Surprising Open Concept Light Filled Village House

€76,000  £69,402
Region: Languedoc - Roussillon
Department: Aude
Location: Chalabre
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Plot Size (m2): 60
(Area Converter)
Ref No: 164390
Type: Gite/B&B
Date Added: 01/09/2019
Agent Ref: 2145CCF
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From the front, with your back to the Chalabreil – our smallest river – this looks like a classic, very French village house.  Classic in every way.  The small, one way road lined with plane trees, stone benches, with the river wall forming the back, the sound of the tiny river chuckling by… it’s idyllic.  But, step inside and instead of the warren of tiny dark rooms you would expect, you come into a large, open concept living room.  Kitchen area to your left, facing the woodburner, perfect for sitting by on winter evenings, the space is light, bright, airy and the result of loving work by the current owners.

To the back of the property comes the real surprise – this house has a courtyard that leads to a barn – seriously unusual – most village houses have no outside space and certainly not their very own barns tucked away.  The potential of including this into the existing living space is incredible.  It’s a blank canvas for you to develop and expand to fit the needs and wants of your lifestyle.  It could be so many things, extra living and bedroom space, totally separate guest accommodation, living space plus a studio if you want somewhere to create, but it gives an extra dimension that is just so, so rare.

The location is great too, one of the quietest roads in the village, one way, so mostly only used by people who live nearby, yet crossover the little iron bridge – pausing to watch the trout in the river below – and you are right in the heart of the village.  Best of both worlds, countryside charm and quietness but really close walking access to the shops,  bar restaurants, the Saturday Farmers’ Market and all the activities a lively and fun village can offer.  The river has never been known to flood, Jennifer and I know a family who have lived on this road  – actually it’s more like a lane – for 3 generations, never any flooding worries.  The Chabreil is the smallest of our three rivers, the Mairie cut the grass on the banks by bringing in a herd of goats once in a while and are currently cleaning areas to ensure clear flow for the winter months.  We thought that someone had made a mistake with their mini digger but then realised that they were doing river maintenance work – we did feel a bit silly when we realised – but the ducks and trout seem happy with the result.

We feel that this is a super buy, priced to sell, excellent location, and above all, the potential to expand… and with outside space as the bonus.  As a full time or holiday home it’s a total little gem, and, if you wanted income stream, the barn could convert into Chambre d’Hotes or Gite accommodation… gorgeous property with tons of scope.  We look forward to visiting with you.

DPE en course  *Agency Fees Included   ** Taxe foncière approx €800
Home Features: Agency fees included

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