This renovated house was built during the latter part of the 19th century with a highly interesting bread oven that has been creatively incorporated into the living area by its current owners. The property could be your ideal holiday home. It is located in a small hamlet on a hillside at the end of a cul-de-sac in the middle of the countryside. You can both enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding landscape and be sheltered by the trees that surround the property. Its decent size land of over ¾ acre with its plants and flower beds is an additional asset to this property, which is not just a holiday home, but also a nice place to live year-round.
The dwellingIt has all the charm of old houses with its varnished exposed ceiling beams and wooden staircase contrasting beautifully with the white rendered walls and the pretty tiled floor. You enter directly into the ca. 215ft² kitchen, which is simply fitted with a sink and a gas-fired range cooker. A recent wood burner sits proudly within the fireplace. A wooden hatch in the floor reveals a stone staircase leading down to the cellar located under part of the house. Behind the kitchen, the old bread oven has been converted into a 100ft² shower / laundry room with a separate toilet. A window replaces the bread oven’s bakery door.
Next to the kitchen, you have the 185ft² living / dining room with the cellar underneath and renovated oak parquet floors. The fireplace inside this room is now a decorative element, as the outer breast was removed during the renovation of the slate roof a few years ago. An additional window has been created on the east side, which makes the room brighter.
The central staircase of the house leads up to the two main bedrooms (161ft² and 183ft²) over original solid wood floors. The staircase up to the attic is accessed via the left-hand bedroom, as there is not enough room there to create a separate access corridor. The left part of the attic is convertible (11 ½ ft by 6 ½ ft at 5ft9 inches high), as the A-frame is conveniently located to the right of the stairs. This space is currently used as a workshop as well as a storeroom.
The curiosity of this house lies in the creative conversion of the bread oven that was made by the owners. Indeed, a doorway was created on the first floor to access above what used to be the bakehouse. This part, which cannot be counted within the living area under the current “Carrez” regulations, has been converted into a summer bedroom. The top of the oven’s brick vault was removed, and a unique mix of masonry work and solid wood cladding laid to allow sitting in a circle. This is a great place to read, chat, listen to music and admire the garden through the several existing windows. Original and cozy at the same time!
Behind the bread oven / shower room, an outdoor wood and steel lean-to was built this year for the purpose of storing wood.
The landThe house is surrounded by its ¾ acre of land. A basic access has been created on one edge of the land to be able to park several vehicles privately. The plot consists mainly of lawn, trees, various shrubs, plant beds and flower borders. It is relatively flat, giving the possibility of creating your own vegetable garden. The front of the land is higher than the hamlet road and lined with a hazelnut hedge, which acts as a natural barrier for the house and keeps its garden away from prying eyes. That is assuming that anybody could peep!
Local amenities and accessWe are in the village of Sussac, with its ca. 300 inhabitants. Although it does not have any shops, it has a dépôt de pain 4 days a week for your 'baguette et croissants'. It is only a few minutes by car from the village of La Croisille sur Briance with its primary school and small shops and from the centre of Châteauneuf-la-Forêt, which has infant & primary schools, a middle school, a swimming lake, sports, leisure and health infrastructures, a supermarket, and local shops. Limoges’ centre is 45 minutes away via the B-roads and its international airport an hour away.
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