Pretty, 4-5 bed rendered stone village house, built in the early 1930’s, extended in the 1950’s and 1970’s and renovated between 2004 and 2009. It is located in a small hamlet along the road leading to the village a few hundreds of yards further. It has a nice, flat, wooded and partly fenced garden with a vegetable patch and two small outbuildings. Perfect for a family wishing to come and settle in the countryside, but with all the comforts of a town house.
The HouseBecause it was enlarged twice over the years, the house now has 3 different entrances. The current owners, who converted an old outbuilding and connected it to the house, prefer using the entrance via the terrace and the large French doors in the tiled kitchen (20m²) with large worktops and exposed ceiling beams. This room has an independent 1st floor turned into an office (20m²) with exposed beams, a Velux window and solid chestnut floors. This room could also be used as an additional bedroom, depending on your requirements. Next to the kitchen, in the old house, there is the dining room (172ft²) with a marble surround fireplace, fitted cupboards and solid wooden floors. Then, the original entrance landing (21 ½ ft²), with the access staircase to the basement, opens onto a reading corner (96ft²), its recent wood stove and the staircase going to the 1st floor. From there, an arched passageway takes you from the old house into the 1950’s extension, where there is a cosy living room (248ft²) over a concrete floor and mosaic tiling typical of that period. The large windows, with their well-maintained original frames facing North and East, let in a lot of light. Finally, this space connects with the third entrance and its hallway (43ft²) opening out onto a raised porch. To the left of the landing, an office or a child's bedroom (65ft²), in need of a coat of paint. To the right of the entrance, a recent bathroom (54ft²) with a shower cubicle, WC, bidet, and washbasin over mosaic floor tiling.
On the first floor, a central landing (86ft²) leads to two South-facing bedrooms (129ft², 150ft²) over natural solid floors and with marble fireplaces. A small hallway with built-in cupboards (32ft²), located in the 1950’s extension, is connected to the corridor of the old part and opens onto a converted bedroom in the eaves (97ft² at 5’10” height and ca. 183ft² of floor space) with pretty thin slatted chestnut parquet flooring, a window, a Velux window, and built-in cupboards. Across the landing, a good size bathroom (86ft²) on vinyl-covered solid wood floors. The space is very well laid out and features: bath, tiled shower, wall-hung toilet, sink, heated towel rail and built-in cupboards.
The old part of the house has an attic (118ft²), with a closed stairwell running from the 1st floor corridor. Although A-frame of the roof is positioned quite low, the space is dry-lined, insulated, has a Velux window and two windows on each gable wall. This attic is currently used for storage but could make a very nice child’s bedroom (I have my 'home space' at my parents’ kind of situation!) with a play area.
Technically, the house is in good shape: one side of the roof has been entirely changed and the other side has been renovated. The roof is insulated, the kitchen and bathrooms have been redone, the oil central heating system and wood burner are fairly recent and maintained at regular intervals. The septic tank has been brought up to date. The owners have chosen to keep and maintain the character provided by the original doors and windows, parquet floors, fireplaces, mouldings, i.e. everything that makes those old houses so pretty…
The OutbuildingsAs this is a village house, there is no real outbuilding like a barn with a farmhouse for example. However, you have a similar amount of space with a full basement (ca. 750ft²) accessible via an internal staircase (refurbished), and comprising a single garage, a cellar with the (old) pump of the water well (no longer in use) and a cellar / boiler room with the oil-fired central heating boiler dating from 2005. At the property’s entrance, next to the gate, there is an open shed with a timber frame and tin roof to store firewood. Then, two extra small shelters (rabbit hutches and garden tool shed) and an old dry toilet with a slate roof, round up the list of outbuildings.
The LandWith a capacity of just over 1 ¼ acre, the land is enclosed with a wooden fence and a ranch-style wooden front gate, along the hamlet road and a metal fence along the village road. The other side of the land, along a small almost erased hamlet footpath, is only partly fenced. There is a wooded area at the end of the land of ca. ¼ acre. The rest of the land consists of a South-facing vegetable garden divided into several patches, a lawn area, and a wooded park (walnut, chestnut, oak trees, acacias, etc.), all well laid out and well maintained.
The LocationThe house is located 35 minutes (26 miles) from Limoges’ centre, which makes it possible to consider working in the city while living in the countryside, the real one! We are in a small village part of the Millevaches Regional Park with its amenities, its infant and primary schools, its fishing pond, its meadows where Limousin cows and sheep graze in, and its wooded hills (at the foot of the Mont Gargan hill and its 2.400ft).
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