Friday, January 7, 2011

An 'ensemble' for renovation. The barn has the most incredible coloured stone...

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Price:  131.000€   Reduced to 115.000€ !(agency fee included)

A house, a barn, a bread oven and your own tabac drying shed!

Situated between Gourdon and Souillac in the LOT, in fact just 1 km from Payrac (where you will find all small commerce) you find this lovely little 'ensemble' of buildings.  It's rural but not isolated.

The house is actually semi-detached.  Now perhaps I could tell you a funny little story...  As you will see from the photo's, the interior really is pretty grim!  However, when my colleague was preparing the evaluation, the present owner seemed a little put out when she said that of course the price had to reflect the fact that it was not habitable.  Shock horror!! The old farmer guy was most put out - well that was because he had rented it out not too long ago!!  So if you are an old farmer guy, perhaps you may consider this house habitable but for most of my clients you may consider it needs total renovation!!

* 3 bedrooms
*Kitchen/living room
*Attic space 60m²
*Drying shed
*Bread oven
*2000m² of land.

The house next door has been renovated and is in good condition.  The house is actually of a very good size and exterior in good order.  There is a huge attic space (which is the cleanest room in the house!!!) which is rather lovely as it has little windows all around...  could make a very nice master suite I thought!  For once, there is quite a large bathroom - but - it is off of the kitchen so not ideal so you may want to consider moving that.  However, there is plumbing to the house!  Large complete cellar underneath.

The barn - the real treasure here I thought.  What fantastic coloured stone....  I have even taken a close up of it for you so that you can see it.  In good condition, there is 140m² on ground floor and 120m² on first floor. What I also liked about this one, as it really was an old working barn, to the side on the first floor, there is access (from the slope) by an amazing pair of old doors that must be the originals, directly onto the garden so that you can load up onto your tractor!  

The old drying shed has very much dried out itself and shrivelled!  They were never supposed to be airtight but this one has lot of natural daylight pouring through!  But what is important to point out is that when there is a building such as this one, if you do not want to keep it, there is always the possibility of putting something else there instead.

The old bread oven needs a bit of love and attention...  it's falling down!  But imagine how great this could look repaired...  see a photo of the amazing interior!

The land surrounds the three large buildings and is private.  The immediate area is very green with the odd property dotted about so you are not isolated.

My view:  Charming place.  Huge scope to do anything you want... interesting for those who would like a little project...  with the main structure in good condition.   The surrounding area is beautiful.  And that barn is just fab!

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  1. It is so lovely, Kim! I will be in France around the 6-7-8 of june,
    to look at a property in a village, nearer to the coast. The property fits all my needs, gallery-small experimental concerts +, + and that is what we want, isn´t it. I am not the "cosy" person, as most are. I only think work!
    I might be able to take a trip to see you and may be this property as well.
    I´ll send you a mail if that is ok! I will go by car and would love to see this property as well. It is a matter of time as it always is.
    You know, I could easely live like the old farmer described here wih my Jourdan shoes or Ugg boots!

  2. Bonjour!
    Your comments made me smile:) Let me know when you are coming!