This fine home sits in a central position in the heart of an ancient Gascon village, with the main high street the front of the property and a surprising vista to the rear; with far reaching views over fields of vineyards and the distant valley beyond.
The contrast of village to the front of the property and vineyards to the rear is perhaps one of the most surprising aspects of this property.
The formal entrance, with its high stone pillars and wrought iron gate, strikes a note of formality.
This is a house of grace and architectural allure.
The parkland around the property and its outbuildings offers an array of formal hedging, smart gravel pathways, lawns and formal sitting areas; in perfect harmony with the style of the property itself.
The lawns are dotted with box hedges neatly clipped into smart balls – the formality of the main house contrasting with the faded glory of the outbuildings with the shutters faded by the hot sun: the wood shed and pigeon coop – all of which form part of what is – in reality – a grand estate within a village.
As an extension to the main house there is a guest house with a footprint of 80m² partially renovated (roof and facade) currently used as woodshed and winter garden.
The main entrance to the property (painted in elegant muted black) opens directly onto the central hallway.
On the ground floor a double sitting-room extends the full length of the hallway with views to the front and the side of the property, The detail on the wooden surround of the fireplace is of interest – along with the wooden flooring and four double height windows in 19th century style ensuring a pleasant flow of sunlight to the room.
On the opposite side of the hallways we find a study and a downstairs bedroom with a separate ensuite bathroom.
At the end of the hallway there is a dining room – which has the ambiance of a much older property – also with a fireplace – and last but not least the kitchen which is one of the most lovely rooms in the house.
This double sized room has been restored to the highest of standards, with a brand new impressive range, a marble sink and new work surfaces throughout. With space for a long dining-room table, this is an impressive work space and one which is resoundingly smart and so clean and new in appearance one wonders if it has only just been fitted.
The staircase to the first floor is a remarkable feature of the property. This impressive and original turning staircases strikes a note of elegance and formality with its wide and gentle steps to the large hallway on the first floor.
Spaced harmoniously around the central hallway are four double bedrooms with two beautifully refurbished bathrooms, both with claw-footed bath-tubs. The rooms are each generous in size and in excellent decorative order.
To whom will this property appeal ?
Lovers of fine manor houses and 19th century elegance will appreciate the elegance of the gardens and the stately airs of grandeur this home offers.
With a sizeable garden, overlooking the countryside to the rear this home may also offer a happy compromise between the practicality of life in a village (with easy access to Condom) and the countryside.
There is a guarantee with this property that although it is possible to walk to the shops, there is no need to sacrifice land and views in order to benefit from village life and community.
This property will also appeal to anyone looking for a home in excellent condition. This house is so well presented one could be forgiven for believing it to be empty or for thinking that the brand new kitchen has never been used.
Elegant – Grand – Beautiful architecture
Perfectly restored in the main house
Outbuildings for guests and other projects
Parkland with mature trees and shrubs
Village life with country sized gardens.
Who should avoid this property?
Anyone for whom the presence of a road is non-negotiable. There is a road to the front of the property; albeit the house is protected by a garden and gateway to the front – and offers space and tranquility to the rear. This is a village home – and to drive into the village you need the very road on which this property is located!
What would I do if this property were mine?
I would reinstate the open fireplace in the main reception room and create a library for lots of books.
The outbuildings offer interesting additional space for storage or conversion – relevant planning permission permitting.
The property does not have a pool. Permission for this would need to be sought but providing this were possible the garden to the rear with the rows of symmetrical vines would make a lovely backdrop.