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This classic French ‘Maison de Maitre’ is set in a commanding position overlooking its 10 acres of land in the Haute Garonne department of south west France. Approached by a long driveway it offers a centrally heated 5 bedroomed house with two receptions, large terrace, swimming pond, Jungle Jim play area for the children, a large covered terrace, garage, stable and extensive barns.
The infrastructure of the property has been reworked and new septic tanks and heating system installed whilst retaining its original charm and character features.
The main entrance hall is quite a stunning room in its own right, with craftsman designed marble floors dating from 1918 and signed by the artist, leading left and right to receptions. The sitting room has a marble fireplace with a wood burner and herringbone pattern floorboards with large windows overlooking the terrace and gardens. The dining room has the same marble floor as the hallway and a sculpted mantelpiece and tiled floor signed again by the same artist. There is a Godin wood stove in the fireplace and windows south and east overlooking the gardens and courtyard.
A door to the side of the fireplace leads to the kitchen where again there is a wood burner nestled in the chimney, a Leisure (Range Master) cooker and glazed door to the covered area and courtyard to the south. Behind the kitchen is the pantry with storage, fridges and washing facilities. An original house shower room leads from the kitchen on the other side of the fireplace but it would be a relatively simple affair to block this off and arrange access from a hallway. Back in the main hallway and opposite the kitchen is the first of the bedrooms. As a ground floor bedroom it has been conceived for people with reduced mobility in mind and the large wet room with w.c and basin has plenty of room to move freely.
Opposite the main entrance door, at the end of the hallway is the magnificent spiral staircase and a door to the rear barn. On the way through to the rear barn is a house cloakroom. The barn houses the utility room with huge amounts of storage, drying racks and machines and leads through to the boiler room. The boiler room has barn doors for easy delivery of the wood pellets used for the central heating boiler and also for pallets of logs for the wood burners. The state of the art boiler (Frohling) and solar powered hot water tank as well as the 3 tonne storage unit for the pellets are all in this spacious room. To the other side of the utility is a currently little used space which could be converted if ever the new owners wished to open it up into the kitchen and make it into one huge space. Taking the magnificent stairway to the first floor;
The impressive hallway with stripped wooden floors opens onto all four bedrooms. The master bedroom has twin aspect views overlooking gardens, pool and courtyard whilst bedroom 2 overlooks the garden pool and pasture. Bedroom 3 has the potential to be linked to the barn (above the boiler room) creating a children’s nursery or sitting area and bathroom. Bedroom 4 has a small hallway, bathroom and bedroom with original cupboards and overlooks the courtyard.
At the back of the hallway and leading off the stairway is an access to the 1st floor of the barn. Architects plans have been drawn up to create two bedroom suites and a master bathroom as well as storage. Clearly these plans can be used, modified or ignored according to the new owners needs and budget. The attic space is in good order and offers further potential of 140 square meters.
The barn to the south of the main house has an interesting history, it is not unusual that it resembles an upturned boat, during the quiet months the shipbuilders from Bordeaux travelled the countryside putting to use their boat-building skills, hence the form of the beams, quite beautiful. With 175 sq.m below and over 200 sq.m above in the hay storage area the potential here is waiting to be exploited.
Continuing round the courtyard we have stables and a garage then a covered terrace overlooking the land, garden and pool. The house to renovate offers a minimum of 120 square meters over two levels and would be ideal as a cottage to let or perhaps staff accommodation.
The natural pool was created on the site of the original farm pond. It is surrounded by hardwood decking and is naturally and efficiently cleaned offering a stunning addition to the gardens. Not subject to the same regulations as a standard swimming pool it nonetheless has a solid fence surrounding it to make a safe environment for all.
Beyond the swimming pool are the remains of a small folly which have been stabilised, there is a small boules pitch for the children and a ‘Jungle Jim’ play area. A pergola leads down from the original farm gates to the newly planted orchard there is also a hedge of nut trees and vegetable garden which has been extremely productive with vegetables and soft fruits. The small wood to the north west of the property has a walkway through it to make the most of spring flowers and plants and a meadow below.
An outstanding property with much potential if required or beautiful to enjoy as is.
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