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Where are we? A short distance along a quiet road from a small and friendly village, in a positive haven of peace and birdsong. At a glance, it's clear that this typical Gascon farmhouse, with its clay-tiled roof, mellow stone and pale blue shutters, has been beautifully restored, and that its generous garden has been equally lavished with care and attention. First thing we see : A glorious Wisteria trailing over a barn door with ample parking space for several cars on the gravel drive and heaps of storage space in the barn itself. What is the garden like ? Spacious with an array of trees, flowers and shrubs. Various sections of the garden have been developed in different ways. One area to catch our eye is a wooded copse with wild flowers sown between the trunks of trees. The intimate elegance of a courtyard garden ... To vary the ambiance a shaded courtyard garden beside the house creates the perfect spot to sit with a cool drink and contemplate the lovely grounds. Trailing flowers loop and twirl over old stone walls. A fountain gushes water from a lions’s head. A trellised Clematis twines around the iron gate. This spacious terrace is split into a travertine stone floor lounge/dining area and a second gravelles area with a young olive which will grow to shade this wonderful wind-sheltered sun-trap over time. Whilst waiting for the gentle Gascon years to slip by, the owners have installed a fitted awning for those hot summer lunches. The house - at a glance! Square and traditional in shape and built from mellow, golden stone, with an adjacent stone garage/ barn. The Entrance A wide entrance hall leads to an attractive wrought iron staircase, beneath which is the pellet-fuelled boiler that is the primary heating for the house. At the far end of the hallway is the door to an unusually “pretty” WC with a converted piece of antique furniture holding the sink and a splash-back in period tiles. Throughout the house, plaster and original stone have been tastefully combined to give an elegantly rustic feel, and all the downstairs area is fitted with a pale travertine floor, which again creates the perfect balance between traditional and contemporary. The Kitchen The kitchen sits on the right-hand side of the hallway and is a bright and spacious with a dining-area. The wood-burning stove in the original fireplace makes a cosy sofa corner. There is an old stone sink in the corner which is a fun note of authenticity. The space is modern and well-appointed with plenty of cupboard units from the Neptune kitchen range, with an attractive Elan stove, double Belfast sinks, and a return work surface which allows the chef to remain sociable with his or her guests. Pretty but Practical! Beyond the kitchen is the laundry room, also with double sinks, a washing machine and good pantry cupboard space. A shower fitted for the benefit of a keen gardener keeps the mud at bay! The laundry room opens onto a boot room and into the garage at the back of the house. The barn provides a useful storage area as well as an indoor parking space, and opens onto the aforementioned inner courtyard. Where to get cosy? To the left of the entrance hall the sitting room is cosy but spacious, with its traditional fireplace and wood-burning stove and French windows opening onto the walled garden. The dark green wood panels to the rear of the room cast a pleasant hue to the room. Stairway to heaven ! The staircase is simple and elegant, with a first stone step continuing in sisal, fixed with metal stair rods. It curves around the landing with a lovely original wooden return that echoes the wooden hand-rail. Other than the bathrooms the entire upper story is floored with sisal, giving a contemporary feel that accentuates the original beams that have been preserved. Elegant Bathrooms and Bedrooms ... A few steps up from the landing is a room that has been split into bedroom and bathroom - charmingly finished, with a V-lux and a window looking out onto the gardens. This room benefits from a good sized fitted wardrobe, and, as with all the upstairs bedrooms, is heated by radiator. At the top of stairs and at the end of the central hallway, an east facing window bathes the upper floor in natural light. The first door to the right is a bathroom with claw foot bath, sink, shower, WC and vaulted v-lux. The second door to the right is the master bedroom with its on-suite shower room, with sink and WC, and across the hall is the third double bedroom, as light and airy as the others. This room does not have ensuite facilities its occupants using the family bathroom. A Room with a View ... All the rooms enjoy views onto generous gardens of over two hectares - attractively laid out with mature trees, shrubs and well-tended flowerbeds. The owners are committed gardeners which is demonstrated everywhere thoughtful details and well-tended plants attest to their dedication. We particularly loved the neatly demarcated areas where long grass has been allowed to grow, making a design feature of these natural environments for wildlife. Down towards the end of the property is a vegetable garden, but in front of the house, just beyond the gravel drive and discretely surrounded by hedges is an above-ground pool, for which the owners are currently building a surrounding dais. A Quiet Corner to Work ... A few steps from the house there is a stone outbuilding, clad in Wisteria and verdant greenery, that could be used as a charming studio with its French windows leading to a hidden walled-terrace all of its own, although this space could easily be converted into additional accommodation or even a fully functioning office for those working from home. Charm combines with practicality with the two wood stores that are attached to this second building.
Le Figaro Properties reference: 34797295