House for sale in France
Property situated in Chabeuil in the south of France (Chabeuil is 10 km from Valence - sunshine guaranteed). The house is 20 minutes from the Valence TGV station (2hours 15 minutes from Paris, 25 minutes from Lyon by train). By car 1 hour 30 to the ski slopes and 2 hours from the Mediterranean seaside.
The villa was built in 1976-78 and is in perfect condition; the living space is 313 m² + 20 m² veranda housing a 4-place jacuzzi. The orientation is South/South-West (optimal for all-day sun) there are no close neighbours (the house is situated in a mature oak forest on a bluff). The grounds cover some 7290 m² (1.8 acres) comprising mostly oak forest but also a mature fruit orchard (Apples, pears, cherries, plums, dates, quinces and walnuts). A windmill exists in the grounds which covers 3 water-wells for separate irrigation of the different plants.
Inside there are 5 bedrooms (one of which converted into an office) on the ground floor and in the tower (with a fabulous visible roof structure) a very large room used as a gym or playroom etc. Above all of the ground surface there are extensive attics (all with good headroom) used as storage or utility rooms. The kitchen/daily dining area is very comfortable and provides sunny access to the terrace areas. There is also a separate dining room for more formal evenings. The living/video rooms are very well designed with a picture window east to the forest and a closed chimney for wood fires. There are two bathrooms on the lower level and a half bathroom in the tower. A laundry room opening onto a terraced drying area outside completes the services.
The tiled garage can be used for two cars comfortably or (as at present) as an extensive workshop.
The villa is surrounded by extensive terraces giving excellent and varied sunbathing or outside eating places. The house construction is reinforced concrete onto rock, and the external surface has just been professionally painted (10-year guarantee available). The house is all-electric (cheapest electricity in Europe is in France) guaranteeing excellent insulation. Nevertheless, there is a double-flux heat exchanger ventilation system and solar-heating panels for hot water (perfect functioning between May and early October) also the electric power is supplied with day- and night time tariffs. All windows are double-glazed.
There is no swimming pool but it is perfectly possible to add one to the property (we prefer the jacuzzi!) but there is an excellent municipal swimming pool within walking distance (800 m) in the village. There is also a very modern aquatic centre situated at 5 km with every possible water facility.
Chabeuil is a rich, chic and very attractive small town with around 6900 residents and with all amenities of every kind except a hospital (the Valence regional hospital is at 15 minutes' drive). There are supermarkets, farmer markets every week, many restaurants and full medical services (Doctors, dentists, osteopaths, physiotherapists, laboratories etc.) There are several schools both public and private. The airport in Chabeuil is available for charter flights, helicopter transport and ULM and PPL flights. (See http://www.mairie-chabeuil.com/ for an overview)