character houses for sale lot-et-garonne in france

An old, fully renovated, bright farmhouse, with some 4 ha and a swimming pool,
where the borders of the French departments of Gers and Lot-et-Garonne meet
Nérac, LOT-ET-GARONNE aquitaine 47600 FR

Location

Equidistant from Bordeaux and Toulouse (1¼ hours), in the midst of the Albret region in the area around Nérac, a small historic town with all daily amenities such as supermarkets, secondary schools, sixth form colleges, a hospital and a police station in the form of a “gendarmerie”.
25 minutes from the town of Agen with its airport (two daily return flights to Paris-Orly) and its TGV station, providing 3-hour links to Paris.
150 km from the Pyrenean ski resorts as well as the Atlantic Ocean.

Description

This house, dating from the late 17th and early 18th century, stands in a dominant position. It comes into view at the end of a lane, bordered by plum trees, on the hillsides of the Baïse Valley. This lane leads to level ground, overlooking a stone-lined area, currently used as a carpark. The quarry stone block facade, laid out longwise and featuring openings, is enhanced by a moulded cornice. The opposing facade is enlivened by various sections, one of which protrudes at right angles, another comprises a canopy. The latter is set in the corner formed by the protruding section and the slope of its roof is at the same angle as that on the main section of the house, even though it is slightly lower. However, the slope of the roof covering the section protruding at right angles is different and bestows the building with a great deal of character.
A carport, spanning approx. 70 m², is set at right angles on one of the sides. It is ideal for housing cars during the very hot summer weather. On the west side, a small, stone barn, used for storing wood, adds a rural touch.
The rolling countryside stretches out towards the Pyrenean mountain range which can been seen in the distance.

The house

This old, reasonably-sized farmhouse is set out longwise all on one level.
Its geothermal heating system, powered by a heat pump, is laid out under Comblanchien stone floor tiles and parquet flooring. Reversible, it can also be used as air-conditioning in the summer if so desired. All the door and window frames are made of wood, with double-glazing, and the double doors in the lounge are copies of those in a neighbouring property, made by a skilled local craftsman. A push-button system provides lighting outside as well as in the corridors of the house.
An entrance on the west side opens into a large, particularly bright, through lounge where original stone features blend with contemporary motifs, such as a wide, semi-circular opening, overlooking the swimming pool and the natural surroundings. This extremely pleasant area is easily divided into a wide, semi-covered terrace, spanning approx. 65 m² and overlooking the swimming pool, and the inside. This area can justifiably be called a “living room” as it is both festive and welcoming. A stone fireplace on the lounge side, fitted with a very efficient Polyflam system, contributes to a reduction in heating costs. A central corridor area separates the lounge from an open-plan, fully fitted kitchen. A well-laid out back kitchen has a door leading outside under a pleasant canopy, near to the car parking area.
A hall corridor on the west side, lined with cupboards and an alcove in use as a study, provides access to a first small bedroom. It precedes a large, master bedroom, steeped in light from the setting sun and overlooking a terrace. This bedroom has its own bathroom, fitted with a spa bath, an Italian style shower and a toilet, as well as a large wardrobe. It is followed by a small room and a linen room. Another bedroom, opening on two sides towards the canopy and southwards, shares a shower room and toilet with the first bedroom. A fourth bedroom, used for guests, has its own shower room. A last room can be used as a bedroom or a study.
Light has been given pride of place inside the house through the use of white-painted walls, ceilings and exposed beams. Comblanchien stone floor tiles in the communal areas, the living room, the kitchen and the shower rooms significantly enhance this effect. The bedrooms, however, are laid with parquet flooring.
The heating here is provided by electric convector heaters.
At the end of the hall corridor, a large garage pleasantly faces south-east and could be transformed into living space.

The exteriors

Dominating a valley, a lane winds its way between wild, pesticide-free plum trees, amidst which have been planted various species of young trees which, depending on freaks of nature, will give rise to wooded parklands in a few years’ time.
Wisteria, growing just above the entrance door, and climbing roses appear to embrace this long facade. Three small windows provide a view through the house to that on the other side. Endless countryside stretches around the house and the eye is drawn over the hills into the distance where it is sometimes possible to glimpse the Pyrenean mountains.
An old square well is set on the south-east corner of the house. Courtesy of a pump, it ensures the automatic watering of all the flower beds running along the different sides of the house.
The comfortably-sized swimming pool, spanning 12x4 m, is fitted with a beige liner and a remote-controlled safety cover. It pleasantly extends the terrace, on the sun or shady side, depending on the position of the hot summer sun. Its surroundings are composed of tastefully selected flowers, exuding a fragrance that peacefully fills the night air under a starry sky.

Our opinion

This farmhouse, set on its hillside, has come down through the ages prior to undergoing meticulous elegant restoration works to provide it with much appreciated modern-day home comforts. The choice of good quality materials makes it elegant and adds a certain something that exudes a peaceful air, creating an impression of everlasting holidays.
Modern techniques, combining modernity and tradition, ensure that the premises are easy and economical to maintain.
An invitation to peace and quiet, it is as equally well-suited to a holiday home as a residence for a family wishing to settle in the region especially with Agen and all its infrastructures just a stone’s throw away.

Exclusive sale

680 000 €
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Reference 935384

Land registry surface area 4 ha 37 a 18 ca
Main building surface area 235 m2
Outbuilding surface area 130 m2

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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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