Country Property Set On 1 Hectare
3 Bedrooms, Pigeon Tower & Stables
276 925 €
Agency Fees included (4.5%)
“Draw a house in Gascony...”
by Karen Pegg
If asked to draw a house in Gascony, you might easily pluck this property from your imagination and set it to paper. An old farmhouse in stone with clumps of wisteria trailing down around the dark blue doors and shutters. Four symmetrical windows to the front, and an adjacent barn.
The house is set a hectare of land with far-reaching views to two sides, and a line of trees dotted on the horizon to mark the boundary of the property, with fields beyond of corn and wheat. An utterly tranquil spot.
“We don’t allow hunters here,” the current owner tells us, “so in the mornings, beneath the clumps of trees in the garden, I find the imprint of deer in the grass where they have slept in the dew. One morning I startled our night visitor gorging itself on fresh peaches. They know now that I am not a threat and will come close to the house at night.”
On the land, to complete our perfect drawing of Gascony, a “pied de mulet” pigeon tower (admittedly more often to be found in Toulouse), stables and a barn. The buildings are positioned each at a distance from the other, the gardens filled with trees: cherry, plum, apple, pear, fig and vineyard peach (so loved by the deer).
The property dates to the mid-18th Century and is listed at the time of Napoleon III on ancient cadastral plans. There is little evidence of the modern world here. The fresh lavender on the table, the bowls of fruit and vegetables in the kitchen, and the open fireplace with its scent of wood fires.
The house resonates a simple rustic feel. (“When we bought the property the kitchen walls were black with soot from a century or more of log fires. We cleaned and restored these with original limestone plaster.”).
The wide Gascon corridor, with its original crackled terracotta floor, houses a wood burner (“It heats the whole house with wood which is delivered from local sources.”).
To each side, there is a kitchen, a separate dining room and a large open fireplace, and a salon. The kitchen, as is typical in old Gascon farmhouses, is to the north, the living quarters to the south. Beyond the kitchen, there is a large barn, in its original condition, offering possibilities of extension to either the dining room, or the kitchen.
A small bathroom, and a room (bedroom or study) also sit on the ground floor level.
The stairs are made of pale elm (“Impossible to find, since they were decimated by Dutch Elm disease”), turning gently up to the first floor, where a tall 18th Century window with its original small panes of glass lets in the sunlight.
A grand hallway, emulating that of the ground floor, runs between the bedrooms, and a door which leads to an attic room (with space for conversion – to a bathroom perhaps?).
The front two bedrooms face south, and are bathed with light. One with double aspect windows to the south and to the west. The small north facing bedrooms offers a cool space to sleep in the summer.
Little has changed here over the years. It is easy to imagine the original farmer and his family eating by the fire, after tending the vines. Yet it should be noted that the roof was rebuilt in 1998, the surveyor found the electrical system to require very little attention, and the current owner has made good the walls and structure of the entire property.
“We didn’t want to modernize the inside beyond recognition, but we were careful to make sure that beyond the timeless appearance of the buildings, everything was in good order.”
It is easy to imagine a full renovation of the property. The stable block and pigeon tower alone would make an impressive main house. The main house could easily be opened into the adjacent barn, and much could be done. Alternatively, the property can be used as it is by its current owner, in its current & simple style.
Electric Heating Wood Burning Stove Open Fire Well Cherry, Prune, Apple, Fig, Peach, Ash, Eucalyptus, Willow.
Here at Bliss...
Here at Bliss we like: the entirely peaceful location of the property and its picture post card exterior. We also relish the possibility of making a retreat in the wonderful old pigeon tower, with its far-reaching views over the farmland. We appreciate the tranquil gardens filled with fruit trees, and would love to meet a deer eating a peach!
Int. Airport Toulouse: 59 km (1h)
Motorway A62: 34 km (30 min)
Agen train station: 67 km (55 min)
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