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in the heart of the auvergne region, in a small residential hamlet belonging to the formerly feudal village of saint bonnet-le-chastel, superb 19th century cottage built in the genuine style and materials of the spot : stone, wood, tile, totally restored in the modern safety and comfort standards (double glazing, insulation, central heating, electricity, sewage, sanitary appliances, sheathed flues), but without spoiling the spirit and soul conveyed by lime-pointed front and sides, a monumental fire-place where a brand new wood stove stands, thick beamed ceilings, stoned inside walls, solid pinewood floors, vast rooms and hand-made roofing and chimneys. it is composed of 3 storeys of 60 square meters each connected thanks to 2 large flights of wooden stairs. the ground floor spreads around the fire place into 4 spaces : lounge, dining-room, back-kitchen or utility room, toilet, and arched kitchen opening onto a 30 square meter art-nouveau-styled green-house. the 1st floor is divided into two big bedrooms, a vast open study, a large bathroom with shower, tub and window, a toilet. the 2nd floor has been made into a hudge loft showing a beautiful timber framework towering above the whole at 11.5 feet lit up by 5 heatproof skylight velux windows. the garage with its stone front and larch-cladding can contain 2 cars and is provided with a gate, a rear door and a double-glazed window, thus offering possibilities of an additional mezzanine floor. the cottage stands on top of a hill on 5000 square meters of flat land with an east-west prospect, offering a breathtaking view, either on the nearby village with its chateau or on the surrounding meadows and forests. all facilities are available in the neighbourhood : doctors, schools, shops, hospital, post office...within a short distance. location is central, halfway between clermont-ferrand and saint-etienne (airports), in a land of history, gastronomy and legends where all kinds of leisure activities are widely practised : hiking, horse-riding, paragliding, skiing, canoeing, angling, castle- touring..., amidst the famous livradois-forez natural reserve, near the city of ambert, well-known homeland of fourme cheese.