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Five level house built in central France church buttress for sale


This house is the most-photographed house in Saint-Flour. It lies in the heart of the old town of narrow, cobbled streets and many places and market squares. It was built between the buttresses of the 15th-century church of Saint Vincent (now an art gallery) just after the Revolution, about 1789, for (and probably by) the local carpenter who was employed to look after the church buildings. It goes straight up for 5 floors, with one room on each floor.

Saint-Flour (pop. 7000) is in the mountains of the Auvergne, 100 km south of Clermont Ferrand. It is an old ville perchée with part of the ancient city wall intact. In the heart of the old town the streets are cobbled and there are many places where you can shop in the boutiques, sit at a cafe with a coffee or glass of wine ir select local produce from the wonderful Saturday market. There are many restaurants and a boulangerie near the house The lower town sits on a peaceful river and there are plenty of wonderful walks around town. The Auvergne is one of the most unspoilt regions of France. It is a stunning area of volcanic vistas, deep river gorges and towns and castles perched on pinnacles including Le Puy.


This unique little house has two Australian owners over the past 25 years. It has been carefully restored, rather than renovated, in order to preserve the character of the period in which it was built. As many of the original features as possible have been kept — the hidden wall cupboards, the old stairs and ancient stone arch of the church in the top bedroom, the catches on the doors.

Modern plumbing was installed for the bathroom and an up-to-date kitchen. It has central heating. It has been beautifully decorated to be in keeping with the era, with wallpapers, curtains and fitted carpets. There is a stunning mural over the kitchen walls. The style of the house is very French, with the additional comfort of easy chairs in the lounge. It is a maison de caractère

The layout of the house including the items that comes with the house
• Ground floor: BATHROOM with  separate WC,   shower ,   wash-basin ,   washing machine and  dryer
• Second level:  KITCHEN with  gas stove ,   sink & cupboards ,   fridge, toaster,   coffee maker,  round table & chairs to seat up to 6 people
• Third level: BEDROOM with  brass double bed ,  small wall cupboard, wall hooks for clothes, bedside tables with lamps, 2 chairs, wash-basin,  en-suite WC, fitted carpet
• Fourth level: SITTING ROOM with  2 easy chairs , new "clik clak" sofa bed giving the option of another double bed, coffee table, chair, lamp, wall cupboard with extra bed and frame to hang washing from window, fitted carpet
• Fifth level: TWIN-BEDDED ROOM with view over roof-tops of Saint-Flour, bedside cupboard with lamps, 2 chairs, wall hooks for clothes, fitted carpet.

The weekly rent charged is $950-1150 and after sale the place is ready for rental, including a dedicated rental website. There is a femme de ménage in place who works well with plenty of locals to assist if needed. This sale will be a walk in/walk out everything is included. All linens have recently been replaced, new tv installation and new washing machine. The current Aussie owner is reluctant to sell but is doing so due to her other current business commitments which mean she cannot spend the extended time there she had hoped to. 

Price: $200,000 AUD, all furniture, appliances, linen etc included

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