a harmonious, 19th century house with parklands and a swimming pool
This property is in the Albret region, with its wealth of historic heritage. Nérac is nearby and Agen, with its TGV train station and its airport, is 30 minutes away. A slip road for the Toulouse-Bordeaux-Paris motorway is also nearby.
This enterprising village hosts farmers’ markets and has good schools with a bus service providing links to Agen.
The local surroundings include walled bastides and fortified villages and, more generally, a preserved architectural heritage.
Built in the 19th century, this quadrilateral residence is a large, luxurious home spanning two levels over cellars.
The facade openings are symmetrically aligned and let copious amounts of daylight into the inside.
The entrance door opens into a through gallery with, at the end, a French window opening on to a flower-filled, wooded garden. Double, Art Deco style, glazed doors separate this gallery into two sections, both covered with 19th century, decorated, cement floor tiles.
Double doors open into two adjoining lounges.
The first overlooks the street, but this does not cause any problems as the windows in this house have been insulated with double-glazing, keeping all exterior noise out. The wooden flooring in this room is laid in a strip pattern and currant red-painted walls, flanked with almond green beading, surround a marble fireplace. A stucco ceiling rose enhances the site of a central chandelier.
The second lounge communicates with the first via double doors, glazed with small panes. Pride of place is taken by a tall, Prussian, white, ceramic fireplace. Parquet flooring is laid in a herringbone pattern. The exposed ceiling joists are painted current red. Two French windows open on to the garden.
A wide corridor, set at right angles to the gallery, leads to a dining room, a study and a kitchen. A stairway at the end, going up to the first floor, houses a toilet with a wash-hand basin under its steps, together with a small storage cupboard, containing the domestic hot water heater for the kitchen.
Just like the second lounge, the dining room opens directly on to the garden via two French windows. The floor is covered with white tiles, inlaid with black decoration. A door in the east corner that used to open on to the gallery has been walled up to provide a cupboard. It could be re-opened. The size of this room is such that a small lounge area has been included at one end.
A small study, reached from the corridor, could be a spare bedroom. It has a window overlooking the street.
On the same side is a vast, bright kitchen, with two windows looking out over the street. A central unit, fitted with storage cupboards, sets a contemporary, functional tone. The mosaic floor tiles bring a Provencal tradition to mind. The walls are lined with household appliances and functional cupboards.
The layout of this level has been well-thought out, making it easy to move around.
A landing, extended by a wide corridor featuring two arcades, leads to two bedrooms. The other bedrooms are reached via the corridor. All the floors are covered with parquet flooring and most of the bedrooms have a marble fireplace.
The first two face one another, one on the road side, the other on the garden side. Both have a wash-hand basin concealed in a corner cupboard.
Overlooking the street, the corridor leads to two communicating children’s bedrooms, both plain and bright with the same strip pattern parquet flooring and plastered ceilings. The corridor continues to a small hall, with cupboards, which gives access to a spacious bedroom, fitted with a large cupboard, and to a white-tiled shower room, with two wash-hand basins and a toilet.
A wide corridor, set at right angles has a window overlooking the garden and leads to a bedroom, where a bed set in an alcove is flanked by two walk-in cupboards. It has two windows looking out over the garden, a grey marble fireplace and panelling, painted in two tones of mauve and cream.
Opposite, a bathroom is fitted with a large, Italian-style shower, a wash-hand basin and a toilet. It has a window overlooking the garden, terracotta floor tiles and white wall tiles.
A turning stairway, going up to the attic, leads to a landing that provides access to a child’s bedroom, or rather, a children’s cabin. This small room, under the rafters with a panelled ceiling, is illuminated via a skylight and delights the younger generations.
It is followed by the house’s attic space with a batten roof and roof dormers letting in light. The floor is covered in rockwool, with a walkway.
A large terrace runs along the facade and, set at right angles to the house, a building dubbed the “orangery” contains the swimming pool machinery. It is extended by a long room with exposed stone walls, a brick fireplace with a wooden lintel, an old stone sink and old tiles. Tall, double doors at the end of the room open on to the end of the garden and its access driveway. The swimming pool is fitted with a programmed protective cover.
Behind it, a verdant copse acts as a boundary between the leisure garden and that of the children, where there is a small cabin on piles, just made for playing.
The garden extends to a small back road, on to which open remote-controlled gates. Near said gates is a shady parking area.
Refined restoration works, carried out in keeping with its authenticity, have provided this house with modern-day home comforts and given it a provincial charm, in the nicest sense of the term. Thus creating an impression that life here is pleasant and protected from the trials and tribulations of many large towns.
This house could equally well appeal to a family with young children as to an older couple about to retire and wanting to accommodate their grandchildren during the summer months.
The surrounding region is dynamic with its music festivals as well as the cultural and tourist activities taking place in the town of Nérac.
Such a pleasant way of life is typical of this area.
|Land registry surface area||1230 m2|
|Main building surface area||315 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||45 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||7|
Armelle Chiberry du Vignau +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.