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  • 4 bedrooms
  • 1 bathrooms
  • 9 habitable rooms
  • 325 square meters of living space
  • 60 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
An isolated, 1964 house, constructed by skilled craftsmen using traditional methods, with a dominating, panoramic view and 1.3 ha of enclosed parklands, between Angoulême and Limoges - ref 393035
Two hills away from the Green Périgord area and the French department of Haute-Vienne, where the valleys of the river Tardoire and the river Renaudie in the French department of Charente extend to the edge of Périgord-Limousin Regional Nature Park. Vast pasturelands form scenery dotted with pathways, ideal for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. The town of Montbron, 12 km away, has all amenities. Angoulême TGV train station, 45 minutes away, makes it easy to get to Bordeaux and Paris, whilst Limoges airport, an hour away, has international flights. And lastly, an 18-hole, international golf course is but 6 km away.
This fully delimited property stands on the top of a hill that slopes gently down to the edge of the French department of Dordogne. It is protected on the north side by a row of trees and to the east by woods, abounding in wild mushrooms. Facing south, its only neighbours are a flock of sheep and it has an unobstructed, clear view over the countryside. The parklands are enclosed by a low stone wall, topped with chestnut wood railings, which blends in with the scenery. The lawn is dotted with miscellaneous species of trees and shrubs including yellow poplar, white acacia, Lebanon cedar, purple beech, lime, birch, camellia, rhododendron, rose and forsythia.
Remote-controlled gates with an interphone security system protect the main entrance which opens on to a driveway, bordered by a clearing as far as the entrance to the parklands. A garage, able to contain three cars, and a workshop are adjoined by a woodshed and a lean-to. This is followed by a high wall, in which is housed a second set of mechanical gates.
The roof, redone in 1999, features ten 500 W spotlights as well as lights diffusing a more subdued light. The guttering carries rainwater to five underground tanks, the overflow of which is evacuated to a well, fitted with a pump.

The house

Constructed from exposed, lime-pointed, granite stone blocks, this house was remarkably well built using traditional techniques, with dressed stone quoins and framing around the openings. The entire house is built on ribbed floors with filler and the foundations, that make good use of the lie of the land, include a 80 cm crawlspace where wiring and plumbing are concealed. A semi-underground cellar can be reached from both the inside and the outside.
The traditional roofing framework is made of oak wood and the roof covered with Roman or half-round tiles.

Our opinion
This site is one of those that residents never tire of. The first occupants, skilled craftsmen, did more than just favour a view that appears never-ending. This astonishing building is quite perfect. Great attention was paid to its interior decor both by reusing old features such as stone from a neighbouring chateau and by reproducing traditional features. The extremely original result is most pleasing.
Montbron, France
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