LA VIEILLE BOUCHERIE
VAST FRENCH HOUSE FOR SALE
Department 70 approx. 1 hour from Vesoul
PART-RENOVATED IN A PRETTY VILLAGE
SCOPE TO CREATE 2 SEPARATE LIVING AREAS OR ONE LARGE FAMILY HOME
GARDEN, WORKSHOP AND GARAGE
Here’s an opportunity to create something fantastic on a very small budget. Built around 1867 there is (approximately):
The house used to be the old butchers shop and café for the village. We have blocked up the old shop front and installed a new window but the exterior needs finishing. Currently the house is arranged with a large room that we call the ‘hallway’ featuring the original oven with doors off to the other rooms. The staircase is the original ‘winding’ style that is so common in this area. From the hallway you access a large dining room, then into the kitchen at the front of the house, the sitting room is next door and then into a large unconverted space that would make a great utility area and store room. There is a separate WC and a bathroom with bath, shower and wash hand basin.
Up the stairs to the first floor we have 4 big bedrooms, a newly installed bathroom and an open space that could either be used as bedroom 5 or an office. From the top of the stairs you can access what could be a fantastic space over the barn – we were planning a big sitting room with lovely views and a cinema room next door.
There is a second staircase taking you to the attics which could also be converted if require.
From the ground floor hallway you have a door through into a big barn. Our plan was to convert this into a kitchen/dining/living space with a more formal living room above it. This would make the most of the lovely open views. Next door to the barn is a double height garage/workshop.
We’ve done the basics – the roof has been overhauled, there is new guttering, we’ve replaced some windows and the kitchen door. We’ve installed a first floor bathroom and there is a second bathroom/WC on the ground floor. There is a functional kitchen, sitting room and dining room. We’ve installed electric heating to the principal rooms there is a wood burner and hot water system. Mains electricity, water and drainage are connected.
The rest of the house needs finishing. Yes, you can live there (we have) but it needs work to finish. The structure is now sound but internally and externally there is decorating to do and upstairs the floors need sanding or carpeting.
The area is extremely popular with French, Dutch and Belgian second home owners but relatively few English people have homes here. The countryside is lovely with rolling hills and lots of small pretty villages. There are shops and supermarkets in Jussey which is about a 10 minute drive from the house. It’s about a 6 hour drive from Calais and there is a bus service twice a day through the village providing a link to the station for the Basel train. Basel Airport is the closest with Easy Jet flights to the UK.
The area is known for its colourful Church roofs and there is a very pretty view of the church from the kitchen. There is a shop/post office and bar in the village and a very amenable builder. The village streets are wide meaning there is plenty of light and space and the house has lots of parking space.
We bought the house with the view to making a one-bedroom gite in the rooms at the front of the house using the kitchen door as a separate entrance and then creating a four bedroom home in the rear of the house utilising the barn. It’s quite hard to find a small gite in the area, especially with English speaking hosts. The house is competitively priced and could turn a nice profit when finished.
Asking price Euro 40,600 (about £35,000)
The buyer will be responsible for their own legal fees. We took the house on in 2010 when it was almost derelict and have enjoyed getting it to its current habitable state but we no longer have need for such a large property to live in and with Phill being in poor health the time is right to find a buyer.
If you have any questions please ask. To see the photos just click on the description on the photo list to open the relevant picture in a new window. Most of the furniture and fittings shown in the photos can be included as part of the sale but some would have to be negotiated separately - please see the description on the photo list.
Fees and Taxes
Taxe d’Habitation €234,00 & Taxes Foncieres was €282,00.