Architect’s house in quiet locationin the center of Fleurance
Back to the sixties
This unique house is reminder of the youthful optimism of the 1960s.
The property sits in the suburban quarter of Fleurance, in an elevated position. There is a sense of immediate privacy as we enter the long front garden, and private driveway.
Designed by a renowned local architect, the open-plan living and dining room offers an impressive space, with its high ceilings and French windows, overlooking the gardens both to the front and to the rear of the property.
There is a covered terrace area to the front of the house, where the current owners tell us that they enjoy a morning coffee, enjoying the views over the neighbouring gardens and roof tops.
Entrance to the property is directly through a spacious reception room where, without a traditional hallway, the available space is used purely as an entertainment area. The sense of space is heightened by the high ceilings, which are an indication of the modernist style of the rest of the house.
The open plan layout provides a light and fun entertaining space. During my visit I am reminded of the décor in a film. One can well imagine this as the setting to a party in the late 1960s or 1970s as we imagine ladies lingering in their kaftans and men serving Tom Collins cocktails and wearing bell-bottomed trousers, the Beatles or the Rolling Stones playing on the turntable.
There is a separate kitchen, with a “kitch” retro feel, with its light green cupboards and granite work surfaces. The owners loved the style of the 1950s tiles, and kept these, designing the rest of the kitchen around them.
Upstairs, off a spacious landing, there are two good sized bedrooms, and a shared bathroom, which still has its original tiles.
This property would make an ideal first time buy for a young couple or for a more mature couple wanting to downsize and to live within easy reach of the town centre on foot.
The gardens offer a sense of privacy and lend a rural touch to what is ultimately a town house, with a quirky retro feel.
The house feels voluminous, with its grand main reception room, and high ceilings, while the sense of space is heightened by the flow of light from each side.
The large double garage is an additional bonus.
The word of the owners
“We were not even looking for a house in France! No-one was more surprised than we were when we peered into the estate agent’s window and decided to buy this one! There was one reason, and one reason alone : The architecture! It blew us away. We have always had a passion for anything 1960s style, and retro – and we had never in all our lives seen anything quite like this! – so we moved our whole lives around to fit around the purchase of this house!’
Here at Bliss
Here at Bliss we particularly like: the large open space downstairs and the proximity to the town centre.
Click images to enlarge