649 000 €Fees payable by the seller
An 18th century gem...It is very rare to find a house which has so completely escaped the attentions of modernisers of all ages. Internal decoration is often a matter of fashion, and the self-confident mid-19th century would gladly have laid its heavy hand on this interior and "improved" it out of all recognition. But not here. Not until the late 20th century, far more respectful of original features and 18th century taste, did renovation take place. The main door opens from the village street and at once we are aware of the house's character : a splendid spacious staircase with wrought-iron balustrade occupies an extravagant amount of room. The ground floor is completed by two fine reception rooms with high ceilings and almost entirely in their original state, one with a charming curved stone fireplace. And then the kitchen, smaller, practical, opening onto the terrace and garden at the back. The first floor mirrors perfectly the ground floor lay-out: above the reception rooms two bedrooms, above the kitchen a bathroom with good wood panelling and a high, old-fashioned bathtub- though it must be said that the first bedroom also has its own private shower room, so ensuring for each bedroom private access to a bathroom. Colours, wall-hangings, furniture have all been selected with the greatest care both for their quality and for their appropriateness to this house. The garden, about a quarter of an acre in size behind high stone walls, has been transformed by the present owners from an easy-going wasteland into a quite astonishing formal garden with clipped box patterns and discreet statuary. The property is completed by a separate stone barn conversion designed as guest accommodation, with a large downstairs kitchen opening onto the courtyard, and on the upper floor a living room with high ceiling, a bedroom and a bathroom. The central heating works on gas, the kitchen and the bathroom have modern comfort, the wiring is recent. Otherwise a visit to this house is to be reminded of an earlier age. This property will not appeal to those who want acres of land or an isolated position - but those who are looking for an authentic and charmingly restored 18th century house need look no further.