Vast Country Demeurein Heart of Rural Gascony
Magnificent stone property with Landscaped Gardens & Pool
This property has the BLISS seal of approval in every sense, being a fine example of a lovely country home, in a gentle rural location, surrounded by carefully tended formal gardens and natural woodland.
It will take a full morning to explore this lovely home, there is so much to see both inside and out in the grounds.
If the grandeur of an 18th Century home and the generosity of the proportions of this style of architecture with its high ceilings and tall windows is close to your heart, then prepare to be enchanted.
Let’s start in the most logical of places – the grand and formal entrance hall from which the original staircase turns gently up to the first floor.
From here take your pick of rooms, from the lovely formal dining-room (this property encourages its owners to set fine tables, light the candles and dine in style!) or the family dining-room for more informal occasions.
On the day of our visit a welcoming fire crackles in the grate of this warm and welcoming room.
The family dining-room opens directly onto the kitchen, encouraging a relaxed ambiance The kitchen is fully fitted with a range of country-style units and is light and airy.
From the kitchen there is access to one of the most frequently used doors in the property – the back door, which opens conveniently onto the parking-area and to the rear hallway, where there is a wine cellar and a large pantry.
The passageway leads back to the central hallway, where on the other side of the staircase a formal reception-room opens out onto a second more relaxed style sitting-room with a woodburning stove; a room currently used as the television-room.
Each of these rooms has a purpose – not least the lovely music-room housing a grand piano; a bright room with French doors opening onto the poolside and terrace.
Also of note in this section of the property is the boiler-room and downstairs cloakroom/WC.
There is a further remaining area on the ground floor, beyond the music room. The current owners have chosen to use this space as a children’ television room, and a summer kitchen, with easy access to the pool.
However as this part of the property has a separate entrance, it is also possible to create a separate guest house here.
Having explored the spacious ground-floor at length and noted the formal and informal uses of each room – it is time to climb the magnificent stairs to the first floor.
The word “landing” is a somewhat meagre term for this spacious upper hallway, with its fine hardwood railings, tall windows and high ceilings. With bookcases along two walls, this space creates a perfect informal library and reading area.
From here we will allow the photographs to speak for themselves – noting only that each of the five upstairs bedrooms is as grand as the next, all of them offering a delightful view over the parkland, Gascon sunshine flooding in from all sides.
If we were to single out just one of the bedrooms for comment, it would be the master bedroom – whose proportions could be mistaken for that of a ballroom! This is a decadent room with its own private bathroom, tall windows overlooking the park, a separate shower and WC.
The third ensuite bedroom is often used for guests and opens onto a large linen-cupboard, which is certainly a necessity in such a spacious home.
The second and fifth bedroom currently share a bathroom, but a small dressing-room which sits next to the smaller of these two rooms could potentially be reconverted into an extra bathroom. The current owners use these two rooms as a family suite for guests with children.
The fifth bedroom (which has its own bath, sink and WC) has an adjoining door to a separate twin room, but again if required area could be enclosed to create separate guest accommodation.
Currently guests are housed in an entirely separate wing of the house from the family.
As mentioned earlier there is a childrens’ television room and summer kitchen in the part of the house closest to the pool which could be converted into a private guest house.
Guests can enter the guest-house through their own separate door and hallway or through the music room to the children’s sitting room.
On the ground floor of the guest-house, besides the summer kitchen and children’s sitting room, there is a storage room, a WC and a ground-floor bedroom.
On the first floor of the guest-house there is a double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, a second twin bedroom, and a separate bathroom.
In the grounds of the property a 43m2 stable block could be used for horses or cars – currently it is the home of a fine stalion grazing in the pasture who trots over for a nose rub and loves the apples from the garden.
There is an additional covered car-porch and wood-store on the north-east side of the house.
The pool equipment is also housed in the stable block.
Exploring the covered car-porch area and wood-store we learn that the property has a final surprise in store.
A wooden staircase leads up from the covered terrace to two separate guest rooms which could both be used as gîtes, each one having its own private open-plan kitchen and living-room area.
The first gîte has one bedroom, the second two rooms. Each has a bathroom.
Both of these private gîtes can be opened out directly to the main house or can be entered separately from the garden; a perfect configuration for holiday rentals.
In the gardens, a separate summer house and terrace with views of the pool provides a lovely area for parties or summer feasts.
Our description of the property would not be complete without one final mention of the gardens.
The old avenue of ancient trees is startlingly beautiful, hinting as a history much older than this 18th century property itself.
The parkland is a haven for woodland creatures, with a pond and a fountain, and a plethora of ancient trees along with more recent planatations of roses, shrubs and flowers.
Our thoughts here at Bliss
If you have ever dreamt of your own personal Downton Abbey – this could be the home for you. This is one of those properties where it is possible to have the luxury of a music room, a library, a formal and informal reception-room and a dining-room. The children can be as riotous as they please in their own playroom.
Invite as many friends and guests as you choose and ask them to bring their children along as well. There is room for everyone – including a guest horse in the paddock – and never a queue for the bathroom.
If you dream of grandeur, and wish to dress your tall windows with sashes and tumbling brocades – this could be the house for you. If you dream of taking a morning stroll around your private parkland before returning to a crackling fire in a warm and cosy kitchen – this could be the one.
And finally, fling open the French doors to the poolside on a warm summer’s evening and sit at your grand piano and let the notes drift out over the formal terrace area to the lawn beyond.
Be grand – be regal. This house demands nothing less !
To whom might this property appeal?
Very large families or anyone wishing to entertain – be that family, friends or paying guests to a luxury country home.
What would I do of this property were mine?
Light the candles in the formal dining-room,
put on my nicest dress and entertain!
I would also develop a project where guests seek a calm and energising environment in the heart of the French countryside – since this is a house which begs to be filled.
Who should avoid this property?
Anyone wanting a small and snug.
This house demands a project and the funds to manage it.
It might make more sense as a main place of residence unless a guardian were left on site, in which case there would be no difficulty managing separate accommodation.
Can I move straight into this property?
Most certainly! The property is warm and comfortable. Any works or changes made will be purely stylistic choices with regards fixtures and fittings.
Can I have a horse?
Yes – there is a paddock and a stable block.
If this were the setting for a work of literary fiction, which one would it be?
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
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