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Reference 245949

Character 4 bedroom House for sale with countryside view in Conques en Rouergue, Midi-Pyrenees

395,000 EUR
339,700 GBP 422,650 USD
Located in the fairy-tale village of Conques en Rouergue in the Aveyron, this superb 4 bedroom village house, which dates back to the 14th Century, is built into the hillside using local materials.

The building was extended during the 16th Century and much of the interior decor, such as the wood panelling on the walls, originates from the Empire (Regency) period.

Most of the houses in the village have ground floors which are just storage rooms, but 1 of the 2 rooms on the ground floor in this house was probably used by an artisan as a shop and workshop because it has a separate door opening out onto the street. Both rooms could be ideal for storing bicycles or for general storage so that the loft space on the top floor can be transformed into accommodation. Alternatively, 1 or both of the cellars would be perfect for using as a games room, a gym, TV room, home cinema or even a snug, where it would be nice to enjoy after-dinner drinks in your very own private bar.

The properties main front door opens into an entrance hall with access to the 2 cellars/storage rooms and a carved wooden staircase up to the first floor.

1st floor: lovely bedroom with a fireplace, room which could be used as a sitting room/study/office/library/guest bedroom/children's bedroom, and a light and airy kitchen/dining room with a vast stone fireplace and new chestnut floor. Please note that new owners may want to modernise the kitchen, which retains all of its original features and layout. Adjoining the kitchen is a walk-in pantry/storage room. There is also a bathroom with a WC on this floor.

The second floor comprises of a master bedroom with a fireplace, a bedroom with an "alcove bed" and a fireplace and a super sitting room/library with a fireplace, which could be used as a bedroom, if preferred. Also on this floor is a shower room with a WC and a utility room. Below the utility room is a small storage room, which is only accessible from the garden.

The top floor of the house is currently not renovated, but has a new chestnut floor and exposed beams, which (subject to permission) could be used for creating more bedrooms or living space.

The delightful hillside garden is accessible from the second floor, as are several small outbuildings which have been built into the ancient stone walls and arches which stabilise the sloping gardens behind the houses. The walls enclose part of the garden next to the building, creating an ideal space for an outdoor dining terrace. From here, stone steps lead up to a hilltop orchard planted with fruit trees and from where the panoramic views of the village, the abbey and the surrounding countryside are simply magnificent.

Despite being a small village, Conques en Rouergue has many amenities, including sports clubs, numerous shops and several restaurants and bars. There is a primary school in the village and a choice of college-lycees for secondary school pupils in the surrounding towns. There is a Saturday morning market in the village once a month throughout the high season and a weekly market every Sunday morning in the nearby village of Marcillac.

For a greater choice of shops and amenities, the towns of Rodez (40 minutes) and Figeac (45 minutes) are easily accessible.

Ground floor: an entrance hall with a wooden staircase up to the first floor - 2 workshop rooms (1 with a door out to the street) of about 60m2, ideal for using as a store for bicycles, a gym, a television room/home cinema, a cosy snug for after-dinner drinks.

First floor: kitchen/dining room with a vast fireplace, bread oven and new chestnut floor (28m2) - an adjoining pantry/storage room - a further room, ideal to use as a small sitting room or a study/office/library/guest bedroom/children's bedroom. (20m2) - a spacious bedroom with a fireplace (22m2) - a bathroom with WC (7m2)

Second floor: access out to various small outbuildings, a small storage room beneath the utility room and a hilltop garden planted with fruit trees - a bedroom with a fireplace, which is currently used as a library and sitting room (22m2) - a master bedroom with a fireplace (36m2) - a bedroom with an "alcove bed" and a fireplace (31m2) - a shower room with WC (4m2) - a utility room (7m2).

Third floor: a loft space, ideal for creating additional accommodation (subject to permission, 100m2 usable space, 70m2 Loi Carrez).

GARDEN - a glorious hillside garden of 1,321m2 - an area next to the house enclosed by ancient stone walls and arches, ideal for an outdoor dining terrace - various small outbuildings built into ancient stone walls and arches - stone steps up to a hilltop orchard planted with fruit trees and fantastic views of the village and surrounding countryside.

POTENTIAL. This Medieval village house is absolutely ideal to use as a unique family home or holiday home and is ready to move into today. You could also rent it out as a gite to holidaymakers during the summer months, the skiing season and for Christmas and New Year. Alternatively, you could also use one or more of the bedrooms for accommodating Bed and Breakfast guests, especially with so many tourists visiting Conques-en-Rouergue all year round.

Pilgrims following the Chemin-de-St-Jacques-de-Compostelle pilgrim route into Spain also need to find overnight accommodation, which you might like to provide on a small scale to single travellers and couples, or perhaps even as a "gite d'etape", which would allow you to welcome up to 15 pilgrims in shared rooms.

If you are tempted to provide more than just breakfast to your overnight guests, you could offer hearty suppers, pub lunches, afternoon teas. You could even provide delicious packed lunches or luxurious picnic hampers for departing pilgrims and B&B guests going out on day trips, especially if they are packed full of mouth-watering local delicacies.

SERVICES & TECHNICAL - telephone cable internet connection available soon Heating: electric (3 bedrooms) + open fireplaces. Mains water. Mains drainage. Well. Parking: free, in the village.


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