5 bedroom character property for sale
France - Aquitaine, Dordogne, Paunat
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The 10th Century Abbey has a popular local Périgourdine style restaurant situated In one of its outbuildings. Within 3 km is the mediaeval village of Limeuil, one of "Les Beaux Villages" of France, which is situated at the confluence of the Dordogne and Vézère rivers. Le Bugue, with its colourful bustling market every Tuesday morning, is just 7km away and has several supermarkets, banks, restaurants, hotels and boutiques.
In the summer months the village is lucky enough to boast its own weekly night market where, in a friendly family atmosphere, local dishes are prepared in front of you on the various market stalls with music and entertainment being provided. There is also a ball on 14th July - Bastille Day - followed by a firework display on 15th July.
The property itself has a wealth of ancient characterful features such as original stone éviers, potagers, huge beams and fireplaces. Set on three levels with exterior access from each level makes this a very practical house from which to enjoy family life but which could easily be run as a B&B with privacy for guests at each level.
Renaissance part dating from the 17th Century with exposed stonework and huge beams, high ceiling, stone évier and potager, very large stone working fireplace, flooring in old style Louis XIV Bordelaise terra-cotta tiles. A door leads out to the side terrace with electric blind providing shade in summer.
Accessed from the main Salon with carpet, pale blue and white wallpapered walls, decorative facing to the marble fireplace, door out to the pretty garden terrace at the rear with electric blind to provide shady dining area and a further window to the front.
Built-in wardrobes offering plenty of storage and hanging space, terra-cotta floor tiling, door to the rear garden terrace and window to the front, air-conditioning. En-suite bathroom with WC, shower and vanity unit.
Returning to the salon, on the opposing side, a hallway leads to:-
With bath/shower over, attractive Jean-Florant double vasque unit, terra-cotta floor tiling; separate WC next to the bathroom
With glazed triple French doors providing light overlooking the rear terrace and garden, tiled walls and terra-cotta flooring, beams, double sink, varnished solid walnut work surfaces and a good range of pale blue wall and base units.
At the end of the house is a good sized second sitting room currently used as a study/office with high ceiling, door out to the rear garden and window to the front of the property. Currently carpeted, there is old wooden parquet flooring beneath.
Returning to the main Salon, to the rear is a small ante chamber with original flag stone floor, exposed stonework, beams and arrow slits which has a door leading out to the garden and a lovely staircase leading up into the tower. A small loft ladder gives access to the attic which is boarded with a small window and which was previously used as a single bedroom.
Also on this level is the very large mansarded TV/third sitting room. Carpeted with windows to front and rear, this room could also be used as a master suite.
A small landing gives access to a shower room with shower, vanity unit and WC with tiled floor and beams, and onto a very large bedroom (bedroom 2) with double aspect windows, carpet, beams and air-conditioning.
Returning to the third sitting/TV room, on the opposing side, a small ante chamber with cupboards on both sides gives access to Bedroom 3 with double aspect windows, painted beams, new carpet and its own ensuite shower room with tiled shower, basin and WC.
Descending via the tower staircase and continuing to the lower garden level, one finds a very large and very useful laundry room with full electric and water supply, arched stone window and door out to the garden. This room is dry, with good evacuation systems in place, insulation to the ceiling and painted concrete floor. The mains electric trip switch is at this level. There are two new hot water tanks and in a separate cave is the fosse septique and grease trap (regularly maintained and emptied).
On the opposing side, at the lower garden level, is a delightful bedroom with arched stone doorway leading to the front of the property, side stone steps leading up to the middle garden and its own tiled shower room with WC, shower and basin.
Also at the lower garden level is the large boiler room with Oertli condensation boiler (serviced annually), fire extinguisher, fuel tank (2,000 litres) and the 3rd electric hot water tank.
Next to the boiler room, accessed from the road side, is a large double garage - dry with concrete base, insulation and electrics.
Outside the garden is just under 2,000m2. There are several stepped terrace levels containing a very interesting selection of attractive trees and shrubs, laid in a "jardin à l'Italien" style. The gardens have exterior lights making an attractive dining area in the evening. A huge maple tree gives shade over the main dining terrace in summer. The kitchen terrace also has a stone well which always has water in it. To the side of the property, accessed via a tiny land and double gates, is a large parking area within the property's grounds. The side dining terrace, with two electric blinds above the dining and main salon doors, has a néo Gothic "autel" nestling in the corner. At the upper garden level, accessed via double gates from the tiny lane, is yet more parking (4 cars).
Also in the middle garden is a pretty stone outbuilding used as a tool shed.
At the upper level is a lawned area with mature trees, surrounded by a stone retaining wall, and the pool area. The 10m x 5m pool with Roman end and shallow and deep ends, is privately situated with stone wall and hedges and a rose covered pergola entrance. The upper garden has beautiful views towards the village of Paunat with its impressive 10th Century Abbey.
Behind the pool, stone steps lead down to the pool room which has a new pump and new multi vane.
Grounds - just under 2,000m2
Taxe d'Habitation - €1,500
Taxes Foncière - €2,000
Full oil fired central heating
Air conditioning to kitchen and bedrooms 1 & 2
WiFi internet access
Roof completely replaced 10 years ago, including the structure, with Skytech and rock wool insulation and reclaimed 100 year old roof tiles and remodeled dormer windows created by a skilled local artisan
Lauzes finish to some chimney stacks
2 years ago all doors and windows repainted
Some light fittings, curtains, certain furniture items and some garden tools may be negotiated separately
3 new electric hot water tanks
Oertli condensation boiler
2,000 litre fuel tank
Double garage accessed from the road side
New pump and multi vane for the swimming pool
This property is based in the Dordogne (often referred to by its ancient name "The Périgord"). Although times may have changed over the years the beautiful Dordogne landscape, in one of the most beautiful areas of France, continues to offer something to amaze and delight everyone. This ancient land, deep in the heart of sunny south-west France, is perfect holiday country; a magical place that will reward all those who choose to explore it.
The Périgord Noir where the vast majority of our properties are located, is the 'Jewel in the Crown' of the Dordogne for here, in the triangle formed between the rivers Vézère and Dordogne, you will find the greatest concentration of natural wonders and historic sites, and the loveliest stretches of both rivers. The area is bounded by four famous towns and this property is well situated within this boundary - Sarlat, a medieval treasure house; Périgueux, a thriving and sophisticated small city; Bergerac, shippers of wine since the Middle ages and Monpazier, an extraordinarily well preserved bastide built by King Edward I in 1285.
Less then 1 hour from Bergerac airport, 1.5 hours from Brive airport, 2.5 hours from Bordeaux airport/TGV station and 2.5 hours from Toulouse airport.
In the village of Paunat (restaurant with small grocery corner); 7kms from Le Bugue (supermarkets, banks & restaurants).
- Bergerac (International), 17.7 miles
- Limoges (International), 68.1 miles
- Bordeaux (Mérignac) (International), 77.4 miles
- Toulouse (Blagnac) (International), 91.6 miles
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