Our dream home

As­sis­tant ed­i­tor Lucy Par­ford finds a bi­jou farm­house for less than €100,000

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It’s of­ten said that big­ger isn’t al­ways bet­ter and how true in the case of this pretty two-bed­room farm­house lo­cated in the Deux-Sèvres depart­ment of Nou­velle-Aquitaine. While it may be mod­est in size, the prop­erty more than makes up for its cosy pro­por­tions with plenty of charm and char­ac­ter, and at un­der €100,000 the price tag is at­trac­tive too.

Sit­u­ated in the town of Rom, the house is just over half an hour away from Poitiers with its his­toric me­dieval cen­tre of half-tim­bered houses and im­pres­sive Église Notre-Dame la Grande, as well as an all-im­por­tant air­port for easy ac­cess. Rom it­self is a for­mer Ro­man set­tle­ment and his­toric finds can be browsed in the town’s Musée de Rau­ranum.

This pic­turesque farm­house is also steeped in his­tory, sur­rounded by an at­trac­tive cot­tage gar­den with sev­eral out­build­ings in­clud­ing a barn, work­shop and bread oven.

In­side, it has been taste­fully dec­o­rated with a wel­com­ing kitchen warmed by a log burner for homely din­ners and brunches. The ad­ja­cent lounge has ex­posed brick­work, painted beams and a fea­ture fire­place to put your feet up in front of with a well-thumbed book as the cooler nights set in.

A wooden stair­case leads up to a ro­man­tic mez­za­nine bed­room, com­plete with sky­light in its slop­ing roof and rus­tic wooden floor­boards. It’s just made for lazy week­end morn­ings and break­fast in bed as the sun slowly spreads across your quilt.

There is also a bi­jou of­fice space, as well as a sec­ond bed­room on the first floor for other fam­ily mem­bers or friends.

At such an af­ford­able price, wak­ing up in a Bo­hemian French get­away might not be such a big dream af­ter all.

“While it may be mod­est in size, the prop­erty more than makes up for its cosy pro­por­tions with plenty of charm and char­ac­ter” – SAYS AS­SIS­TANT ED­I­TOR LUCY PAR­FORD

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