Friday, January 21, 2011

A fully restored house - shock horror! Plus maison d'amis!

Ref:  2549g

Price:  240.000€ (agency fee included)

How many properties are there on offer where you have to do something.  A ha!  Not with this one!  In pristine condition inside and out.  In fact as I walked around this lovely little old place, I was asking myself why my house is never as tidy and clean as this one.  I found myself trying to spot at least one cobweb, a speck of dust, chipped paint or some other little problem.....   but no.  Perfect!
Situated in a rural position but not isolated.  Ten minutes from the town of Gourdon, ten minutes from Payrac, 3.5km's from Masclat and 5km's from St Julien de Lampon.  This little cottage has it's own separate maison d'amis, garaging and lock ups!
*Main house
*3 bedrooms
*Kitchen 25m²
*Lounge 23m²
*Central heating

*Maison d'amis

*Garage of 41m²
*Workshop of 26m²
*1904m² garden

The rear of the property is South facing .  The cottage is surrounded by countryside which gives lovely open views.  The exterior of the property is in excellent condition. So is the garden!  Nicely planted and I'm sure that each bush has been individually groomed - not even a dead leaf anywhere!  The garden is a good size.

As you arrive there is a large drive in and garage for parking.   To the front of the cottage is a little covered terrace, perfect for hot sunny days when you need some shade whilst dining.

The kitchen is perfectly modern but incorporates the lovely old original features such as the old stone sink and the cantou fireplace.  Gosh what a lovely light and bright little place!

The lounge room is next.  Lovely large doors opening up onto the garden.  There is also the mezzanine above. To one corner is the spiral staircase going up to the first floor.

There is a nice sized bedroom on ground floor also, again opening up onto the garden.  The bathroom is lovely!!  (Hardly ever get to say that!)

Upstairs, there are two bedrooms and the mezzanine would make a great office space.

Going back outside.... We next take a look around the maison d'amis.  It does exactly what it says on the tin! A simple but large open lounge/kitchen room with mini kitchen.  A shower room.  A very steep staircase (my only negative point of the whole property!) takes you upstairs to the bedroom.  A pleasant surprise is the little balcony...

I'm next shown the workshop....  Wow!  Wish my hubby kept things so neat and tidy!  Moreover, it was the size of the thing - there was actually a motor-home parked inside!!!
My view:  If you are searching for a little gem that is restored - look no further!

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A large, beautiful property with 7192m² garden.

Ref:  2111g                                            UNDER OFFER!

Price: 499.000€ (agency fee included).

Travelling down a country lane just ten minutes from Gourdon, looking to my right I was slightly stunned seeing the property we were about to visit for the first time!
A beautifully kept garden and a beautifully kept property.  You can see as soon as you approach that this is indeed a superb, well constructed property.  What I liked the most was as you do a 'tour' of the house, that each side is interesting and the great thought and attention to detail to make this one of the nicest looking 'newer' properties that I have seen for a while.

*Entrance 23m²
*5  very good sized bedrooms
*4 bathrooms
*Huge lounge of 74m²
*A huge mezzanine galleried hallway of 60m2
*Kitchen 37m²
*Utility room
*Swimming pool
*Independent garage of 81m²
*Cellar 51m²
*Conservatories! 26m² and 15m²
*Land of 7195m²

The property was finished in 1978 and only quality materials have been used.  It is situated in a country position but not far from the town of Gourdon, a little further to Sarlat and near to the villages of St Julien de Lampon and Grolejac.

As you walk into the property, there is a huge, most impressive entrance hall with a galleried stairwell.   Going through into the lounge is quite something.  A massive room of 74m², even the full size snooker table looked lost! A beautiful fireplace dominates a central position giving a lovely focal point to the room.  So many windows all around make this room seem even larger, as views over the garden seem to be incorporated into the room!

The kitchen is large with a dining area.  Fully equipped with a kind of partitioning work service between the two rooms.  Outside of the kitchen is a lovely conservatory, perfect for relaxing.

One of the bedrooms with en-suite shower is also on this floor.  

Onwards and upwards to the first floor and once again I was taken aback by the huge landing/mezzanine area.  In fact the present owners have made a very cosy office area and still I felt as if it was very grand!  

Four further bedrooms on this floor.  

The garage is almost another house in itself!  In fact the upstairs could easily be turned into extra accommodation if required with little effort.  There is also a large wine cave of 51m².

The position of the house is perfect.  The huge grounds of 7195m² extend all around the property and behind. The swimming pool is positioned in the garden.  

My view:  What a beautiful property and location.  Quality oozes out!  The spaciousness of the interior makes this feel quite a luxury home.  I don't think there are any negatives really.....  Maybe a change of colour with the bathroom suites to bring them up to date a little - but that is it!  No major works and I can't see why this one wouldn't please everyone!

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