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Property Saint-Clar (32)

Price: € 550,000
  • Surface 325 m2
  • Rooms 10 
  • Bedrooms 4 
  • Land 2.1 ha

If you have ever imagined life on the riverbank, when the days are scorching hot, and the riverbank ablaze with flowers, then this could be the property for you….. Where? This exceptional property is located on the edge of a village a short ten-minute drive from Lectoure with Saint Clar lying an equal distance on the other side. What is special about this property? Gascony is not a department particularly well-known for its rivers or lakes. The few that there are will often be man-made and dug by farmers, draining during the hot summer months. For buyers who dream of fishing in their own waters or living a gentle bucolic life to the sound of a lapping stream, very much in the style of The wind in the Willows, then this is not only a rare and desirable property but one which is in excellent condition. How do the current owners manage the ebb and flow of the river? The current owners have done much to work the banks of the river and to manage the flow of water under the mill; the sluice gates being opened and closed in accordance with the flow of water and the fall of rain to prevent a situation in which the stream might ever burst its banks. In this way the site is managed perfectly, and the river a joy to behold. The current owners have also dug a canal for the extra overflow of water. In case of absence from the property, the sluice gates are left permanently open to prevent any back log of water, so that they might travel abroad with full peace of mind. The gentle lap of water in the background is peaceful, in the same way as the sound of waves is calming on the nerves. For those who feel immediately replenished by the presence, sight, or sound of water, then this property is a rare treat. In a nutshell, how to describe the approach to the property and the site? We turn the car into a pleasant driveway, where a gravel parking area offers room for several vehicles. There are two main buildings on the site: the atelier – currently an artist’s studio, with its covered terrace area to our left, and the mill house to the right. A small hump-backed terrace and bridge separates the two. Standing on the bridge there is a view upstream as our line of vision follows the rivers back, fringed with its many trees, their leaves caressing the surface of the water as it flows along beneath the house. Beyond the stream there is a lawn, which belongs to the property, from which we can see the gentle rise of the land towards the famer’s organic field beyond. In total the property offers a little over two hectares of land. What of the trees and birds? This is a natural wildlife haven, and we learn from the current owners that the waters are inhabited by a healthy stock of carp. The water has been tested and is unpolluted, with the fields around the water mill being organically farmed. There are plenty of birds, skimming the water and the many shrubs and plants attract a variety of insects. What is the living accommodation in the property? This a spacious property and best viewed to appreciate, but in summary there are four bedrooms, four shower rooms, a fantastic kitchen with a woodburning stove, an elegant dining-room, a study area on the mezzanine, and a large reception room on the first floor, which offers a vast amount of space for entertaining as well as a stunning view of the river bank. The atelier could form a separate studio or guest accommodation, but is currently used by the artist in residence, the owner herself, where she can beaver away in peace and quiet. A kitchen and a separate WC have been installed on the ground floor. The covered terrace area creates a huge outdoor reception room for summer parties. Why were the current owners drawn to this property? Having always grown up by the sea and close to water, living in this property might be described as living on a very large and luxurious boat, the stone mill straddling the stream as it does. On our very first viewing we could both imagine how the property would work for us, with the barn and its studio conversion providing a perfect artist’s atelier and the house offering separate living quarters. In this way when family or friends came to stay, everyone was able to enjoy their independence.? The main house was spacious enough to house five children, when everyone was present, or alternatively it could be closed down in parts to provide a snug winter home for just the two of us. Although on our first visit the true beauty of the property was not yet revealed, and much work subsequently required, we immediately appreciated the beauty of the stone and the architecture of the two buildings, as well as the way the two structures sit slightly apart yet facing one another, with their corner stones at right angles, so that walking over the bridge between the two, there is a sense of entering a private world. As we suspected, the barn is the perfect party space and has been used as such many times over the past ten years.

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Advertiser reference: 32009302 - Le Figaro Properties reference: 33198371

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    • Surface 325 m2
    • Rooms 10
    • Bedrooms 4
    • Land 2.1 ha
    • Construction 1800
    • Parking 1
    • Bathrooms 4
    • Shower rooms 3
    • Toilets 3
    • Terraces 1
    • Exposure N/A*
    • Heating Oil-fired
    • Kitchen N/A*
    • Property tax N/A*
  • Energy Performance Certificate

    in KWhPE/m²/year

    • A ≤ 50
    • B 51 to 90
    • C 91 to 150
    • D 151 to 230
    • E 231 to 330
    • F 331 to 450
    • G > 451

    GreenHouse Gas emission

    in CO2eqkg/m²/year

    • A ≤ 5
    • B 6 to 10
    • C 11 to 20
    • D 21 to 35
    • E 36 to 55
    • F 56 to 80
    • G > 80
  • € 550,000

    Fees to be paid by the seller

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