Price including 4% agency fees to be paid by the buyer.
Price excluding agency fees €360000 / £322488
For Sale Elevated Millers House near Le Dorat, Haute Vienne
Offered for sale is this elevated Millers House, with river frontage, near Le Dorat in the Haute Vienne, Nouvelle Aquitaine.
THE OWNERS WOULD ACCEPT SENSIBLE OFFERS
Sometimes words fail me, and I wonder if I can do justice to a masterpiece, this is one of those times.
The no through road down to the hamlet is a beautiful drive, halfway down, you see a clearing through the trees and catch your first glimpse of the house, which is one of 4 in the hamlet; that is enough to make you want to go further.
On entering the driveway, you immediately become aware of the special place this house rests in, sitting in its elevated position with the Brame river, which is a tributary of the Gartempe; gently flowing by, at the bottom of the gardens.
The main house was built in 1883, the barn, which is attached; some 20 years earlier and was originally the home of the Mill Keeper, with a clog makers shop attached to the rear (now used as a craft room).
The owners are only the fourth people to have the privilege of living here, this area is a listed area of natural beauty and is protected as such. The previous guardians of the house, on its sale to them; presented them with a book translated into English giving its history, complete with pictures of the man who built it and the children and family who lived there. Since then, a local historical group have investigated further and found out a little more about the origins of the mill keepers’ cottage and the folly, which is in the garden, which is in fact the ruins of a motte-and-bailey castle documented since the 15th century, however it can be archaeologically dated back to the 13th century.
The first known lord was Raymond Seichaud, squire/lord of La Locherie in 1461. It seems that then the site was abandoned in the 16th century in favour of a nearby hamlet called La Petite Locherie located on the other bank.
This motte is quite remarkable with its underground cellars which have three "chambers" and two tunnels.
The house has been lucky to find owners who have appreciated the history and felt more like custodians/guardians for future generations, it is the reason why, unlike some updated houses this one is historically correct, whilst still having many of the home comforts we expect in a 21st century home.
You would be forgiven for thinking you are totally isolated in this riverside paradise, with its 3.2-acre gardens to all four sides; yet you are only 9kms from the popular town of Le Dorat which has all the amenities needed for everyday living including a rail service to Limoges and Poitiers; the latter affording cross platform TGV connections to Paris and Bordeaux also London and Brussels.
Limoges and Poitiers airports are around 1 hour’s car drive away.
The house benefits from mains electricity, water (also a well) and oil-fired central heating; with wood burners in the kitchen & living room for those cosy nights by the fireside. Some of the property is double glazed, some has secondary double glazing, which is of a high quality. The drainage system was installed in 2010 and conforms to current regulations. The electrics were redone in 2003 as was the roof. Broadband is available.
24m² accessed from the front of the house.
Entrance Hall - 6.1 X 2.4m with original oak door and floors and 2 storage closets
Bathroom - 4.1 (at widest narrowing to 2.6) x 3.1 with tiled floor, WC vanity unit with hand basin, bath, large walk in shower area and window to front of property.
Pantry/Storeroom - At the kitchen end of the hallway with door into barn.
Kitchen/Dining Room - 7 x 4.7m with tiled floor, fully fitted kitchen, exposed oak beams, window to back of property and doors to side and back terrace.
Workshop/Utility - 2.5 x 2.5m, originally the clog makers shop, with electricity. Accessed from the sun patio.
Lounge - 5.1 x 4.9m with dual aspect windows, original colombage to walls, exposed beams and original granite fireplace.
Landing - 2.8 x 1.9m with oak floors.
Bedroom 1 - 3.4 x 3m with oak floors and window to back of property
Bedroom 2 - 4.7 x 4.2m with oak floors, original fireplace, colombage to walls and window to back of property
Bedroom 3 - 4.6 x 4.2m with oak floors, original fireplace, colombage to walls and window to front of property
Bathroom - 3.1 x 3m with oak floor, large, enclosed shower unit, roll top bath, vanity unit with hand basin and WC.
Accessed through a door on the first-floor landing, the attic has windows and the original oak floors; currently used as a craft room.
Sun Patio - To the back of the property with access into the workshop/utility room.
Side Terrace withaccess door to kitchen/dining room, and amazing views over the surrounding countryside.
Barn - 100m² with mezzanine and stairs up into the main house should you want to extend the living accommodation, this area is perfect to do so.
Covered Car Port - To the side of the barn.
River Frontage - 200m with walks that take you up into the local village of Oradour St Genest
Walled Vegetable Garden - with water and electricity
Gardens to all four sides
Motte-and-Bailey Castle - quite remarkable with its underground cellars which have three "chambers" and two tunnels.
Breath-taking, is the only way to describe the gardens, they hold surprises around every corner including the motte-and-bailey castle; which once you climb it enables you to take a 360° view around all you own; and the most amazing rock formations.
Copyright © 2022
Designed by Petrol and built by This is Kode