Gorgeous village house with courtyard 20065
  • Ref: 20065
  • Type: Village House
  • Price: €215,000
  • City: Pezenas
  • Bedrooms:
  • Bathrooms:
  • Surface ms: 150

Condition: Good
Full Description: Le déscriptif en français se trouve après le déscriptif en anglais. Cliquez sur les photos ci-gauche pour agrandir.

Well, where to start with describing this lovely stone village house?! A quick overview is to say that inside the house, everything has been repaired, replaced or renovated, then finished off with a good dose of taste and style.

Finishings are neutral - walls are matt white, floors are matt stone coloured tiles (apart from one bedroom which has retained the fabulous coloured clay tiles so coveted in the region), bathroom wall tiles are matt stone-coloured, kitchen wall tiles are small whites. Good quality mixer taps (none of that 'ooh, aah' nonsense till you find the right hot/cold mix!) have been fitted throughout.

The façade has been recently renovated - fine cream 'crépi' (stucco or enduit) with deep red shutters. The courtyard has also been finished in the same cream colour crépi.

So now I think I'll just do the time-honoured usual thing and give you a virtual tour around the house, so here goes:

The house lies on a quiet little road just off of the village 'place' where the little supermarket, bar, restaurant and bakers lie.

A brand new wooden front door opens into the open plan ground floor (60m²) which is separated into kitchen, dining and living room areas. The first part of the house is split by a wooden 'breakfast bar' - left is the kitchen, right is the dining area. Dark wooden beams stretch across the ceilings here.

The kitchen has a double white ceramic sink with good quality (Hans Gröhe) mixer tap. Counter is 'wenge' - a dark wood look - and the cupboards are white - both chosen to match the existing décor (white walls, dark beams). A storage cupboard for cleaning equipment also houses the boiler for the ground and first floors.

A step down and you are into the living room area, with a wood-burning stove. Full wall-length sliding patio doors open onto a 10m² terrace finished off with traditional black iron-worked railings and steps down into the 45m² courtyard garden. Each summer a good-sized 3m diameter pool (one of the plastic pools, with pump, where you inflate the top and then fill with water) fits perfectly with plenty of space to spare into the back of the courtyard for summer bathing. It's an ideal hassle-free pool solution as you simply take it down again in September and store it away till the next May. Zero maintenance!

This is one of only a handful of central village houses that have a garden in Abeilhan, and in fact, in many of the Hérault villages where the use of land was maximised for the vines instead of indulging in outside space. Here, the history is that the ground floor of the house used to be a stable in the distant past, and a previous owner removed the roof of the rear of the property to create the courtyard.

The walls here have been 'crépi-ed' (covered with a neutral-coloured enduit) and the floor has been paved with a top-of-the-range system of paving slabs on little adjustable feet, so that in principle they can be taken up and replaced or the space underneath cleaned. The space underneath is necessary for the evacuation of water, rather than it sitting on top of the tiles with nowhere to go. All clever stuff!

Up the wide, wooden-nosed stairs and you are on the large landing area (with wooden beam), with fitted bookshelves. Room enough for a desk underneath. Through an arched doorway and you have the utility room on your right (tumble dryer superimposed on washing machine - this was the old loo before).

In front of you lies the brand new family bathroom. Tiled in stone coloured floor and wall tiles, white suite, chrome fittings. The double-ended bath (think romance!) has a shower over and separate taps for bath and shower - so no leaning around the shower screen to turn the taps on and off. A huge mirror runs the length of the bespoke basin unit (over a metre long).

Off this hallway lie two bedrooms - to the left (at the back of the house) is a c.14.5m² room (with wooden beam) with door opening onto a small terrace overlooking the courtyard and with views of the countryside. This room has an alcove with two hanging rails and a shelf. This room has a lovely traditional double wooden door with a half moon glass-panelled window above.

Opposite this is a bedroom, again with the traditional double wooden doors, (c.14m²) with the original co-op clay coloured floor tiles that are much sought-after in this region. Long windows open to the front of the house. This room has a storage cupboard under the stairs that lead up to the top floor.

Another door on this hallway opens into a deep storage room (c.4m²) with plenty of shelves.

Now you see a door which opens onto a brand new staircase with a bespoke wrought iron hand-rail taking you up to the renovated loft area.

The initial space here is c.25m², with an oh-so-high beamed cathedral ceiling. Such feelings of volume and light! A door leads into the shower room with walk-in shower (dinner-plate head), bespoke built-in basin with storage underneath and huge mirror above, and wc (white suite). A door leads from here into the dressing room with window (this room is not fitted with any shelves or cupboards to keep the flexibility so could equally be used as a baby or child's room or office).

To complete this luxurious suite of rooms, there is a 25m² roof terrace, with exposed stone, again tiled in a neutral stone colour. And here the views are simply breathtaking - you can see for miles and miles across the Hérault countryside and over the faraway hills. Quite stunning.

Other info:
All windows bar the three small loft windows have been replaced with high quality hardwood (not PVC) double-glazed windows for insulation. There still remain the sliding doors to the rear in (the previous owner's choice of) PVC, which give a great view out and in summer, when fully open, serve to really merge the boundary of inside and outside.

The roof is also brand new (6 years old) and has top quality insulation, as do the loft walls - 'Flexituile' under the roof and full wool insulation in the walls. The back bedroom on the middle floor (which lies underneath the roof terrace) has recently had the walls and ceiling insulated and plasterboarded to complete the maximum energy efficiency possible for the house.

The house has cabling for satellite tv (outlets in the living room and top suite) and the Sky dish will be left if the new owners require it. Wireless broadband is available in the village. Taxe foncière 2009 - 659€.

Price open to discussion.

Email me now for more details, photos, any questions you may have, if you'd like to view this stunning property...

French Description: Maison de village en pierre – entièrement rénovée. Les finitions sont neutres - les murs sont blanc, le carrelage et faiences sont de ton pierre. La façade (ainsi que la cour) a été récemment refait avec une fine crépi en ton pierre avec des volets d'un rouge Bourgogne. La maison se trouve sur une petite route tranquille près de la place du village avec ses nombreux commerces. La nouvelle porte d'entrée s'ouvre dans une grande pièce (60m²), qui est séparé en cuisine americaine, salle à manger et séjour. La première partie de la maison (cuisine et salle à manger) est divisée par un beau bar en bois, fait sur mésure. Les poutres en bois s'étendent à travers les plafonds ici. Le salon dispose d'un poêle à bois. Il y a une prise satellite dans le salon ainsi que la chambre maitre. A l'extérieur il y a une terrasse de 10m² entourée par un balcon en fer forgé sur mésure, puis quelques marches decendent à la cour de 45m².

A l'étage il y a un grand palier avec poutre en bois et étagères. On passe la petite buanderie et arrive à la salle de bains entièrement neuve (wc, baignoire avec douche, evier, grand miroir). Carrelage et faience en ton pierre, suite en blanc, accessoires de chrome. Caractéristiques: bain double culot (pensez roman!), robinets indépendents du bain et de la douche. Il y a deux chambres au premier étage ; une c.14.5m ² chambre (avec poutre en bois) avec porte ouvrant sur une petite terrasse donnant sur la cour et avec vue sur la campagne.

En face de cela est une autre chambre (c.14m ²), toujours avec les double portes traditionnelles en bois, et les carreaux à l'ancienne qui sont très recherchées dans cette région. Cette chambre a un placard fait sur mesure avec des tas de pendaison et de l'espace de stockage.

On remonte au deuxième étage, lumineuses et aérées, où l'espace chambre est c.25m², avec un plafond cathédrale aux poutres apparentes et de larges portes fenêtres qui s'ouvrent sur le toit terrasse de 25m², en pierre avec des vues à couper le souffle à travers la campagne et les Cevennes. Au large de la chambre se trouve la salle d'eau avec douche, lavabo et wc (suite blanc) et puis le dressing.

Autres infos: Toutes les fenêtres sauf deux petites fenêtres du deuxième étage ont été remplacées par des double-vitrage de haute qualité (pas de PVC). Le toit était refait il y a 7 ans et, comme les murs, comporte une isolation de qualité supérieure - « Flexituile » sous la toiture et isolation en laine dans les murs. La chambre arrière sur le premier étage (qui se trouve sous le toit-terrasse) a vu récemment un isolation de ses murs et son plafond pour terminer l'efficacité énergétique maximale possible pour la maison. La maison dispose de câblage pour la télévision par satellite et le parabole sera laissé si besoin. ADSL disponible dans le village. Taxe foncière 2009 - 659€.

Prix à discuter. Contactez moi par mail ou téléphone pour plus de détails, des photos ou si vous souhaitez visiter ce bijou !

Situation: Idéalement situé entre Pézenas et Béziers (environ 12 minutes pour chacune) dans l'Hérault. 20 mn de la mer. Situation dans le village - epi-central, mais sur une petite route tranquille. Commerces et services: deux boulangers, restaurant, bar, superette, coiffeur, pharmacie, tabac, fleuriste, esthéticienne, bibliothèque, très bonne école primaire, stade sportif, salle de sport, salle de fêtes, des courts de tennis, boulodrome, aire de jeux. Un village animé avec un bon esprit ; population c.1200.

Location: Ideally located between Pézenas and Béziers (about 12 mins to each) in the Hérault. 20 mins to the sea and the same to the hills. 20 mins to the middle reaches of the River Orb with their natural sand and pebbled beaches (eg Cessenon) and 30 mins to the Gorges d'Héric in the upper reaches of the River Orb. 25 mins to Béziers-Cap d'Agde airport and 40 mins to Montpellier airport. One hour to Carcassone, Perpignan and Nîmes airports.

Location in the village - epi-central but on a small, quiet road. To get the bread in the mornings, (Pythonesquely) you are practically back before you've even left the house! English papers in the tabac. Shops and facilities: two bakers, restaurant, bar, superette, green-grocers, hairdressers, pharmacy, tabac, florist, beautician, library, very good primary school, sports stadium, sports hall, function hall, tennis courts, boules arenas, playground. A nice lively village with a good 'esprit', population c.1200.

Waste efficiency - normal bins collected twice a week, recycling once a week (everything together except glass - no worries with sorting). Bulky items also collected regularly if you can't take them to the dump yourself.

Short Description: Entirely renovated, nothing-to-do village house. Renovated and decorated with taste in neutral colour schemes; white walls, stone coloured floor tiling, natural stone tiles in the bathrooms.

Three floors, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, three terraces and a 45m² courtyard. The master bedroom on the 2nd floor has a high, beamed cathedral-ceiling with a private shower-room (loo, walk-in shower, handbasin, independant hot water tank), separate dressing room and 25m² terrace with jaw-droppingly beautiful views over the hills.

Many original features - beams, excellent condition clay co-op floor tiles on the 1st floor, exposed stone walls on the top terrace.

Sold with satellite dish for Sky tv; outlets in living room and master bedroom.

Call or email me now to view - don't miss out. This really is a house that is renovated to our anglophone expectations with nothing to do but move your furniture in.

Listed by Jane Hughes


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