Presbytery with two guesthousesClose to Eauze
Timber Framed Wattle and Daub Property
For this property we step away from the traditional Gascon house with its square and symmetrical shape in favour of a much older timber-framed property, dating back to the middle ages.
The approach to the property is along a rural lane to a country-style gate, the pathway rising gently upwards to the house, as yet hidden from view.
We enter by car, pulling up outside an attractive cottage-style property, its wattle and daub walls reminiscent of the style of home one might more readily associate with Normandy, or even rural England.
If Shakespeare had a country home in France, it might conceivably be this one.
The gardens are in full bloom and the image that greets us of the “roses around the door” ilk.
The property has stood for many hundreds of years, its old oak windows and doors lending a timeless charm, as if nothing has changed over the last six hundred years.
We enter a spacious reception-room, with colombage walls and old oak beams. The floors throughout are laid with terracotta tiles.
The house is open plan in part, and the rooms are all on ground floor level. Sections of wattle and daub have been removed to allow the light through and add much charm to the interior.
From the dining- room we move to a comfortable reception-room, with a black wood-burning stove which sits in an original fireplace.
The reception room has feature beams along the rear wall, where the wattle and daub plaster has been removed, to reveal a cosy country-style kitchen which runs the length of the rear wall.
The ambiance is that of a shabby-chic, Country Living style home which is friendly and unpretentious.
Beyond the kitchen an inner hallway is currently used as a pantry area, but could be converted back into a hallway, leading as it does to a double bedroom with French-doors to the gardens and a separate downstairs bathroom.
There is also a second room, currently used for storage.
Also, on the ground floor, beyond the main reception-room, is a double bedroom (currently used as a study) with a separate en-suite bathroom. The room has an original fireplace with a feature red-brick chimney breast.
A third bedroom is positioned just off from the entrance hall. This spacious bedroom with a fireplace could be extended further out into the storage area which lies on the other side of the wall (previously mentioned) where there is space to create an en-suite bathroom.
To whom will this property appeal?
The rooms are cosy in size, each one opening to the next. This is the sort of cottage where Miss Marple might sit before the roaring fire, drink tea and solve her next crime.
A perfect place to light a fire and sit with a cat on one’s lap in the cosy sitting- room. On warmer days a swim in the beautiful pool, or a walk in the private woodland, which forms the rear part of the estate, would be a delight.
This property is the doppelganger of any traditional English cottage (or Normand) and is ablaze with character, and full of nooks and crannies.
As such it must surely appeal to lovers of the warm and cosy timber-framed cottages. A must for keen gardeners!
Further accommodation is available in a separate barn conversion where two small cottages have been developed. The cottages face away from the main house and face the woodland copse which forms part of the estate.
The two cottages have been used either to accommodate friends or paying guests and enable the running of a small business on the property.
The first cottage has a downstairs reception-room, kitchen, and bedroom with two twin beds, as well as a downstairs cloakroom and shower-room with a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor.
The second cottage has a downstairs bedroom and bathroom, and an upstairs mezzanine with a bedroom on the first floor with a bathroom.
The gardens are a remarkable feature, with flower beds embroidered around the edges of the lawns, and awash with a multitude of shrubs and roses. There is a small pond/ stream, providing a water feature, and a lovely pool screened from view by yet more foliage.
This is a delightful period cottage with undeniable charm.
What might I consider if this property were mine?
Reconverting the pantry in the passageway of the main house back into a hallway and creating a large storage area and laundry room in the back room on the other side.
Some light decorative works would show-off the property to its true potential.
Here at Bliss
A different proposition from the ubiquitous square stone house, this property has many original features and sits in a quiet rural area.
The two cottages providing useful additional accommodation.
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