Situated in Brittany, near to the Mayenne border here is a great opportunity to acquire a ready-to-live-in stone house.
It was built about two hundred years ago and has loads of character.
The house is in good condition with water, electricity and mains drainage. The walls of the house were repointed using traditional lime mortar by an expert French mason five years ago. On the ground floor is a large lounge-diner. The kitchen has an old-fashioned wood burning poele and the bedroom has an en-suite shower room, wc and washbasin. Hot water is from a large capacity insulated tank with immersion heater and the shower cabinet is large with excellent water pressure. The house has an excellent energy rating certificate. The house has been furnished with a nod to modern country shabby chic and we would be happy to leave the furniture if required.
Upstairs is via a separate entrance from outside. There are two store rooms and two large rooms ready for fitting out if required though for two hundred years nobody has chosen to do so! There are exposed roof beams with a new slate roof and insulation beneath. All of the windows are pvc and double glazed.
The house is detached except for a private garage owned by others. Street parking is available off the carriageway in a designated area in front of the house.
We originally wanted a house with no garden due to the problems of managing a garden in a holiday home. In the event we bought this house which has a 20 by 20-ish foot garden away from the house, with other gardens. It has a store for garden chairs and BBQ and a large concrete round table and benches.
The house is situated in a typical friendly French village of about five hundred people. It has a primary school, mayor's offices, church and boulangerie. Supermarkets, shops and restaurants are plentiful in Fougeres (twenty minutes by car) which is a tourist town with a medieval castle and wonderful buildings built at the junction of three valleys with attractive streams, municipal gardens, cinema, theatre and large mediatech.
If travelling by ferry, St Malo is an hour and a half away, Caen is two hours by motorway.
Ryanair flies to Dinard regularly,
We have lived here as a holiday home for fifteen years but need to sell due to family problems in the UK.
It has been a wonderful base to visit the many attractions in the area, it is the true countryside near to the town.
Please email us with any questions or additional photographs.
EXTRA INFO IN RESPONSE TO VIEWERS' QUESTIONS
The house like all of the ones built around that time and in that area had a one big room with no bathroom or running water. The separate entrance led into the store which held the cow (led with other cows of the area to the fields by a village boy). A ladder led to upstairs where the farm products were stored ready for the winter. Over the years the house has had different owners, there is an engraving in the stone above one of the windows showing when Family Brault owned it as a food shop and that family still has a catering company these days. Our mayor remembers two widows living together sixty years ago when he was a boy and, it seems, they didn't get on. M Breton who lives opposite us remembers his grandad saying he lived there for many years. The reason I'm telling you all this is that the house is quirky and fun but that has come from its history. We have kept the walls rendered with lime and painted with porous paint, so the walls are uneven and atmospheric and obviously 'old' and full of character. The old stable is now a tool and wood log store (though I also keep my fridge and freezer out there). Upstairs is now reached by a sold wood staircase and the floor of the landing has been relaid after my mother put her food through and made a hole (lucky she didn't fall really). There is no electricity upstairs but now and then I use extension leads to hoover upstairs.
Essentially the house is a comfortable one bedroomed flat with lots of storage. The council tax is pretty low but rises depending on the habitable area. For that reason when friends or family come to stay they stay upstairs even though it hasn't been properly done. We have beds there especially for Roger's walking group and it is warm enough except in the worst of winter.
I suppose if you want more bedrooms for permanent family use you would be wiser to buy a bigger house rather than adapt one. Over the years we have had new windows, new concrete floors, extensive wall repairs and new roofing. We have spent far, far more on the house than we would be able to get back but we realised that at the time. We thought we may have retired there but nothing stays the same and family complications made that not able to leave Britain to live in France. So, it has been our holiday home and we love it. It will be hard indeed to give it up.
One last thing from our experience, as this house is in Le Bourg, the old village rather than a housing estate it would be very hard if you did not intend to speak French! The villagers have a chatty disposition and your school French gets better very quickly. However if you were hoping to click in to the expat English community then the neighbouring village of Larchamp is a better bet as it has a very large English group who keep themselves rather apart from the French (and according to our mayor are resented for it: they do not speak any French at all, not even bad French like ours).
Because of the financial emergency in France over the past few years houses are stunningly cheap right now. It may not stay that way, it's hard to say.
The house is only advertised here and on preloved.com. There are extra photos on preloved.
For Google Earthers, the village is Le Loroux, Il et Vilaine, happy wandering!
UPDATE 2ND MARCH
I am in France, at the house, for the next six days and may be slow to pick up messages. Please be patient -- that's what French village life is like; laid-back :-) I am messaging interested parties to give them the texting number.
UPDATE 9TH APRIL 2016
THE HOUSE HAS NOW BEEN SOLD 'SUBJECT TO CONTRACT'