Period Property with GardenIn the heart of Condom
PERIOD FEATURES IN BEAUTIFULLY MODERNISED TOWN HOUSE
This property is in the medieval quarter of Condom, in a tranquil leafy quarter – in the most sought-after area of this lively Gascon market-town.
The property is set back on the pavement, with neighbours to each side in a row of terraced houses and offers a vast amount of privacy both inside and outside in the west facing garden to the rear.
The front door opens onto a beautiful long hallway tiled in original cement tiles which are a deep and yet subtle shade of red and immediately set the tone for this old stone house with vestiges of 1930s décor throughout.
At the top end of the hallway, facing the street an attractive glass-panelled door opens onto a snug and cosy reception room. The floor is lain with wooden floorboards which lend a rich warm hue to the room. The original old fireplace has been redeveloped to house a black wood-burning stove with an attractive tiled base on which the stove sits.
The stove is lit on winter evenings for effect, but the current owner tells us that the mains gas central heating system is so snug and warm that the stove is only lit for decorative purposes!
The hallway tapers along to the main bathroom which is downstairs. A spacious room which overlooks the courtyard terrace, this space has been entirely revisited by the current owner who has chosen a lovely stone floor, a tasteful sink unit and a fitted a walk-in shower way, and a separate airing cupboard which houses the washing-machine. The downstairs WC is found here.
At the end of the hallway the house opens out completely to a large and light kitchen and dining-room. With its high ceilings and attractive oak beams and 2 Velux windows, the ambiance of the property changes here from a terraced-style cottage to a spacious and loft-style space, which is perfect for entertaining.
The light-coloured kitchen units are fresh and clean, in excellent condition. There is a central island with a Belfast sink beneath the window and overlooking the garden.
A glazed door opens onto the terrace.
At the far end of the kitchen there is a long dining-room table and a window overlooking an inner corner of the garden where there is a tree which is not “in leaf” but “in bird” with birds hanging from every branch and feeding.
Although small and neat a thick hedge on each side shelters the garden from the neighbours which are set back and completely hidden from view due to the configuration of the neighbouring houses. There is a surprising amount of verdure for a small garden including a rambling wisteria and a honeysuckle, trees and bushes.
At the end of the garden there is a garden shed which was purpose built in brick ten years ago. With a wood-burning stove this could easily become a small workshop or artists’ atelier with electricity.
We complete our visit to the property with a tour of the two upstairs bedrooms and the third bedroom (currently used as a study) which sits on the half-landing.
The rooms are all fresh and bright, with a large Velux on the landing flooding the upstairs hallway with sunshine.
The two double bedrooms, both with parquet floors, overlook the street.
There is a WC and sink unit on the upper landing. (Not brand new – added 10 years ago!)
To Whom Might This Property Appeal?
This property will appeal to anyone seeking a beautifully modernised home in a peaceful setting in the centre of town – in a quiet neighbourhood.
All the town’s many shops and restaurants are accessible within five minutes on foot.
There are also 3 local schools within walking distance.
It is possible to live here without a car.
This home will appeal to a single person, a couple or a family with up to two children, and for both year-round residence or as an easy to manage lock-up and leave holiday home.
What might I consider doing if this property were mine?
The inside or the property and the rear garden require little or no work whatsoever.
The only part of the house which has not been modernised is the front facade which overlooks the street. I would want to carry out this work as the property already has a sweet kerb-appeal which would be accentuated even further by this work.
The 2 street-facing bedrooms are currently single glazed and would benefit from double glazing.
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