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in a secluded rural area with stunning views over the farmland from the pretty garden, this double-height barn could be converted into a lovely home that’s perfect for a peaceful retreat. The roof’s structure is sound and dry and will simply need relaying. There is water and electricity on-site. The current owners are in the process of renewing the planning permision (CU) and there are architect’s plans available for new owners to consult. The property is within minutes of basic amenities and 10 minutes from Nontron, while Angoulême town centre and train station are just 30 minutes away.