FRANCE Pretty Farmhouse + 6 organic acres in idyllic countryside setting. 235000 Euros.
by Patsy Boughton
Very pretty, South facing, stone built farmhouse, fully & tastefully restored, with barns & outbuildings, set in nearly 6 acres of ORGANICALLY maintained fields & gardens. A dream home in the heart of the French countryside, in the Poitou-Charentes region in mid-West France. Set in an exceptionally peaceful & secluded environment,'Les Rosiers' offers the purchaser a wealth of opportunities. Whether looking for a business investment, or simply the start of a new life in France, 'Les Rosiers' is of particular interest to equestrians, organic horticulturists, or those looking to develope Chambres d'Hôtes/Gîtes. Maintained organically since its purchase 24 years ago, as a protected nature reserve & bird refuge, there is a well established harmonious & durable ecosystem, which honours the principles of PERMACULTURE. With it's nearly 6 acres & a range of outbuildings, the property provides a quite exceptional opportunity for developement as an ORGANIC SMALL HOLDING. The rich clay soil would easily lend itself to fruit & vegetable production. The outbuildings provide plenty of scope for housing livestock. There are some existing fruit trees & vines, as well as a small pond. The possibility to convert the barns into additional accommodation also offers the potential to create a small 'ECO VILLAGE'. A unique feature of the property is it's collection of rare botanic trees & roses. For 20 years the garden was open to the public & was featured in both the National & International press. Apart from it being well known for it's roses, the garden was, from it's very start, an Organic garden & organic gardening methods & the protection of the environment were actively promoted. The garden is now closed to the public & because of my chronic back problems, has been allowed to return to a more natural & easy to maintain state. The 200 year old house (185sq.m.) offers spacious accommodation & has a wealth of old features such as old stone fireplaces & exposed beams. Ground Floor: Open plan Kitchen/Dining/Sitting room, Lounge, Office or 5th Bedroom, & Cloakroom/Utility: First Floor: 3 - 4 Bedrooms & 2 Bathrooms (1 en suite). Double glazing, roof insulation, central heating. FULL DETAILS WITH PHOTO COVERAGE & CONTACT on www.jardindesrosiers.com. The region benefits from a lovely climate with plenty of sunshine.The countryside is varied with mixed small farms, woods & rivers. The property is well away from roads & is approached by it's own lane, which leads solely to 'Les Rosiers' & garanties no passing traffic. The nearest houses are at a distance of a half to one & a half miles away. One of the neighbouring farms is an accredited Organic farm, producing Organic beef & porc. The village of La Puye is 3km & has a good school & an excellent family doctor. As well as 2 lakes, one for swimming & one for fishing! Shops & markets within 15 to 30 minutes drive. The town of Poitiers is at 40km, with airport & fast TGV train service. Easy travel connection to Paris, London & elsewhere. It has truly been a privilege to live the life I had always dreamed of all these years at 'Les Rosiers'. My life here has been devoted to my two passions, the garden & my animals.....namely donkeys, goats & sheep. Owning 6 acres has given me the opportunity to put into action my principles concerning the protection of the environment & allowing to flourish a natural ecosystem, which simply takes care of itself. Through this an atmosphere of abiding peacefulness reigns at 'Les Rosiers'. Sadly chronic back problems mean that I am no longer able to maintain the land. I now have only 4 donkeys, who will come with me of course when I move! But it is time for me to find something much smaller & I hope to be able to hand on 'Les Rosiers' to someone who will continue to protect & love it as much as I have done. If they find even half as much happiness as I have found living in this special place, they will be rich indeed. email: firstname.lastname@example.org WEB SITE www.jardindesrosiers.com PDF Brochure available on request