This beautiful renovated stone house is waiting to be your very special new home.
Warm in winter and cool in summer. We believe the house was built in stages over the early part of the last century by a local landowner who brought his Parisian bride to live in the countryside. She wanted a modern town style house. Some of the family still live nearby, are very friendly and knowledgeable about the house.
Extended and improved over time, on offer is an impressive, comfortable and cosy home where you can move straight in, with the furniture and fittings available by negotiation, if required.
We believe the house was renovated to enable use as a possible Chambre d’Hote/B&B, if wanted and subject to the necessary permissions.
Entrance – The original wood and glass front door is approached, under the romance of an old grape vine which is shady in summer, into the entrance hallway which also houses the traditional stairway to both upper floors, a large window and a radiator.
Kitchen – Through the door into a very large and light French, farmhouse style kitchen with original wooden floors. It comprises an original double door larder cupboard, base units, 2 near new stainless steel appliances, being the 100 cm Cookmaster electric range with grill and 2 ovens and the stainless steel 3 door Samsung fridge and freezer and a dishwasher. Along with the radiator there is also a large Godin wood burner stove in the beautiful old fireplace. There is a double-glazed window over the sink area and an original, large wooden double window at one end, overlooking the very pretty stone garden area. The ideal spot to relax, sit and admire the view. Both windows have external shutters.
Sitting Room – Down the hallway into the light filled sitting room with original wood floors, French doors to the outside, a window and another half glass door, (external shutters to all), brick fireplace and another wood burner. Here is also wiring for the TV and satellite internet and a radiator. This is a very welcoming and comfortable room perfect for all seasons.
Dining Room – At the end of the hallway, through another door, is a baronial style room for all those special dining occasions with family and friends. There is a table for 10 to 12 and very comfortable dining chairs which came from a local chateau. The room has an attractive, exposed stone wall and beams, plus double-glazed French doors out to the patio. These are secured externally by an original double barn style door.
Off the ante hall are:
Large powder room/cloakroom.
Utility room – with sink and fittings for washer and space for a dryer.
Boiler room with the efficient, good quality oil fired boiler.
Barn 1 – Walk through the door off the dining room into the attached, extremely large stone barn with original double height barn doors and smaller wooden barn door. In the barn there are 4 distinct areas. The 2 lower areas with a solid concrete floor can be used for a variety of activities, including as a garage. There are wooden work benches with a vice, good lighting, power points, storage furniture and space.
The mezzanine floor, accessed by a rustic wooden staircase, is divided into two areas, one side has an attractive bar with seating, pool table and darts areas and on the other an equipped gymnasium complete with 3 punch bags. There is a TV for DVD’s and a basic sound system, ideal for parties.
On the first floor of the house are 2 double bedrooms.
Bedroom 2 – has 2 double glazed windows to the side and front and is attractively decorated and furnished in the French style including a beautiful, big armoire. There are original wood floors, radiator and external shutters.
Bedroom 3 – has one double glazed window and an original fireplace and is also decorated in the French style with original wood floors, radiator and external shutters.
Bathrooms 1 and 2 – are alongside these bedrooms both with shower cubicles, vanity cupboards with hand basin, WC, heated towel rails and wooden floors. One bathroom has the built-in immersion heater cupboard.
Landing – There is also a landing here, suitable for a desk or quiet reading area flooded with natural light from the double-glazed window, overlooking the garden and pool.
Master Bedroom – On the upper floor we find the stunning, enormous master bedroom with its original exposed beams and cathedral style ceiling. This room has some exposed stone and mostly plastered walls with 3 double glazed windows plus 2 Velux style windows and original wooden floors.
Ensuite – This has a bath with powerful rainfall shower, vanity cabinet with basin, electric heated towel rail and a WC. There is attractive exposed brick, a double-glazed window and wooden floors carrying through from the bedroom.
Bedroom 4 – Across the landing is the fourth double bedroom with its double-glazed window plus Velux style, exposed brick wall, ceiling beams, radiator and original wooden floors.
Garden – The house is set in an extensive garden which along with lawn has plantings and colour for every season, both ornamental and fruit. It includes not only several grape vines but, pear, peach, apple, cherry and walnut trees. Add to these the raspberry canes, strawberries, redcurrants, blackberries, Chinese lanterns and the chestnuts in Autumn and you will enjoy picking and eating your own produce for months. There are also several large vegetable beds waiting to be planted.
The centrepiece of the garden is a large, extensively planted rockery with the completely private, 5.5 metre diameter above ground pool at its centre. This is the perfect place to cool down in the long hot summers. Alongside the pool is a raised gazebo area for that bit of shade and refreshments. There is also a petanque/boules pitch.
Patio – Adjoining the house is the large, paved patio area with access from both the living and dining rooms. Perfect for days in the sunshine and warmth and also at night admiring the stunning sky. There is little light pollution here, perfect for a telescope.
Barn 2 – Across the gravelled driveway is the second large stone barn, useful as a garage and wood storage area. It has power, light and water from the well, to a tap and hose. There are other taps around the garden too and all of the water for the pool and the garden comes from the well, saving on water bills.
This barn has the potential, with necessary permissions, to make an ideal conversion to a gite or two. Attached to the rear of this is the pool room to keep the garden machinery and pool equipment and chemicals.
Cellar/Cave – Accessed from the outside is a large 2 room dry cellar with light and power.
The Lavoir – Finally, at the bottom of the driveway and the entrance to the property on one side is a small pond and on the other, a bit of local history. This is an historical stone building with a water source where locals came to do their clothes washing in times gone by.
Region – The surrounding area is rural and of outstanding natural beauty in the Perigord-Limousin Regional Natural Park, with its rolling hills, woods, lakes, agricultural and pasture land. The region is popular for many outdoor pursuits along with its many chateaus and French history. Known for its fishing, hiking, walking and cycling. It’s very quiet and peaceful but full of bird song and butterflies.
Nearby is the small village of Champsac, for the morning croissant run and an excellent English style pub and restaurant and welcoming, local expat community. Here they have monthly fish and chip nights and many functions throughout the year.
Our nearest town is Chalus, famous for its links with King Richard 1st, the Lion Heart and his death in 1199. The town is also famous with pilgrims on the Camino Frances (the French Way) section of the Camino Santiago de Compostela.
Here there is a supermarket, pharmacy, schools, fuel, bank, DIY store, bakery, butcher, pub and others. Chalus also has a market every Friday morning.
There are many towns and villages in the area and several wonderful restaurants for every budget. Most towns have several fetes in the summer months and various types of clubs to join.
The capital, Limoges, famous for its fine porcelain production over the centuries is a 40 minute drive away. Here you will find all of the facilities and services of a city. This includes the local airport which is about a 25 minute drive and the train station with links to the rest of the country and beyond.
Here in the southern Haute Vienne, the historic and beautiful towns of Perigueux and Brantome are about an hours drive and the very picturesque and varied Dordogne region is very close too. Added to these the many chateaus nearby and you have endless places to visit and enjoy.
It’s an easy, welcoming, happy, healthy and peaceful lifestyle.
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