residences for sale in france between agen and bergerac

An old farmhouse, now a superb residence, in wooded parklands
on a gently sloping hill in the area around Agen

Agen, LOT-ET-GARONNE aquitaine 47000 FR
Aquitaine

Location

45 minutes from Agen (TGV train station with 3-hour links to Paris; an hour from Toulouse and Bordeaux) and from Bergerac (airport with national and international flights). Villeneuve-sur-Lot is 30-minutes away by car.
On the outskirts of a village with everything to satisfy all daily requirements such as a school, shops and doctors.
The undulating landscape is shared by farmland, grassland and woods. The overall effect is one of a balance found between wild natural surroundings and a superbly tamed setting. Tranquillity is one of the characteristics of the region and it makes a radical change from urban hustle and bustle.

Description

This property is reached via a lane going up from one of the roads that lead to the village and providing access to several houses. These cannot be seen from the residence but remain nevertheless close, providing a presence that is often welcomed by many. As is nearly always the case in the south-west of France, this property is not enclosed and welcomes visitors with a natural warmth, making them feel immediately at home. A little plateau, looking slightly down on the buildings is an invitation to park the cars in the shade of a few lime trees. The latter mark the entrance to a vast meadow which stretches as far as a copse of lofty mature trees. A well, the coping of which is concealed behind some reeds, can still be used for watering purposes. Constructed on a gentle slope, the buildings constituting the current residence are on two levels. The upper section continues to be used as living space; the lower section, an old farm and domestic building (bread oven, wine storehouse, canopy) has been converted in order to extend the living space. Facing the lower section is a swimming pool, with a backdrop of lush vegetation comprising cypress, oleander, palm, banana, ash, poplar and horse chestnut trees; a well laid out, tasteful combination that is almost baroque in its abundance. On slightly sloping land follows a small, airy pine grove, the trees of which have been cleverly spaced to let light through to the ground. This contrast is even more successful as it is not at all shocking, given the tropical density of the neighbouring species. At the other end to the pine trees and verdant surroundings, discreetly set just a stone’s throw from the house, on the edge of the access lane, is an annex building in use as a workshop and storage room. Completely built from wood, it has a Roman tile roof.

The residence

This residence, built in an L-shape and on different levels, spans a large floor surface area, enhanced by the uneven roofs. Each section also has an area with a canopy: in one case, a summer eating area which opens directly into a traditional kitchen; in the other, a summer kitchen opening on to a swimming pool. This second kitchen is big enough to include an eating area or a shady living room. A very clear link between the inside and the outside is thus established straightaway: each time, the function of the features remains unchanged and the seasons dictate which one to use.
The masonry is composed of quarry stone blocks and lime mortar; the roofs are covered with Roman tiles and the canopy facing the swimming pool features solar panels.
The wooden framed glazed doors and windows have double glazing. Air-conditioning has been installed in the upper section of the house which contains the bedrooms and a kitchen which can also be used as a dining room. An interior stairway provides access to the lower section, which opens into a cosy room, a sort of lounge, the floor of which is still covered with the pebbles used for cowsheds and stables.


Ground floor
The upper section of the house can be reached via a north-east facing terrace, with a canopy, or via the garden level at the other end. The main part of the house, the kitchen, where meals were traditionally taken, is therefore entered first. A discreet door opens into a lounge on a slightly lower level. A step acts as the threshold. A hall area provides access to five bedrooms, a bathroom with a shower, a separate toilet and a laundry room. A stairway goes to the lower section. The kitchen has traditional red brick floor tiles whilst the bedrooms, lounge and hall area have wooden flooring. One of the bedrooms has a fireplace with a mantel made of pink marble from the Pyrenees.
Lower Level 1
This level was once that of the sections reserved for economical functions such as the sheepfold (or cowshed), bakery, wine storehouse, etc. Architectural features bear witness here and there to exact functions, like the wooden partition intended for a stable, the entrance to the bread oven or the door leading to the hayloft which is no longer in existence. This level can be reached either via an interior stairway or, from the outside, by the swimming pool. What was probably a sheepfold, with a pebble floor, has been converted into a sort of entrance hall, or cosy lounge, ideal for reading or just chatting. A door opens into a toilet; another leads to a wine cellar. A spacious, comfortable music room takes up what was no doubt a cowshed. A large fireplace has been installed, thus establishing the room’s new vocation. The entire roofing framework is exposed. The floor is covered with brick tiles. This lounge is a real hub leading to various rooms or a terrace: a bedroom as well as a shower room with a separate toilet; a hammam, a sauna and a separate toilet form the link with a summer kitchen on a lower level. And lastly, a door opens on to a terrace under a canopy, spanning approx. 12 m². A farm shed, also with a canopy, spanning 41 m² has been constructed, adjoining the east end of the building. It is currently used for miscellaneous purposes: a covered summer eating area or a lounge or a games room.

The farm shed with its canopy

This adjoins the east side of the lower section (41 m²).

The annex building

Totally built of wood with a Roman tile roof, this annex building houses a workshop and a storage room. It spans a floor surface area of 48 m².

The swimming pool

This good-sized swimming pool (14.4x4.2 m) can be protected by a rolling safety cover. It has a salt filtration system. All the technical machinery is contained in the lower section of the house.

Our opinion

Nothing resembles a farm like another farm. However, a simple change from the traditional layout of the buildings gives rise to a metamorphosis like no other. Here, there is an upper section and a lower section, just like there is usually a garden side and a courtyard side. The parklands are equally as fascinating. It all results in a genuine harmony where it would obviously be pleasant to live. Unpretentious comfort throughout at all times. This countrified setting on the outskirts of a village, itself less than hour from two towns with excellent communication routes, once again generates a superb balance. This place is one of a kind. What could be better?

Exclusive sale

395 000 €
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Ventes d'immeubles

À Paris et en Ile-de-France
Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
Prix de vente de 200 000 À 400 000 euros   7% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 200 000 euros             9% TTC*
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En Province
Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur

Expertise

Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établi sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de 120 Euros TTC*

   

*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 996134

Land registry surface area 9760 m2
Main building surface area 221 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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