For lovers of character houses but who would live surrounded by nature rather than in an urbanised area, here is a house built at the beginning of the 20th century with its large outbuildings, its garden surrounded by stone walls, its old house to renovate and its wooded and enclosed park. Located in a small hamlet with just a handful of houses, it would be the ideal place to enjoy the countryside while being less than half-an-hour from Limoges’ centre.The HouseThe dwelling is typical of village houses in the area, apart from the rendered extension on the North side built in the 1970’s, which created a new entrance (43ft²) with separate WC and a living room or office (172ft²). On the ground floor, the former main entrance door on the South side opens directly into the useable kitchen (248ft²), laid over a concrete floor and with a cast iron range cooker connected to the fireplace. The exposed oak staircase runs to the upper floors from there. To the right of the kitchen is the dining room (226ft²) straight above the cellar, with chestnut parquet floors. A door from the kitchen leads into a small entrance landing towards the above-mentioned extension and a basic and long shower/laundry room (86ft²). This room does not have an exterior window; however, a glass door gives access to the living room/office. Attached to the house, but with separate access door, a boiler room/laundry room (97ft²) with the oil-fired central heating boiler installed about ten years ago. The oil storage tank is outside, in the yard near the house.On the first floor, a central landing (107ft²) gives access to 3 bedrooms over wooden floors (97ft², 161ft², 194ft²). A closed staircase leads up to the convertible attic with over 332ft² of floor space.The main jobs here are insulating the attic or the roof in case you want to convert it, fitting double-glazed windows, upgrading part of the electricity and putting in an up-to-date septic tank.The OutbuildingsYou can take advantage of the existence of several East-West facing outbuildings, most of which have electricity: barn 1 (close to 1100ft²) partly block and wood built over a stone wall, with a cement fibre roof, then a large adjoining stone and flat tiled roof barn with almost 3000ft² of floor space, the roof ridge of which will have to be repaired, a tiled and block-built garage (160ft²) attached to the barn and, adjoining the large barn, an old stone house (ca. 800ft² over two floors) with a natural slate rood that will need renovating if converted. This house, partly built over a cellar, would make a nice gite to accommodate family/friends or for rental. There are also pigsties (450ft²) along the edge of the garden situated in front of the main house. Finally, on a separate piece of land just across the small hamlet road, a shed (ca. 1100ft²) for storing wood and equipment, rounds up the set of available outbuildings.The LandIt is in two separate sections, firstly, the part adjoining the house and the barns with ca. 2/3 acre (including additional land of around 6500ft² which will be added for the sale) and a separate part with over ½ acre, but very close by as it is just across the hamlet road. The adjoining land breaks down as follows: an inner courtyard with a water well (access lid), lawned area, flower beds and a tarmacked driveway along the buildings. Then a garden (formerly a vegetable garden) is enclosed by stone walls with a lawn, fruit trees and shrubs.The separate fully fenced land currently lets sheep graze between its large walnut trees and huge lime tree. Please note that one of the barns and half of the second have no land at the back. Their walls therefore form the property boundary.The LocationThe property is located at the crossroads of a small B-road and a hamlet road, both with very little traffic, so do not be afraid of problems or traffic noise here! Within a small village less than 10 minutes from the closest shops in Saint-Germain-les-Belles or Magnac-Bourg, 10 minutes from their respective train stations and about 25 minutes from Limoges!
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