Barn conversion opportunity with incredible views in Creuse, Limousin with an acre of land. The barn has granite walls and a tiled roof, and has full planning permission and a change of use permit in place.
Secluded but accessible. Situated in the peaceful hamlet of St Medard La Rochette (10km north west of the town of Aubusson) and just one hour from Limoges airport (Ryanair / Flybe from UK). The barn is set on an acre of prime, gently undulating meadow.
Dimensions and permits
With more than 200m2 of ground floor space - the barn, ‘leanto’
and accompanying ‘machinery store’ have been approved
for residential habitation.
A comprehensive renovation scheme has been discussed and
approved with the planning authorities, providing the potential
for 400m2 of habitable space following conversion.
In addition to the full detailed planning permission approval
other permissions provide for:
• the construction of a 12m x 6m swimming pool;
• the demolition of the rear ‘lean-to’ if desired;
• a septic tank installation; and
• various new window and door openings.
Recent discussions with architects, local artisans and an English builder operating in Creuse indicate that the barn could be converted to a five double bedroom dwelling with swimming pool, landscaped gardens and a tennis court for between £150,000 - £250,000.
The site is close to utility services with a connection cost quoted as EURO 5,000.
There are no underground pipes or cables, rights of way or easements across the meadow.
• has an urbanism certificate;
• a satisfactory natural and technological risks report;
• a “clear” asbestos survey test result; and
• satisfies local historic monument proximity requirements.
The roof (modern slate) is generally in good order although some work will be required at the machinery store eaves area, as some of the timbers are exposed. In Q4 2010 the barn suffered storm damage to the roof - damage is relatively minor and therefore the asking price has been reduced to reflect the cost of the remedial works that are required.
The timbers internally are sound and some of these, with sections of the roof, have been renewed in recent years. The structure would benefit from re-pointing and minor renewal of some of the block work together with the cosmetic treatment of timbers.
The main building is believed to have suffered some minor movement during World War II after a bombing raid - any cracking continues to be categorised as ‘minor’. The structure is stable and no further movement is predicted.
The barn has been used as an active machinery store and cow shed for many years – the project that I had in mind was going to involve demolishing the rear cow shed (lean-to) to allow the erection of a first floor balcony to maximise the views of the back garden and valley.
In addition to the amazing building, the site offers breathtaking, elevated views across a stunning valley, which could be maximised by the construction of a first floor balcony and raised pool area.
Independent survey reassurance
The owner of this site (a Chartered Insurer) invested in the added security of an independent UK RICS qualified surveyor and is prepared to share the report by email with interested parties upon request.
For additional information, a general discussion or more pictures please contact the owner:
Andy Kirby DIP CII
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