A RURAL HAVEN COMPRISING TWO STONE BUILDINGS
SOUTH FACING VIEWS, WOODLAND AND GARDENS
FOR THIS RURAL RETREAT
PROPERTY REF: BLISS-99
Agency Fees included (4.5%)
Situated in the picturesque countryside between Lectoure and Condom, this property is set in the heart of one of the most beloved parts of Gascony, renowned for its rolling hillsides and far-reaching views.
With easy access to the market towns Lectoure, Condom and Fleurance, the property is located in possibly one of the most sought-after parts of the Gers.
Tucked away down a private, tree-lined avenue, there is a sheltered and intimate feel to the entrance of this property, as we leave the world behind.
At the end of the drive, where a clearing in the pathway creates a natural space for guests to park, the large bough of a tree, fallen many years ago in a storm, and conserved for its beauty, lies covered in trailing flowers, and denotes from the outset the originality of the world in which we are about to enter. Beside the tree sits a huge millstone, still for many years now, and a reminder of the once busy working history of these stone buildings.
“THIS IS A HOUSE TO SURPRISE”
This is a house to surprise, and one in perfect harmony with a person for whom a “home” does not necessarily tick all the normal and conventional boxes.
To describe this as “one” single property is misleading. The living accommodation, or habitable space, is equally distributed between two buildings, one buttressed against the hillside, and looking outwards towards the view, the other sitting on the tip of the garden’s edge, overlooking lawns and vines below and facing South.
These two buildings, symmetrically opposed, and are divided by a garden, which in the summer months is used as an outdoor ‘salon’ linking the two properties.
In the first stone buildings we find: a large open-plan reception room, with a kitchen and a wood-burning stove, a bathroom, and a second private annexe with a bedroom and a downstairs shower room. A spiral staircase leads to a single upstairs bedroom, and a landing area, sometimes used as a bedroom or small study.
In the stone building across the lawn opposite, there is a grand reception room, with windows to each side, overlooking the views to the south. The room has high ceilings and impressive beams. This is a perfect entertaining area and one in which the current owner has loved to throw many parties over the years. This has been a place to entertain, with one wall reserved for a home cinema, and where friends have gathered to watch old movies, warmed by the wood-burning stove.
On the ground floor level, there is a bathroom, a bedroom, and a separate wc, with an upstairs mezzanine offering a small area for storage above the bedroom.
Below the second building there is an old cellar area, with an ancient fireplace in the corner, perhaps once used to roast a pig. An adjacent garage, offers plenty of storage space.
The current owner tells us: “I had thought of linking the two properties with a pigeonnier when I first bought the property, but I came to like living here in the summer, using the garden between the two houses as a central outdoor living space.”
Albeit not a home in which one can easily imagine a “traditional” way of life, there is an undeniable romance here. It is easy to imagine a holiday home, with two separate dwellings, perhaps with the addition of a second kitchen in the large reception room in the second stone house. Or, an artist’s or writers retreat. Or a single home for a couple, or family, who appreciate a sense of independence which it is possible to achieve with the division of the two buildings.
There is an abundance of woodland with many essences and varieties of trees, with a pleasant walkway up above the first building, where a tiny terrace area offers a view over the properties, and far beyond to the south and the rolling hillside beyond.
The property is economical to run, as both buildings are heated with wood burning stoves.
The decoration throughout is simple and stripped back. The white stone walls the perfect place to exhibit paintings, setting off to perfection a display of modern art. There is nothing overdone here, no sense of striving to conform. There is an emphasis on simplicity, the fine meals that are cooked, the conversations that are held, the parties that are given, in a space which as a whole, feels predominantly one in which to entertain. To play, to rest, to retreat.
The current owner has combined the traditional feel of the original dwellings, where most certainly in days gone by several families would have lived and worked, with a sense of a contemporary artistic retreat.
Yes – naturally, the properties could one day be linked, and something much grander created. Yet equally one could continue to live between the two, as the current owner has for so many years, allowing nature and the warm summer days to form a natural connection between the two.
If you are an artist, or a writer, looking to escape from the world, and to reconvene with nature, and leave all the modern expectations of society behind – this may be a home for you.
This is not so much two properties – as one single place, into which nature has crept and remained an integral part. Indoors and outdoors marry perfectly. The setting is as important as the stone buildings themselves.
Of particular note: The views and the gardens! You will need an Encyclopaedia of flowers and plants to name each variety! The garden has many varieties such as Tulip tree from Virginia, Gingko Biloba, Pomegranate, Red Chestnut tree, Almond tree, Mulberry tree, Amelandier, Albizia, Handkerchief tree, Judas tree, Mimosa, Green Oak for truffles, Oak for truffles, Cyprus tree, Cognassier, Solanum, Willow Cedar, Prune trees, Camelias…
WHAT WE THINK
HERE AT BLISS
Here at Bliss we sense that this is the perfect dwelling for one desiring simplicity, and creativity. For lovers of nature, and anyone ready to defy any standard conception of what a house should be, this property is a part of the Gascon countryside, and a memory of what life was once like in those small rural hamlets on the outskirts of Lectoure.
If as a child you did not draw the traditional square box, with the door in the middle, and four windows to each side, but a cottage in the woods, with flowering essences everywhere…. Or if, as your fancy takes you, you sense that you might on one night, wish to sleep in one house, and on the next tiptoe across the lawns to the other – this is the place for you!
Int. Airport Toulouse: 85 km
Agen train station: 47 km
PROPERTY REF: BLISS-99
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Saturday mornings: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm
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Viewings by prior appointment only.
Reg. Office: 54 Rue Nationale, 32700 Lectoure
License No. CPI 3201 2017 000 018 266
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Whilst every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information and dimensions listed, any information given, is only an approximation and no responsibility is taken for any error, omission or misrepresentation. These details are for guidance only. No guarantee is given on the surface area of the property here quoted as this has not been measured in accordance with La Loi Carrez. All details should be verified prior to purchase with both a legally qualified surveyor and French registered notaire.