Friday, March 4, 2011

A beautiful old cottage - one for the shortlist!

Ref:  6611s                   Sold!  (day after publicity! )

Price: 120.000€ (agency fee included)

Ooooh what a property, wow what a price!!  I'm now bracing myself for a huge response for this one!
Set in the middle of a quiet sleepy hamlet, just about 5km's from St Sozy in the Lot, South West France. The real little French cottage dream!

*4 bedrooms 
*Kitchen 21m²
*Lounge 37m²
*Shower room 
*Garden of 700m²
*Little workshop
Walking through the garden gate, this cottage has one of those little gardens that is just perfect and interesting.  Lots of little stone walls and steps.....different levels and little areas with trees and shrubs.  In fact one of the upstairs rooms has direct access onto the garden.  These photo's have been taken in the midst of winter so I can imagine how pretty it will look in the summer.  

The exterior of the cottage is in excellent condition.  Beautiful stonework that has been nicely finished off and the roof looks in great condition also.  

Inside, it is very old cottage like!  It has been used for many years as a simple holiday cottage by it's French owners.  It is perfectly habitable but needs tweaking to bring this up to what could be something out of your dreams!  There are many of the old original elements and exposed beams that you can still incorporate into your decor to retain that cottage feel.   The layout is a little funny....  this often is the case with these little village houses.  Bedrooms were not really designed to upstairs in years gone by, so we do find that they put them in just about anywhere!

A real country kitchen awaits you.  Very large and spacious.  It does not have a real fitted kitchen as such but it screams charm and comfort to you!

Now to the rear of the kitchen there are two bedrooms.  Good sizes.  You can see that this was one room split into two (by the window).

Walking down a couple of steps you go into the lovely large comfy lounge with it's fireplace staring you in the face.  French doors open up onto the garden.  Cottages like this can be a little dark and gloomy - but not this one!   It will be a fantastic cool room in the summer and very cosy with a wood fire in the winter.

The bathroom has been fitted onto the end of the lounge!  Not ideal but we do see this a lot.  Ok, so it's not new but it's not bad either....the plumbing is in place!  Upstairs there is a bit of a mish mash with the rooms again.  For the moment there are two further bedrooms but you have to go through a very narrow door.  A little bit of thought here could transform this cottage entirely.  There would then be room to add another bathroom upstairs.  

My view:  So the cottage needs a little bit of work to bring it up to modern day standards and comfort.  But it would be very well worth the trouble and it can be done whilst living there and by a keen DIYer if you choose.  The price of this one is very interesting and for a modest budget you can have this one looking like a French dream cottage!

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