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Country: France Number of Bedrooms: 4
Sort By: For Sale Number of Bathrooms: 2
Property Type: House Private / Estate agent: Private
Historic 4 bed 2 bathroom house in the heart of Normandy in the romantic Orne countryside. 126 sq metres accom plus large cellar
This is a charming Maison de Maitre overlooking the church square in the village of Ige 61130, with its bakery, bar, lunchtime restaurant, garage and hairdressers (see aerial photo of village). Close by is Belleme, an ancient walled town with it's open air swimming pool (see pic), shops, restaurants, hotels and golf course, 40 mins from Le Mans and less than 2 hours drive from the port at Caen -just add the time of a fast ferry from Portsmouth br>
There is a large sitting room, a kitchen and a bathroom on the ground floor and a winding oak staircase leads up to two double bedrooms plus a shower room/wc on the first floor. The original oak stairs continue up to another double bedroom and a single bedroom on the second floor. There is a huge vaulted cellar which could be converted into a games room, and a little garden big enough for barbecues and veggies. We have renewed the roof this winter and have kept every original feature as we found it 12 years ago, except for the central heating and hot water which is all modern, although we kept the original radiators and the roll top bath. Mains drainage, mains water. Must sell this year, for health reasons, but hope to find new owners whose family will love it as ours have done - there have been many years when the house has helped to support its running costs by either swapping weeks on home exchanges or loaning out to family and friends. One Australian family used it as a base for their European tour and loaned us their beach house in Oz! Do ring 01792 420919 for a chat, or email for more details of this glorious part of France and the house. 
House must be purchased through French legal system, which gives protection to buyer and seller. 
Currently advertised for sale in France for 99,000 euros plus fees. House was featured in a series of newspaper articles "A House in France" about our everyday experiences of village life. Forgot to mention that our little garden has vines and a young peach tree. Neighbours are kind and helpful; we were even invited to a local wedding. For 25 years we holidayed in France without really getting to speak French to anyone except in shops, but once we bought this house we found a welcome and a home from home.....the New Year's Eve parties alone are worth a mention. Ask us for more photos of the village.
On the subject of running costs I've been doing some homework analysing running costs and can supply more info. There are local taxes to pay in September and December each year.....not bad compared to the cost of running a caravan or a second home in the uk. Please ask me if you'd like to know more.
Arrange to view this summer. 2 hours from Caen or 3 from Le Havre, 12 hours door to door from Swansea including ferry, halve that from SE England. Have a look at Google pics of our nearest town, Belleme and the history and scenery of the area. 

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