- 335 m2
- 10 rooms
- 3 bedrooms
- land 12.5 ha
Here at Bliss whenever we set off to visit a new house, we are never sure what we will find and there is always a sense of excitement.
Today is one of those occasions when we know instantly that we have found something unique.
Heading up out of Lectoure on the Condom road, we quickly turn off down narrow winding lanes to this property, leaving the main roads behind.
As the journey continues, the fields to each side grow richer and more prevalent and - oh!- joy of joys!- in a department of France which is mostly turned over to the production of cereal, the car passes rich green meadows dotted with cows and sheep; the gentle rise and fall of the countryside a promise of a tender landscape which has kept its trees and hedges and has not lost its soul to agriculture on an industrial scale.
A long track leads to a farm gate. Beyond here, a private lane continues for a long expanse until at last a small clearing opens, and a first glimpse of the house can be seen.
Framed by trees and verdure at the entrance to the inner driveway, the stone walls appear golden, contrasting nicely with the careful green of the shutters. There is a mellowness here which is apparent, and a sense of calm. The driveway is immaculate, the farm buildings to one side visibly in excellent condition and in keeping with the beauty of the house. The gentle curve of the end wall of the house leads the eye to the lie of the land beyond, and the rise of the countryside beyond, much of which is private to this estate.
Here we should stop to mention something important - the silence.
This is a world unto itself. We are so far from any other neighbour, it is easy to forget that we are only a short drive from the most popular part of Gascony : a short distance from the ever-popular market town of Lectoure to one side, Condom on the other, on the outskirts of a lovely old village with shops and restaurants and a boulangerie! - always important to have at hand!
Once inside the grounds of the property the outside world falls away.
The entrance to the main house is beautifully shaded in summer by an old productive grapevine which trails its way over a bespoke wrought iron support which offers a perfect spot for a shaded lunch'
The hallway offers a walk-in room for coats and boots (with a built in safe) and a downstairs cloakroom and shower-room.
The hallway invites us to join the spacious kitchen/breakfast room which also has a door leading to the afore mentioned shaded area. This is a wonderful room, divided into a kitchen area, with a central island (an extremely sociable spot to sit and eat bread, cheese and drink wine - as we discover) and a cosy sitting-room with a lovely old fireplace in which there is a CLEARVIEW wood-burning stove.
From here we discover the central linking glass and metal conservatory - which is a delightful and extremely clever light-filled space which creates the perfect junction between the two buildings. The division is so seamless that it is only on a tour of the gardens that it becomes clear from the outside that there were once two stone properties and not one and the two have been linked together. This space holds a dining-room table, though informal meals are served around the central kitchen island.
Beyond this conservatory type linking room is a rear sitting-room with under-floor heating. This is a grand room, with an impressive CLEARVIEW woodburning stove and high vaulted ceilings. A mezzanine runs high above one wall. This room has double-aspect windows and is a perfect area for formal entertaining.
Beyond this section of the property there is a downstairs bathroom, a reception room and a downstairs bedroom which has French doors to the gardens at each end. all these rooms benefit from underfloor heating and the bedroom has an Italian 'Ravelli' pellet stove. This area was initially intended as accommodation for an elderly parent, being on ground floor level. A staircase leads to the upstairs bedroom, which is an impressive and beautifu
reference : VM518 - Le Figaro Properties reference : 26364151
- EPC : C (113)
- GHG : D (21)