A discreet and surprising house with a terraced garden and a view
over the valley in one of the Quercy region’s medieval towns

Location

To the south of the Quercy region, near to Cahors, a town of art and history. An area with gently undulating countryside where hills covered with pubescent oak trees as well as boxwood, hazel tree and juniper undergrowth alternate with barer areas, providing glimpses of the white limestone, symbolic of this part of the former province. There where numerous rivers and streams have gouged fertile valleys in which cereal crops, fruit and vines are grown. The architectural heritage is outstanding with medieval fortified “bastide” towns, hilltop villages, castles, Romanesque churches, Gallo-Roman vestiges and windmills. The Valentré bridge is classified as a World Heritage site by Unesco. Saint-Etienne cathedral, the medieval villages of Montpezat, Castelnau-Montratier, Lauzerte and the keeps of Montcuq and Luzech, as well as other examples of the region’s artistic wealth. Agen and Toulouse (future fast train stations and international airports) are some 70 minutes away; Cahors and Montauban are about 30 minutes away; Lalbenque, one of the truffle capitals is less than 20 minutes away.

Description

In the midst of a pleasant town where it is pleasant to live and stroll through the narrow streets, lined with old houses and their preserved medieval facades, abounding in history. It has all shops and amenities to meet essential needs; others are a 10-minute car drive away.
Two entrances provide access to this property. One is on the north side via an alleyway from the historic centre of the village; the other is lower down on the south side via a terraced garden, following the contours of the old ramparts. Once through the wide gates, an area lined with limestone is used for parking cars. Enclosed by walls and wooded, this area also features a well with coping, flowerbeds as well as large garden squares. A quarter-turning stone stairway goes to the upper level of the garden, with a pleasant terrace where it is possible to contemplate the surroundings from the shade of a tall palm tree. At the top, a few metres even higher, the landing resembles a small balcony just made for relaxing without actually being indoors. This residential, nuisance-free district has a spectacular view.

The house

This house, no doubt constructed in the 19th century on older foundations, is built of regional white stone and topped with a so-called Mediterranean roof composed of Roman tiles. Both facades are discreet and feature numerous windows that let in copious amounts of light.
Originally, the ground and first floor stood above two basement levels. These have since been cleverly converted, making the space created quite functional and welcoming. Directly accessed from the terraced garden on the south side, it is independent from the rest of the dwelling.

With a wealth of experience in rehabilitating old residences, the current owners have tastefully and comfortably restored the interior. It spans 229 m² of living space. The chosen, resolutely refined style is a clever combination of the old with the contemporary. It enhances the quality of the materials used and the period features that have been scrupulously preserved.
The main rooms include a lounge, a dining room, a large kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 shower rooms and a study (approx. 20 m²) or possibly an additional bedroom, a reading room and a laundry-linen room.
The decorative style adopted perfectly enhances the old preserved features such as terracotta floor tiles, flagstones, French ceilings, old doors, fireplaces with their moulded trumeaux, wall recesses, a reused carved wooden trumeau and an unusual sculpture standing on a base atop the main stairway’s landing post.


Ground floor
The hall provides access to all the rooms. One half-turning stairway goes upstairs. Another, quarter-turning, stairway goes to the garden level via a narrow vaulted passageway. The large bedroom includes a bathroom section, laid out behind a partition as well as a separate shower room with a toilet.
The bedroom and the study intercommunicate and have an unobstructed, south-facing view. This study could easily be converted into another bedroom, if so required, by allocating it the floor’s additional shower room.

First floor
A large kitchen has been cleverly laid out on this level. It opens directly into the lounge which communicates, in turn, with the dining room; the view from this level is even more captivating. This very well designed, luminous room is both convivial and functional. Suspended above the stairwell, the toilet is undoubtedly installed in the former access to the attic space. It features two small, north-facing windows, enhanced by a reused carved wooden trumeau.
Garden level
It is on this level that the most has been made of dimensions, openings and light. The present owners have made a superb job of redesigning this level which was no doubt once a storeroom and a cellar, creating an area that is both comfortable and original. It could be used to satisfy requirements either as a self-contained flat or as two bedrooms, an anteroom forming a large dressing room, a small study and a bathroom, or with a large study in place of one of the bedrooms.
A laundry-linen room and a small room in use as a workshop-storage area complete this level.

Our opinion

A search for a tasteless feature within this tall stone building would be in vain. The pure lines of its contemporary decor reflect the soberness of the facades. They enhance an old elegance. The know-how of the current owners as regards the conversion of the premises is immediately obvious. Great advantage has been taken of the slope with the garden terracing. The neighbours are but the surrounding countryside and the sky.

385 000 €
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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 simple : 1 500 Euros TTC*
Avis de valeur argumenté à partir de 2 500 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 3000 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des avis de valeurs argumentés et des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établis respectivement sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de :
Avis de valeur argumenté : 60 Euros TTC*
Expertise : 80 Euros TTC*

   

*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 740065

Land registry surface area 523 m2
Main building surface area 229 m2

 

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Périgord, Limousin, Quercy, Aveyron, Tarn

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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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