near to conifer-covered, mountain passes in the French department of Haute-Loire
This property in its unique setting, composed of unspoilt forests and mountain passes, deep valleys and crystal-clear rivers abounding with trout, is in a hamlet in the midst of Livradois-Forez Regional Nature Park. A village famous for its 14th century abbey, reflecting gothic architecture, where a classical music festival is held every year, is but 20 minutes away from the property. Shops and schools are to be found in this village which remains lively all year round. The water of a nearby lake is ideal for taking a dip. Le-Puy-en-Velay and Brioude are some 40 minutes away.
1½ hours from Clermont-Ferrand and 2 hours from Lyon, airports and TGV train stations.
The large, luxurious stone house
This stone house spans approx. 190 m² of living space over three levels. The entrance facade is preceded by an old greenhouse. Symmetrically featuring numerous openings looking out over its natural surroundings, this house is extremely bright.
A central wooden door opens into the house’s vast living room. In the open space, a lounge area faces that of a dining room. The comfortable lounge, illuminated via a bull’s eye window, is laid with parquet flooring. The dining room includes a wood-burning stove and exposed ceiling beams. An open-plan kitchen adjoins the dining room. In the centre, behind double doors and small floor tiles dating from the 1930’s, a wooden stairway provides access to the upper floors. A bathroom, with a toilet, completes this level.
The landing opens on to a vestibule, laid with parquet flooring. It provides access, on one side, to two bedrooms, one of which is heated by an old fireplace. A little study faces the stairs and, on the other side, are a third bedroom, also enhanced with an old fireplace, and a family bathroom. Highly authentic features, including old doors, old pinewood parquet flooring, old light switches and exposed ceiling beams have been preserved.
The second floor is laid out under the eaves. The roofing framework has been left exposed and is enhanced with parquet flooring. White walls increase the luminosity provided by the various windows and a skylight. A bedroom takes up the entire floor.
The dwelling housing the bread oven
This stone and wood house spans two levels of living space. The door and windows are framed with red brick surrounds.
The entrance to the house is marked by a wide stone threshold which opens into a living room laid out, on the one hand, as a lounge and, on the other, as a dining room and kitchen. The lounge is welcoming, the walls are panelled and the ceiling features exposed beams. The kitchen, with its repointed, exposed stone walls, houses a large bread oven. The dome is in pristine condition and the oven in good working order. A shower room, with a toilet, completes this level.
A wooden stairway goes upstairs. This level, with windows, has parquet flooring throughout. A vast bedroom, with its stone walls and roofing framework exposed, is laid out under the eaves.
The 18th century, stone barn
This 2-storey stone barn was already shown on Cassini’s map in the 18th century.
It is entered via two wide, wooden doors. The vast, open, surface area is laid with wooden flooring. It is illuminated via windows, with dressed stone surrounds, and half-moon-shaped windows, framed with red brick. The stone walls, in a good state of repair, are topped with a gable roof.
The lower level of the barn can be reached via a wide opening, in front of which extends the garden. This level comprises a vast library and a games room, illuminated via small windows.
The little house adjoining the barn
Adjoining the old, 18th century barn, this little house extends the barn and is bordered by a lane. Its architecture, with its curved stone wall, is unusual.
The red-brick-framed entrance opens into a vestibule which provides access to two bedrooms. It also houses a stairway that goes up the floor above. Exposed stone walls alternate with those lined with panelling.
The stairway goes up to a vast, bright, open area, laid out under the eaves. An open-plan dining room includes a kitchen area with wooden flooring. A mezzanine looks down on to a lounge which is followed by a bathroom, with a toilet. The mezzanine is reached via a second wooden stairway. It precedes a hanging terrace, with a panoramic view, protected by iron railings.
If living at a high altitude is synonymous with a way of life that is respectful of the environment and with well-being, far from all pollution, it could also be a label of quality. Every day is continually filled with simple pleasures such as the view, the vistas, the pleasure of picking flowers in the fields, the spring air fragrant with their scent, and of being able to breathe clear air and drink pure water. In addition to being a tremendous work tool, this property offers all of its assets to nature lovers, ready to take full advantage of its natural surroundings.
|Land registry surface area||9916 m2|
|Main building surface area||370 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||400 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.