The correct price is in GBP and is £199,000. A price appearing in any other currency is to be disregarded.
The property is located almost centrally between Berlin, Dresden, Poznan and Wroclaw, the region in which it is situated being noted for its forestry, lakes and exceptional wild life. It is some 80 km or 50 miles from the nearest airport and is already benefiting considerably from the substantial current road building and improvement programme. Winter ski resorts are situated approximately 2 hours south in the Karkonosze Mountains.
This remarkable property was built in the Late Gothic style and is understood to date from that era. It is classified as a Historic Monument with the Wojewódzki Urzad Ochrony Zabytkow (Regional Office for the Protection of Monuments), where it is described as a Fortified Manor House.
CONSTRUCTION AND RENOVATIONS
The house is constructed of brick and stone, with external wall thicknesses of between 1.2 metres and 1.5 metres. It is interesting that the nearby ruined church was built of identical materials and is known to date from the XIII and XIV centuries. The face of the external walls is covered with lime plaster which was applied in approximately 2001.
During the recent renovations, appropriate repairs have been made and the exterior walls are now ready for painting using approved lime paint.. The present owners can apply for the relevant permissions to carry out this work and the new owners can consult with the Department for the Preservation of Historic Monuments as to their preferred colour.
The recent renovations included the replacement of the roof covering and many of its timbers. These were treated with preservative and a breathable vapour membrane was incorporated. New natural clay tiles were used to cover the roof, the design of which complemented the original Late Gothic style in which the house was built.
All fixtures and fittings on the roof are of copper, including the fittings which secure the tiles. Gutters and downpipes were all replaced and are also of copper, as are the lightning cables. Three large roof windows are fitted on the south facing aspect of the roof, and one on the north, this window also acting as access to the chimney for cleaning and servicing if required. Steps and a standing platform are fitted to ease this access.
The chimney was completely removed, new foundations laid and a modern insulated clay system built. Three chimneys have been built together with ventilation included. Externally, the chimney is faced with clinker bricks.
Windows are of timber construction and incorporate secondary glazing; all windows have been completely renovated. The work included re-glazing where necessary, impregnation with preservative and varnishing. Each window has metal decorative bars, which complement the original design and also add to security. The two external doors have been replaced in oak, one having part double glazing and both with modern security locking.
Internally, all walls have been re-plastered using lime plaster and painted in lime paint. All timber beams have been treated and repaired where necessary, whilst all ceilings have been replaced and insulated using 150mm ‘rockwool’. This retains heat in the rooms and provides very good acoustic insulation.
The manor house has a floor area of some 224.1 m2 (2412 square feet) plus the roof space and the cellar, both of which have potential for uses other than storage, subject to the necessary renovations, conversions and permissions.
Detailed descriptions and measurements of all rooms, together with floor plans, can be provided to serious applicants on request and the details are summarised below.
Entrance Hall with part glazed oak door to the front elevation, tiled floor, exposed ceiling beams, one wall of timber and exposed herringbone brickwork. Cabling is installed for electronic gate operation and video entrance camera. Doors to the kitchen and living room lead off, as does the oak staircase to the first floor.
The large kitchen includes tiled floor, one wall of timber and exposed herringbone brickwork, exposed beams and two windows. Doors lead to the cloakroom and dining room. There is a good range of units, including an island unit, having oak doors with brushed aluminium fittings and composite work surfaces. The ceramic double sink includes an extendable vegetable washing feature and there is space and plumbing for a washing machine beneath the units. In addition, the microwave oven, fridge-freezer and dishwasher are built in. The Aga cooker, with 5 burners and 4 ovens, and the gas hob with electric ovens are included in the sale price.
The kitchen retains four original feature alcoves, one of which is hidden by the new kitchen furniture.
The fitted cloakroom has a new white ceramic suite of low flush WC and wash hand basin. An original arch has been retained as a feature. The dining room has a tiled floor, one wall of timber and exposed herringbone brickwork and two windows.
The main living room. Floor tiled with travertine stone tiles. Ceiling has exposed beams. One part wall has timber and exposed herringbone brick. The room has two windows both with deep sills. Inset to one wall is a glass fronted wood burner, although the underfloor heating is sufficient, the burner creates a beautiful ambience. An original feature alcove has been preserved. There are two other doors in the room; one leading to the west exterior via an oak door with the original arch through 1.5 meters of wall thickness, and the other to the office.
The office has a travertine stone tiled floor, exposed ceiling beams, one wall of timber and exposed herringbone brickwork and west facing window with deep sill.
Situated on the first floor, the superbly proportioned library or family room is entered via the stairs from the main hall. Open plan at present, this room is currently still under refurbishment and could equally well be altered for use as a large bedroom with en suite bathroom. The ceiling will have exposed beams and the walls will be painted with lime paint, as is the case in the rest of the house. The floor covering has yet to be finalised. The room has two windows, one south facing, the other north and retains an original feature alcove inset in one wall. Doors lead to the two existing bedrooms.
Each of the two double bedrooms has exposed beams, with three windows to Bedroom 1 and two to Bedroom 2. Bedroom 1 includes an open plan dressing area, which can be separated if required. Both bedrooms have an en suite bathroom, with claw feet freestanding slipper bath and separate shower cubicle for Bedroom 1 and shower cubicle for Bedroom 2, in each case, completed by the wash basin and WC.
The residence has a large roof space, with access from the library. Currently used as storage space, there is potential to convert this to additional bedroom accommodation, adding two bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom. The present owners will produce plans for such a conversion and assist with obtaining planning consent, if required.
The substantial cellar, with its vaulted ceilings, is approached from the boiler room or an outside hatch door and extends beneath about half of the house. Currently used for storage, renovation would require permission from the Department for the Preservation of Historic Monuments and the present owners will assist in seeking this permission, if required, allowing the space to be utilised.
Electricity – the property has been completely electrically rewired, including a new electric service meter outside the property, new distribution and trip box and all cables, wiring and fittings throughout the house. The 3 phase supply is on contract from the main electricity supplier. TV, FM and satellite sockets are located in the living room.
In the office, the sockets are all protected from surge from within the main breaker box and networking sockets are connected from this room with the central room upstairs to facilitate wi-fi throughout the house, should it be required, to assist with signals travelling through the thick walls.
Gas – bottled gas is available at any outlet.
Heating – there is a complete new heating system, the boiler, hot water tank and associated pumps and valves for the heating and hot water being located in the boiler room. The automated Eko boiler has fuel options of coal pellets, wood pellets, wood logs or grain pellets, all of which can be purchased and delivered as required from local sources. Underfloor heating is comprehensive downstairs and in the two bathrooms upstairs. The remaining rooms upstairs have radiators. Each room has its own thermostat to ensure maximum energy efficiency and utilisation.
Water – mains water is connected and all plumbing throughout the house has been replaced and modern fittings installed. The property also has its own well which can be used for the garden watering.
Sewage – a complete new environmental system has been installed where all waste from the property is pumped and filtered on site within its own private system. The clean waste water, which is now classified as grade two, is pumped out into the local stream. Waste requires emptying on average every two to five years, depending on usage. Connection to the city system is available should the new owners require it.
Telephone – this is connected and on contract with Telecommunication Poland. Broadband is available at the property if required.
Main Barn – this is a huge building of some 600 m2 (6458 sq ft) providing a variety of potential uses, either personal or commercial. It is considered that it would be ideal as a workshop, stables and/or holiday accommodation. The present owners can assist with the relevant plans and permissions if required. There is a further building of 120 m2 (1291 sq ft) attached to the main barn and this requires complete renovation.
Small Building – of approximately 40 m2 (430 sq ft), plus a further 100 m2 (1076 sq ft) attached which also requires complete renovation. This could be used as garage or workshop. Again, the present owners can assist with plans and permissions.
The total area of land is 12,500 square metres or 1.25 hectares or just over 3 acres. It is divided into five sections, two of which are building footprints, the others being agricultural or water. The property is surrounded by water on its north and east sides.
Surrounded by trees, fields and water, the property offers privacy, peace and quiet. Its surroundings create the feeling of being completely isolated, although the main village road is just 120 metres away. The barns and land make the property ideal for a modest smallholding or small equestrian centre. The current owners have created a modest 10m x 10m vegetable garden, the land containing mature apple, pear, plum and walnut trees. Additionally, there are established soft fruit bushes.
LOCATION AND THE VILLAGE
The property is situated in the eastern part of the village of Dlugie and is separated from the main village street by 120 metres. Dlugie owes its existence to its location, being on the historical route from Zielona Gora (Grunberg), through Kozuchow (Freystadt) and Szprotawa (Sprottau), to Boleslawiec (Bunzlau).
The village has 1200 residents, but as it is 7 km long, its properties are very spaced out. Dlugie has four shops offering basic provisions, a small post office, village hall, school, internet café and church and has its own fire service vehicles. Banking services, a larger post office and chemist can be found 8 km away in the next small town.
The village is at the most southern point of the ancient German wine growing region, the centre being Zielona Gora, where there is a great wine festival every September. Officially, wine is no longer produced, but there are many local enthusiasts experimenting with their own vines. The area has its own microclimate and experiences less extreme weather and temperatures than the rest of Poland.
ENVIRONMENT AND WILD LIFE
Nearly half the region in which the property is situated is covered by forestry and this is the most forested part of Poland. It is also one of the five regions with the lowest contamination of the environment.
Some 30% of the region comprises either nature reserves or parks, including Drawienskiego National Park and Warta Estuary National Park, with 48 nature reserves. The region is an important centre of ornithology, with the reserve at Slonsku home to over 200 species of bird. There are 500 lakes in the region, so there is much to be appreciated by lovers of nature, whilst also offering opportunities for water sports, hunting and fishing.
NEARBY MEDIEVAL TOWNS
The medieval town of Kozuchów is some 20 km from Dlugie and can be reached in 25 minutes. It has a long and, frequently, turbulent history and there is evidence that its original settlement was in place by 1125. In the Middle Ages, it was a major craft and trade centre, even having the authority to mint its own coins. However, its influence declined, largely as a result of the Thirty Years War and the campaigns of Napoleon.
There are several fine churches in the town and the well known 17th century Gallery and Museum of tombstones, some 200 in total and believed to be unique in Poland. The 14th century Gothic style castle has later additions and now houses the Culture and Sport Centre of Kozuchów. The famous town walls and moat were created at the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries and, although parts were dismantled for building following a great fire in 1764, they remain largely intact, are the longest ramparts in Europe and considered unique in the world.
Situated about 32km from Dlugie and reached in 40 minutes, Zagan is first mentioned in a deed of 1202. It retains a great deal of its beautiful architecture and is rich in history, covering many centuries. Interestingly, it is twinned with Duns in Scotland.
Places to visit include the many fine churches, the former Augustinian monastery, the ducal palace and park, the city walls and the Museum of Allied Prisoners of War Martyrdom.
During the Second World War, Zagan was the location of the Stalag Luft 3 prisoner of war camp for allied airmen. It was from there that the famous escape of 80 prisoners took place, later to be featured in the film ‘The Great Escape’, starring Steve McQueen.
DISTANCES TO AIRPORTS & CITIES
These have been taken from Google maps, specifying the fastest route, with locations selected as possible destinations rather than town centres. As a result of the current road building and improvement programme, the travelling times will be drastically reduced in the future.
Zielona Gora – Babimost Airport – 80 km/ 50 miles (1hr 8 min)
Poznan – Poznan Airport – 177 km/110 miles
Wroclaw – Wroclaw Airport – 122 km/75 miles
Berlin - Schonefeld Airport – 213 km/132 miles (2 hours 40 min)
Dresden – Dresden Airport – 191 km/118 miles
Prague – Prague Airport 278 km/173 miles (4 hours)
These details are provided and intended as a general guide only and do not form a contract or any part of a contract. Intending buyers must make their own investigations and are advised to take appropriate independent legal advice. The final sale price may vary due to currency exchange fluctuations.