a mountain house built of volcanic stone
At an altitude of 1,200 m and facing Mount Mézenc, this house stands in a small village in the French department of Haute-Loire near the culminating point of the Cévennes mountain range. The middle-mountain village harbours a wealth of architectural heritage bearing witness to its rich past: the church is listed as a French Historic Monument. Constructed in the 11th century from volcanic stone on Roman vestiges, its bell wall reflects a southern style. The still wild region has been developed around its natural heritage, currently much appreciated by enthusiasts of the great outdoors and mountain sports. Volcanic lakes, waterfalls and a village, exuding virtually unchanged authenticity. Epicureans will enjoy sampling the local beef, known as Fin-Gras-du-Mézenc.
30 minutes from Puy-en-Velay and about an hour from Saint-Etienne.
This house, built of volcanic stone reflecting bluish hues, comprises three levels of living space, each spanning approx. 80 m². The roofs are covered with the lauze stone slabs that are characteristic of the area and well-suited to the region’s mountain climate. The facades feature double windows with a row of small windows preceding the over-hanging eaves. All the openings, including the front door set in the centre of the facade, are enhanced and framed with dressed stone surrounds.
The wooden entrance door opens into a small vestibule which provides access to a reception room. This dining room has a kitchen at one end. The welcoming, spacious room features exposed ceiling beams. The exposed stone walls, reflecting bluish hues, are pointed with a pink lime-rendering that blends beautifully with the pink floor tiles and their inlaid, blue-grey decoration. A series of old doors adjoining the kitchen conceal a toilet. A laundry room. A stairway, going upstairs, separates the dining room from a lounge. The latter is illuminated via a wide opening, providing access to the garden, at the foot of a row of plane trees. The ceiling beams are exposed. A fireplace hangs in mid-air. A door in a corner of the room leads to a small wine cellar.
This level has old walnut wood parquet flooring throughout which blends perfectly with the ceilings and their exposed beams. Four bedrooms, two of which are enhanced and heated by a marble fireplace. Each has a view over the garden or the lauze stone slab roofs of the neighbouring village houses. A little room laid out as a study could also be used as a child’s bedroom. A bathroom, with a free-standing bath and a toilet.
A second wooden stairway goes up to the top floor of the house comprising one, vast room. The parquet flooring blends perfectly with the exposed, barrel vaulted roofing framework. This room is illuminated via a series of little windows and openings.
Authentic and therefore exuding charm, this house is like the inhabitants of mountain villages: simple, captivating and welcoming. The seasons here vary greatly and govern the life of the residents. The vast stretches of the Mézenc plateau are still wild and full of interest, both for their plant and their wild life, with their many protected species. The ever-changing panoramic views are astonishing and moving. This area has a very particular way of life, in harmony with nature and its seasons.
|Land registry surface area||1890 m2|
|Main building surface area||240 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.