Far reaching views for this beautifully restored property
COUNTRY ESTATE CLOSE TO LECTOURE
PROPERTY REF: BLISS-127
Agency Fees included (4.5%) FEES PAYABLE BY VENDOR.
Perched on the edge of an ancient Gascon village, facing south towards the mountains, this stunning property sits on 3.7 hectares of land, with a separate 1.3-hectare plot of woodland, and over 700m2 habitable space divided between three distinct period properties in stone.
Included within this surface area, is a constructible plot of land of one hectare, with planning permission for four properties. Individual plans (according to the new owner’s individual design), will need to be submitted to further this building project.
The property benefits from two separate driveways, the first to the original farmhouse, leading directly from the village, the second leading to the front of the main house in the now converted south-facing barns, with far-reaching views to the Pyrenees.
The property comprised three impressive stone dwellings, in the pure white stone so beloved of Gascony. The stone captures the sunlight, a perfect contrast to the deep blue skies of summer; ensuring that the overall impression one has of the property is that of a handsome and elegant building.
The current owner developed the property to accommodate with ease up to twenty-six guests and has created a property flexible enough to be used for a multitude of purposes, not least commercial, for a buyer looking to generate a lucrative income in Gascony.
The current owner bought the original farmhouse and its outbuildings in what was at the time very poor condition, carefully developing much of the property in keeping with local tradition and incorporating a training centre into one of the main converted barns.
Projects other than a training centre are easily imaginable; from the hosting of weddings, or family events; a creative writing or language school, a workshop for a photographer. Space is key with this property, both internal and external, and any business requiring space for its development, will find much to recommend this property.
As mentioned earlier, one should not forget that with the additional buildings plots, there is the possibility (with approval from local authorities) for the construction of four houses in place. One might easily envisage something less conventional: yurts, eco-pods, gypsy caravans, or wooden chalets perhaps.
The main house is the heart of the property and provides spacious living accommodation as a stand alone property or when opened out into the second “gate” section adjacent to it. These two properties share the same roof, whereas the third is a stand-alone property sitting some distance apart, and entirely separate.
The gardens which surround the property have been developed by the current owner from what was once a simple agricultural plot, to become a place of beauty, with an orchard containing a multitude of trees, adding considerable aesthetic value to the house, and pastures with space for the horses to graze.
The property sits above its parkland in an elevated south-facing position, contributing to the sense one has of “dominating” the landscape, with views as far as the eye can see.
The sky-line here is impressive, a vast stretch of open space such as one never sees from a built-up area, displaying an artist’s palette of colours, from deep winter red, to navy blue on a sunny day, or a backdrop black as pitch to a galaxy of stars on a winter’s night.
The front façade of the property faces the view and the skyline, from the main kitchen and reception room, so that from the property one turns outwards towards the countryside, forgetting that one’s back is turned towards the village. A village which nonetheless offers protection and a sense of security.
The sense of space outdoors is magical. An old barn with a picture frame opening faces south, and creates an informal outdoor dining-room, the view framed as one might an oil-painting.
The setting is tranquil and bucolic, yet not isolated. If the owners so wish, they can be part of a small but vibrant village of incontestable beauty, just a short drive from the market towns of Condom and Lectoure.
We enter into the main body of the house, into a substantial south-facing farmhouse kitchen with a warm harlequin tiled floor in terracotta and cream. The kitchen has retained its rustic style. It is a chilly winter’s night and the owner lights the fire in the open grate, which casts a welcoming glow onto the old farm-house table. The kitchen has an array of antique cupboards and is not “fitted” in the traditional sense, a Belfast sink to complement the rustic style. There is a large Aga styled oven in the kitchen, in keeping with its traditional style.
There is a hot-water boiler beneath the sink, which provides piping hot water on demand.
The kitchen is spacious enough to house a large dresser which runs the length of the rear wall and contains all the crockery.
From the kitchen we access the reception-room, with the same terracotta-style floor. The room has maintained its original stone walls, though it is dressed in a more contemporary style, with large picture frame windows to the south. Against the far wall there is a second open fireplace designed by the current owner, with a stone surround.
The current owner tells us: “When I bought the property it was a ruin, with an earth floor, so I designed the fireplace myself, in keeping with the style of the property.”
Beyond the kitchen and the main reception-room, runs the rear hallway, which houses a wine cellar, with a gravel floor for the constant temperature of the wine, and a downstairs WC with a basin, and storage space, and a pump for the well.
The dining-room, to the rear of the kitchen, provides a beautiful “winter” or “evening” room, with exposed stone walls, and place for an impressive sized table. The candles in the candelabra are lit to welcome us, casting a warm hue into the room, shadows dancing on the exposed stone walls, in what is a perfect a place for supper.
The dining-room opens out onto the stables, which have been converted into storage space, an atelier, storage for the tools, and 4 boxes for horses, which could be converted to their original usage.
The rounded door to the stables opens out onto the gardens. We continue from here to the conference room which forms the lower level of the second section of the property, which can be used as one with the first, or closed and divided off for separate living accommodation.
The conference room is impressive, with a contemporary style cement floor, aesthetic beams painted white, and space for an impressive number of students. The conference room has a private kitchen and bathroom adjacent to the main room. The perfect space for learning, with its tables in situ, or one could easily imagine a seating area for a wedding party, or family reunion.
The first floor of the main house is accessed by a half-turning wooden staircase, opens onto a generous hallway, with slate coloured floor tiles, which curiously leads to the original main entrance of the property.
The entrance to the house is accessible on two levels, due to the natural incline of the park.
From the central hallway, we access the first bedroom, which could be developed into a private studio appartment, as it has retained the vestiges of an old kitchen, with a sink, and wood-burning stove. This room is currently used as an ironing-room.
There is a second guest bedroom, and at the end of the hallway there is a small room, which can be used as a single bedroom, or a study, besides which there is a WC.
The master bedroom, bathed in light and with views, has double aspect windows, an old-fashioned marble fireplace, and a corner sink.
There is also a charming study/bedroom with an open fireplace, used as a bureau by the current owner, and opening out into the bedroom area in the second section of the property.
On the second floor there is a central hallway with glass doorways which creates a central reception area, a WC and a bathroom with a bath and shower, and a bedroom housing a dormitory of three beds, a double bedroom, with a shower, large sink and WC.
Each bedroom throughout the entire property has a private sink area.
The second house (a continuation of the first and under the same roof) has been developed for use as an independent gite, with three bedrooms, a large open-plan 53m2 reception room/kitchen, with a wood-burning stove, a bathroom, and a shower room.
The property has two pools set in stunning parkland, with extensive stone clad terraces around the property, a barn with a covered terrace area with views to the south, which could be used also as an outdoor dining or conference area, and a fully housed chicken coop
Vestiges of the farm are visible still, with an open hangar for storage of the tractor.
The third property sits independently from the first two, at some distance, in its own gardens and provides a convenient separate home for a guardian, to the property, or an interesting rental prospect, should one wish to have tenants at a discreet distance to the house. It would also make an idea home for independent teenagers.
We enter this third property through the kitchen, with its veranda style windows which run the length of the wall.
The main reception-room is warm and welcoming with a wood-burning stove which heats the room quickly and efficiently. The walls are exposed stone, with high ceilings and attractive wooden beams.
The wooden staircase leads down to the bedrooms below. The house in this sense is “upside down”.
There are two bedrooms on the lower level, both with French doors to the garden, a WC, and separate cupboard for the laundry room, a bathroom with blue tiles and terracotta tiles around the bath tub, facing south.
This was once a barn, as can be seen by the original feeding troughs for the animals which run the length of the walls.
WHAT WE THINK
HERE AT BLISS
Here at Bliss we particularly like: The location of the property betwixt medieval village and Gascon countryside, with the spectacular views over the surrounding countryside, and the occasional view of the snow-capped mountains on certain days, depending on the weather. The village itself is surely one of the most picturesque in the Gers.
We love the feel of almost a private village-like set-up to the entire domaine, with the three properties offering so much space.
Of particular note, (having personally worked in training for so many years in Paris), the fabulous “teaching” or “entertaining” space available in the conference room. This opens a myriad of possibilities.
The first floor study is also one of our favourite rooms. This is a beautiful place to read, or write, and the open fire lends a special intimacy to the room.
Toulouse airport: 111 km
Agen Train station: 48 km
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PROPERTY REF: BLISS-127
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Reg. Office: 54 Rue Nationale, 32700 Lectoure
License No. CPI 3201 2017 000 018 266
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