- Type: House
- Living surface: 166
- Plot size: 1600
- Bedrooms: 4
- Total rooms: 8
- Bathrooms: 2
- Closest neighbour in m.: 150
- Heating: Oil fired central heating, Wood burners
- Close By: Recreation lake, Hiking & Cycling
- Languages spoken: English
Four/five Bedroom Stone-Built Family Home
Price: € 187 500 | Ref.: 1679 | Views: 2 988
This stone farmhouse, which has been lovingly renovated by the current owners, is set in the beautiful rolling Charentaise countryside 1.5km from the village of Benest. It is south-facing and benefits from oil-fired central heating, wood-burning fire and double glazing. It is ready to move into, yet retains the potential for the new owners to personalise the property. Situated on the Charente/Vienne border, the village of Benest is within easy reach of Limoges and Poitiers and their airports, and from the nearby town of Ruffec there are rail links to Paris and Bordeaux. The nearest town is Champagne Mouton (8km)which has fuel and garage services, supermarket, pharmacy, tabac and bi-weekly market.
Large fitted Kitchen/diner with electric hob, oven, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer and original beamed ceiling. Measurements: 5.9 x 4.1m. Adjoining the kitchen is a light and airy room which would be suitable as a separate dining room but also could be used as a study, sitting room or ground-floor bedroom. Beamed ceiling and wooden floor. Measurements: 4.1 x 3.3m. The lounge has original beamed ceiling, tiled floor and feature stone fireplace with wood-burning fire. There is a satellite TV connection and telephone connection. Measurements: 4.3 x 6.3m. Adjoining the lounge is a good-sized room which is currently being used as a study/office. It also has an original beamed ceiling, tiled floor, telephone connection and also broadband connection (currently via Orange Livebox). Measurements: 6.2 x 4.7m. Above the study/office there is a large insulated loft with the potential for conversion to extra rooms. At present access to this room is by ladder from the study/office. Measurements: 5.0 x 6.2m.
Leading from the kitchen is the hallway, with downstairs WC and stairs to the first floor, which comprises: Master bedroom with en-suite facility (walk-in shower, WC, washbasin). It has a large window with beautiful views over the gardens and nearby countryside. There is also a satellite TV connection. Measurements 4.3 x 3.3m. Bedroom 2 is spacious and has a large window with view over the courtyard and countryside. Measurements: 4.2 x 3.2m. Bedroom 3 is a spacious room with original oak beam feature. Measurements: 2.8 x 4.5m. Bedroom 4, which has a Velux window and also an original oak beam feature, is currently used as a 'media room' for viewing films and listening to music (at full blast). It is easily converted back to a double bedroom when required. Measurements 3.0 x 4.4m. Modern family bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, washbasin and WC. Measurements: 3.2 x 2.0m.
To the front of the house is a gravel courtyard with barbecue built into the low stone wall. Across the courtyare is a large building which is divided as follows: A hangar (currently used for car parking and storage of firewood, with the possibility of beeing converted to stabling). Measurements: 10.9 x 4.0m. Barn with double doors. Measurements of ground floor: 10.3 x 4.9m. There is also a mezzanine, the measurements of which are 3.0 x 4.9m. Garage with double doors, the measurements of which are: 2.2 x 6.4m.
Cottage (formerly a gite) which, although structually sound, would require renovation to become habitable again. It is currently used as a workshop. The cottage comprises three rooms, the measurements of which are: Room 1 5.2 x 4.1m; Room 2 2.7 x 4.2m; Room 3 3.5 x 4.2m. The space above the cottage/garage measures approximately 40 sq m.
There are two additional storage areas which measure 3.4 x 3.4m and 5.3 x 3.6m. The building has electrical connections throughout and there is a connection to the cottage for a water supply. The roof of the building was renovated in 2007.
Good-sized, easily-maintained garden which is mainly lawn with borders and several fruit trees. There is also a small stone building, currently used as a hen house (although children who visit say it would make a wonderful play house). Included is a small, uncultivated plot of land on the opposide side of the road to the main property, which is a potential vegetable plot.
The sewage system is a fosse septique. The system was replace in 2008. The house was rendered and re-pointed in 2012. The broadband connection is currently via Orange Livebox. The central heating system is an De Dietrich oil-fired system.