4 bedroom character property for sale
France - Martrin, Aveyron, Midi-Pyrénées
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- Farmhouse dating from the 1500's
- Entrance/sitting room, dining room, study and French style kitchen
- 4 bedrooms, one on the ground floor
- Adjacent barn with study and covered eating area under
- Separate barn with potential to create a 3 bedroom gite (subject to any consents needed)
- Gardens of 1/3 acre
- Edge of village situation with views over the village
- Short distance to Coupiac and then to St Affrique
This 16th century edge of village house has been extended over the centuries and is set in about 1/3 acre of gardens and overlooks some fields towards the village church with its famous Tour des Hospitaliers. The house was originally built as a one up, one down peasants farmhouse and was extended in the 1800s and then modernised when the current owner bought the property in 2001. Together with the adjoining barns, this makes for a delightful ensemble and offers potential for the enlargement of the living accommodation if wanted and the creation of a gite, subject to any consents that may be needed. The accommodation is described in the next paragraph.
MARTRIN is an ancient village that, like the house, dates from the 16th Century during the time of the Knights Hospitaliers, who succeeded the disgraced Knights Templiers. The Tour has a 19th Century church attached to it. The clock rings every hour and every half hour so there is no need to bring your watch. The village is lucky to have its own highly regarded bistro, the Caminada, which serves excellent food whether you choose the weekday lunchtime four course set menu, or eat there in the evening where the food is even better and a little more expensive. The Caminada also stocks a small range of essentials, should you forget to buy them in neighbouring Coupiac, five minutes away by car, or an inspiring 30 minute walk along the crest of the hill. Martrin also has two bakeries, one a commercial bakery providing produce for the local markets. Libero, grows his own wheat to produce bio bread. COUPIAC has a range of shops providing everything you need on a daily basis. It has a patisserie, a hardware shop, a pharmacy, general, simple clothing shop, a hairdresser, a beautician and a recently enlarged, all purpose grocery with fresh meat, cheese, milk and every other basic foodstuff and household product that you are likely to need. The village also has a well stocked bar which offers a snack style menu. During the peak summer season the imposing Chateau de Coupiac is the venue for a living pageant, staged by local residents, showing how people lived at various stages in the Chateau's history. Markets COUPIAC has a small day market on a Wednesday at the peak of the summer season. It also hosts a night market on a Monday in season where you can buy a large range of typical regional dishes which you can enjoy seated at trestle tables amongst a crowd of local and more distant visitors, nearly all of them French. One of the best nearby Saturday markets is at ST AFFRIQUE, about ½ hour drive away. Nearly all of the vendors are local farmers and you can buy fruit, vegetables, meat, prepared dishes, cheese and fish to stock up for the week. There are numerous restaurants in St. Affrique where you can sit at pavement tables and enjoy the passing parade. Places of interest Plaisance, a village 12 km away with the hotel, Les Magnolias, whose new chef (2016) is greatly acclaimed. Brousse le Chateau, another chateau in another lovely village which also has a hotel serving good local dishes. Ambialet, with its ancient priory is often the scene of summer concerts. Albi 's Cathedrale de Ste Cecile is a must see on your list. Love it or hate it, you won't see anything else like it. Toulouse, the pink city, has numerous old churches and museums well worth a visit. Millau's viaduct, opened a few years ago by President Chirac, is spectacular, especially if you drive slowly across it. Until you have seen it you might wonder how a viaduct can be beautiful.
The house is entered via the front door which leads into the
L'ENTREE or LIVING ROOM (24.5m2) with beams, wood burner in a fireplace, stairs to the first floor and doors off to the ground floor bedroom, kitchen and dining room.
DINING ROOM (18.7m2) The beams, Juliet balcony with views to the village and opening through to
KITCHEN (11.6m2) A rustic French style kitchen with units, electric hob and oven, space for fridge, dishwasher and washing machine and tiled floor.
BEDROOM 1 (10.2m2) A wheelchair accessible double room with view over the village and door to EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM with shower, WC and wash basin, tiled in hand thrown, unglazed beige tiles from Terre Cuite de Roujols. Window facing East, overlooking the garden.
FIRST FLOOR The stairs lead up from the Lentree to the landing and passageway with doors off to
BEDROOM 2 (17.85m2) The master double room with A frame beams, windows facing East and South overlooking the fields and village.
BEDROOM 3 (11.30m2) Another double bedroom with dual aspect windows facing East overlooking the garden and distant hills and North, overlooking the entrance courtyard.
FAMILY SHOWER ROOM A shower room with beige, unglazed tiles from Terre Cuite de Roujols on floor and walls, and blue, glazed tiles by the shower, basin and WC. Window overlooking the entrance courtyard.
BEDROOM 4: (11.75m2) At the end of the corridor is a door leading to a small lobby giving privacy to the fourth bedroom, with South facing window. The EN-SUITE BATHROOM, with unglazed green tiles. has a bath, basin and W.C.
Outside and services
There is a parking area off the lane which leads into the garden and extends to about 1/3 acre of lawns, borders and grounds. The house is partly surrounded by fields but is on the edge and overlooks the village. The property has two barns which make up the ensemble.
One barn which is adjacent to the house (90m2) would be ideal for conversion to a GITE which could accommodate 3 bedrooms, and a summer kitchen incorporating the former animal rooms/stables below.
The other, smaller barn provides a shaded area ideal for a cool summer drink in the open space below. Above is the converted STUDY, 16 m2 with telephone point. All in all, this is a property that needs to be seen to be truly appreciated.
SERVICES Mains water and electricity, septic tank drainage, broadband is available but is presently supplied by the Mairie.
Taxe Fonciere 408 euros pa and a separate rubbish collection charge of 94 euros pa.
Taxe dhabitation: Means tested.
Price and disclaimer
PRICE Guide price 245,000 euros including agency fees but excludes Notary costs and charges for which the buyer should allow about 7%
IMPORTANT NOTES All room sizes are approximate and the information has been supplied by the owner. Every effort has been made to ensure that the details and photographs are accurate and in no way misleading. No warranties are given or implied and the information contained within these details on this property, or any other that we are marketing, does not form part of a contract.
Property Ref: F961