Esales Property ID: es5553807
Near St. Christoly de Blaye
With its glorious natural scenery, excellent climate, welcoming culture and excellent standards of living, France is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most desirable places across the world to live or visit. On offer here is a chance to make a smart financial investment in this magnificent part of the world.
The property is situated very close to Blaye (12 km) and a comfortable driving distance to Bordeaux (38 km). It consists of 3 hectares of land, 1 hectare or so cleared and the rest wooded, mostly old-growth oak.
The main house is all on one floor, approximately 100 sq. metres. The accommodation includes two spacious double bedrooms (16 sq. m. and 18 sq. m.), one with a built-in closet which covers the length of the longer wall. Between the bedrooms is a very pleasant room (with working fireplace) of similar dimensions (17 sq. m.), currently used as a study/library, with French doors to the rose garden at the front of the house. A luxury bathroom features gorgeous Italian tile on the walls and floor. The super-spacious shower cubicle (1 x 1.4 m) is equipped with thermostatic taps, a rain shower-head and a telephone hand shower. The 200-litre hot-water heater is electric.
The kitchen is 4.60 x 3.30 m, featuring a beautiful Girondine stone fireplace (now housing a cast-iron log burner) and equipped with large fridge, cooking gas hob, and electric wall-mounted oven. Generous storage is provided by oak fitted cabinets. Just off the kitchen, there is a glassed-in veranda. This is the main entrance into the house. The living/dining room (32 sq. m.) opens onto a paved terrace. Throughout the house the floors are tiled for hygiene and ease of maintenance.
Since moving in eighteen years ago, the current owners upgraded the house with nearly every room being redecorated and modernized. Both bedrooms had the floors changed to good-quality tile and the bathroom was entirely redone with a luxury Italian shower enclosure with sliding glass door. The house was also rewired and a new electrical panel added for the swimming pool. However, due to medical and personal circumstances, the property is now ripe for another round of renovation.
A few years ago, the owners started to look into installing a new septic system, and changing the central heating to a more eco-friendly one, either solar panels or a heat exchanger, and so had the large in-ground gas tank removed. The house is currently heated by electric space heaters, but the original hot-water radiators are still in place.
The custom in-ground swimming pool, surrounded by a deck of blonde stone pavers, was designed by a former international swimmer to allow serious lap swimming as well as being the centre for summer relaxation and entertainment. Mason-constructed (not a kit) by a leading “professionels de la piscine“ company (accredited by Qualisport), it measures 16 x 5 m, was originally heated very inexpensively by a heat exchanger (now in need of a part), and uses a ‘natural’ chlorine salt-electrolysis filtration system for crystal-clear water that never stings. There is a motion alarm and a winter cover (both approved safety features) as well as the all-seasons cover to retain heat. Underwater floodlights create a magical setting for night-time summer swims.
There are two separate outbuildings (dependances in French), of substantial size and sturdy construction, which could quite easily be converted to additional living space. The one at the back, across from a paved terrace, is a single-floor structure with an interior space high enough to allow for the creation of a first floor or mezzanine. At present, it contains a laundry room and provides excellent dry storage. The larger building, made of the beautiful blonde squared stone blocks, is divided into an open area (used as parking) and three other rooms (approx. 23 sq. m. each) on the ground floor. These have been made into a very large (foaling size) horsebox, a tack storage room and the locale technique housing the swimming pool machinery and garden implements. The open-plan second level measures 74 sq. m., with a soaring ceiling, walled on three sides and fronted by the slatted wood typical of the region. The views of surrounding vineyards from this higher level are outstanding.
The location is rather exceptional, tranquil and secluded, not easy to find these days even in rural France, equally suitable for holiday stays as for a permanent home. It is five minutes from a major national road (the D137), but amazingly quiet and utterly private. Apart from the rare occasions when a plane is flying by, or the local wine maker is tending to his vines, the only noises are those made by birds and the weather. Excellent everyday shopping and comprehensive medical facilities are available 3 km away in the nearest village of St. Christoly de Blaye, and numerous major supermarkets are a short drive away. The Hospital Centre de la Haute Gironde (a fine facility with a full range of care options) is 13 km away (an easy 13 minute drive).
Given its unusually desirable location, in a part of France blessed by nearly perfect weather, now more than ever we feel that this property would appeal to an international buyer with the vision and resources to develop it to its full potential.
ABOUT THE AREA
A friendly village in the Gironde, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, Saint-Christoly-de-Blaye is located not far from the high-end, ultra-chic and picturesque Saint Emilion (home to many renowned chateaux vineyards), and Libourne (a fairly large and attractive town). In nearby St. André de Cubzac, an impressive new aquatic centre has just opened.
The Blaye Citadel is a famous UNESCO heritage site and the host of a renowned annual show jumping competition. Excellent local produce is available in the many village square open markets, and there are regular brocante and vide-grenier sales in the immediate area.
For wine lovers, visiting degustation centres at the world-famous vineyards of Bordeaux, Blaye and Medoc is a year-round sport. There are a number of outdoor activities available at the nearby lake leisure centre, the Lacs du Moulin Blanc, such as swimming lessons, bike trails, a playground for children, a picnic area, a pétanque court, a fitness trail, a tree climbing course, paintball, and a pedal boat rental service.
• 100m2 of living space
• 30,000m2 (3 Hectares) land
• 2 Bedrooms
• 1 Bathroom
• Private Parking
• Private Grounds
• Private Pool
• Stunning Views
• Close to essential amenities such as supermarkets and medical facilities
• Great base from which to discover other fantastic areas of France
• Many excellent sports facilities, walking and cycling areas nearby
• Rental Potential through Airbnb and Booking.com
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