18th century propertyin the heart of Lectoure
Lectoure town house with shop
Where are we?
This period property sits in the medieval heart of Lectoure and is typical of the 18th century buildings which house the shops along the length of the rue Nationale.
The main door to the property opens from the street, with, to the left, accesses the shop space. This commercial space benefits from one of the best positions in town, close to the main square and the market, and is luminous, attractive and in excellent condition.
From the downstairs shop/studio apartment there is access to a large recently renovated cellar – ideal storage for any commercial entreprise.
There is no question that the downstairs room lends itself to being used once again as a shop.
But, alternatively, with the lack of properties in town offering ground-floor accommodation, this space could be used as apartment/studio, metres from all the shops and services Lectoure has to offer.
The downstairs shop/studio apartment benefits from a separate entrance, thus allowing the the rest of the house to be rented or occupied separately.
A hallway runs the length of the shop area, connecting the entrance of the property to the main accommodation at the rear. This leads to a lovely, light foyer and on to a newly-fitted kitchen, along with a ground-floor shower-room and WC.
From a central position in the foyer, the view upwards to the magnificent staircase is sublime, with its delightful original wrought-iron hand-rail. What makes it all so luminous is a glass-topped section of the roof, ten meters above.
On the first-floor we find what is without doubt the most lovely room in the house : the main reception/dining-room, (42m²) which will delight all aficionados of the 18th century classical style with its high ceilings, original parquet flooring and fireplace.
The views from the double windows are of the cathedral square and add enormous charm, where as the window back into the stairwell adds luminosity to the other end of the large double room.
The first floor bedroom faces the back of the house and features a window onto the rear atrium – as well as another window onto the stairwell.
It also benefits from its own ensuite shower room with sink and place for a WC to be installed.
The large bedroom on the top floor has double windows looking out onto the very attractive views of the cathedral square and benefits from a working fireplace.
The other two bedrooms also benefit from widows allowing the light in from the stairwell.
Behind a door, a staircase leads up from the top floor into the loft.
What we think at BLISS…
There are so many advantages to this property. Its central position is supreme, with the ideal place for an effortless studio apartment or a thriving commercial activity. The roof and electrical system have been renovated and with the new kitchen and other decorative works, most of the property has a fresh and dazzlingly light aspect. Reflecting the historical quarter of Lectoure in which it stands, the properties wealth of period features are a bonus. The reception room is quite glorious and second only to the staircase. In fact several attempts have been made over the years to bid for this sublime staircase and transport it elsewhere!
Who would this property suit?
Anyone looking to live in the heart of Lectoure and to either create an apartment/ studio, or open a shop directly on to the rue Nationale.
The commercial space is light and bright and freshly renovated and one of the nicest on the high-street, and could easily be rented. The possibility of extending the commercial designation to include the entire property is being looked into, and with the marvellous reception room above, would make a tantalising proposition…
This property would appeal to anyone wishing to live on the ground-floor in town, or to an investor, wishing to rent out a separately accessed commercial space as well as a spacious house to the rear and upper floors.
It should be noted that the property itself requires updating on the upper floor, as the renovation that has been conducted on the ground and first floor was not completed.
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