Three bedroom farmhouse and a separate barn conversion in the Midi-Pyrénées region of France
Offers in the region of €199,900
The property comprises of a converted barn (total floor area 193 sq. m. approx) plus a three bedroomed house (total floor area approx 190 sq. m.) plus extensive grounds. The total land area is approx. 8,363 sq.m. (around 2 acres).
The property is located in Lot, in France's lovely Quercy region, an hour south of Brive-La-Gaillarde and its airport, 20 minutes from the river Dordogne and the enchanting hilltop village of Rocamadour, 15 minutes from Gramat railway station and 5 minutes from the fascinating underground caverns and rivers of Padirac.
The Barn Conversion
This tasteful conversion of a 19th-century hay barn, undertaken five years ago and not quite completed, offers attractive extra additional living space for the larger family, and / or for activities such as receptions, parties, meetings, painting, sculpture, art exhibitions, etc.
The upper level of the barn is accessible from the garden, where a gentle upward ramp gives access to a set of inner and outer double doors (the imposing outer doors being modern and made of solid oak) which can be flung open in summer, flooding the inside of the barn with light.
Inside is a huge open space of approx. 95 sqm (high enough to allow for a partial mezzanine floor to be added if desired at the far end).
Water, electricity and sewage connections have been provided to enable a kitchen to be installed if desired.
The attractive, original hand-tooled roof beams support the structure arch overhead and form a fascinating feature of the building. The walls are half a metre thick, to which 20cm (8") of internal thermal insulation in painted expanded polystyrene have been added.
The light-coloured sloping ceiling follows the roof line, highlighting the overlying dark wood beams, and is thermally insulated by means of hidden, highly efficient multi-layer insulating film.
A small staircase in one corner leads to the lower level of the barn, which can also be accessed from two external doors on the eastern side, where there is a secluded, intimate breakfast terrace.
On this lower level is a modern kitchen area and two modern, fully tiled bathrooms, each with shower, washbasin and wc. The rest of the lower level is sleeping space, with a modern floor of stone tiles, small window on the south side, a further door on the east side, and small, porthole-type windows on the west side.
The original beamwork that forms the floor of the upper storey and the ceiling of this space is exposed as well. Agreement from the Architecte des Bâtiments de France has already been secured to create a new, larger window on the west side resembling the main barn door in its outer shape, in keeping with local tradition and the look of the rest of the property.
Heating in the converted barn is powered by electricity, by underfloor radiant heat on the lower level under the modern tiled floor, and by wall-mounted high-inertia convection heaters on the upper level.
Certifications: estimated energy consumption category F, 359.8 kWh oil equivalent per square metre per year. Estimated greenhouse gas emissions category D, 23.66 kg CO2 per square metre per year.
Across the lawn from the barn stands the three bedroom house. Two storeys high it was built in the early 20th century and includes a regional feature - the dovecote or pigeonnier, jutting out slightly over the lower floor - on the upper level.
Entrance is via a modern glazed door from the terrace to the dining room, which boasts a large fireplace equipped with a cast-iron wood-burning stove. The floor is in 1960s red ceramic tiles. The ceiling has attractive exposed beams.
A corridor leads off the dining room to a small kitchen, a shower room with washbasin and wc.
The main bedroom is on the ground floor and has an elegant, modern hardwood floor.
A well-crafted modern wooden staircase leads to the upper floor, where a corridor under the eaves gives access to two south-facing bedrooms partly under the eaves, a shower room with washbasin in the pigeonnier, and a separate wc. There is access from the wc room to the central heating boiler.
The house has a gas-fired central heating system which operates on propane gas (from underground storage next to the house).
In front of the house on the south side, a generous semi-circular terrace with a large tree affords welcome shade from the summer heat.
Certifications: estimated energy consumption category E, 249.47 kWh oil equivalent per square metre per year. Estimated greenhouse gas emissions category E, 40.43 kg CO2 per square metre per year.
Garage / shed
Between the barn and the house, a shed with traditional regional roof timbers and tiles, closed on three sides, provides approx. 97 sq. m. of garage space for up to four vehicles and more than ample storage space for garden appliances.
An approx. 2 acre (approx. 8,000 sq. m.) field and small orchard, bordered by stone walls and the road, lie to the west of the buildings with ample sunlight.
The property is connected to electricity, water and sewer mains.
Seller: Christopher Chantrey
Phone: +33 1 42 46 24 92
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