Located off a peaceful rural lane, surrounded by the stunning Lot et Garonne rolling hills, this versatile pair of properties need to be seen to be fully appreciated.
Behind the standard, rendered fa& 231 ade lies a surprisingly large property, teeming with character. The original farmhouse and barn have been lovingly restored and extended to create a warm and welcoming 4-bedroom family home. It is surprisingly light and spacious and there is a good flow between the living spaces and the bedrooms. The accommodation is all on one level but there is room to extend up into the loft space if required.
Comprising a main house, a 1-bed separate cottage and a pool, the two properties offer considerable flexibility in terms of accommodation either as incoming-generating propositions or as an excellent solution for extended families. It is possible to live in the main house and rent out the smaller cottage, or vice versa. The current owners have successfully pursued both options.
The setting epitomizes rural tranquility, yet you are not far from amenities. There is a charming hilltop town just 5 minutes drive away with schools, a bar-restaurant, a Butchers and two grocery stores, among others and another charming riverside town with commerce just as easily accessible in the opposite direction. Sainte Livrade sur Lot is just 10 minutes drive with its fantastic weekly market and Villeneuve sur Lot, a much larger town, is 15 minutes drive. With some enchanting summer night markets just 10 minutes drive away, a very friendly golf course the same distance away, this property has everything on hand for tourists, family visitors and indeed the future owners themselves.
Early viewing advisable.
ACCOMMODATION - Main House
Through French doors into:
Kitchen - 5x5.2m (26m2)
Range of shaker style fitted base and eye-level units. Sink, plumbing for washing machine and dishwasher. Electric oven & amp warming oven. Gas hob (5 ring). Ample room for table. Original, exposed beams.
Down two steps into:
Living-Dining Room - 10.5x4m (42m2)
Impressive room with tiled floor, exposed stonework on one wall, beams on ceiling. The centerpiece of the room is the wonderful, large fireplace with wood burner. This has tubing and ducts to convey the heat. Two sets of French doors lead out onto the covered terrace and ensure the room is flooded in natural light. There is plenty of room for a dining table at one end and sofas at the other end. At the far end of the room, the original animal byres from the barn have been beautifully restored and are cleverly used as a room divider
There is another entrance door located just past the animal byres. This leads in from the terrace and onto the bedroom corridor that wraps around the Living Room and eventually leads back to the kitchen.
Up three steps from Living room, through door on right into:
Bedroom 1 - 4.6x3.3 m(15m2)
Tiled floor, plastered walls, exposed beams on ceiling. Window to rear of property. Electric panel heater. A lovely characterful room.
Bedroom 2 - 4.5x2m (9m2)
Tiled floor, plastered walls, exposed beams on ceiling. Currently boasting two single beds, but could also house bunk-beds. Window to rear of property. Could equally be used as an office. Electric panel heater.
Bedroom 3 - Master - 4.5x5m (18m2)
Tiled floor, plastered walls, one feature wallpapered wall behind bed. Exposed beams on ceiling. French doors to rear garden (triple glazed). Sink with vanity unit set in recess with cupboard above.
It would be relatively straightforward to knock through this recess to the next door bathroom, thus creating an ensuite to the Master bedroom.
Bathroom - 2.7x3.6m (10m2)
Tiled floor, tiled walls. Bath with shower over and shower screen. Double sink unit with storage under. Recessed area with useful shelving area and cupboard above.
W.C. - 1.2x1.6m
Tiled floor, tongue & amp groove paneling. W.C
Corridor - 7.6x1.3m (10m2)
Laminate flooring which continues into the kitchen. Corridor leads from bedrooms back to Kitchen. Wide, spacious area which promotes a real sense of 'flow' in the property.
Bedroom 4/Office - 3.7x2.3m (9m2)
Tiled floor, wooden ceiling. Floor to ceiling storage shelves. Used by current owners as an office. With its doorway leading outside property, the owners continue to access it when the house is rented out in its entirety as a holiday let during the Summer months. They lock the internal door. There is plumbing in place for a washing machine, so it could alternatively be turned into either a utility room or a second bathroom, if required.
This is accessed externally using a ladder, through the first floor window at rear of property. It is partially boarded out and has potential to be converted to additional living space, if required. An internal staircase could be added in the small, single bedroom in the main body of the house.
Conservatory - 4.7x2.2m (10.5m2)
Accessed from the outside from the terrace only. A 1970's construction with single-glazing small paneled windows. Used by current owners a log storage area and garden furniture storage area. The log storage is an ideal use due to its close proximity to the house and the outside door leading into the Living Room.
Running the length of the property and accessible from French doors from the living room and the external door also. A fantastic addition to the living space and an invaluable shady respite from the heat of the Summer. The perfect spot to sit alfresco and enjoy a glass of something, looking across to the pool.
Extending out onto a further terrace area near to the brick built Bbq - Ideal dining area.
Across gravel driveway, down slope to:
Cottage - Maison d'amis
This versatile 1-bed accommodation could be used as an incoming generating holiday let, a longer-term let, owners' accommodation with the main house being rented out as a lucrative holiday let during the peak season or indeed a guest cottage perfect for visiting family & amp friends. It could also be used as a permanent residence for anyone looking to bring parents over with them who need independent space on the same premises as the rest of the family. It could also be used as an artist's studio.
Through sliding French doors into:
Living Room - 5.2x4.5m (24m2)
Wooden flooring, wooden ceiling, exposed beams. Wood burner. Room for sofas and a small dining table.
Down a three of steps into:
Kitchen - 3.3 x 6.7m (22m2)
Modern, grey gloss fitted kitchen with wooden work surface and subway tiles splashback. Sink, plumbing for dishwasher, room for Range cooker. At other end, room for dresser, room for small table for two people, room for fridge. Window over garden.
From Living room, through door into:
Bedroom 1 - 3.5x3.8m (13m2)
Carpet on floor, beams on ceiling. Small window to rear, larger window to side.
Solar venti heating via solar panel outside on rear wall of building.
Through door from kitchen into:
Bathroom - 2.4x3.5m (8m2)
Tiled floor, beamed ceiling. Shower cubicle, sink with vanity unit under, W.C.
Out through door in kitchen onto:
Concrete, soon-to-be-tiled terrace, private, enclosed garden with wonderful, uninterrupted countryside views. Garden storage shed. This area is very private from the rest of the property so ideal if the small cottage is used as owner's accommodation and the large house rented out, or vice versa.
A large gravel driveway leads up from the lane to the property and round the side of it between the terrace and the pool area. There is a large parking area between the Main house and cottage with room to park a dozen cars or more.
A car port has been added to the side of the house which is a fantastic asset in the heat of the Summer to keep cars cool.
The remainder of the grounds are laid to lawn with mature hedges and trees and a fruit orchard on the perimeter of the land. As such, they are relatively easy to maintain with a sit-on mower. The plot is bordered on all sides by farmland and there are fabulous expansive countryside views in all directions and particularly across to the local hilltop village. The land slopes down from the house to the cottage and the lane below.
Swimming pool - 10x5m
Chlorine filtration system, internal, corner steps. Year-Round safety cover. Terracing all around with room for several loungers. The pool is set a little higher than the house, but close enough for easy access.
Garage/Workshop - 40m2 (approx.)
Excellent storage area for garden & amp pool furniture. However, there is considerable potential to convert it into further living accommodation, or indeed a Summer kitchen/pool changing area, if required.
Heating - Wood burning stove & amp electric heaters & amp solar venti heating in cottage.
This property is very well insulated due to the double-glazing throughout and the insulating layer of polystyrene that has been inserted into the walls.
Drainage - Septic Tank - one for each property
Taxe Fonciere - 804& 8364
Well - used for watering garden
Price € 371,000
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Agency: Guyenne Immobilier Sarl