Magnificent Town House 19th Century Elegance
in the heart of Nérac
If you are looking for a property where you can feel totally integrated in the French lifestyle and you enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a sleepy southern town, then this is the ideal property for you.
We arrive and look up at the chiseled façade with its wrought iron balconies and beautifully proportioned windows and are immediately struck with the elegant timelessness of this beautiful building.
We step through the front door, into the spacious wood panelled hall, and our eyes are immediately drawn to the stained-glass doors, the crown moldings, the herringbone parquet floors.
From here we enter the beautifully proportioned living room which faces the front of the house and has two long windows and a formal fireplace.
A dining room on the other side of the hall is a mirror image, offering the same pristine parquet flooring, formal fireplace and large windows.
Behind the stained-glass doors the wood panelling continues and opens onto a sunny kitchen which has been entirely renovated. The owners have kept the black and white tiled floor and the large original cupboards, but added new kitchen units in keeping with the style of the house. They have also retained the charming enamel cooker which gives character to the room.
The kitchen looks out over the walled garden which we enter through the adjoining door. A stone staircase leads down to the lawn and a shady terrace. At the far end of the garden, framed by mature trees, stone stairs leads up to a hidden gate.
On this side of the house we also find a large bedroom with attached shower room, ideal for visiting family and friends.
Back in the front hall, a guest cloakroom and large storage room for coats and boots are hidden in a corner. A carved wood and wrought iron staircase leads to the first-floor landing where the elegant proportions of the ground floor are reflected in a wide hall with bedrooms and bathrooms opening off it.
There are three large bedrooms on the front of the house, and they are all filled with light and have pretty wrought iron balconies, fireplaces and parquet floors.
A stunning family bathroom opposite the first bedroom has an Italian shower, a fireplace and a large double vanity.
A second family bathroom has also been beautifully conceived and includes a large bathtub and French doors opening onto a pretty balcony.
At the end of the hall, a fourth bedroom looks out over the garden, and there is a third shower room next to it.
Back at the staircase we continue up to the second floor, where a door opens onto a huge open space with high ceilings and 6 small separate rooms for storage. We could easily see this space being used as a games room, a yoga studio or an artist’s space.
After visiting three floors of living space, there is still more to see. This house has a full basement comprising a large laundry room with windows and enclosed stairs up to the garden, a wine cellar, a large boiler room, a huge storage room for wood (with a space prepared for a future pump area for a swimming pool), and most surprisingly an original laundry room from when the house was built.
Here at Bliss
This is one of the most elegant and well-proportioned properties we have seen.
It has retained all of its classical symmetry and simplicity.
It has been beautifully and lovingly restored, but there is still room to do more on the open plan 2nd floor, or even in the full basement.
We love the fact you can walk to the bakery, to the amazing weekly market, or to a variety of nearby restaurants.
There is ample parking in front of the house, and the area is never crowded.
With the addition of an in-ground pool in the garden this would make a perfect family home.
Nérac is a lovely town with a river running through it and a huge park. Unlike many small towns, there is a wide variety of events and activities all year round, as well as river cruises, festivals and access to the many night markets in the area in summer months. The town also has an indoor pool for winter swimming.
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