detached house for sale Bonnétable, Sarthe

€ 145.000


property description

Pays De La Loire: Former 16th Century Water Mill & Carp Pond

This stunning property is steeped in charm and packed with character. Believed to date in part from the 16th Century this former watermill is set beside a dammed stream fed pond where you can spend your days casually fishing or enjoy time in the gardens with the sound of running water and delight at the abundance of visiting wildlife. Set around a central gated courtyard this flexible home can either become one substantial dwelling or divides into home plus a gite for income. Stone barns may lend themselves to development, subject to any permissions. The property benefits from a modern fosse septic system.

Set just 30 mins from Le Mans, the property with its barns may suit car enthusiasts. Close by is the pretty town of Bonnetable where you find supermarket, Doctors and more.

For those who need easy access to the UK, the home is set just a couple of hours drive from Caen & Le Havre, both with year-round ferry crossings to the UK and Channel Islands, while the tunnel is approx. 4 hours’ drive, making the home convenient for visiting guests and family.

Accommodation Comprises:

Converted Watermill – Restored & renovated

Open Plan Snug / Diner / Kitchen: measures approx. 6.6m X 6.35m A spacious room lovingly restored by the current vendor, with exposed beams and retaining the former watermill workings that are set above the log burning stove. Ample space for cosy chairs around the fireplace, dining area and kitchen. This is fitted with a good selection of storage units in part and equipped with cooker, hob, sink, fridge/freezer space. Patio doors to the front terrace. Inner hall, stairs to the first floor.

Ground Floor Double Bedroom: Approx. 2.4m x 3.7m with front aspect.

Shower Room: Approx. 2.3m X 1.40m with shower, basin and WC.

Steps up with integral door leading through to the more recent built house – The property is very flexible with the possibility of closing the door to create a self-contained separate house and watermill cottage or will make one large family residence. The house is described below.

1st Floor of the mill

Living Room / Master Bedroom – with high cathedral style ceiling and exposed beams, former watermill workings including the milling stones, bay windows with views over the pond and the delightful sound of running water through the mill sluice. Approx. 6.3m X 6.7m with wooden flooring. Ideal for a living room or master bedroom

Double bedroom / Dressing Room: Approx. 2.7m X 4.6m with exposed beams and wood flooring. Can be used as a bedroom or would make a dressing room off a master bedroom.

Shower Room – with shower, basin and WC

This part of the property is restored and benefits from being double glazed, has modern insulation and modern electrics.

House – Requiring Update

Connected to the Watermill Cottage by an integral door allowing creation of a self-contained dwelling or one large family home. The property requires updates including wiring and a refresh throughout. This part of the property is also connected and utilises the modern fosse septic.

Entrance door into:

Kitchen / Dining Room: Approx. 6m X 4.7m with fireplace, kitchen area in need of updates, store cupboard, exposed beams, tile flooring. Plenty of space for a dining table. Door and steps down to watermill cottage.

Family Bathroom – Approx. 3.3m X 1.4m with space for shower, bath, WC and basin.

Large Walk-in Cupboard

Door through to

Living Room – with fireplace, exposed beams, dual aspect views, and stairs (2) to first floor.

First Floor – landing approx. 4m2 with store cupboard.

Double Bedroom 1 – with WC and basin. Front aspect and with scope to install a full en-suite. The room measures approx. 5.25m X 3.7m

Double Bedroom 2 – approx. 5.25m X 3.5m with built-in storage and front aspect.

Attic storage – with scope to extend into.

Gardens / Outside

The property is afforded a good degree of privacy and is accessed via gated entrance that leads to the main courtyard where there are barns and outbuildings either side. Ample parking for several cars with plenty of room to keep a motorhome. The barns may suit a car enthusiast. Some will require attention. Another in good condition could offer scope to develop into a gite (STP)

The grounds including the pond extend to approx. 3000m2. To the rear of the property is a garden area with lawn fruit trees including pear and apple plus stream frontage. There is scope to create a lovely terrace to rear of the home.

Beside the pond there is plenty of space for sitting fishing or creating a terrace. A stone bridge over the original mill sluice connects the garden to the pondside area.

The pond is ideal for dad and lad style fishing but will not suit a commercial fishing enterprise. It is understood to be 2m deep in part, is stream fed, dammed and contains fish including Zander, Perch, Carp etc.

electricity, water, dining room, kitchen, furnished, sceptic tank up to standards, double glass windows, fireplace

property details

Franimo nr.: #4327917
reference: ARB500722
region: Sarthe
close to/ located in: Bonnétable
property type: detached house
rooms: 7
bedrooms: 4
property surface: 180 m2
land/ garden: 3000 m2
price: € 145.000

energy consumption

≤ 50A
51 - 90B
91 - 150C
150 - 230D
231 - 330E
331 - 450F
451 - 590G

gas emission

≤ 5A
6 - 10B
11 - 20C
21 - 35D
36 - 55E
56 - 80F
> 80G

marketed by

ARB French Property

real estate agent: ARB French Property
name: Adrian Bunn
address: 4 Holwell Road
TQ5 9NE Brixham
United Kingdom
phone: 00441803469367
speaks: English

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costs of this property in Bonnétable (Sarthe)

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Notary fees and taxes
At current selling price/ paid only once.
11 470 €
Property tax
Estimated between 290 € and 1 015 €
Housing tax
Estimated between 290 € and 725 €
Insurance From 165 euro a year
Energy, depends on your consumption.
A subscription for 3KW at the EDF is about 70 € a year, in addition you pay the costs of use.
Water, depends on your consumption and can differ per municipality (ask at the municipality).
Sewerage, depends on your water consumption and can differ per municipality (ask at the municipality).
If there is no sewerage system available, check whether the current septic tank is up to standard. If not, it has to be replaced. For the placement of a new septic tank, count around 7,000 and 11,000 euros. More information about the septic tank can be found here (in French).
Heating, depends on your consumption and method of heating (wood, oil, electric, etc.).

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