Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A real French affair... Charm, character and three properties!

Ref:  6731g

Price:  318.000€ (agency fee included)

Ahhhh...  I'm going to go into blog overdrive...  yes I loved this one!
All of you lovely people who have dreams and aspirations to come to France to live in real France, in a real French village, in a typical French property - look no further than this one.  A fantastic 'ensemble' of three buildings, a house, a barn (partially converted) and another old house that is presently used as a workshop.  Tucked away, in the middle of a beautiful, popular little village between Souilac and Sarlat and the river Dordogne within a stones throw!
*Grannies House!
2 bedrooms

*The barn!
3 bedrooms
Plus complete ground floor workshop

*The workshop!
Could be another little house!!

What was so charming, apart from the character of this place and what makes it such a beautiful French affair, is that you have three generations of the same family who live here.  All working together in a family business where even granny has her own workspace...  could be a story or a T.V programme on how the real French people live and work.

It is going to be difficult for me to explain this one as there are just so many parts to the property.  But I will try!  As you draw up to the property, Grannies house is directly in front of you.  The workshop sits to the right-hand side and the barn is behind Grannies house.
As we approach, Granny is sitting in her workspace (the little conservatory) at the front of her house.  Taking full advantage of the sunny warm day surrounded by sprouting geraniums.  We enter into the kitchen, oh my we have stepped back in time a little to what is an authentic old French kitchen, even the little windows are decorated with those lovely old half size cafe curtains....   Often, I have to report on what needs updating, modernising - but I have to say, this old kitchen could be just tweaked to keep that authentic feel as it was just a place that you wanted to take your shoes of and sit at that old farmhouse table in front of the wood burning stove, to enjoy a hearty meal and a glass of robust French wine.
There is a lounge downstairs, another conservatory behind and the bathroom.  Upstairs there are two bedrooms and a large landing area where perhaps you could make another bathroom.  Huge attic space also which could be developed if required but maybe you don't need too as there is the barn....

The barn has the most fantastic stone work - a photo of it especially for you!  Fantastic door openings with the original old stone reveals. The first floor has been turned into living accommodation.  The ground floor is used as storage for the business.  As you walk upstairs to enter into the hallway...  I was blown away by the old original door, with it's old original door furniture apparently dating back hundreds of years.  How can you ever re-produce this kind of look and feel ????  There is a very comfy lounge/dining with kitchen.  Those exposed beams make it feel just so elegant yet so very comfortable and cosy.  Three bedrooms, each feeding off of the gorgeous elegant hallway and a bathroom.  Behind the barn there is covered area for you to enjoy some outside shaded dining whilst enjoying the garden.  

The workshop is just that!  A real workshop!  Filled to bursting with materials for the business (furniture restoration) which makes things look a little untidy on the photo's but of course this is a work space so it was to be expected.  Taking the materials out, you would be left with a nice little place.  One room downstairs with adjoining workshop and a large mezzanine floor above.

There is 1800m2 of garden.  
My view:  Just the real French deal!  Charm and character.  Loved the position.  Central in a village yet you feel you are in your own little hamlet!!  These kind of features cannot be easily re-produced even if you scoured every corner of France...  j

Please contact me if you would like further specific information by e-mail, kim@century21.fr

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