Here is a prime example of a post war “Bourgeois House”, which has been well renovated with a view to keeping all of its original charm.
The main building proudly stands out and its stone basement is divided into several areas: a spacious garage with a private parking spot on the front, a staircase to the upper floors, a cellar, a workshop and finally a boiler room that houses the dual central heating system on oil / wood, the user being able to select his / her preferred heating method at any time. Past a few steps up to the entrance, not without noticing the finely maintained gardens in the process and you are inside the house. You first step into the wide entrance hall with its colourful floor tiling, then on the left, into the 25 sqm (270 sqft) front room / library with its wood burner that feeds the central heating system. The room is bright and displays warm visual tones with its exposed beamed ceiling and its fine slatted solid wood floors. You feel like sitting in one of the comfy leather armchairs to read your book in front of the fire. On the other side of the corridor lies the large 35 sqm (377 sqft) living / dining room. Pastel colours on the walls, polished wooden floors, beautiful decor, elegantly carved stone chimney with woodburner, everything takes you back to the house's original splendour. The room is bathed in sunlight thanks to its multiple windows. You can climb down a few steps to the south-facing terrace and landscaped gardens through its large French windows. At the end of the ground floor corridor, there is the simple but fully fitted 14 sqm (150 sqft) kitchen where the family can have its daily meals. French windows with some steps lead you down to the vegetable garden. Back to the ground floor landing where there is a separate toilet / cloakroom and a door to the basement, you can then take the polished wooden stairs to go up to the upper floors.
On the first floor, there is a spacious landing area on solid wood floors. To your immediate left, the first 9 sqm (97 sqft) bedroom. To your right a large 19 sqm (205 sqft) second bedroom and between these two rooms, a stylish bathroom fitted with a cast iron roll top bath, a washbasin with a cut-glass wall lamp and mirror and a toilet. Finally, the 35 sqm (377 sqft) master bedroom with its own private shower room (with shower, basin and toilet) and dressing room. Some large French windows open to a balcony so that you may enjoy the dominant views over the park in all its splendour. Nothing beats this to start a new day! But that's not all as the stairs continue to the second floor. To your left and in front of you, the fourth and fifth bedrooms, 13 sqm (140 sqft) and 17 sqm (183 sqft) big respectively, both served by a common 9 sqm (97 sqft) bathroom. To the right of the landing, a roomy attic of about 35 sqm (377 sqft) means you can store quite a few things there.
The beautiful garden
In the garden, old stone pigsties with a natural slate roof have been turned into a garden shed to store tools and the tractor-mower. There is also an old 70 sqm (755 sqft) stone barn on two floors with running water and electricity, which is currently used as an artist's studio and garden shed, but which could also be used as an office or even as a friends' guest house. The property's magnificent plot is entirely enclosed with walls and hedges, is flat and is 3500 sqm (almost an acre) big. Here come the garden-parties with the family or friends! The land includes a vegetable garden, a large lawned area with various fruit trees such as apple trees, cherry trees, walnut trees, shrubs and ornamentals, as well as larger trees.
Why visit this property?
All this space and yet, you are not in the middle of nowhere, but next to a small quiet street a few steps away from a village with local shops such as a chemist's, a primary school, a bar and tobacconist, a restaurant, a small supermarket. A larger village with all the amenities (of which a large supermarket, a middle school, sports clubs, cinema, etc.) is a ten minutes' drive. Limoges is 40 km (25 miles) away and its international airport 50 minutes.
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