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Ready to move into Holiday Home in a glorious, rural location


Price Euro 60,000 (approx Stg 49,000)


House consists of kitchen with large, traditional fireplace; sitting/diningroom with

double doors onto south-facing patio; office; bathroom (wc, handbasin and shower).

Upstairs there are three bedrooms. Cellar with arched ceiling (traditional for this area);

patio and lawn. House faces full south, pretty rural views, and garden is south-facing

and west-facing so collects all the sunshine.


Patio: 18m2

Garden with lawn and cherry tree: 81m2

Shed  (store wood for winter) 16m2 x 2 (has two floors)

House on very quiet road, just serves two homes. No traffic.


Reason for selling: We bought this house 10 years ago as a holiday home. We and the

children liked it so much that within 4 years we decided to live here full time. Now we

need a larger permanent home, so we are selling this property to fund the restoration of

our new home.


This part of rural France is beautiful with its acres and acres of rolling hills, oak forests

(great walking or cycling when hot in summer), horses and speckled cattle, lakes

vide-greniers (weekend bric-a-brack markets), access to amazing gourmet foods, local

wine and champagne tasting, the national centre of basketry, and easy access to ski slopes

in the Vosges in late winter/spring....... this might really take your fancy. 


The house has been restored by my husband, who specialises in the restoration of old,

stone buildings. Downstairs it has been completely refurbished, using natural, breathable

materials, undercoated in white, presenting you with a ready-to-put on your own stamp

on blank canvas. Upstairs we have left with the old French wallpapers intact as this

provides an authentic atmosphere. Flooring downstairs is traditional tiles and oak parquet;

upstairs grey lino. You can buy the house either furnished or unfurnished.


The house is situated in a small village (daily bread van) of about 40 people, who are

seriously nice, helpful and welcoming (our experience). It is green and rural, but within

10 minutes drive is the local market town of Jussey with Intermarche, Carrefour, Aldi and

Lidl, plus all the usual stores. In neighbouring town, 2kms distant, is a newly opened

health centre including dentist, doctor, chiropodist, phychologist and

physiotherapist/masseuse (have your weary shoulders massaged while on holiday!) and

chemist, post office, plus an excellent boulangerie and patisserie.


A farm road to the forest departs directly behind the house, and if you love nature, you

can experience balmy summer evenings, grazing deer, wild boar, raptors circling on hot

thermal currents overhead, owls hooting at dusk, nightingales. Safe for children and dogs!

Alternatively, lounging around in the garden, sunbathing or drinking an apperitif under

the cherry tree to escape the heat when necessary, and watching the sun set while letting

your barbeque cook dinner...... might be a wonderful antidote to sun-starved UK


I speak from experience, as we so liked the life-style that we came to live here



For those who fancy exploring, the property is surrounded by really nice towns and cities

to visit. 

* Nancy, (151kms), home to the dukes of Lorraine, World Heritage Site, art nouveau


* Dijon (119kms), think mustard, glazed terracotta rooftiles, International Gastronomic

Festival, Florissimo flower festival, crème de cassis

* Vesoul (49 kms), local shopping town, excellent hospital, schools

* Langres (42 kms), famous for its medieval houses, ramparts, Langres AOC cheese,

birthplace of Diderot, really pretty walled town, shopping

* Besançon (99 kms), known as a town of art and history, World Heritage Site,

International Music Festival (classical)

* Skiing at La Bresse (115 kms), the largest ski area in north-east France, 220 hectares of

piste skiing situated in the Natural Park les Ballons des Vosges. 32 pistes, 1 black, 13 red,

13 blue and 5 green

* Paris (337 kms by car), or train from local station Chalindrey, 7 trains daily, 3 hours 15

mins to Gare de lEst

* Basel, CH (191 kms) international airport, gateway to Switzerland and high alpine


* Wine tasting (organic wines and champagne) at Coiffy (18 kms)


This house has great potential for summer letting, so could make money when not in use.

We speak French and already help several people with holiday homes in the area, so

would happily help you with maintenence and keep an eye on the place in your absence,

should you so desire.


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PS Dear Watchers,

I need your feedback and suggestions from a buyer's perspective. We are not professional

real estate agents, yet we genuinely want to sell our house (reason: we need the capital to restore

another property in the same area which we have already bought). This house costs just £49,000,

no agent's fees, you could have it furnished or not. You could let it for €400 per week from May to 

October. It's location is of glorious hilly countryside and huge primeval oak forests, one can use it

as a base for skiing holidays (Vosges, see details in main text). It faces south and west, so it is the 

sunniest house in the village (most houses face east/west), 4 hours per day more sun in the garden

than our neighbour just below us. If you are just using it as a holiday home, we would keep an eye 

on it when you are away (if desired). My question is, what is holding the buyer back?

I had thought of one incentive. The notaire's fees will be €6000 (always paid by buyer). If you buy 

before the end of July, we will pay €4000 of notaire's costs; if you buy in August, we will pay €2000

of the fee; and if you buy in September you pay the whole lot. Is that an incentive to post in my next

listing, due in 2 days? Does it motivate you to decide and take action? The reality for us is, that if it

doesn't sell by end September, we will most probably opt for a long-term let (which we do

with our other properties here), as rental income is better than no income, and capital is what we need

right now. I'd appreciate your thoughts and reactions to my proposal. Thanks a million

Questions and answers about this item

Q: Hi, Note 2 days to go.IF doesn't sell, will you be re-listing? Used to have property near Fayl Billot but now waiting to sell uk house to get out again. Thanks
A: Hello there! You used to have a property near Fayl Billot? Where? This house is in Betoncourt-sur-Mance, village beside Pisseloup and Vitrey sur Mance..... you must know it. Yes, I will relist it for the time being. We want... Continue reading
14 Jul, 2014
Q: Hi, Can you tell me the nearest airports . Flights etc...from the UK? Any information appreciated... Regards Mark
A: Hello Jade, Nearest airport to UK from here is Basel, on French Swiss border (185kms, 2 hours 2 mins according to Googlemaps), lots of flights daily to UK. Then there is Paris, we usually fly EasyJet Charles de Gaulle to... Continue reading
12 Jul, 2014
Q: sorry I am watching this because it would be a bit of a dream to own but unless I won some considerable amount of money it's out of reach. Apologies if it gives any frustration:-(
A: Dear Forsyjan, Thank you for taking to trouble to explain why you are an avid watcher and not a committed buyer! It does interest me to know what goes on in peoples' minds when they see our house - why watch in... Continue reading
12 Jul, 2014

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