking garden sept 09

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The property benefits from mains drainage (installed 2008) and has been fully re-wired and electric radiators installed throughout.

The Charentais stone walled garden at the back of the property is very private and has plenty of space ,whilst the sunny decked area at the front of the property, lends itself to alfresco dining (seating 20) ,alongside the village well. Across the street is the bakery (which currently supplies the restaurant) and post office and hairdressers. The village primary school and mayor’s office are all within easy walking distance. There are also communal tennis courts and football pitches close by.

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Local markets at Ruffec and Champagne Mouton are ideal sources for the freshest ingredients. Excellent wine merchants deliver to the village, weekly. Angouleme, a large city with excellent cash and carrys is an hour’s drive away.

Poitiers and Limoges airports are a one hour drive away for connections to the rest of Europe." The TGV runs an excellent fast train service to Bordeaux and South of France, Spain and Paris.

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