Very pretty old farmhouse located two minutes from a small village in the county of Haute-Vienne in the Millevaches en Limousin regional park. Whether used as a holiday home with the possibility of creating a second separate gîte in one of the barns or as a main house within a small quiet hamlet, it has an amazing rustic charm that will make you fall in love with it!
The house and its gîte The main house faces South, and you enter through a small entrance hall that houses the staircase to the 1st floor. To the left of the entrance, a lounge (145ft²) with a cellar beneath it with old chestnut floors and a small wood stove. To the right, the kitchen / dining room (215ft²) with windows at both ends letting more natural light in, where the imposing fireplace in freshly pointed stones stands. A floor hatch and its stone staircase lead down to the cellar. To the left of the kitchen, a bedroom (86ft²), also above the cellar, with a window on the North side. To the right of the kitchen, an access has been carved into the thick wall of the house towards an additional area created within the adjoining barn and comprising of a hallway with a pantry area to a 32ft² bathroom (including a sink, bidet, towel warmer and WC), a shower room (32ft²) and a bathroom / laundry room (55ft²) with a bath, sink and heated towel rail.
On the first floor, the staircase leads to a beautiful central space that is opened up to the roof’s ridge (172ft²) with a large Velux window. On either side of this space, there are three bedrooms (96ft², 96ft² and 124ft²), one with a Velux on the North side and the other two with "dormer" windows giving the building a lot of character. From the central area, you have access to a small cloakroom (16ft²) with a Velux, sink, heated towel rail and a WC. The damp stains in the bedroom came from a leaking boiler, which has since been replaced.
There is of course potential improvement work here, such as electricity or insulation and the modernization of the bathrooms, although one can choose to use the house the way it is.
Laid out in the West wing of the house, the cottage has a separate South-facing entrance to its decent size 195ft² bedroom with an open fireplace and private cloakroom (fitted with a sink, independent gas water heater and a WC).
Outbuildings The Limousine-style barn adjoining the house, apart from the existing conversion within one of its stables, has retained its central barn housing the recent oil central heating system (2016) of the house and making it possible to comfortably park a car or a mid-size van / motorhome, as well as its second stable for storage (645ft² of floor space in total). The roof of this barn was completely redone using natural slates back in 2018.
Adjoining the 1st barn, a second Auvergne-style barn has 2 separate full-size levels covering an area of approximately 990 ft² each. The lower part, with several South side entrances, has been rebuilt into 3 contiguous stables with concrete block walls supporting a concrete floor above over the entire area of the barn. The first floor of the barn is accessible from the North side with a particularly good usable space up to the ridge (about 26 ft) and 3 skylight windows bring in natural light to the barn. The roof is in good condition, having been redone in 2000 (natural and cement fibred slates). Why not convert part of this barn into a separate gîte! Finally, a workshop in the former pigsties completes the set of outbuildings.
Land The small hamlet road runs along one side of the buildings and ends a little further down. You are unmistakably in the countryside; it surrounds you with its mix of hills and woodland. You can park privately on the small private drive in front of the house. The property’s land is a little over ½ acre and it is not fenced. It is open in front of the house with a knee-high stone wall interrupted by the driveway, but then it is tree lined behind and on one side. There is a lawn all around, with ornamental shrubs and fruit trees. The up-to-date septic tank is located in front of the house. There are a few neighbours, but you don't really see them, and you quickly forget them because the place is so peaceful and enchanting.
Access and amenities The village of Sussac has a dépôt de pain 5 days a week, but does not have other shops nor schools, however school bus services run. There is, on the other hand, a pretty little swimming lake and a football stadium to play frenzied games on sunny days. You are about ten minutes from the closest shops and services, in La Croisille sur Briance or Châteauneuf-la-Foret. The picturesque market town of Eymoutiers is a 15-minute drive away. Limoges is 45 minutes by car and its airport 55 minutes.
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