All the ingredients are gathered here to enjoy a beautiful rural property: a small quiet hamlet of just two houses, hidden amidst nature, on the end of a small cul-de-sac and having nice views over the magnificent surrounding countryside, a group of buildings laid out in a "U" shape comprising of a characterful Périgord-style house, a large barn, pigsties with an adjoining workshop and a bread oven. Lots of character and charm and - the word is out, of potential to turn, once renovated, into a true haven. You have the right cards in your hand, now it is your turn to win!
The renovation project The house has a floor area of 1.076ft² with a single-floor distribution of the living space. You enter directly into the kitchen (290ft²) that is the focal point of the house with doors to all the other rooms. It has a fireplace with a closed hearth, concrete floors and a wood-burning stove for cooking and heating. Behind this room, there’s the back kitchen / storeroom (124ft²) with a floor hatch to the cellar located under part of the house. A door provides access to the rear of the house, the garden, and the rest of the land, all facing South. To the right of the kitchen, the dining room (145ft²) with solid chestnut parquet flooring and a second chimney flue embedded in the wall to which a cast iron log burner has been connected. A glass double-door leads to a bedroom (145ft²) with wooden floors and a door opening out to the garden. To the left of the kitchen, on the East side of the house, two additional bedrooms (183ft² each) with the cellar underneath.
As there is no internal staircase, you have to walk up a solid external staircase (with built-in rabbit hutches) and enter the spacious convertible attic (ca. 540ft²) through an entrance door that has been fitted like a pretty dormer window within the roof.
There must be some genuinely nice and large beams running from the front to the back of the house, but these are hidden by false ceilings in the form of painted wood panels, as was often the custom in the past, because they were cheaper than plastering. If the beams are indeed there, it will then be possible to have them on show again, to modify the existing room layout and create full-depth rooms, if one so wishes. It will be necessary to renovate the whole house and bring it to the 21st Century, starting with the electricity, plumbing, insulation, and the renovation of the roof (still, the oak frame is in good condition) down to the interior decoration. The description of the rooms in this advert does not mention the existence of a bathroom or any sanitary facilities, that is because they will have to be installed, as well as an up-to-date septic tank.
Removing the various chicken coops and fences behind the house provides perfect opportunities for a south-facing terrace with beautiful views over the rolling terrain.
The outbuildings The buildings’ really nice layout is an asset of this property and it contrasts with the usual farm layout found in the area. The barn (ca. 1.614ft² of floor space) opposite the house is in good condition, including its natural slate roof. It consists of two side-by-side stables (807ft²) and an open barn over them with a raised hay loft. A slate and tin-roofed hangar is attached to it (+580ft²).
At a right angle with the house, there are large pigsties of around 750ft² of floor space with a storage attic above and an adjoining garage-workshop (+340ft²). Add to the above a second wood shed adjacent to the garage and two other small sheds behind the pigsties. Finally, a bread oven in fair condition with a slate roof and a 100ft² bakehouse.
The place, the land, and the spring Apart from the farmer going to his land and the other inhabitant of the hamlet on the opposite side of the road, no one drives this way to the property. Located about 1.476 feet above sea level, the hamlet overlooks the countryside, giving it a clear view of its surroundings. A spring, of which we do not know if a supply right is guaranteed, arrives all year round in two places on the property’s private land, first into a concrete washing tank behind the house, as well as a fountain in the courtyard between the barn and the house. The house is of course connected to mains water, but the spring has the advantage of being free and useful for people wishing to have animals or a large vegetable garden. The land is mostly pasture, but it is planted with hazel hedges and various fruit trees and with an incredibly beautiful lime tree.
Access Very well located, the house while being hidden from civilization, is nevertheless reachable! You are about 5 minutes from the closest shops and services in Saint-Germain-les-Belles (10 minutes for the supermarket in Magnac-Bourg) and also 5 minutes from the nearest junction of the A20 (without any disturbance). Limoges centre is only half an hour away and Brive-la-Gaillarde 40 minutes away.
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