Farmhouse in Auvergne, Cantal

Property sale, Farmhouse  in Saignes, Bort-Les-Orgues

Location: In a hamlet Number of rooms (excludes
halls, bathrooms and WCs):
Price of property for sale (Euros): 170000 Number of shower or bathrooms: 2
Minimum rental per week (Euros): 0 Number of WCs: 2
Condition: Fully renovated Property size (m2): 200
Local facilities include: Size of grounds (m2): 3000

Description of Farmhouse in Auvergne:
A beautiful 17th Century Restored 4 Bedroomed Detached Farmhouse and barn in the delightful hamlet of Sauvat, near to Saignes/Bort Les Orgues.
An idyllic detached Auvergnat Farmhouse set in ¾ acre of land, situated in a tiny unspoilt hamlet with real character. The house is thirty metres from the village square, with its beautiful Medieval Church. Located in the hamlet is a locally renowned restaurant/auberge.

The farmhouse is surrounded by rolling countryside. The views from the garden are spectacular. Puy l'Abbé stands proud overlooking the hamlet and from the bottom of the garden you can see the Mont-Dore mountain range in the distance. The area is a renowned local beauty spot and offers unrivalled scenery.

Situated less than five minutes drive from Saignes, a small, typical French market town with its several bars and shops surrounding the village square and fountain. Two small supermarkets supply most things you might need. A doctor's surgery, dental practice, pharmacy and a bank can be found in the town. Towards the end of August, Saignes hosts its fête, with local fair, cycle race, many other activities and a firework display on the last night. The town also has its own tourist information centre, hotel/restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool complex which is supervised throughout the season.

Five minutes drive from the house in a different direction is Ydes, another town similar in size to Saignes. The magnificent scenery on the short drive to the bakery in Ydes to collect the croissants and baguettes is a great way to start any morning. Ydes also offers many other amenities.

For cycling and walking, the Auvergne region is probably one of the finest in France. The land contour is similar to the neighbouring Dordogne and the region is often described in magazines as 'The Dordogne without the English'. The house is on the local 'circuit de pedestre'. As soon as you walk out of the door you have a choice of attractive routes to follow. The surrounding area is undulating, varied and full of wild life. The area remains unspoilt by tourism.

The house, which has just been restored, was built in 1686 and was one of the original buildings in the hamlet of Sauvat.

The lounge:
Measuring 23ft x 14ft. with beamed ceiling, corner fireplace with wood-burning stove, window overlooking rear garden, door leading onto pebbled front patio area. The room is comfortably and tastefully appointed with Italian floor tiles and stenciled walls.

The kitchen/dining room:
Measuring 17ft x 15ft. with beamed ceiling, large 'walk-in' Cantou stone fireplace, typical of this region, with wood burning stove. Quarry tiled floor. Well equipped kitchen area. The dining area comfortably seats 8 and up to 10 if necessary.

Utility room:
Accessed from the kitchen, the utility room houses an automatic washing machine and fridge.

Shower room:
Shower, sink and toilet.

Double oak doors from the small front garden lead into the hall. Door to small wine cellar. Staircase leads to first floor accommodation.

Master Bedroom:
Large bedroom with original oak floor. One double and one single bed. Fireplace with wood burning stove. Door leads into en-suite bathroom.

This can be accessed either from the master bedroom or from the landing area. It comprises white bath, toilet and sink. Italian tiled floor and walls.

Bedroom 2:
Double bed with voile drapes.

Bedroom 3:
Two single beds.

Bedroom 4:
With two bunk beds and oak floor and wall. This room has been decorated in the style of a ship's cabin.

A door from the rear of the house leads onto a large patio area with pergola and garden furniture. Climbing vines, shrubs and roses make this a very attractive area. Outdoor lighting means you can sit on the patio during the evening and read or simply relax with a bottle or two of the local 'Saint Pourçain' and the renowned Cantal Cheese. Stone steps from the patio area lead onto the garden where you can relax in the hammock or on the sunbeds. Hazelnut, apple, pear and plum trees and many shrubs make this an ideal setting. With ¾ of an acre of garden, there is plenty of room for children to play. The logs for the wood burning stoves and the barbecue are stored in a stable attached to the house. The attached barn has potential for a further 4 rooms. Planning permission was granted in 2004 for conversion to a 3 bed apartment. This has lapsed but renewal should be a formality. There is plenty of road frontage so further potential for development on the land. Certainly room for at least two detached houses and a swimming pool!

Saignes, Bort-Les-Orgues - Surrounding area:
Bort Les Orgues
This is the nearest 'big' town to the house and is situated fifteen minutes drive away. Bort Les Orgues is named after the rock formation overlooking the town, which resembles a set of organ pipes. The town is known for its barrage. Bort Les Orgues offers all the facilities you would expect in a French Town; cinema, pool, market, shops and an excellent supermarket. The river Dordogne runs through the town.

Local points of interest include:

Chateau de Val
The 15th Century Chateau de VAL is one of the best conserved and one of the most remarkable castles in the region. You can visit the castle during the season or you can sunbathe on the beach or on the terrace outside the bar/restaurant.

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This town and mountain resort is one hour drive from the house. Ski here in the winter or explore the magnificent countryside in the summer. Cable car and lifts are usually open all year round.

La Bourboule
La Bourboule is about 50 minutes drive from the house just outside Mont-Dore. This is a spa town with numerous attractions including a casino. Very picturesque.

A mediaeval town set in the mountains near the ski resort of Super Besse. This area is a delight for walkers. In Super Besse there is an ice rink, bob luge and pool. The cable car is usually open all year round.

Other information:
There are several photographs on our website
Contact information for Property sale in France:
Name:Steve Callaghan


Telephone:0161 980 3452