Beautiful country house with barnExquisite hilltop views
4 bedrooms under the Milky Way
Enjoy stunning sunset views from the elevated position of this property, with far-reaching views over the Gascon countryside to the south and to the west.
Where are we ?
Close to St Clar, on the outskirts of the village of Miradoux, on the brow of a hill, with lovely views over the surrounding valley.
Within ten minutes of the market town of St Clar, 18 minutes from Lectoure and just 20 minutes from the international train station of AGEN with its fast track service to Paris in just over three hours.
What is to like about the location ?
If you are sensitive to stunning views this property has much to offer. The windows on all sides of the property let the outside in; not least the massive ball of setting sun visible each evening from the kitchen window. Surrounded by gentle rolling hills, woodland and fields on all three sides, this house sits on the rim of a gentle hilltop, in a dominant position.
The property is rural enough to enjoy the flash of a hare in the garden, the glimpse of a soft velvet brown deer nosing around at the edge of the property, or even the snuffle of a wild boar after dusk; not to mention the glorious night skies which reveal the milky way à volonté. And yet we are close enough to several major towns and villages to find everything we need at hand.
To the rear of the property, and invisible from any of the main living rooms, there is a second property, which ensures a year-round presence for anyone considering the purchase of a holiday home. The house itself faces outwards, towards the view, like the prow of a ship plunging forwards into fields of wheat and corn.
Impressions of the house from the outside ?
Gentle white stone, and traditional blue Gascon shutters. There is a mellow aspect to the house on the outside; charming, warm and appealing from the lane, with its flowery hedgerow, and the amber lamps inside contrasting beautifully with the night sky.
Shall we ?
Take me inside the house
The volume of the house inside is somewhat a surprise. The property opens up from a traditional central hallway to reveal a vast space shared equally between a large open-plan kitchen, a dining-room, and a sitting room.
There is a modernity here in the space, if not the materials, which remain authentic. With a good ceiling height beneath the beams, this house is far from rustic within. There are generous openings with windows on all sides, including two sets of French doors, which let in both views and light.
A sunny house with great spaces for entertaining and parties. This is a place to switch on the music, and party and dance.
The kitchen/dining-room alone could host a sizeable party, with the snug sitting room offering a great area in which to hunker down at night in-front of the large home cinema screen.
There is an original fireplace in the sitting room.
The sleeping quarters and bathroom space are divided equally on each side of the hallway, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms on each side.
On the south side, the two spacious double bedrooms face full south with views over the fields to the woods and share a shower room.
On the west side there is a master bedroom, with a terrasse to the garden, a bathroom with a shower, a dressing room (which could also be used as a 5th bedroom) and a bedroom to the east.
All the rooms are located on the ground floor, but this does not preclude the idea of adding further rooms to the second floor where there is a vast amount of unexploited space with terrific head height. It would be possible on the top floor to create a huge bedroom, with a private bathroom and dressing room, with spectacular views to the west.
Planning permission would of course be required, and the floorboards would need to become load bearing. But nonetheless, the house, which is already a sizeable family home, offers the possibility for yet further expansion.
Other Points worth mentioning
The roof was redone entirely within the last fifteen years, so no cause for concern there.
There is a septic tank, full oil central heating throughout, double glazed PCV windows throughout. The house is warm and dry, with no traces of damp anywhere. It is a good sound structure in solid stone. The bathrooms are the one area to require some attention, in particular the bathroom to the master bedroom which is dated. But other than this purely aesthetic consideration, technically speaking the house does not require works and can be moved into and enjoyed immediately.
There is a covered terrace outside facing west, with a somewhat dilapidated stone structure which one housed the hens. If the overhang were lost from this building, and the stone structure alone maintained, this would be the perfect area in which to create a pool house, or an outdoor kitchen.
The gardens are spacious and bordered with trees.
Other outbuildings include a massive barn/garage, with a new roof, and brand-new sliding wooden doors.
To whom might this property appeal?
This property will appeal to large families and second homeowners alike. This is a good-sized family home, and a perfect environment in which to bring up children, or to enjoy the stunning countryside and rural living in Gascony, while being close at hand to Agen, Astaffort, Saint Clar, Lectoure and Fleurance.
Miradoux has recently seen the creation of a local shop run on a voluntary basis by the residents of the village, where you will find the Post Office (La Poste), and a supply of basic supplies. There is also a very good baker’s shop in the village and an excellent pharmacy with a branch of the Credit Agricole bank open 24/7.
This is a dynamic little village just twenty minutes away from Agen, where all the major shops and hyper markets can be found.
Sitting on the border between Gascony and the Lot and Garonne, this property offers the best of both worlds and is in easy reach of everything.
Key points to retain
Rural but not isolated (one neighbour to the rear of the property closest to the garage and utility area)
Stunning views with no vis à vis from any of the main rooms – uninterrupted views of the countryside
Vast kitchen and open plan dining-room
1 bath/shower room, 1 shower room
Vast outdoor barn with good roof and wooden sliding doors (this feels spacious enough to repair a light aircraft inside!)
Oil central heating, septic tank
Above ground swimming pool (permissions for a solid swimming pool would no doubt be easily obtained in the area, with plenty of options for placement with stunning views)
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