PERIOD PROPERTY NEAR ST CLAR
Country House in Stone with Pool
345 000 €
PROPERTY REF: BLISS-158
Agency Fees included (5%)
Fees payable by vendor
This period property in stone sits on 2640m2 of land on a quiet country lane.
Tranquil, and far from the nearest road, the property is located in a small rural hamlet comprising a couple of houses and a farm.
The closest towns in the heart of Gascony’s “golden triangle” are: Fleurance, Saint Clar, or Lectoure, in an area which is popular both locally and internationally.
St Clar is the garlic capital of the Gers, so the residents of the property will find no shortage of fine produce for the farmhouse kitchen. Each year there is a garlic and melon festival, and local celebrations under the covered town-hall square, with singing and dancing and general festivities! This popular village offers an Intermarché supermarket, pizzeria, local restaurant, chemist, doctors, post office, bank, florist, and other independent shops.
This white-stone property has a pleasing façade and sits in an elevated position in the centre of its charming cottage gardens, without an overview from its neighbours. The lawns are carefully tended, and there are a variety of shrubs and bushes, with an ancient and impressive wisteria whose twines and frills bedeck the whole of the rear façade.
At a discreet distance from the property there is a swimming-pool, with wooden decking. The limits property tapers away to the rear and is bordered by a mass of trees and bushes, which ensure complete privacy and is an area of natural beauty, with a variety of birds, rabbits, hares, deer, all of which the current owners have been seen in the garden.
The property is currently used as a weekend and holiday retreat and has been much loved. It does not benefit from central heating and is currently heated with two wood-burning stoves. (A quote for full central-heating comes in at around 20 000 euros).
The property has a pleasing rural style, with plain white walls, and terracotta coloured floor tiles. The circular flow of rooms around the central hallway ensures that the property is flooded in light, as there are windows to all sides, and from each window views to the garden.
The reception room has a central fireplace in stone, for open fires, and from here the dining-room and a second reception room flow.
The lack of separating doors lends an open “unfussy” feel to the property, which is light, bright and clean.
On the ground floor a separate space has been designed which can be entirely closed off and accessed from the garden. This space incorporates a downstairs “living” area, a first-floor level shower room, with a wooden staircase to an upstairs bedroom under the eaves.
The previous owners used this space as an individual holiday gîte, filling the house with holidaying children, who shared the dormitory and play area under the eaves.
The second staircase leads to the master bathroom and bedroom, and a converted loft area, which has been transformed into an open-plan dormitory for children, while the third staircase leads to a lovely double bedroom with features beams.
Across the whole of the first floor there are ancient feature beams, and wooden floors. The style is unfussy, with a contemporary rustic feel. There are no dark beams here. The white walls and bright sunny rooms have a summer feel to them, the wood-burning stoves, and impressive pile of logs in the woodstore outside, the promise of cosy winter evenings.
On garden level a separate summer room currently houses the garden equipment, but with its French doors, bathed in trailing wisps of wisteria, it is also easy to imagine this space being used as an atelier for an artist, or potter.
Who will this property appeal to?
This property will appeal to anyone seeking a holiday retreat, or a country home in the heart of Gascony. There are three wooden staircases, which require young legs, although there is a space for a small downstairs bedroom in the downstairs gite, with an adjacent shower-room. The garden room could also be converted into a downstairs bedroom.
This is a “young” feeling property. There is nothing dark of rustic here, but the feel of holidays, and winter snugness.
The night-blue wood-burning stove in the oven calls out for homemade bread, the garden providing ample space for a vegetable plot and herb garden.
If this property had an inner spirit, it would be an eco-friendly, cake-making, soup-on-the hob and bubbling soul, for whom life is a rural dream. An avid gardener would do well here too. The pure white walls have an almost Mediterranean feel. Could this be the future home of an artist or a potter? Or another family looking for a rural retreat and escape from the city for long weekends, as in the case of the current owner.
WHAT WE THINK
The central stone fireplace is an attractive feature
The gardens are pretty but manageable.
I like the cosy cottage garden feel of the pathways and flower beds and the attractive white-stone facade
Things I might do if this were my property?
I would be tempted to add a woodchip burner downstairs as heat would circulate nicely in this property. It would be an economical addition to complement the woodburners for anyone out at work and unable to keep the fire going in winter.
I would make something more of the outside garden room currently used for storage. This would make a lovely workshop or atelier as light and facing the gardens. I would restore this and put a woodburner here to make a home-office.
Int. Airport Toulouse : 73km
Agen train station : 50km
PROPERTY REF: BLISS-158
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