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A restored house, in the peace and quiet of wooded parklands,
by the side of a river in a village near to Toulouse
Toulouse, HAUTE-GARONNE midi-pyrenees 31000 FR


Both near to Toulouse (airport and TGV train station 30 minutes away via the A64 motorway) and in a tranquil, countrified setting, the village is ever attractive courtesy of its preserved architectural features and its amenities such as shops and doctors as well as a school.
Several rivers and streams have created a particularly delightful landscape. Trees usually found on the banks like poplar, acacia, hazelnut and ash are dotted, sometimes in an unusual way, throughout the area around the village. The overall pleasing impression is a much sought-after quality when wishing to live so close to an extremely dynamic town.


Road side, garden side. A village house naturally faces a street and, in this case, the other side stands out, above all, because of its unexpected and beautiful wooded parklands. Furthermore, it is on the edge of a river, the course of which is tamed, making it possible to build on its immediate surroundings.
The south facade looks out over a narrow, quiet street and is protected from the rays of the summer sun by the houses standing opposite. On the garden side, various species of both deciduous and fruit trees, including cherry, peach and quince, have been planted in such a wonderfully harmonious way as to be not only attractive but also practical.
A comfortable terrace, laid out over two levels at right angles, makes any stay pleasant and, with its old, preserved forge fireplace, is ideal for cooking meals during the summer.
An annex building, spanning two levels and an attic floor, has a veranda overlooking the parklands. This guest house means that visitors and family can be accommodated, with no loss of privacy.
A partially closed, farm shed, used for storing equipment as well as garden tools, looks out over the parklands.
It would also be possible to additionally purchase an adjoining house. Further information is available on request.

The house

The garden side, with its brick and Roman roof tiles, exudes the purity of the style typical of Toulouse, known as the “pink city”, whilst the far more modest road side, without a pavement, combines half-timbering and rendering. Despite its small ground surface area, a tower adds a certain nobility, enhanced and made even more authentic by its plainness. Simplicity, exactitude, with everything in its place, and a sense of perfection dominate the property.
This house is constructed over two levels under a converted attic floor. And, rare for the region, it also features a small wine cellar hewn under the tower. It is reached via a narrow flight of wooden steps.
Although pleasant and harmonious, the rooms are not grand, but reflect a very pleasant lifestyle.
The terrace on the garden side is not as plain as it might look as it is topped with an arbour covered in Virginia creeper, supported on three elegant, turned-wood columns which are, in turn, topped by flat ducting, with low, vertical edges for collecting rainwater. The perpendicular, west-facing terrace, set on a slightly lower level, is covered with a canopy and can, therefore, be used in all weathers.

Ground floor
A heavy, old door, opening on the west side, in the shade of the tower, forms the main entrance. A second, more recent entrance, set at right angles to the tower, is reached via the terrace and opens into a small vestibule. Facing the latter is a small lounge; on the left-hand side, a kitchen adjoins what was a partition marking the limit of the main room which previously comprised a kitchen and dining room. The cob and brick facing between the current and the old kitchens have been removed so that both sections communicate. On the right-hand side of the little vestibule is a stairway set in the tower. The ground floor of the tower is taken up by a toilet and a narrow flight of wooden steps goes down to the wine cellar.
The main lounge features a fireplace, the hearth of which takes up most of the wall.
In keeping with the tradition of all houses in the south-west of France, the ground floor rooms are tiled with locally made bricks, all a shade of red. There is, however, an exception here as a small lounge, facing the entrance on the terrace side, has wooden floorboards.

First floor
A large landing provides access, on one side, to a bathroom, with a shower and toilet, and, on the other side, to three bedrooms reached via a corridor where it is possible to see oak wood lintels dating from the late 15th or early 16th century. The biggest bedroom is on the road side; the other two look out over the garden. Other practical features include a separate toilet and a small area in use as a laundry room, both opening directly on to the landing.
A small bedroom has been laid out in the tower.
A narrow flight of wooden steps goes up to the attic space.

Although the ceiling is relatively low, this area has been very pleasantly converted and receives copious amounts of light through two square openings in the roof as well as a third, triangular opening set in the west facade. The overall effect is quite magnificent.
The roofing framework is covered with planks of popular wood such as is traditionally used in the region for flooring and roofing. This is the most modern section of the house which is not surprising as the attic space was previously used for storage purposes and for drying washing during the winter.

The annex or guest house

One of this property’s most interesting features is the possibility of being able to independently accommodate guests, with no loss of privacy for the residents or the guests. As a further guarantee of privacy, the garden level of this house even has its own veranda.
The ground floor comprises a single, large room; upstairs are two small bedrooms and a bathroom.

Ground floor
One large room.
First floor
This floor is intended for sleeping purposes and includes two bedrooms as well as a bathroom.

The open farm shed

A partially closed shed has been built along the west side of the garden. It spans a floor surface area of approx. 25 m².

Our opinion

The current owners have successfully adapted this house, with its oldest features dating from the 16th century, to the modern way of life, using traditional materials to carry out the works. (All rendering and mortar was made using lime.) The resulting quality and comfort add to the overall appeal of the place. The presence of parklands bordered by a river constitutes one of the most striking features of this sought-after family home.
The position of the property in relation to Toulouse is an undeniable and invaluable asset in a region where residents seek such a balanced setting, linking ease of access to the town with the tranquillity of the countryside.
Yet another advantage is the annex house, laid out to independently accommodate friends and visitors.

475 000 €
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Reference 670994

Land registry surface area 6979 m2
Main building surface area 217 m2
Outbuilding surface area 57 m2

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Philippe Fritsch       +33 1 42 84 80 85



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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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