Les Hauts Campois, 36600, Valencay France

Restoration project




The property is detached and is in need of complete restoration.

The property is situated on the main D956, 45 km from Chateauroux.  Entering the town from the direction of Chateauroux (on the A20-sortie no. 10 Vatan), keep going on the D956 past the traffic lights and then past the hotel Le Relais du Moulin on your right, the house is approximately 800m further on, on your right hand side and should still have the yellow ‘A Vendre’ sign on the gate.  You’re welcome to inspect the property as the front door is open.

The property is a detached ‘Berrichone’ cottage, has a footprint of about 60m2 and is set in 690m2 of garden, about 10 minutes walk from the town centre of Valencay, which has a lovely market square with a central market hall. Summertime sees the town full of tourists as it’s on the ‘Route des Chateaux’ and whenever we’ve visited, either winter or summer, there’s always been a nice buzz to the place. Plenty of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, a large supermarket and lots of organic farm produce from nearby farms. A popular place with English tourists as it’s accessible from both the A20 and A85 autoroutes and only about 2 hours drive from Paris. Nearest international airport is Tours, with flights from Stanstead, there’s also Poitiers (both of these around 1 hour away) and Limoges (2 hours). The town also boasts a train station with connections to Paris-Toulouse and Lyon-Nantes.

The Chateau and surrounding gardens are open to the public, there’s the Talleyrand Museum and also an automobile museum.  Walking, horse riding, fishing, swimming, tennis and mini golf are all available or you could try the train touristique. The area is perfect for cycling.

Ground Floor (Cellars and extension):

Two earthen floored cellars each measuring approx 4.7m x 3.8m, each with a door leading out to the garden

One extension building measuring 5.5m x 3.2m with concrete floor, double door opening onto back garden and two side windows

First Floor:

Living room approx 5m x 4m with beamed ceiling and window onto roof of extension, tiles have been removed from floor so needs floorboards

Kitchen/Diner approx 4m x 3m with corner sink, front facing window and front door, tiled floor, some cracked

Storage/Bedroom approx 2.5 x 3.5 with side facing window, tiled floor, some cracked

Loft Area: 

One large room of 30m2 approx for conversion with a door facing onto the side garden, again tiled floor, not too bad condition

The house is basically an empty shell with water and electrics connected but in need of renovation. Having been left open for a few years, the interior has become a little dilapidated but nothing major.  It has a very tall large attic which could be converted into either one or two bedrooms with bathroom, overlooking the chateau. Previous owners had already been granted permission to do this but neither they nor we ever got around to carrying it out. The ground floor has a tiny storage/bedroom, kitchen/diner and a living room which opens out onto small terrace - this is the roof of the extension you see in the photos.  The living room floor tiles have been taken up by the previous owners and stacked on the roof of the extension – they intended to put railings round the roof and turn it into a terrace.  You therefore need to put some kind of wood, tiles or panels down onto the existing floor supports in the living room. You would need to put in a staircase going up to the attic and down to the cellars.  There are steps down the side of the house to two nice sized cellars which could be turned into bedrooms, there’s also the extension you see at the back which could be a lovely bright study or bedroom opening onto the garden. The garden has a well.

The windows and front door need replacing, also there are a couple of slipped roof tiles but we’ve were assured that the roof is basically sound.  There is no roof insulation.  Mains drainage was due to be installed by the local Mairie in 2007 but we’re not too sure if this actually took place.

Yearly taxes are less than 200 euros for taxe fonciere.

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