Beautifully renovated house with conservatory to die for and large garden with ornamental pond
Mainly stone constructed with many original features, wood beams and wood burning stove.
Huge barn, with well appointed workshop
Electricity neutral, through solar panels, fully centrally heated and double glazed.
Located in Parc Naturel regional Perigord Limousin - lush, unspoilt and beautiful
Easy access to local amenities, supermarkets, restaurants, swimming lakes
Out-buildings suitable for further projects
Totally private, easy to maintain in ground swimming pool with terrace
Sheltered vegetable garden and three plots of woodland planted with renewable chestnut
Limoges airport 37kms - frequent flights to UK and French international connections
The property, situated on the edge of the small commune of La Benechie, some 4kms from Cussac, consists of a lovingly restored house, which is attached to a barn, an extra building in close proximity, a swimming pool, a substantial garden that contains a fish pond, a WW2 historically significant cottage in need of restoration, and a vegetable plot, all of which totals 3300 sq m, plus three parcels of forest planted with renewable chestnut totaling 4000 sq m.
The house/barn was originally built in 1859 ( according to the lintel over the fireplace) and has two more modern attachments built onto it.
Entrance Hall with kitchen, utility room and downstairs bathroom leading off it. A double window opens onto the small garden. The floor is tiled
Kitchen (3.95x3.25) is compactly fitted out with corner ceramic hob, double ovens/microwave and a heated drawer, and space for a fridge freezer. A double window opens onto the garden. The floor is tiled.
Conservatory (5.30x3.70m) Directly accessed from Kitchen via french windows. Double glazed, sliding doors on external two sides, stone internal wall, wood beam and plaster ceiling with two velux openable skylights. Limousin style oak floor. 3 steps leading to Living/reception room.
Utility Room - contains oil fired boiler which heats the central heating and domestic water. Fitttings for washing machine and tumble dryer. Ample storage space
Downstairs Bathroom - contains toilet, sink and shower and can be used as a changing room by visitors who swim. Small ventilator window, The floor is tiled
3 steps from entrance hall up to
Living/reception room (5.20x7.60m) Exposed wood beams and ceiling, with mix of plaster and dressed stone walls, a granite fireplace with wooden lintel inscribed '1859', a 5* Godin log burner, ancient door to enclosed garden and wooden stairs to main upper floor. Windows on each side of door. There is a 'cave' underneath this room that, because of its ambient temperature, can be used for wine storage, and is accessed by a trap door in the floor.
4 steps up to
Second reception room (4.25x6.45m) Wood beam and plaster ceiling with stone walls throughout. Built-in oak book shelves. Tiled throughout and with under floor heating. 50% of the room is double height space. Two windows, and french window leading to small garden. Wooden stairs leading to open plan mezzanine bedroom (4.25x3.50m)
Upper floor (from Living /reception room)
Open plan area- used as 'Office/Study' (4.20x4.30) Wooden beams and ceiling, chestnut parquet floor, two double glazed windows with SW aspect.
Linen Cupboard/Walk-in wardrobe (2.80x1,80m) Shelves for linen on one side, clothes rails on the other and a 'hidden' valuables safe built in to the wall.
Small bedroom (2.80x3.30m) Sweet little room with window with NW aspect. Exposed wooden ceiling and beams, chestnut parquet floor, plaster walls.
Down 2 steps to landing off which is
Family bathroom (2.50x1.80m) - bath with shower and screen, wash basin and toilet. Small window. Tiled and plaster walls as appropriate, tiled floor.
Main bedroom with en-suite (5.10x4.10m) All walls plaster except in en-suite which is tiled. Wooden floor. French windows onto tiled terrace with wooden balustrade and affording beautiful view. En-suite contains shower, washbasin and toilet, heated towel rail.
External Room,(approx3.0x5.0m) accessed via small garden and up 6 steps
Can be used as bedroom, office, studio or even made into a gite. Wooden floor, stone walls, exposed wood beams and plaster ceiling, 2 windows. No permanent mains electricity or water.
Storage area under this room of similar size is enclosed by double doors, accessed externally.
Extensive terracing and pathway in natural stone provides places to sit and access the property from the car park.
The area next to main door is covered and forms an all weather BBQ area, a shaded eating area in the summer, a log storage in the winter and a discrete housing for the 2500 ltr heating oil tank.
Flower beds adjoin the grassed area between the terracing and pathway and the swimming pool.
Originally supplied by Christal Pools, the 8.5x 6.0m pool is formed of two connecting circles as in a number 8 shape, and has a tiled/flagstone surround. The north side of this area is fenced with an ornamental metal balustrade. The blue liner was renewed some two years ago, as was the'zircon' sand filter system which filters down to 2 microns. The ph is automatically adjusted for ease, while chlorination must be done manually. Cleaning is normally done by a 'robot' and surface dirt is skimmed off by skimmers at the entrance steps. There is, by law, a pool alarm. The blue bubble summer cover heats the water when the sun shines and prevents excessive heat loss over night. The green winter cover neatly seals off the whole unit during winter. Rarely is the water temperature below 25c during the summer.
Accessed externally from pathway in garden, the entrance room acts as a garden store and garage for grass cutting equipment. The floor is of concrete
The workshop/man cave is accessed from this room. It is amply lit by roof lighting and has many electric plugs. Benches and shelves abound. The floor is of concrete.
The double height space, which occupies the remained of the ground floor area, also has a concrete floor and has wooden steps leading to the upper level above the other two rooms.
This is a vast open area that can be used for myriad purposes. It has a wooden floor and enjoys daylight via two Velux windows in the roof as well as electric light. It also houses the unit that controls the solar panels on the external southern aspect of the roof above.
Twelve solar panels have, each year to date, generated enough electricity to pay for the domestic electricity consumption of the property. The meter is read automatically by Electricity de France (EDF)
Entrance to property
Double wooden gates open to a tarmac driveway that leads uphill to a pebbled car park and a two vehicle carport beyond. The carport has a wooden structure with a tiled roof and has electric points.
The extensive garden is laid to grass, but a beautiful area around the pond is shrubbed and the pond is partially surrounded by an all-weather path. A bridge goes over the natural water source that feeds the pond. The pond itself contains water lilies and many carp, some of which are Koi
A semi-derelict property occupies the far end of the garden and is used for storage, particularly of logs for the living room fire. The small room in the cottage was the meeting place of the Maquisade during WW2. This whole building is ripe for renovation.
Next to this building is the sheltered kitchen garden which, when cultivated, can provide more than enough vegetables during the summer months. Red currents, gooseberries, raspberries, blackberries and asparagus are currently harvested annually
The house comes with three small parcels of woodland, all within 10 minutes walking distance of the house. Two are planted with renewable chestnut and are currently ready for harvesting.