Large Ex-Mayor’s House with Business Potential
Beautiful, large family home for sale with expansive business potential, complete with both original features and modern comforts.
Located in the beautifully rural department of La Creuse is this rare 100+ year old ex-mayor’s house. Perfectly situated on the edge of a hamlet this property would suite a large family (or two families wishing to live together) as well as giving the opportunity to establish a Chambres d’Hotes, Tearoom/Restaurant, Gite or a Creative Business.
This property is fully insulated, has new electrics, is supplied by mains water, has phone and wifi, wood-burning central heating, double glazing and, most unusually for this aged property, has been given a energy rating of ‘D.’
Overall this substantial property offers two large sitting rooms, a sizeable dining-room (large enough for several tables if you would like to establish a Chambres d’Hotes), a large study/office/reception area, a boiler/storage room, internal wood-store and (under the house) is a large vaulted cave/cellar (perfect for brewing and storing wine, food and other equipment). Upstairs there are two further bathrooms, the second lounge and 6 double bedrooms of considerable size. Furthermore there is a vast attic which could (subject to permission) be renovated to extend accommodation for third floor living space.
This unique property has three front entrances, the left of which leads into a substantial office/study/reception area (which could keep your business separate from the main house). The main front door is double opening which leads into the hall, complete with an original tiled floor, leading through to the inner hall which has original stone flooring and a beautiful large oak staircase (under which is access to the cave/cellar).
The third front entrance leads to, what is currently being used as a storage area, but could be the front door of the gite (once renovated). This area comprises of two storeys and has the potential of becoming an independent gite with lounge/diner, kitchen (with fireplace as a chimney is already there), two bedrooms and a bathroom, there is also an independent back door to the garden. This would make a fabulous renovation/business project in addition to the potential of a Chambres d’Hotes and Tearoom/Restaurant, as would be completely independent of the main house. There is also the potential of using the two-bed gite as permanent living space, whilst the house could be run as the main business. Permissions have already been granted for creating a velux window at the rear and there is currently a dormer window at the front.
The property has plenty of drive-way parking as well as hard standing area opposite which is perfect for potential customer parking. To the rear and both sides of the property is a mature, fully enclosed tree-lined garden of just under an acre in size. The garden is mostly laid to grass with mature plants and trees, giving it a grand and adventurous feel. A substantial swimming pool for those lazy, hot summer days has been installed and is complete with its own fosse for easy and safe drainage. There are three vegetable plots, an orchard (Mirabelle Plum, Apple, Peach, Kiwi and Cherry trees), and a secreted hangar with established space for chickens, ducks and rabbits. There is also a purpose-built stable area (within the hangar) that has been used for two goats and could possibly be home to a miniature pony. There are fields and rolling countryside to the rear of the property with an entrance that can easily be re-opened to fully take advantage of those tranquil rural walks.
This rare property is perfectly situated for taking advantage of passing trade, as well as easing the travel frustrations of clients/customers/visitors that are making their way to you. The location of this property perfectly allows you the advantages of being a short car-drive away from all that modern life requires, as well as providing the rural experience on your doorstep that your heart desires.
This unique ex-mayor’s house is located less than a 5 minute drive from the village of Boussac, which embraces both the traditional feel of rural France and holds a progressive view of what modern life expects. The amenities and provision that this village offers is second to none, and you will be hard pushed to find any village that compares to Boussac. There are two supermarkets, one that is open all day from 09:00 until 19:00, and both with petrol stations, there are restaurants (both traditional and kebab/pizzeria/café type), 2 bars, a hotel, community hall, tourist office, the Mairie, garage (both mechanic and MOT), 2 pharmacies, schools, a college, doctors, banks, post office, internet café, accountant (who speaks English), community building, where there are free language ‘lessons’ (during which people from all nationalities in the area come and learn from each other), 2 vets, 2 DIY/gardening shops and a stunning fishing lake. Boussac holds a traditional French market every Thursday and often hosts other events such as musical experiences, traditional fairs and celebratory occasions. Although Boussac village offers all of this, it retains its traditional French feel and has a beautiful and impressive chateau which is open for tourists and boasts spectacular panoramic views.
If this wasn’t enough Montlucon (Allier) is a 35 minute drive away and boasts many other shopping experiences, bars, restaurants, night-club and many other attractions.
La Chatre (L’Indre) is also 30 minutes drive away and offers much the same as Montlucon as well as a Golf Course, Spa and Bistro.