Reception Rooms: 5
Land: 8 ha
A beautifully maintained and restored French country property for sale consisting of a Maison de Maitre and farmhouse with a delightful interior courtyard. Dating back to the 18th Century when it was a simple farmhouse built in 1789, some of the architectural features indicate an existing building on the site, possibly from the 16th century. In the late 19th Century, the farmhouse was enlarged considerably by the addition of the principal reception rooms flanked by two impressive towers and the charming interior courtyard with its splendid gallery with beautiful ornate 18th century cast iron balustrading, together with a ‘neo classical’ style wall fresco in ‘trompe l’oeil’, reminiscent of the marble found in the Palace of Versailles.
This special property has been in the care of the same family for four generations. The present owners having undertaken extensive renovations of the original farmhouse and interior courtyard, installing underfloor heating on the ground floor and wall hanging radiators in the bedrooms. Many original features previously hidden were exposed during the work, adding to the authenticity and charm of the property. In 2012 three of the bedrooms were entirely redecorated and ensuite facilities added with marble hand basins and period furnishings. The walls have been beautifully finished by a Moroccan technique sealing the walls with a lime based plaster.
The overall living space amounts to 370m2 for the main house and original farmhouse. It would be possible to add two further bedrooms on the upper floors of the towers. The main house accounts for 274m2 and the farmhouse, interconnected by the gallery, provides a further 122m2 over two floors. Original features have been maintained including marble and stone fireplaces and the majority of the windows, upgraded to double glazing, reproduced in the style of the originals.
The accommodation comprises:
Entrance Hall 6.5 m², Kitchen, 10 m², Breakfast room, 16.5 m², Dining room 17.5 m², Hall , 7.5 m², Bureau 17 m², Drawing room 28 m²
Landing, 6.5 m², Bedroom 1, 22.5 m², Bathroom 1 , 11.5 m², Bedroom 2 16.5 m², Bedroom 3 17.5 m², Bathroom 2 , 5.5 m², Bedroom 4 , 16.5 m², Bedroom 5 , 21.5 m², Shower , 3.5 m²,
Living room, 34.5 m², Library/living room, 18 m²
Bedroom 6, 21.5 m², Bedroom 7, 16.5 m² Shower room, 10.5 m², Shower room, 9.5 m²
Maintained with the same consistent care and attention to detail as the property the 8 hectares offers a variety of different landscapes, ranging from the walled ‘Jardin a l’anglaise’ found directly to the south of the house providing a sheltered secluded spot to stroll amongst the mature trees including a beautiful Cedar of Lebanon, Virginia Tulip tree and Magnolias. Beyond this through fine wrought iron gates is the ‘Jardin à la Française’ dating from 2011 with a more formal configuration featuring pretty box hedges and colourful rose beds and from which the views of the Pyrenees are at their finest. Finally the swimming pool area is to be found in what was originally the orchard, a less formal but equally meticulously maintained area.
Independent cattle barn, 100m2 floor level, presently used to park cars.
Adjoining barn of 120m2 used for general storage with two stables and a wood store.
With the beaches of the Atlantic a mere 70 minutes away and the nearest ski resort just 1 hour’s drive this charming property could not be better located for a family wanting to enjoy the best that life in South West France has to offer.
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