5 bedroom farm house for sale
France - Confolens, Charente, Poitou-Charentes
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- Detached 4/5 bed period farmhouse with outbuildings
- Set in a 4 ½ acre private haven with river access
- Centrally heated
- Traditional features
- Easy access to Limoges airport
- Located near channel ports and the major cities of Angouleme and Limoges
- Located near local amenties
- Further development potential
This one ticks all the boxes!
Benefiting from grounds totalling some 4 ½ acres with own river access and magnificent views of the woods and hills beyond, this beautiful, substantial, renovated stone Charentais style detached farmhouse with a range of large restored stone barns and outbuildings, offers vast accommodation over 4 floors including 4/5 bedrooms, 3 receptions, entire second floor for use as additional accommodation, 2 bathrooms, separate toilet, storeroom, basement laundry/storage room and massive scope for further extension into the adjoining barns.
Ideal for those seeking space and tranquillity whilst being close to all amenities or would suit equestrian, small-holding, holiday or business uses.
Detached period farmhouse set in a 4 ½ acre private haven with river access and breath-taking views.
Authentic, beautiful, renovated, stone, detached Charentais style with many traditional features.
Centrally heated with 4/5 bedroom, 3 reception rooms, 2½ bathrooms plus second floor.
Dry basement laundry, storage/utility room, wine cellar.
Large rooms throughout with exposed beams and feature stone fireplace in lounge.
Massive restored attached barns, outbuildings, bread oven and working well.
Located at end of no through road with direct access to country walks.
Mixture of wooded and pasture land suitable for equestrian or other uses.
Close to medieval town with all facilities but in village location.
Good access to Limoges airport, channel ports and the major cities of Angouleme and Limoges.
Close enough to the medieval riverside town of Confolens to be there in minutes but far enough away to be in peaceful countryside, this substantial property built over 4 floors has it all. Located in a small hamlet, at the end of a no-through road, this stunning traditional stone-built Charentais farmhouse is private and peaceful but not remote. Unlike many of the properties on the market it is not built on the roadside nor is it out in the sticks. On the contrary, it is at the heart of a friendly hamlet with a mixture of French and British neighbours.
Set on about 4 ½ acres of gardens, woodland and meadow, and with direct access to the river Vienne, the view from the rear is breath-taking. With a wonderful sunny climate and short winters, living here is like being on holiday all year round.
The property retains many period features including oak beams, beautiful traditional fireplace, Oeil de boeuf, stone lintels/surrounds, original stone sink outlet, oak staircase, stone walls to house and barns all painstakingly repointed with traditional lime mortar and ochre tint. The main property has an engraving above the front door showing the year 1865 but parts of the buildings are clearly much older.
WHAT THE OWNERS SAY
We are very reluctantly giving up this lovely and unique property. We love the house, its space, privacy and authentic charm and never tire of the lovely setting. Before we moved to France, we searched extensively until we found the right property. We wanted to be in a warm climate but not in an area overrun by tourists or where summer temperatures become stifling and not too far from the channel ports like Le Havre and Caen. We needed to be close to an airport and here Limoges airport, with regular low-cost flights to various UK destinations, is only 40 minutes away. Another of our criteria was to be close to a major town with access to all amenities whilst being in the countryside. With the historic town of Confolens just a few minutes away this location offered the ideal combination. Directly from the house we can enjoy daily walks and cycle rides down the country lanes. The neighbours are very friendly and hardly a day goes by when one or other comes for a cup of coffee or the local children come down to play with ours. In summer our children often go and swim in the neighbours pools. Thanks to the support and patience of our French neighbours we have all become fluent French speakers.
Unfortunately, we are now relocating and must move on. It is so peaceful and safe for the children and the grounds are like their own mini play park. During our ownership, a small fortune has been spent on an extensive scheme of refurbishment of the property and outside areas. We had a number of further development ideas for the property which, as we are now moving, we will leave to the preferences of the next owners; these ideas included a swimming pool, a balcony to the rear, creating further accommodation by linking into part of the barn, a riverside decking area and a canoe house.
With its thick stone walls, insulation and log-burning central heating system the house is warm in winter but remains lovely and cool in the hotter summer months. The working well, with submersible pump provides water for all exterior uses and could easily be connected to supply the house. The combination of own water supply and wood-fired heating substantially reduces the running costs.
THE VILLAGE AND THE TOWN OF CONFOLENS
On the edge of a lovely village, the hamlet is a small, unspoilt, friendly community of about a dozen traditional stone houses located on a 'chemin' that leads down to and along the River Vienne. From the house and via the chemin a network of quiet country walks can be accessed.
The hamlet presents a peaceful village, yet is very conveniently located such as to allow access to the town of Confolens, the cities of Limoges and Angouleme and to the airport. This desirable location also offers rapid access to the channel ports, the west coast and the resort of La Rochelle and the whole of the south of France and the Pyrenees.
The nearby sub-prefectural town of Confolens, with the mighty Vienne meandering through its heart and under the old 13th century bridge, is a picture. Picturesque stone 15th century colombage houses, water mill and annual folklore festival add to the magic. This very attractive town has all amenities including hospital, doctors, dentists, schools, supermarkets, builders' merchants and shops.
The property occupies an enviable location with its wooded land sloping down to the River Vienne and is to be found at the end of a small, quiet, hamlet of traditional stone properties. Breathtaking views from the rear over the river and wooded hills beyond give the property a rural and tranquil setting.
The very large, partly wooded gardens and land are a major feature of the property and extend to around 4 ½ acres in total. The huge, stunning, sloping, enclosed, partly wooded and very private rear garden is like having your own holiday paradise all year round. The bottom of the garden opens directly onto further meadow land providing direct access to the river. A series of small, rocky, river islands lead from the meadow. Originally part of a dam serving a mill on the other side, the rocks provide an excellent spot for summer swimming and fishing in the river.
FRONT AND SIDE GARDENS
To the side of the house, set off by an authentic renovated bread oven and well is a very large sweeping lawn surrounded by mature trees and fully enclosed by stone walls, fences and gated access. The bread oven could easily be put back into service. The well has never been known to run dry and provides water for outside purposes and could be connected to the property to supply the toilets, bathrooms and kitchen. The side garden given its size, privacy and sunny location would be an ideal place for an in-ground swimming pool, with the bread oven serving either as pool house or summer house.
At the front, a fully enclosed and gated garden, with mature shrubs and trees shelters under the glorious shade of an old cedar tree. A natural stone terrace and feature paths provide multiple patios and seating areas to complete the feeling of rural bliss.
PADDOCKS AND PARCELS
In addition to the garden areas which extend to about 1.4 acres, the property has the benefit of a further 2.9 acres of meadow land for leisure, grazing or other use as follows:
Connected to the property is an area of approx. 1 acre of riverside meadowland.
A further 100m or so down the chemin another meadow of about 1 acre also with river frontage.
On the roadside at the top of the hamlet further parcels with an area of around 0.9 acres.
CHILDREN'S PLAY FACILITIES
For the children there awaits their own play wonderland with large grass areas for ball games, a separate and enclosed trampoline area, the chemin which acts as like a private round for the bikes, skateboards etc., a climbing tree, swings and trapezes, access to the river for summer swimming, fishing and canoeing, room for table tennis and other games in the barn and plenty of ready-made accommodation for any number of pets and grazing for ponies…..and of course, if mum and dad decide to go ahead the perfect location for that swimming pool.
BARNS, GARAGES AND OUTBUILDINGS
For those seeking workshops for business or DIY or for the gardening or animal enthusiast or possibly for conversion to holiday accommodation there is endless scope here.
Attached to the house on one side a massive renovated barn with part mezzanine and ground area of over 120 sqm and with sufficient height to be made into three stories currently serves as a combination of garage, gym, woodshed, storage area, workshop and games room. The spacious barns with 3.3 meter high access doors could easily accommodate your caravan or camping car.
To the other side of the house two further large barns, again with ample height are currently used as garaging and storage.
An enclosed courtyard area, originally used as an animal pen, leads to a range of renovated authentic stone former animal sheds/stable.
Located on the side garden is a beautiful stone bread oven building which still contains the original oven. With its tiles floor this building makes a lovely summerhouse. Opposite the bread oven there is an original well which still provides water to the property for all the outside needs but which could be connected to replace the town water supply. Outside taps, lighting and power points facilitate garden activities.
To the front, the house looks out over enclosed and private gardens and patio areas and the majestic cedar tree beyond. Metal gates lead to either side of the house proving access to the barns and the parking areas in front.
From its large reception rooms to spacious bedrooms with traditional beams throughout, this very large family property retains a wealth of traditional features and is in excellent general order. This authentic Charentais style farmhouse affords vast, family-size accommodation with large rooms throughout comprising farmhouse kitchen/diner, lounge, dining room, 4/5 huge bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and separate toilet, storage room, extensive basement laundry/utility/wine cellar/storage area, entire second floor for various uses. The total interior floor area of the house, excluding the barns and outbuildings, is some 320 sqm. With connected barns to both sides, for the new owner that desires even larger accommodation or wishes to create guest accommodation, there is almost unlimited scope for further extension.
Central heating is provided by a log burning stove located in the lounge with back boiler which feeds radiators in every room. The dual system is supplemented by an oil fired boiler which can be run independently or in conjunction with the log burner.
On the ground floor, the oak-beamed entrance hall with generous storage room leading off, opens into the lounge with feature period fireplace and dining room to one side and the comprehensively fitted kitchen/diner to the other. At the end of the hall are located the spacious ground floor bathroom and separate toilet. Another door leads to stairs down to the basement which runs the full width of the house. From the basement one door provides access to the rear garden and another to the barn.
Up the stairs to the first floor, a landing with corridor off leads to the four enormous bedrooms and shower room. At the end of the corridor a further staircase leads up to the second floor, one side of which is currently used as offices/bedroom and the other for storage.
- Limoges (International), 43.2 miles
- Poitiers (Biard) (International), 69.7 miles
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