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SP0148 - Beautiful Off Grid Home, Gite & 4 Hectares, France, for sale.
We have given this property a rating of 3 on our Sustainability Rating. This is based on the following answers to our questions. Please note that the answers are given by the owners and are not validated by us.
Terracotta block, lime render.
10 cm of high density rockwool throughout.
Multifilm insulation 22 layers of aluminium & hollow fibre.
Wood burners x 2.
Totally off grid, 1500 watts of photovoltaic panels & small (250 watt) wind generator. Large battery bank for storage.
Apple, greengage, fig & hazelnut trees. A soft fruit garden with strawberries, raspberries & rhubarb, blackcurrant, redcurrant & gooseberry bushes. 55m2 of raised beds built with a width of 1 metre & height of 60 cm. Large fenced poultry run with hen house & a brick built dove cot.
Food production - %?
80% of all our vegetables are home grown.
We run a b&b + a gite from the property so there is a good steady income. We used to sell surplus vegetables from the gate but bottle the surplus these days for use during the winter months.
Owners opinion on sustainable features:
Totally organic 4 hectares of meadow & woodland, the woodland is coppice oak and provides ample firewood. The mixture of habitat from meadow to forest edge to forest and ponds which we have constructed + the usage of careful planting for bees & butterflies have made for a property with an incredible bio diversity. Add to this the raised bed system and enough land to keep poultry or livestock such as a pig or 2 if one wanted to makes for a very sustainable property. Our electricity supply is sufficient to run house, gite, b&b plus the wooden cabin in the woods. Ground water is in the limestone just below & there is the possibility to sink a borehole cheaply to be self sufficient in all ways.
Please see the owners own website for more information and photos.