An 18th century residence and its guest house
in a verdant 12 ha setting on the edge of a village near Agen

, LOT-ET-GARONNE aquitaine FR
Aquitaine

Location

On the outskirts of the Serre region, a gently undulating area set between the rivers Lot and Garonne. The little road, leading to the house, follows the course of a stream bordered by mills. In days gone by, monks drained the bottom of this valley. Agen TGV train station is but 15 minutes away by car and its airport 20 minutes away. The nearby village has all daily requirements.

Description

A delightful lane, lined with wild dog rose, acanthus and spurge goes up towards the house, set looking down on a flat lawned area used as a carpark. A high stone wall delimits the terrace running alongside it. On the right-hand side are an old barn and the former sharecropper’s home.

The main house

Old stone steps lead to a terrace which runs alongside the south facade. Paved with terracotta, it is bordered by a low stone wall as well as delicate, refined flowering plants such as fuchsia, acanthus, hellebore. The verdant proliferation that reigns throughout the garden surrounding the property gives it a somewhat magical aspect. An old round well stands in the terrace’s south-west corner. A metal structure supports a climbing rose which diffuses its welcome shade throughout the summer months.


Ground floor
The wide, bright vestibule features exposed white-painted ceiling beams and Gironde stone floor tiles. This same choice of simple, authentic materials is to be found in all the ground floor rooms. At the end, a wooden stairway goes upstairs, on the left-hand side, a door opens into a bedroom and another on the right-hand side into a lounge. The partition wall separating the bedroom from the entrance hall is strengthened with wide, white-painted joists. Two of the walls feature exposed stone with generous pointing. The room is illuminated via a south-facing window and a north-facing French window opening on to a terracotta paved terrace, set between two wings set at right angles. A large stone fireplace with a wooden lintel adjoins the door of the bathroom, fitted with a bath, a shower and a wash-hand basin. This was once the old kitchen but all that remains now is the stone sink. Next to it, a door with a glazed fanlight opens on to the terrace. The wash-hand basins are set in a wooden unit placed on a cupboard closed by bare iron bars. This highly decorative feature is to be found in all the bathrooms. The bedroom, laid out at the west end of the house, can be reached via a French window opening on to the terrace and is, therefore, independent from the rest of the main house. Its high cathedral ceiling features natural wood. A second French window opens on to a small terrace on the north side. The vast alcove, laid out in the room, marks the original site of the old oven used for drying the region’s omnipresent plums. The bathroom, adjoining the bedroom, comprises a wash-hand basin in a wooden vanity unit, an Italian-style shower and a separate toilet. A cupboard with wooden trelliswork encloses the domestic hot water heater. Outside, a small loggia with its wooden pergola, covered with climbing plants, has been created in the recess of the old oven wall. The vestibule provides access on the right-hand side to a large lounge, extended by a dining room area. The floor is covered with Gironde stone tiles and the ceiling features exposed beams. A wide stone fireplace takes pride of place on the north wall. The communicating kitchen, divided into two by a wooden counter, opens via a French window on to the small terrace running alongside the house. Although not very big, this room is cleverly laid out. A door, at the end of the dining room, opens into the private section via a corridor leading to a bathroom, with an Italian-style shower and two wash-hand basins set in a wooden vanity unit. The separate toilet is next door. These are followed, in the corner of the house, by an east-facing bedroom looking out over the valley. It has wide strip wooden flooring and a horizontal ceiling. A second, south-east facing bedroom is flooded with light via two windows, giving the impression that the garden comes right into the room.
And lastly, a door in the dining room provides access via a wooden stairway to the cellar which houses a machine room for the heat pump, a storage area and a laundry room. This level has terracotta floors and panelled ceilings. A wide door leads out into the garden.
First floor
Two stairways provide access to two separate, independent sections of the house. A winding, wooden stairway goes up from the vestibule to a landing-study with a sloping ceiling, wide strip wooden flooring and a small south-facing window. A bedroom is laid out on the west side and a large storage area is on the east side. Cathedral ceilings painted white, wide strip wooden flooring and exposed stone walls with generous pointing are to be found throughout this level. The partition that separates the bedroom from the landing is made of wide, white-painted battens. The small-brick chimney flue on the west wall forms a rustic and yet refined bedhead. A door on the left-hand side opens into a bathroom with parquet flooring, a shower and a wash-hand basin set in a wooden vanity unit. There is a separate toilet. Also separated from the landing via a partition wall made of wide white-painted battens is a workshop-storage area which takes up the entire east wing, above the lounge. Another stairway going up from the dining room provides access to a large bedroom set in the corner of the house. It is illuminated via two small windows and a French window opening on to a roof-terrace with terracotta paving. The exposed roofing framework is panelled and painted white; the exposed stone walls feature generous pointing and the partition separating it from the stairway is made of white-painted battens. The spacious, adjoining bathroom includes an old lion-claw bathtub and a wash-hand basin set on a wooden cupboard. It has wide strip wooden flooring, a sloping ceiling with an exposed truss and is next to a separate toilet.

The barn

A few stone steps go unevenly down from the terrace to a stone barn, with a Roman tile roof, concealed by a mass of climbing roses. The section nearest to the house comprises two garages opening on either side. Despite its concrete floor, a third of the building still exudes its former character with its hay mangers. The vast remaining area has terracotta paving and a cathedral ceiling, panelled with wide planks of bare wood. A summer kitchen has been set up there under picture windows which let in copious amounts of light. The end of the barn is raised with a vast stage where piano recitals have been held. On the right-hand side of the stage is a room housing a shower and a wash-hand basin. The impressive barn door opening into the garages has been preserved. A door at the end opens on to a paved terrace overlooking the swimming pool which, with its verdant surroundings, forms a little isolated and protected haven of peace.

The guest house or holiday rental accommodation unit

A wooden walkway leads from the swimming pool terrace to this little exposed stone house. Plain and comfortable, it is fitted with reversible air-conditioning just like the main house.


Ground floor
The glazed front door opens into a large kitchen, divided by a counter. The floor is covered with wide sandstone tiles. The horizontal ceiling, with its exposed joists, is painted white. This room still has its large rustic fireplace with a wooden lintel and an old stone sink.
It adjoins a large living room, illuminated via a south-facing French window. The floors are covered with sandstone tiles, the ceiling has exposed joists and the walls are stress painted in a light grey colour. A narrow flight of stairs leads upstairs.

First floor
The large room taking up this entire floor is divided by an open partition. It has new wide strip wooden flooring. The bedroom laid out at the end still features its dove holes which have been glazed. It is followed by a bathroom with a lion claw bathtub, an Italian style shower, two wash-hand basins and a separate toilet.

Our opinion

The charm of the place begins as of the driveway as numerous customers, won over by the bed & breakfast activity, can testify, with visitors falling under its spell as soon as they cross the threshold. A future inauguration is to be held, in the neighbouring village, for an auditorium where “Masters Classes”, of which there are only four in France, are to be organised. It could also become a theatre for concerts and other shows. The hotel and catering activity conducted from this property could be developed. However, there is nothing to prevent a family comprising several generations from getting together here. The elders could even choose to live here all year round as Agen and its infrastructures are but a stone’s throw away.

690 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


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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*
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur

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 110060

Land registry surface area 11 ha 90 a 21 ca
Main building surface area 450 m2
Outbuilding surface area 200 m2

 

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Lot-et-garonne

Armelle Chiberry du Vignau    +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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