Spacious Country house close to Lectoure
with pool on 1.2 hectares of land
This vast country property of approximately 353m² sits within easy driving distance of the market town of Lectoure and sits on a plot of 1.2 hectares of land in a quiet spot, with no main roads or other surrounding neighbours, in a completely tranquil backwater.
To the front of the property there is a private lane (purchased by the owner) and an expanse of grass with trees. To the rear there are lovely open views to the south. From the front of the property one cannot guess at the immense volume of internal space.
The ground floor
The main entrance hall, part of the original house, opens onto the staircase with a study and small snug/sitting-room on each side, in typical and symmetrical Gascon style. The rooms are cosy and square in shape and would most certainly have been the original kitchen and reception room, with the entrance hall dividing the two. There is a nice fireside in the sitting room to the right of the main front door.
At the far end of the hallway, there is access to a vast triple sized reception room, with windows all along the southern wall. This room over looks the countryside to the south and offers a glimpse of the pool area. This room was once no doubt a barn, with good ceiling height and impressive volumes to the room with enough space here for a grand piano, a seating and dining area, in what is effectively a fantastic room in which to host a big party, push back the furniture and dance!
The kitchen is another spectacularly spacious area. It is to all intents and purposes two kitchens (one facing north and one facing south) joined together to offer a combined surface area of approximately 52m². This work space has all the space required for a professional chef, as well as a breakfast table, and lovely views to the south.
Set just off the kitchen is a handy downstairs WC, and wine cellar.
Our visit to this section of the property now complete, we loop back round, to the other side of the central hallway (the original part of the house) and turn into the aforementioned snug/sitting-room which opens out on to a spacious room, temporarily set up as a dining-room, albeit this is a long way from the kitchen. One might like to imagine a study here, or a games room.
Finally, via a connecting door, we proceed to a large and spacious room which is currently used for storage but offers a tremendous 45m² surface area, which is not currently used, but has a boarded ceiling and is ready for a future project. (A downstairs bedroom and en-suite bathroom with dressing room?).
At the far end of the property, there is a large barn, which houses the silo for the wood chip burner, which heats the entire property. This is an excellent and modern heating system (OKOFEN) which is popular with clients today who are turning away from oil, electricity and gas with the energy crisis.
This completes our tour of the ground floor, and we now return to the front door and central hallway, for a tour of the first floor.
The upstairs is divided into two floors, the first of which is on a kind of half landing.
This area is currently divided into three bedrooms along the hallway, with a shower-room at the end. It would be possible to lose the partition walls and divide these rooms differently, perhaps having one or two larger rooms instead of three.
The top floor
At the top of the landing, accessed via the original old wooden staircase (which is a really lovely feature of the house), there are the two spacious bedrooms, which overlook the front of the house, in the original section of the property. One of these has a vast bathroom en-suite.
Overall thoughts on the property
This property offers a tremendous amount of habitable space, and sits in a very desirable position.The current owner will repair the roof, the amount of these repairs is included in the sale price.
We are certainly very excited to have it in our BLISS catalogue.
This is an interesting property, for clearly, at times, much expenditure has been made. For example: the OKOFEN wood-chip heating system. The downstairs of the property has a very lovely triple reception room, which is in excellent condition. The kitchens too, have been recently renovated, and provide an excellent basis, even if one decided later on to adapt them according to one’s own style and taste.
More than anything, the property requires some upkeep, to the gardens and pools, and once the roof is fixed, would make a fabulous and impressive home.
Our thoughts here at Bliss
This property will appeal lovers of big old period properties that require some tender loving care.
The downstairs feels bigger than the upstairs somehow. It might be tempting to turn one of the downstairs rooms into a luxurious en-suite bedroom, with a dressing room.
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On a technical note
10 main rooms over 3 floors
Surface area 353,75 m²
Main reception room 67,33 m²
Land size 12 673 m²
Garage : 1
Heated Pool 5×11 (chlorine)
OKOFEN woodchip burner