Village House in Picturesque Hamlet.
4 Bedroom, Beautiful Stone House Tastefully Restored.
323 950 €
PROPERTY REF: BLISS-53Agency Fees included (4.5%)
A remote country property is not on every buyers wish-list, and here is an appealing alternative, offering charm, character, privacy and tranquillity, with the reassurance of living in a warm and friendly local community.
Located close to the lively villages of Jégun and Vic Fezensac, the property sits in a small picturesque hamlet in an utterly peaceful location far from the main road. The lane winds around a cul-de-sac, and is accessed principally by the owners of the four properties, creating a private nucleus; a cluster of beauty which is the essence of this ancient Gascon hamlet.
The property sits handsomely at the heart of this secluded corner, with the rather surprising addition of a large private woodland garden to the south, offering an expanse of outdoor space normally reserved for a larger more rural property.
The stone fronted façade of the house faces the lane, overlooking the charming ‘wisteria roses round the door’ cottage opposite.
“A timeless feel....”
This is a hamlet where the owners clearly demonstrate a sense of care and pride in both their gardens, well stocked and in bloom, and their homes. The hamlet is bucolic with a twist of romance; a timeless feel.
The current owners tell us that “one of the advantages of owning a home here, has been the sense of community in this small hamlet, with a street party once a year, and a strong sense of ‘neighbourhood’, which has not once encroached on our privacy.”
Principally used as a second-home, the current owners told us of the reassurance they felt, when living half-way across the world, that their property benefited from the careful protective eye of the neighbours next door.
The property has been beautifully refurbished throughout in a harmonious marriage of old and new. The original thick stone walls, and many period features throughout, reinforcing a sense of solidity, and history.
From the garden, the property is accessed down a paved pathway which meanders through mature bushes and trees, across the lawns, from the main entrance and gate, and two private outdoor parking spaces.
The front door opens out onto a delightful kitchen, with a host of attractive modern fittings and fixtures. The available space has been cleverly used with a central island, creating a breakfast area, with multiple cupboards and drawers that will please the keenest of chefs. The kitchen can be accessed from both the garden and the lane, and is bathed in light from both the north and the south.
Adjacent to the kitchen, there is a cosy dining-room, with a period fire-place, and decorative wooden surround. It is easy to imagine, with the kindling neatly piled in the grate, cosy winter-evening meals beside an open fire. An old stone sink from days gone by, hints that this room may once have been the original kitchen.
A small hallway leads to the original eighteenth century staircase, at the top of which there are two generous sized double bedrooms.
Moving on from the hallway, lies a superb main reception room, with its original stone walls and feature beams. There are two large windows, one facing the lane to the North, and the other facing the summer terrace to the south, covered in wisteria, providing a fantastic outdoor dining space.
It is easy to imagine how well this property opens up during the summer months, incorporating the space of the outside terrace area into the main house, or closes in again in winter, to become a warm and safe cocoon, with its open fire, and cottage-style dining-room.
From the main reception room, there is access on the ground floor to a private WC, and a bathroom with a walk-in Italian style shower and bathtub. A large mirror masks the cleverly disguised entrance to the laundry room and garage, and is easily missed during a visit! The technical elements of the property (such as the oil tank) are cleverly dissimulated in this way.
A second set of stairs, from the main reception-room, leads to the mezzanine area, which is a useful space for an upstairs sitting room, or study, and then to the master bedroom with its en-suite bathroom.
With three double bedrooms in the main property, a fourth bedroom and shower room, provide extra accommodation in a separate annexe in the garden. A useful space for guests or older children wanting some privacy, for guests requiring disabled access, or as an outdoor office space.
One of the main features to delight, is the south facing garden. Visible from both the kitchen, the main reception room, and the outside annexe, the gardens are well stocked, with a multitude of roses, creepers, wisteria, and bushes creating a pleasant arbour around the covered seating areas.
The garden around the main house has been landscaped, and is easy to manage, with paving stone paths leading to the house. To the end of the garden is an unexpected addition, where the currents owners have purchased an extra piece of land, currently planted with trees, and providing a nice contrast to the country-cottage gardens.
This is a house which will appeal to anyone who loves the feel of a cosy but expansive cottage, and anyone who loves gardens. Often Gascon farm houses are sold with large plots of land but no ‘garden’. Here there is both a lovely well-developed garden and a plot of land for the cultivation of wild flowers, or crops.
The current owners previously obtained planning-permission for the construction of an outdoor building measuring of up to 64m2 – this planning permission would need to be renewed for current buyers, but its initial approval is encouraging.
‘The property is in an excellent state of repair internally, and is ideal for anyone wishing to move straight in, without having to envisage a renovation project. ’
Here at Bliss...
Here at Bliss we particularly love the contemporary design of the kitchen and bathrooms, which work so well in an old stone property. The owners’ excellent taste is apparent throughout. We also love the hamlet itself, which is quaint enough to be the setting for a film, as well as the beautifully well stocked gardens, which provide a huge amount of space for a country-style cottage.
International Airport: Toulouse 1h 7mins
Shops & Services: Jegun / Vic-Fezensac
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