Medieval propertywith Riad- style enclosed garden
Village house with courtyard and garage
Located in the heart of the rolling hills of the Gers, this exceptionally charming village enjoys all the facilities of a town; such as a bakery, restaurant, newsagent, garage and pharmacy.
The property sits in a tranquil spot harboured amongst the narrow streets and alleys of a bastide village steeped in history.
One enters the property via one of the two narrow streets between which the property sits.
The streets on each side are filled with medieval timber-framed buildings adding to the sense of rich history we feel in this village.
We enter from the northern-side where our first impressions are of a building which has been recently renovated to a high standard.
As the house straddles two ancient streets there is a difference in height, the northern side sitting a little lower, with two cellars providing useful storage areas.
We climb a couple of steps to the ground floor, with windows overlooking the internal courtyard, (which we will come to explore shortly).
In this area the tall windows allow the light to pour in. This is a perfect space for a reception-area, or a study.
The door to the left opens onto a large open-plan area where the kitchen sits in the far corner with its substantial work-surfaces and cupboards.
A part of the room is reserved for the dining-area, where a large fireplace houses a wood-burner for the short winter months.
The remaining part of this open-plan area is used as a lounge area with double-doors to the courtyard.
From this room there is also access the street on the other side of the property.
The tiled courtyard is completely enclosed and free from over-view by neighbours. One can imagine this would be a lovely space to enjoy the extended summer months, with oudoor dining made possible with a sink and work-surface for cooking.
On the upper level of the property the hallway to the first bedroom overlooks the courtyard.
A large window in the hallway allows the light to flood the upstairs floor. All windows in the property are double- glazed.
The first bedroom has a double-bed, a sink and a shower – all in excellent condition.
Along the hallway, past a separate WC, there is a second double bedroom. This room has a comfortably sized tiled en-suite bathroom with shower, double sink and heated towel-rail.
The next bedroom has two single beds and a window overlooking the street.
The final bedroom had two single beds and a separate entrance to the outside, with access to a balcony, with a table and chairs, and a view over the internal courtyard.
For the two bedrooms which are not ensuite, there is a shared bathroom with a tub and a sink, an excellent place to relax after a good walk in the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Recessed ceiling-lighting and parquet-flooring in many of the upstairs rooms adds a modern touch which combines well with the exposed stonework and original features of the property.
On the North side of the property, there is a garage for one vehicle.
To whom might this property appeal?
Anyone seeking to make an income from their second home will find this property well-located in this charming village on the Saint-Jacques de Compostelle route; popular with hikers from early spring until late autumn.
The house would be well designed for this venture as a Chambre d’hôtes, owing to its central location, 4 bedrooms, (2 of which have en-suites), a lovely outdoor eating-area and plenty of space to host indoors.
A welcome-desk would work well in the reception area with ample storage space for guests’ luggage.
The summer months are always popular in this part of France and guest accommodation would work well here.
The property provides ample accommodation for a family and a safe enclosed internal garden, in the style of a medieval riad.
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