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Price £59,000

Property Description

Semi-detached cottage in quiet rural village location in National Park Armorique, nestles among the forested sides of the ancient 350m high granite mountains in the 'Monts d'Arree', ideal for walkers, cyclists, horse riders, yet is only 10 minutes' drive from a beautiful Water Reservoir lake in Brennilis, (with campsite, fishing, and Nature Reserve) and 15 minutes drive from the aquasports (sailboarding, canoeing, sailing and swimming, fishing and a silver sand bathing beach with natural sweet water) at Lake Drennec, in Commana, or 10 km from the nearest small town of Huelgoat (with its Lake, Silver River, silver mines, mysterious Arthurian forest and the 'Chaos' of huge, house-sized boulders). It is also 30 minutes drive from the sea, rail links and 15 minutes from the major E-50 N12 trunk road.

There is a bus service to the major towns and cities of Finistere - the nearest large town is 20 minutes away, Morlaix with its Railway Station, (the nearby ferry port of Roscoff is 15 further minutes' drive, bus ride or train away). There is the beautiful Bay of Morlaix, with bathing beaches at Carantec and all along the coast, and the town has nightclubs and discotheques, cinemas, theatre, arts centre, University, Museum, Duchess Anne / Queen Anne 'Pondalez' houses (half-timbered) and cobbled streets. There is a large Saturday Market, two Newspaper offices, and a Plaisance Port with sailing boats and yachts, locks and pavement cafes etc.There is also the Pole Emploi and various employment agencies in the town centre for those seeking work in the area.

Morlaix has it's own private (commercial) airport, and the nearest airports for scheduled and international flights are Brest (45 minutes), Dinard (2 hours), Rennes (2 hours), and Nantes (3 hours).
In the village there is a primary school, grocer's shop/ general stores, library, post office, bar/tabac/pizzeria, Mairie, creperie, restaurants, commerces, and bus services. There is also a network of pathways for horseriders and ramblers, cyclists and VTT (velo tout-terrain, i.e. trail biking).
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There are also several 'calvaires' - pilgrims' stone crosses on plinths, way-stops on the Knights Templar's circuit - for those interested in the History of the region. A central area is used as a meeting place, for markets, occasionally, vide-greniers (jumble sales) the Fete de la Musique, an occasional circus, bowls players, horse riders, tourists and children to play around the fountain and war memorial. There is a weekly fishmonger who travels around the villages, church services and clubs, societies (U3A - universitaire du 3ieme age), and various services such as gardening, tree pruning, masonry, architect, along with a large, purpose built village hall for community activities and courses, associations and private hire (birthdays etc).

The cottage is a two storey house which also benefits from a large insulated attic above (high-performance velux windows) and full oaken turning staircase linking all 3 floors. Ground floor - entrance hall, and to the right, a large kitchen/ diner/ , with a partly- exposed stone wall, with wood burner (on a plinth, wood storage under),

There is a radiator on the front wall of each downstairs reception, as well as in the bathroom and in the entrance hall and in the toilet. (They are still functional and incorporated into the oil-fired central heating system, which has been disconnected). The storage tank for the heating fuel is at the back outside the garage; there is access from the side of the house for the deliveryman.

between the far corner and the back doors is an area for a sink on the end wall which has hot/cold taps and mains drainage suitable for connecting kitchen sink/ washing machine/ dishwasher. there is a parquet suspended floor over concrete sub-floor, and with arched windows to the front and with old fashioned window-glass double doors at the back wall, where there are the electric meters, and a doorway leading through to -

A large garage covering the entire width at the back of the house, containing hot water tank, oil-fired burner (disconneted but could be reconnected by a plumber/ heating engineer), on the far (garden ) wall double single-glazed windows, (garage is around 9m long, x around 5 metres deep, large enough for 2 cars or to be converted to an extension plus single garage). In form it's a lean-to, with concrete floor, water tap, (and side branchment for washing machine/ garden hose etc.) . There are several electric sockets, drain (sink was removed and not yet replaced) and roll around doors to the side.) There is a second glazed door from the garage through the wall to the back of the house (to the foot of the stairs, could become main access to first and second floor maisonette if access to ground floor were sealed off)

Second wooden garage service door on the rear garage wall facing the kitchen doors giving access through to a gravelled footpath leading to the woodshed and further, to alarge, private 600 m2 garden with mature trees, fruit trees, 4 berth caravan (linked by ground cable to mains electric, bottled gas) tree swing, and around the side of the large outbuilding/ woodshed to a further back annexe. Bamboo mini- forest and a laburnhamgrove further on in garden (my grandson thinks there are pandas living there) beyond which is a private 'wild' garden, rhododendron and tall mature trees, down to the boundary. In all 0.6 of a hectare, but more land can be bought at only 5€ a square metre (surprising, it's even cheaper than carpet and a quarter the cost of a potager square!) situated in several plots in the woods nearby with viable planning permission and possible connection to water and electric mains services.

There is Right of Access across the neighbour's rear of her property, leading to the back garden (4 metres width access) and leading to the garage from lane (which used to be a narrow gauge rail track, now adapted as a nature walk and access to other properties in the nearby woods). The access to the property is grassed over, but a hard core track could be established to allow regular usage if the garage is to be used for vehicle storage.

Straight ahead on ground floor (under stairs) is a wc and water tank, which used to be/ could be filled from well adjacent between 2 properties. At present connected to mains water (Pure spring water from the Monts d'Arree serves our domestic water system). on
Left from entrance hall is another reception with access to shower and washbasin, space for a small washing machine, and there is a doorway from the reception to a separate exterior access to the garage and stairs to first floor(this could be closed off to create a self-contained conversion to a two-storey Maisonette, with access from the garage at the back of the house).

On the first floor are two very large bedrooms left and right and a small nursery/ office/ box room straight ahead. These also have radiators connected to the oill-fired central heating system (disconnected boiler) and there is also a radiator on the landing.

The whole of the top (second) floor (attic) is connected to the first floor by a stairway (turned oak) with two velux windows to the front of the property on either side and insulated under the whole roof with paper-backed fibreglass and plasterboard. There is facility to establish electric light cabling, electrical circuit to finish off.
Decoration to purchasers' taste/ requirements. The attic is open plan but could be cloisonnee and two bedrooms or a large lounge and a bedroom/shower room made.
Wooden floorboards, over the whole attic, which could be subdivided into further bedrooms or left as a large lounge/ family room. There is a covered lucarn window over the stairs that could be exposed to allow daylight. The roof space is dry and in good condition, but the end walls need some repointing. The rear roof is not visibe from the road so could support solar panels, it would get the afternoon sun.

Electrical circuits are all connected to mains electric, but need updating to contemporary norms. There is a connection to France Telecom telephone, mains water, drains, and hi-speed internet is available.

The first floor has two very large bedrooms, (I had a double and two single beds in each, previously) as well as one small bedroom (suitable as a nursery/office - with telephone point - / or box room), all three have old-style 2 pin power points, new double glazed windows and high ceilings, (could make mezzanine sleeping areas and more floor space available.) There are also radiators (connected to oil-fired system, so not used) and room to create 4 double bedrooms if required, plus a bathroom or shower room if needed.

In fact the first floor and attic combined (with own private access from the rear of the property, and stairs to all levels) would make a very good self-contained maisonette with plenty of space for a living room/ bedroom on one side of the 1st floor and on the other a kitchen/diner and shower room, with further bedrooms and possibly shower room in the attic.

The previous windows on the first floor were leaky, so there is water staining apparent, but this is now dry and is not of recent damage. some of the floorboards will need repairing/ replacing, and there are some areas where carpentry is needed, but these should be a fairly simple matter to complete. All exposed areas were treated 4 years ago with xyloprene and there has been no development since that time.

The property has not been regularly occupied for some years, so there is some damp on the ground floor, but with proper aeration and possible treatment to the end wall at floor level, it could be made very snug and secure. Stone walls, around 60 cm thick, traditional building methods from the turn of the 20th century, this house has a lot of charm and quite some history!

In the early 1900's it was used as a licence 3 (wine, beer and cider) railwaymens' relais (eg dish of the day - rabbit stew!) at the beginning of the 20th C, and has since also been a cycle repair shop at one point (hence large garage).
There may have been a secret still in the garden (antique bottles in the shed, a separate compartment with its own separate entrance - from the back. There is a cable (still live!) carrying power to the shed from the garage, and clam shells indicate private parties back in the day!)

The repairs and refurbishment of the property will require some investment - hence the very cheap asking price, but as a retired pensioner with health problems I feel it is time to pass it on to a young family or person with skills/ projects - as a much loved ex-family home (until 2009). The garden has been untouched by pesticides or chemicals, (since 2002!) is fully organic, and the soil is surprisingly rich and deep. There are two composters, The woodshed is full of logs, the chimney is insulated with perlite and has a cover, draws well and the woodburner is highly functional.

All this, part double glazed, insulated, Velux roof windows, mains Spring water to the taps, large mature organic grade garden, parking for 2 cars in front of the property...
£59000, energy report and notaires fees included.

The property is still our main family home, so contains our furniture and personal things, although we live elsewhere, but upon a sale being agreed we will remove all personal effects into storage until we have found a permanent home for them.

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