This pretty farmhouse without any immediate neighbour and surrounded by its 28 acres of land will delight nature lovers seeking calm and the possibility of creating a small agricultural and / or touristic activity. From its dominant position at the top of a hill, you can admire its south-facing land and the surrounding rolling Limousin countryside several miles away.
The farmhouse It is a four-bedroom house of approximately 1500ft² usable space, in part over a cellar and built in 1898 in exposed country stone, with a roof of thick hand-carved lauze-type slates from the Corrèze.
On the ground floor, the owner had the original layout changed, which included a load-bearing wall, to create a double-aspect living room with an open-plan kitchen area and a stone fireplace (430ft²). It has a double entrance, one on the West side and another on the East side. On the floor, there are the hand-made terracotta tiles, the ceiling has exposed beams, the cast iron wood burner in the fireplace and the fitted wardrobes with varnished solid wooden doors, give this room a certain cachet.
To its right, a passageway with a separate toilet and a ground floor bedroom (150ft²) over solid chestnut floors with an ensuite shower area and fitted wardrobes. Behind the bedroom, the living room (215ft²) over a chestnut floor with a wall niche in the South gable wall. Why not take advantage of this recess in the wall to create a window opening onto the view and bringing more light to this room?
From the living room, the wooden staircase leads up to the 1st floor landing (65ft²) with a separate WC in the eaves and leads to 3 bedrooms (2x108ft² and 118ft²), a tiled bathroom (54ft²) and two attics (86ft²), one of which houses the hot water tank.
The house, although livable, will require modernization work on its interior decoration, heating, sanitary facilities, electricity, insulation, and the upgrading of its septic tank. It is currently partly heated by electric radiators and a wood-burning stove fitted with a back boiler which supplies three cast iron radiators. A reversible heat-exchange pump has been installed in the living room. Two of the openings are triple glazed (the front door and the kitchen window) and the openings on the 1st floor are double-glazed. Only three windows on the ground floor are still original.
The outbuildings Two stone barns separate from the house but adjoining one another with a combined surface area of approximately 2700ft² of floor space and pigsties of approximately 750ft² of floor space with an extension, a garage, and a woodshed, combine with the house to form a very pleasant U-shaped inner courtyard. The pigsties, emptied of their original rooms, provide a large open space. An exposed staircase has been installed to access the convertible attic. Two large openings have been made overlooking the magnificent view with the idea of creating a guest accommodation for the family. Real potential! The rendered block extension and cement fiber roof (162ft²) has been converted into a kitchen, with a fireplace, stove, and sink. It has a convertible upper floor.
The first floor of one of the barns has been turned into a 990ft²+ workshop with a concrete floor, two large Velux windows, and an industrial-sized wood burner.
Three other separate buildings can be added to the above: a 624ft² closed wooden hangar with a tin roof, a guest room with sanitary facilities and an old sawmill with its old saws capable of cutting wide planks out of large tree trunks.
The land You can get to the main buildings via a ca. 1000ft long single dirt track. The partly fenced property has a varied attached land, consisting of approximately 21 acres of meadows, orchard, 5 acres of woodland behind the barns and a detached plot of woodland of over 2 acres located just ½ mile away. There is a well from which water is pumped and filtered for house use, alongside the public water supply.
Access and amenities The closest "neighbours" may be over 300 yards away, but it takes nevertheless less than a few minutes to get to the village of Saint Germain les belles, its local shops, its campsite, and its swimming lake. The town has infant, primary and secondary schools. Its train station allows you to reach Limoges’ center in half an hour and Paris in three and a half hours.
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