La Berlandière is the name of this 250 year old house in the heart of the French countryside in the department of Nouvelle Acquitaine. It is typical of the region; attractive, exposed stone walls, oak beams throughout and red-tiled roofs. The house was originally a barn housing animals, and has been lived in for about the last 100 years. It has now been fully renovated including a new septic tank, which conforms to the latest EU regulations.
The property consists of four bedrooms, three upstairs and one down. Two bathrooms, a utility room with shelf space and the central heating boiler, and a room that has been used as an office or a gym. The rooms are big, especially upstairs, and have exposed oak beams and either pine or chestnut flooring. There is 250 square metres of living space.
The house has a very open-plan feel to it and this was done to allow heating to be shared from room to room. The house features oil-fired central heating throughout the ground floor and two very efficient wood-burning stoves in the lounge and the kitchen, the latter has a 6 metre exposed flue adding extra warmth. The upstairs is equipped with electric, programable radiators. The windows are double glazed. The walls and ceilings are insulated.
There is a large barn connected to the house forming an L shape, which has large plate glass windows on one side that overlook neighbouring fields. This is great place for entertaining friends, and the space has lighting, electrics and water. There is a second, separate barn used for storage, gardening equipment etc and small wine store.
The property sits on just under two thousand square meters with two fish ponds, a selection of fruit trees, cherry, damson, plum and quince and three grape vines. Stone walls, lawns and a well. The front is a gravel courtyard and the rear is a patio. The rear garden faces south east so we get the pleasure of the sun rising across the fields at the back, it arcs it’s way over the house during the day and evening, and the end of the day rays being seen across the front lawn, which is where we sometimes sit with a digestive and coffee. There is no light pollution, so be prepared for some jaw-dropping displays of the night sky.
The house is in a hamlet of seven houses and a short walk to the village of Loubillé where you’ll find a bar/restaurant, boulangerie, post office, hairdresser and visiting butcher and fruit and veg sellers. Bio food is easy to obtain and local produce can be purchased from our French neighbours. The surrounding countryside is stunning in all seasons. Agricultural land, forestry, rivers, and wide, open spaces with plenty of wildlife to be seen, including kites, harriers, owls, coypu and wild boar.
The nearest town is Chef Boutonne, 10 kms away, and there you’ll find supermarkets, banks, DIY suppliers and a cinema. There is a market on Saturdays. Airports at Poitiers, La Rochelle and Limoges are within easy access and train stations at Ruffec, Poitiers and Niort. The west and west coast of France are popular tourist areas so there are plenty of attractions and things to do and see.
I bought this house in 1993 and moved here permanently in 2002. This house has been the perfect sanctuary for me and my son, he was born here and has been schooled locally. I have a real bond with the house, the area and the many friends I have made here, and the sale is only because I met a French woman three years ago and we have now relocated to her town of Tours. I am sure that the pleasure this house has given us will be passed on to the next owners and I am available for questions, advice and support.
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