In beautiful Limousin countryside this lovely Maison de Maître is situated on the edge of a quiet village and was built in 1957 for the mayor at that time. It retains the original wooden and tiled floors and has been updated and extended, rewired and well insulated by the current owners. There is a range of outbuildings, a car port and greenhouse. There are extensive gardens to the front, rear and sides, with many fruit trees, a large productive vegetable area and lawns.
The house covers three levels with the main living accommodation on the first and second floors affording open views over the local countryside.
At ground level:
Garage (4.85 x 3.45m) with bifold doors
Utility room (3.3 x3.55m) with sink, worktop and space for washing machine, drier, freezer etc
Workroom (3.0 x 3.4m) currently used for textiles
Boiler room (3.3 x 6.6m) oil fired central heating boiler and oil tank
There are also 2 storage areas and a small cellar which is accessed from the utility room. Internal stairs lead up to the first floor accommodation.
To the front of the house steps lead to the front door and a light and airy entrance hallway with original tiled floor and doors leading to:
Kitchen/dining room (3.3 x 6.6m)
Double aspect windows. Original tiled floor in kitchen and wood in dining room. A range of fitted units, a range cooker with 5 burner gas hob, 2 electric ovens, grill and extractor fan, a fitted dishwasher and space for a fridge freezer.
Lounge (7.2 x 3.7m max)
Double glazed windows, wooden floor, part-vaulted ceiling, wood-burning stove and double doors leading out to the balcony.
Balcony (3.45 x 4.60m max) composite decking, stairs down to garden
Office/Bedroom 4 (3.15 x 2.17m)
Wooden floor. Currently used as an office but could be used as a bedroom.
Tiled floor. Wash basin, bath and w/c
A handsome chestnut staircase leads to the second floor landing with doors to:
Bedroom 1 (3.85 x 3.55m) with wooden floor and ceiling fan
leading through to the Dressing room with exposed beams (1.63 x 3.85m)
and a door to
Ensuite with large shower, WC, basin, heated towel rail and exposed beams.
Bedroom 2 (3.65 x 3.60m) with wooden floor, double glazed window and lovely open views.
Bedroom 3 (3.15 x 3.52m) with wooden floor.
Shower room with large shower, WC, basin, heated towel rail and exposed beams
Beautiful, productive gardens and orchard totalling 3,500 sq.m.
At the front, the house is approached by a drive which leads to a large gravelled parking area and a carport. There is a lawned area on either side of the drive with two large cherry trees, three plum trees and a spring lawn area with wild orchids, cowslips, daffodils and crocus.
At the side of the house, through a gate, is the vegetable garden. Large raised beds have been built for seasonal planting. There is also an established asparagus bed and strawberry bed, a parterre-style garden with herbs and ornamental plants, and a water feature with goldfish and aquatic plants.
On the other side and rear of the house is a lawned area enclosed by a wall on one side, a hedge on another, and the outbuildings. Here there are seedless grape and kiwi vines with a soft fruit cage containing fig, raspberry, blackcurrant, redcurrant, gooseberry, blueberry and cranberry bushes.
To the rear of the outbuilding and benefitting from the shelter of trees on three sides, the orchard boasts peach, pear, cherry, plum, quince, medlar, damson and mirabelle trees alongside large beds with ornamental grasses and perennials. There is also a tiled log store and range of sturdy compost bins.
The outbuilding (18.00 x 3.45m) to the rear of the house has three separate areas with doors to each. These are currently used as a potting shed, machinery shed and general storage. In the same area there is a greenhouse with a covered area at the side, cold frames and fruit cage. Two exterior taps have been fitted together with a sink and several water butts are sited throughout the plot.
Mains electricity and water
Septic tank (installed 2011 and approved by SIVOM Nov 2012)
Oil fired central heating
Telephone and internet package currently installed
DPE 240 GES 51
160 m2 Habitable accommodation
Latest Tax Foncières €851
In the tranquility of the beautiful Limousin countryside, this house offers a quiet, spacious and light environment in which to enjoy the good life. There is a good community in the village which has a primary school, post office, town hall, village hall, library, bar/tabac and a sports field.
The surrounding countryside boasts a wealth of fields, woods and lakes, providing good opportunity for walking and cycling. There is pony trekking just five minutes away, a delightful beach by the side of the small lake at St Martin Terressus, 14 km away, which is lifeguarded in the summer, and an excellent swimming pool at St Leonard de Noblat. Lac Vassivière, Lac de St Pardoux, and several golf courses are all within easy reach.
The small town of Sauviat sur Vige is 6 km away and has a pretty church and tree-lined square. There is also a butcher, ironmonger, two boulangeries, a pharmacy, hairdresser, grocery, porcelain shop, an auberge and a restaurant.
The towns of Bourganeuf, Ambazac and St Léonard de Noblat are all about 20 minutes drive and have supermarkets, DIY stores, doctors, dentists etc.
Limoges is the principal city of the Limousin. Well known for its porcelain production, it also boasts beautiful historic buildings and gardens, an opera house, theatres, cinemas and shops, as well as an event stadium, and recently opened olympic standard swimming and diving pools and leisure centre. The beautiful art-deco rail station links directly with Paris and other major cities.
The airport at Limoges has direct flights to 7 UK destinations and is approximately 45 minutes drive.
French conversation classes are available at Les Billanges, 5 km away and the Association Rencontres Franco-Britanniques at Bourganeuf runs French conversation groups and various activities aimed at integration.