Maison de Maître with 4 Hectares
Lovely property with land
5 Bedrooms, Maison de Maître with 4 Hectares.
397 100 €
Agency Fees included (4.5%)
"The magic of this property..."
Words by Karen Pegg
On the outskirts of the popular market town of Saint Clar, with its shops and weekly market, this lovely old maison de mâitre is set down a long private country lane, with the promise of tranquillity and a perfect rural retreat in the heart of Gascony.
The small country road leading to the house, winds through fields of sunflower and wheat, meandering past a small hamlet of old stone houses, before tapering out into a long and private driveway, at the end of which the property can be found, facing the views in a pleasantly elevated position.
The magic of this property is the plateau on which it sits, with its 360° views and four hectares of land which slope gently down to the woodland below.
It is not surprising that over 150 years ago, a Gascon landowner chose to build a property here in this privileged position, facing outwards towards the Pyrenees with long sweeping views to the mountains on the distant horizon.
There is something of the Roman amphitheatre about this flat and elevated plot of land; a lookout post over the countryside, with views to all four sides.
To the East the property slopes gently down to private woodland, where the land is bordered by a line of majestic oaks. To the North the views over neighbouring fields are equally as lovely, and unspoilt by any neighbouring buildings.
The joy of this property is that one can feel totally apart from the rest of the world, and yet safe in the knowledge that sitting at the entrance to the property, far from view at the bottom of the private driveway, there are a handful of other houses flanking the entrance, like guardians at the gate, lending a protective feel to what would otherwise be a totally isolated location.
As we arrive at the house, there isn’t a sound other than that of the birdsong and the distant cry of a cockerel.
The house is a fine square building of pure white stone, and typical of local architecture with the land-owning gentry of the 18th Century. It has a grand façade and a pleasant external aspect from an architectural point of view.
The current owner has completed much of the basic work to the house. The roof has been redone with typical red terracotta tiles, the house has been rewired, and the boiler is brand new. The windows are also a recent addition and there is full double-glazing throughout.
The house, as is typical of this style of property in Gascony, has a large central hallway which bisects the centre of the house.
The entrance hall leads on to a spacious double kitchen/dining area, with a wood-burning stove, and wooden kitchen units. In the corner, there is evidence that this was the original kitchen with the original stone sink in the wall. This is the central room in the house, which is used both as a kitchen, dining-room and reception-room, with views both to the South and to the West.
Just off the kitchen, there is a doorway to a boiler room where there is a new boiler for oil-fired central heating.
Opposite the kitchen, is a sweet south-facing snug or reception room, a bathroom, and large double bedroom.
To the rear, a large covered barn currently houses a tractor, with access to a workshop where there is both electricity and water, but with plenty of scope here for a covered terrace area, which would be a perfect sheltered spot for outdoor dining.
On the first floor of the property, the long corridor mirrors the hallway on the ground floor.
To the front of the property, and with views to the South, there are two upstairs bedrooms, with space behind the first to create an en-suite, and to the rear on the North side, two further bedrooms.
Although perfectly habitable, with many new fixtures and fittings, the property would benefit from internal completion and decoration, to take it to the next level. Its position and far-reaching views would certainly warrant any investment which the property might require.
Outside there is a large covered hangar and a stone barn which although probably beyond repair, is built in fine white stone, providing materials for other projects. The existence of this building on the cadastral plan, is also a positive indicator that planning permissions for the rebuilding a second building would be accorded (with due diligence and consultation of the local town hall).
Last but not least, this property is conveniently located within commutable distance of Toulouse and Blagnac airport.
This is the perfect project for anyone wanting to add their own personal touch to what is currently a relatively blank canvas. The authenticity of the property is guaranteed by its fine and elegant architecture, and its four-hectare plot of land a guarantee of peace and tranquillity, that make this such an interesting project to undertake.
Maison de Maître
Int. Airport Toulouse: 59 km (1h)
Motorway A62: 34 km (30 min)
Agen train station: 67 km (55 min)
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