OUR DREAM PROPERTY
Every so often we come across a property that knocks us for six. This month Emma Rawle has fallen in love with this unique barn conversion in Dordogne
Digital editor Emma Rawle explains why a barn conversion in Dordogne is her dream buy
Iseem to find myself drawn to unique properties that are full of individuality and character, and so it is hardly surprising that this beautiful barn conversion in Dordogne caught my eye. The original barn was built in the 18th century and the architect-designed conversion was completed around nine years ago, so it satisfies both my love of period buildings and modern design and amenities.
The inside is even more striking than the outside, with the stunning vaulted ceiling in the living room and bespoke staircase both taking your breath away as soon as you enter. The oak beams and original fireplace mix seamlessly with the modern lighting and underfloor heating to create the perfect period/modern combination. The kitchen also mixes modern appliances, including a delightful range cooker, with oak beams and an unusual dividing wall separating it from the living room. On the first floor there are three bedrooms, an office and a stylish bathroom.
This property also offers income opportunities, with a three-bedroom gîte to rent out to holidaymakers visiting Dordogne. There is also another barn that could either be converted into further accommodation or, as it already has a stable block, used to stable horses. And with solar panels, fruit trees and a vegetable patch I could almost be selfsufficient. The property also includes an above-ground swimming pool, perfect for cooling off in the hot French sun.
Looking out of the windows you would imagine you are in a rural paradise miles away from anyone, and yet this house is actually only a short drive from the shops and just 30 minutes from Bergerac airport.
ON THE MARKET FOR €349,650