La Gimbretiere is a Farmhouse (Maison de Maître) dating from 1820 with stunning views over the valley of the Gartempe surrounded by 40 Hectares of farmland. It was acquired by its present owners Mr&Mrs Lasance in 2007 after remaining vacant for 30 odd years. Over the next 15 years it was completely renovated, including installing a steel reinforced ring beam, dormer windows and complete new roof. From one outside toilet, and one cold tap in the kitchen, the property was upgraded to five bathrooms and six toilets. Twenty nine doors and windows were replaced, bespoke manufactured in Indonesia from tropical 100 year old teak hardwood. The ground floors were lifted and insulation and underfloor heating installed serviced by a ground source heat pump. Three wood burners provide top up heat in the winter burning our own wood of which there is plenty. The property now has two kitchens four reception rooms and nine bedrooms. Parts of the house are seasonally rented out on Airbnb and the hotel business (Gite and Chambre d?hôtes ) can legally accommodate up to 15 paying guests. The farm business has its own business registration and produces lamb although it is run more as a hobby farm and gives a home to three rare breed Poitou donkeys. The lay of the land around the house would be ideal for aspiring horse owners. Most of the land is on short term (Prêt à usage) lease to a neighbouring farmer. The property has a huge barn containing storage for agricultural machinery, a lambing shed and a workshop to work on classic cars. There is also an outhouse containing a stable for the donkeys, chickens and ducks. There is a walled in productive vegetable plot and various fruit trees. The current owners are looking to downsize and let a younger family continue living the dream in France.