Large 5-bed rendered stone House with nearly 2150ft² of living space built in the 1920’s and offering a generous living space and the possibility of converting an additional 650ft² in the attic.
Located in the village of Masseret with easy access to the motorway linking Brive-la-Gaillarde to Limoges, it will make a good rural pied-à-terre with its gorgeous, landscaped garden and its rear view over the rolling Limousin countryside.
The dwellingIts rendered stone facade and cut stone doors and windows surrounds give the building the chic and respect that beautiful houses procure to their visitors.
On the ground floor, it comprises of an entrance hall (43ft²), a landing with access stairs to the basement. To the left of the entrance, a lounge-dining room (366ft²). To the right of the entrance, a fitted kitchen (258ft²) with French doors out onto the front garden on the east side, a bedroom on the west side (140ft²), a shower-utility room (65ft²) with a separate toilet.
A closed staircase leads up to the first floor with a large central landing (118ft²). To the left of the landing, two beautiful bedrooms with fixed full height wooden wardrobes (183ft² and 193ft²). A small room on the end of the landing for ironing or as a workshop (43ft²). To the right of the landing, a door opens onto a hallway (43ft²) with a toilet on its end, leading to another bedroom (140ft²), a fifth bedroom with a kitchenette (205ft²) and a bathroom (65ft²).
Above this floor, a large convertible attic with dormer windows in the front facade and gable wall and a Velux at the rear (ca. 646ft²).
The house stands over a full basement comprising of three rooms, including a summer kitchen with a large open fireplace and exposed ceiling beams (172ft² and a height 6ft8 up to the beams) overlooking the garden, a cellar with a well and a pump for watering the garden (183ft²). These two rooms are accessible via an external door but are also connected to the ground floor via an internal staircase. The third room, ie. the boiler room (474ft²) is only accessible from the outside at present.
The house has a maintained oil central heating (pump and burner were changed in 2019). The electricity has been completely redone (2000) and all the windows have been changed to wooden double-glazed ones (2000). The roof is with cement fibre slates (probably containing asbestos. The rear facade was completely repainted in 2019.
OutbuildingsThere is a barn attached to the house (860ft² of floor space) with two separate areas, a barn/hayloft (over a concrete floor) used as a garage, workshop and storage space, and a storage stable with a stone floor and double access door from the gable wall. Behind the barn, a metal garden shed to store tools. Two other small outbuildings, one of which is made of stone at the bottom of the garden: a shelter for the wintering of plants incorporating an old dry toilet no longer in use and a breeze-block chicken coop. Also, a canopied wooden terrace and an arbour to eat in the garden, while enjoying the breath-taking views of the surrounding meadows and hills.
The gardenThe property benefits from a very beautiful, fully fenced in landscaped garden of over ½ acre, with a part allocated to a vegetable garden, an ornamental pond with a fountain in a closed water circuit. Various ornamental trees and shrubs, flower beds are planted around the lawn to great effect. This will delight gardeners at heart, who will be keen to continue the excellent work that has been done here by the owner.
Amenities and accessWe are in the village of Masseret, which has nearly 700 inhabitants. It has basic amenities, as well as a primary school, a pharmacy and a magnificent swimming lake with a well-known restaurant but located only a few minutes from the A20 motorway. The supermarkets of Magnac Bourg and Uzerche are 10 minutes and 15 minutes away respectively. Limoges centre is half an hour away and its international airport just 40 minutes away.
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