Dream property...

Ev­ery so of­ten we come across a French property that knocks us for six. This month, Vicky Leigh falls for a char­ac­ter­ful house in Haute-Vi­enne, Li­mousin

Living France - - DÉCOUVREZ -

There are some things I think I could com­pro­mise on when it comes to fea­tures in a property, but char­ac­ter definitely isn’t one of them. For­tu­nately I wouldn’t have to com­pro­mise at all here, and in fact I’d be get­ting even more than I bar­gained for.

With its creamy brick­work and eye-catching red shut­ters, which in­stantly make me feel cheer­ful, this pretty house in Li­mousin’s Haute-Vi­enne depart­ment of­fers a warm wel­come be­fore you’ve even stepped through the front door, and that all-im­por­tant char­ac­ter con­tin­ues in­side with ex­posed beams and stripped floor­boards. The open-plan liv­ing room is large enough to be a con­vivial en­ter­tain­ing space, yet at the same time cosy enough to curl up in, and if it’s space you’re look­ing for there’s plenty more in the ad­join­ing barn which could be used for stor­age or as a work­shop.

This house is all about the added ex­tras, and in ad­di­tion to the four bed­rooms up­stairs there are a fur­ther three in the gîte, so there’s the po­ten­tial to gen­er­ate an in­come too if you rented this out as guest ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The large swim­ming pool with stun­ning views is a wel­come bonus, and then there’s the small mat­ter of a lake and nearly four hectares of land, so not ex­actly your av­er­age gar­den ei­ther.

As I said, I’d be get­ting a lot for my money here, and while I know the clear blue skies aren’t ac­tu­ally in­cluded in the sale I’m still very much sold on this one. legget­tfrance.com



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