Incredibly beautiful old farmhouse located in a hamlet of just 4 houses close to the villages with amenities of Saint-Germain-Les-Belles and Linards in the county of Haute-Vienne. It has been completely renovated with extreme attention to authentic detail and to the preservation of its original aesthetic qualities. A word of advice for our fishermen friends, don’t forget to bring your rods, because a small stream flows along the edge of the property, which adds yet another special note to an already idyllic spot.Beautifully renovated houseThe current living space integrated with the old house various annex buildings which have also been renovated. The enter the house into a 505ft² main living room displaying splendid, exposed beams and stones (pebble floor), with a wood burner fitted within the original open fireplace. In the middle of the room there are two staircases, also exposed, that grant access to the cellar located under part of the room, and up to a 220ft² bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and WC and a dormer window. French doors open out onto a cobbled stone terrace to the rear, from which one can enjoy a view overlooking the property’s grounds and the stream that meanders along their edge.
To the left of the house, a small internal staircase leads down to an old bread oven and a stable. The body of the oven is still there, but in its chimney, there is now a Godin cast iron log burner. The ca. 140ft² bakery now serves as a small living room with its French doors opening out to the front garden.
A staircase leads to an independent mezzanine bedroom on the first floor with its own open stone fireplace. To its left, in the adjoining former stable, you walk through a double saloon-type door into a bathroom with a uniquely designed walk-in shower, a WC and utility area. The hot water tank has been smartly placed within an old drying room located above the bread oven and can be reached via a wall ladder located in the bathroom.
To the right-hand side of the house, part of the barn has been converted into a spacious 285ft² dining room with a travertine tiled floor incorporating historical details such as the stable beams of course, but also the old wooden troughs. A staircase leads upstairs to a bedroom of the same proportions as the dining room below. It has an en-suite shower room / WC. Structurally and technically in good condition, the building benefits from recent electricity and insulation, as well as an Up-To-Date septic tank. There is no real need for central heating here, as the log burner in the living room does its job well. The libraray also has its own burner and there are recent electric heaters in all the rooms to add to the already existing comfort.
OutbuildingsAdjoining the house, the second part of the barn (the old hay barn) is now a garage with almost 322ft² of floor space. To its right, the stable is used to store garden tools and wood. Above these two rooms, a large convertible mezzanine area of over 540ft² to create an additional gîte, if one so wishes, two Velux windows having already been installed on the roof. Next to the house, 215ft² pigsties with an attic above to store more wood and tools.
Large plot with a well and a streamThe house benefits from a clearly demarcated plot of close to 2 acres, bordered to the south by the small cul-de-sac access road leading to another lived in house a little further on, as well as a second home. To the East, a grassy public path, as well as a hazelnut hedge lines the plot. Finally, a stream zigzags North, across the widest part of the land, just the way they describe them in fairy tales. On the front of the land, on the South side, an old wooden fence with a single and a double gate.
Access and amenitiesThe property is just over five minutes from the villages of Linards and Saint-Germain-les-Belles with their amenities, two primary schools, a middle school and a swimming lake with a campsite that is popular with tourists in the Summer. The centre of Limoges is 30 minutes away and its airport 40 minutes in the car.
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