Dating back over 300 years, this is a rare opportunity to buy a double fronted village house with its own large garden. Ideal as a large family home or for conversion into a boutique hotel/B&B the property is situated in the historic village of St Avit Senieur with its 11th Century Abbey (UNESCO restored), two restaurants/grocery shop & hard tennis court. A very short drive from the two bastide villages of Cadouin and Beaumont and just 30 minutes from Bergerac with all amenities including international airport and railway station.
In years gone by the property used to be two separate dwellings which have been cleverly merged to provide a substantial family home, or alternatively a boutique hotel/B&B. There is a wealth of characterful features including exposed stonework, huge beams, open fireplaces, parquet floors and niches, and both roofs are in good order (replaced 1985 and 1997).
On the ground floor is a very large sitting room with tiled floor (7.5m x 5.5m), and dining room (7m x 3.25m) with solid wood floor. Both rooms have exposed beams - the sitting room also has exposed stone walls, stone fireplace with wood burning stove and door/picture windows overlooking the abbey and village square. The dining room has doors leading to the rear of the property with covered dining terrace. Also on this level is the entrance reception (previously used as a games/snooker room) - 7m x 5.5m - with beams and exposed stone walls. From this room a trap door leads down to a good sized, dry cave/cellar under the property which houses the LPG gas fired condensing boiler with separate hot water tank .
At the rear of the property is a large tiled kitchen (7m x 5m) with beams, glass splash backs, tiled work surfaces, large range style cooker, Jotul wood burning stove and good range of wall and base units. A door leads out to a large covered dining terrace (13m x 3.25m - part tiled, part awning) - overlooking the countryside and woodland views.
Also on the ground floor is a utility room (7m x 1.5m) with washing machine, dryer, water softener and built-in cupboards which could be converted to a shower room.
There are two sets of stairs in the property - both solid wood - one in the dining room and one in the entrance reception room.
On the first floor are 3 bedrooms - all generously proportioned with wooden flooring:-
Bedroom 1 (4m x 5.5m) - some exposed stonework, window overlooking the square, air conditioning and ceiling fan.
Bedroom 2 (5m x 4m) - original oak floor, ceiling fan and en-suite tiled shower room with WC, basin and shower.
Bedroom 3 (4m x 6m) - beamed ceiling and exposed stone walls
Two further bathrooms, both with WC.
Also on this level is a large sitting room (6m x 5.5m) facing the abbey and village square with beamed ceiling, wooden flooring, exposed stone walls and original stone Louis XIV fireplace fitted with gas stove. To one side of the sitting room is a separate kitchenette, and together with one of the bedrooms/bathrooms on this floor it could provide a useful suite or granny annexe.
Completing the first floor accommodation is a study (5.5m x 2m), two landing areas with wooden floors (one with stone arched alcove) and a large walk-in storage cupboard (2m2).
From each landing on the first floor stairs lead up to the top floor which houses a further 3 bedrooms and the 4th family bathroom:-
Bedrooms 4 & 5 (4.25m x 4.25m & 5m x 4.25m respectively) - with wooden floor, exposed beams and ceiling fan
Bedroom 6 (5.5m x 4m) - wooden floor, ceiling fan and built-in cupboard
The large family bathroom has shower, basin and WC
Completing the accommodation on the second floor is a large TV room (5m x 4m) with wooden floor and ceiling fan and a large walk-in storage area/dark room with plumbed in sink (1m x 3.5m). One of the landing areas (9m2) has wooden flooring, oak beams and ceiling fan; the second landing (3.5m2) - also with wooden floor - has 2 full height cupboards, one housing the second combi gas boiler (Saunier Duval brand).
Outside, along the lane to the rear of the property, is a good size private plot of grassed land (1,650m2) with mature trees and shrubs. The gas tank is discreetly located in one corner.
The village of St Avit also has its own tennis court, in good order, for the use of residents.
All in all a substantial property in a lovely, well maintained village, walking distance to two restaurants/grocery store and only a short drive to shop for all amenities.
Total habitable space: 675m2
Sitting room (app. 41m2)
Dining room (app. 23m2)
Entrance reception (app. 39m2)
Utility room (app. 10m2)
1 Ensuite bedroom (app. 20m2)
5 Bedrooms (app. 22m2, 24m2, 19m2, 21m2 and 22m2)
3 Separate bathrooms
TV room (app. 20m2)
Covered dining terrace (app. 42m2)
Size plot: 1,650m2
Taxes Foncières: €2,238
Full central heating (2 x gas boilers)
Ancient stone fireplace with gas fire
Both rooves replaced (1985 and 1997)
Part double glazed
Aircon to the master bedroom suite and stairwells
Central ceiling fans to most rooms
Satellite TV and internet points
Situated in a very attractive protected village
Agency fees included in price.
This property is based in the Dordogne (often referred to by its ancient name "The Périgord"). Although times may have changed over the years the beautiful Dordogne landscape, in one of the most beautiful areas of France, continues to offer something to amaze and delight everyone. This ancient land, deep in the heart of sunny south-west France, is perfect holiday country; a magical place that will reward all those who choose to explore it.
The Périgord Noir, where the vast majority of our properties are located, is the 'Jewel in the Crown' of the Dordogne for here, in the triangle formed between the rivers Vézère and Dordogne, you will find the greatest concentration of natural wonders and historic sites, and the loveliest stretches of both rivers. The area is bounded by four famous towns and this property is well situated within this boundary - Sarlat, a medieval treasure house; Périgueux, a thriving and sophisticated small city; Bergerac, shippers of wine since the Middle ages and Monpazier, an extraordinarily well preserved bastide built by King Edward I in 1285.
Less than 35mins from Bergerac airport, 1.5 hours from Brive airport, 2.5 hours from Bordeaux airport/TGV station and 2.5 hours from Toulouse airport.