Bags of Charm

Bags of Charm

propertymay1 From the original timeworn bell system, once used to summon servants to their ports of call, to the quaint arched ivy-clad doorway, you’ll find an abundance of delightful features within the thick walls of this historic granite property. Furthermore, one of La Chenaie’s many bedrooms plays host to one of the oldest fireplaces in Jersey. So ancient in fact, it’s referenced in the Joan Stevens book of Old Jersey Houses.

From the somewhat mysterious dilapidated outbuildings to the magical sunny south facing woodland garden, and the masses of bright airy space, this chocolate-box household is the perfect setting for an idyllic family home.

Emphasised by the surrounding agricultural fields and leafy tree-lined driveway, vintage scenery and an easy-care lifestyle are in plentiful supply here. However, despite offering somewhat of a secluded feel, its enviable location is one of its single biggest draws and La Chenaie des Bois is just a short hop from the picturesque harbour town of Gorey

Almost every room in the household boasts a view, and from the original sash windows (all of which have been reinstated and double glazed), the tree lined garden looms large: a jumble of sculptural branches, grey-blue skies and avid blooms – it’s clear that the surroundings play a prominent role in the property’s interior design. Using the epic views, La Chenaie des Bois brings a little of the outdoors in, endowing it with a gentle spirit.


The house comprises a number of whimsical living areas, including a generous eat-in kitchen, outbuildings big enough for both an exercise space and a pool, (for which plans have already been passed) and various nooks and crannies easily capable of accommodating a small army.

La Chenaie des Bois has been lovingly restored in an obsessively detail-oriented fashion. Personality is paramount here and the Paul Haslam kitchen isn’t the only room to boast oodles of it. This is a space that wears its beauty nonchalantly and with a wink. From the traditional Belfast sink to the ample utility store, which could easily be fashioned into a wine cave, this spacious farmhouse kitchen, with its original beams, AGA and stone flooring is the perfect place in which to entertain a handful of guests. In fact, it’s as much a place for evening soirees as it is for a game of charades.

Adjacent to the kitchen is the rear entrance lobby (or the boot room) – a handy, yet unusual area featuring exposed granite walls, masses of space and ample storage –the perfect home to wellies, football boots and winter coats.

The drawing room works largely with a muted palette and appears to have taken inspiration from the landscape outside. It offers the right combination of sophistication and subtlety. It’s also an extremely versatile room – come summer, the entire area will appear drenched in a blanket of natural sunlight, and in the winter – the traditional open fireplace is sure to be put to good use, allowing for a cosy and welcoming ambience.

The quaint study leads out onto a secret garden, whilst the remainder of the lower floor plays host to a cutesy cloakroom, perfectly in tune with La Chenaie’s country chic décor.

Sympathetically restored yet imbued with a new sense of identity, the many upstairs bedrooms are decked out in a similar style. The family bathroom showcases an impressive freestanding bath complete with floor to ceiling views of the garden and beyond, whilst the master suite comprises a walk-in dressing room, exposed granite walls and a cohesively decorated ensuite.

It’s here that grand elegance meets traditional style in this picture-perfect, chocolate box granite farmhouse – an ideal investment for those searching for an idyllic family home.

La Chenaie des Bois 

La Rue du Guilleaume et d’Anneville
St Martin
£1,900,000 Freehold
Red properties
Call 01534 710710 or visit www.Redproperties.Je  

Pretty, chocolate box granite farm house
Luxurious appointed spacious accommodation
Plans to create a 3-bedroom cottage
6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms
Barn, large outbuilding, garage and store rooms
Sunny south facing garden to the front, secret garden to the rear

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