Access to the house is via half a kilometre of forest track/road, owned and regularly maintained by the local council. Although not tarmacked, it is flat and perfectly suitable for ordinary cars.
At the approach to the house there is a gravelled parking area for three cars (could be extended) and a gravelled driveway that leads down to and along the front of the house.
The house is surrounded by half a hectare of garden areas, each with a different character but all left natural with no chemicals used. There are ancient oak and other trees, various fruit trees, natural paths and rockeries, and grassy areas as well as a total of 5 terraces designed to catch the sun all year round and to have different aspects. There is plenty of space to install a swimming pool if desired. The nearest neighbours are at the beginning and end of the track (1km and 600 metres away respectively) but there are no other houses visible from the house or gardens.
With almost no vehicle activity - there is only one property on the road that leads beyond the house - there is no noise or pollution, and the whole environment is wild, natural and completely unspoilt. The grounds have been an LPO refuge for birds since 2010 and we've recorded over 85 species in our time here. Woodland birds seen at garden and tree level include green, black, greater spotted and lesser spotted woodpecker; black redstart (nest regularly in the outside dining area!); golden oriole; crested, long tailed, blue, great and coal tit; hawfinch, crossbill and bullfinch; chaffinch, goldfinch, redpoll, serin and brambling; collared, turtle and stock dove; stonechat and wheatear; cuckoo and great spotted cuckoo; swift, swallow, housemartin; pied white wagtail, tree pipit; wren, dunnock, nightingale, song thrush, mistle thrush, blackbird; treecreeper and nuthatch; cirl bunting; blackcap, chiffchaff, garden warbler and Cetti's warbler. Various owls call through the night.
Birds of prey regularly fly over the gardens: red kite and buzzard are the most frequent, seen almost daily all year, along with black kite in summer. Hobby, booted eagle and short-toed eagle have been seen quartering the valley below, along with kestrel, sparrowhawk and peregrine falcon. Griffon vulture has been sighted once too.
A large stone open barn sits to the north west of the house, divided into a number of different 'rooms' by stone internal walls. There is a dining barn and a separate summer kitchen with wooden free-standing units, a gas hob set into a tiled worktop and space for a fridge and a plancha. Facing west is a storage area for garden tools and equipment, and facing east is a large (38m2, 8.8 x 4.4) further storage area.
At one corner of the main house building is a workshop (22m2) with power and light.
There are two other stone outbuildings: a former citerne (water store), now housing access to one of the two septic tanks; and a former porcherie (pig house), now used as a wood store.
A compromis de vente has been signed for the house with signature of the acte de vente scheduled for September.