Stone property with 5,81 hectares of land
in elevated position with views to the Pyrenees
This beautiful looking old stone manor house is located in the heart of the Gers to the north of Lectoure, in an area renowned for its Tuscan-style rolling hills, fields of wheat, corn and sunflowers.
With this fabulous south-facing rural backdrop, this 700m² property sits in the heart of its own mature gardens, with a wealth of mature trees and shrubs. The outline of the Pyrenees mountains is etched across the horizon on the day of our visit, where the snow-capped mountain peaks are clearly visible.
The main door opens onto a long central hallway, which is a typical feature of the traditional Gascon home. The hallway is tiled with terra cotta floor tiles as we find on most of the ground floor.
Immediately to our left, there is a large and friendly farm kitchen, with French doors to the south, which open onto a vast stone terrace. The kitchen also has a central open fireplace for those cosy winter meals.
In turn, the kitchen opens onto the main 46m² reception room, with its original fireplace, and feature wooden ceiling, with the ancient oak beams dating back to the construction of the property.
Beyond the main reception room, we enter an impressive library/study, which also has French doors to the south-facing terrace, and views of the gardens.
Returning to the main entrance of the property, we turn now to look at the other half of the property, which was once the barn, but which was converted some thirty years ago, lending far more habitable space to the property.
Here the barn has been converted into a vast dining room, with a large bay window ensuring a constant stream of sunlight. This room has impressive high ceilings, with an average height of 7 metres.
From the downstairs dining room, a wooden staircase leads up to a 68m mezzanine, which is used as an informal reception room, the perfect place to play games or to read, or watch television.
Returning to the ground floor once more, we move on to yet another reception room with a bay window that opens onto a long terrace which runs the length of the property.
On the ground floor there is a spacious 33m² bedroom, with large fitted cupboards and a large sunny bathroom.
Many guests have been entertained in this property over the years, and it is no surprise to discover that as well as the main family kitchen, there is also a professional kitchen used for catering large numbers when the current owner organised business meetings.
On the floor above, there are a total of seven bedrooms and shower rooms as well as a laundry room.
Our thoughts here at Bliss
This property is ideal for anyone looking to develop a tourist activity as there are 7 rooms each with an ensuite.
The gardens are vast and already landscaped, so guests would plenty of private space.
The south facing views and the stylish symmetrical shape of the original maison de maitre will appeal to many buyers.
The property is extremely spacious and for letting purposes the rooms are in perfect condition and rentable immediately.
Were I to live in this property, I would choose to occupy the original part of the house, where I very much like the terra cotta floors, the spacious kitchen and the main reception room.
I would want to modernise the first floor as well as put in a new bathroom, which is dated in style and rather colourful, but even though I might make some decorative changes (last carried out over 3O years ago), there is one intemporal element to this property which would never cease to rouse my senses : the views to the snow-capped peaks of the mountains, and the incredible light from the south.
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From a technical point of view
Approximate surface area of the property : 700 m2
Land size: 5.81 hectares
Swimming pool : 12 m of 6 m (out of order)
Ground floor geothermal central heating with heat-pump and wood-burning stoves
Taxe foncière : 4 952 €
The septic tank is not conform
Room dimensions (approximate)
Hallway / entrance : 50 m²
Kitchen : 31,50 m²
Reception / dining-room : 46 m²
Study : 29 m²
Large reception room : 43 m²
Small reception room : 34 m²
Hallway : 10 m²
Bathroom : 13 m²
Bedroom 1 : 33 m²
Hallway : 6 m²
WC : 4 m²
Professional kitchen : 61 m²
Mezzanine : 68 m²
Hallway : 8 m²
Bedroom 2 : 13 m²
Bedroom 3 : 17 m²
Bedroom 4 : 23 m²
Dressing : 15 m²
Cellar : 13 m²
Laundry room : 16 m²
Hallway : 3 m²
Large Hall : 31 m²
Bathroom : 9 m²
Bedroom 5 : 35 m²
Bedroom 6 : 34 m²
Bedroom 7 : 19 m²
Bedroom 8 : 36 m²