Pretty dormer-windowed cottage, garden, garage, orchard and field
Three double bedrooms -- your perfect Little Big House
Open-plan, flowing spaces, airy, with attractive interior and exterior views
Stone constructed with many original features, beams and wood-burning stove
Friendly, traditional hamlet retreat nestling in fields and forest
Parc Naturel Régional Périgord Limousin -- lush, unspoilt and beautiful
Within easy reach of amenities, supermarkets, restaurants, swimming lakes, Dordogne caves
At the end of lane with no through traffic so nice and peaceful
Dournazac 4 km, Cussac 8 km, Chalus 10 km, Limoges 47 km
Limoges Airport 39 km -- frequent international flights to many UK destinations
Delightful cottage with three double bedrooms. You'll love the location in a tiny hamlet of six houses in a woodland clearing, close to nature in the Parc Naturel Régional Périgord-Limousin near the Dordogne border. At the end of a lane with no through traffic it is very peaceful but in easy reach of all amenities.
Sitting room 5.8 x 4.2 (24.2 m²)
Kitchen/Dining room 5.8 x 3 (17.5 m²)
Electric central heating boiler supplying radiators in every room
Solatube giving natural light
White stone sink, work surface, sockets, plenty of storage
4 steps down to...
Sun Room 3.6 x 3.1 (11.3 m²)
2 steps up to...
Bathroom 3.2 x 2.1 ( 5.3 m²)
Wet room with electric underfloor heating, shower ("the best shower in the world" according to one frequent visitor), Japanese deep bath, washbasin, WC
Bedroom 1 4.1 x 2.9 (12 m²) with fitted wardrobes (views of hamlet)
Bedroom 2 3.6 x 3 (11 m²) (views of hamlet)
Bedroom 3 3 x 2.9 (8.7 m²) (views of mature trees and garden)
(The dimensions of the bedrooms were measured up to the dormer windows, either side of which the ceiling slopes; 85 cm of floor is below a height of 1.6m)
All floors are wooden except for the kitchen/dining and bathroom, which are tiled.
Dry Cellar 4 x 2.9 (12 m²) (Height 1.66)
Electric water heater
Lawned enclosed front garden with mature planting of roses, hydrangeas, vine, etc.
Up lane to wooden garage on concrete base with integral tool store/wood store, total size approx. 10 x 4
1000 L water storage tank behind garage
From house, over lane through "tunnel de l'amour" to...
Orchard, fenced vegetable garden, washing line, garage/tool store
Fruit trees including local varieties of apple, cherry, plum, peach also greengage, persimmon, kiwi
In summer it's heaven to lunch under the shady apple trees or lounge in a hammock
Local name for the orchard is Le Baradis (or le paradis, that is to say Paradise!)
From house two minutes up the lane to...
Trees and fruit bushes planted over the past decade e.g. King James mulberry, quince, medlar, walnut, sweet chestnut, etc. A local apiarist currently sites beehives in exchange for honey.
In the past highly productive arable land. Currently hayed by a local farmer. In WWII it was used as a parachute drop site for the Macquis (French Resistance)
Mains electricity and water
Like most rural French properties no mains sewage or gas -- there is a septic tank and the cooker uses bottled gas
Re-roofed in 2003 and re-wired in 2007
Bins emptied weekly
The "dossier de diagnostique technique" (statutory property survey) has recently been carried out
Low local bills
Set in a magical hamlet "Les Rosiers" started out as an agricultural building dating from the late 18th Century. (Above the front windows you can see three 'fenestron' windows where the hay was pushed up for winter storage.) It was converted to a comfortable "fermette". The cottage was purchased by the vendors in 2002.
The property nestles in an area of wooded hills, lush clearings, valleys, streams and lakes. Les Monts de Châlus is part of the beautiful Parc Naturel Régional Périgord-Limousin. The area is known for its toffee-coloured Limousin cattle and forestry. It has attracted a great many organic producers who sell in the local markets. Dournazac (4 km) boasts a mairie, post office/library, boulangerie, bar/restaurant, pharmacy, GP surgery, garage, school, tennis courts and 12th Century church. Every year it holds a Fête de la Châtaigne (Chestnut Festival) at the end of October. There are many wonderful recreational swimming and fishing lakes. In the immediate surrounding countryside there are tracks for rambling, Nordic walking, bike riding or horse riding. The beautiful 12th Century moated Château de Montbrun is on the route to the village. In the other direction is the local high point, Le Grand Puyconnieux (alt. 498 m) giving panoramic views, and the 15th Century Château de Brie.
Nearby small towns of Cussac (8 km) and Châlus (10 km) have between them many larger amenities such as supermarkets, DIY stores, banks, markets and swimming pool. Limoges airport (40 km) is approx 40 minutes by car. From the UK, Ryanair flies to Limoges from Bristol, East Midlands, Gatwick, Leeds-Bradford, Manchester, Stanstead and Southampton; flybe flies from Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
There are historic links between this area and England, e.g. Richard the Lionheart was killed while besieging Châlus castle in 1199. The cottage is close to the "Route Richard Coeur de Lion" which links a large number of castles in the area.
It is easy to make friends and to get to know people if you want to. French and international groups welcome new members in most small villages. You will find French language, book groups, walking, photography, charity and volunteering groups. Free magazines such as Etcetera, Connexion and The Bugle are helpful for English speakers.