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

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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.


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