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): 

  • 378 sq m of living space plus unconverted attics
  • 112 sq m of barn/workshop/garage (double height)
  • 927 sq m of garden with lovely open views

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.

 

 

 

Photo Number

Description

1

Façade of the house

2

Façade of the house

3

The driveway, gates and barn

4

In the lounge, looking toward the front window

5

As 4

6

Ceiling in the lounge, newly decorated and wired for centre light fitting (included in the sale if required)

7

View from the lounge window

8

Art deco-style ceramic tiles in the lounge

9

At the centre of the house, the dining room

10

We have exposed the ceiling beams in the dining room, removing an old ceiling

11

Antique wood burner installed in dining room, plaster removed behind to allow walls to dry following repairs to the roof

12

Art deco-style ceramic tiles in the dining room

13

Extremely rare wood burner currently in dining room, available by separate negotiation

14

Doorway from dining room to lounge

15

Step from kitchen to dining room

16

Kitchen – the freestanding cabinets can be left if desired by separate negotiation

17

The range cooker in the kitchen, available by separate negotiation

18

New wall built when new kitchen window was installed (formerly a shop front)

19

View from the kitchen window to the Church

20

Art deco-style ceramic tiles in the kitchen

21

New kitchen door and step from driveway

22

New kitchen door

23

Looking from the kitchen to the dining room

24

Looking towards the kitchen window

25

Antique solid fuel stove currently installed in ‘hallway’ that we used as a temporary kitchen, there is a space in the kitchen for this and it can form part of the sale by separate negotiation – it runs on wood and coal

26

View from the kitchen window

27

Art deco-style ceramic tiles in the hallway

28

Original staircase

29

Beautiful bird motif tiles in the ground floor WC

30

An original art-deco basin and taps in the ground floor bathroom

30a

As above

31

New electric towel rail in the ground floor bathroom

32

First floor bathroom – some stains on the new paintwork where the wall is drying out following installation of new guttering

33

WC in the first floor bathroom

34

Shower in the first floor bathroom

35

Ancient cupboard in the first floor bathroom (can remain if required)

36

One of the 4 bedrooms (all pretty much in this condition)

37

Example of modern heating installed in principal rooms

38

View from window in Bedroom 1

39

Vernacular heart shaped detail in arched barn door seen all over Franche-Comte

40

Keystone above barn door

41

New galvanised guttering (installed August 2013)

42

Another vernacular feature an oval ‘light’ above the barn door

43

New kitchen window (installed July 2013)

44

New lounge window (installed July 2013)

45

Exterior of the house from the street

46

Neighbouring front gardens

47

View through the village

48

View through the village (opposite direction to 47)

49

View of the hills beyond the village

50

Standing on the barn roof whilst work to re-build was underway (2010/2011) looking down the garden to the view beyond

51

As above, slightly different direction

52

As above, looking towards neighbouring property

plan of house and grounds