A traditional, 19th century Bastide house,
looking down on a river in the Gard department
Alès, GARD languedoc-roussillon 30100 FR

Location

This property stands on the outskirts of a large, market town, with all shops and amenities, in the north of the French department of Gard, 20 km from Alès, an hour’s drive from Nîmes, 80 km from Avignon, not far from Uzès, on the edge of the Cévennes mountains. The Ardèche Gorges are nearby.

Description

This property, which is not completely isolated, extends over 4.5 ha. It comprises 1.29 ha of walled and wooded parklands, where various species of tall, old trees, together with a bamboo grove, provide shade and tranquillity in a gently undulating landscape which slopes slowly down via a meadow, planted with fruit trees, to a river, one of the banks of which is private. The house is raised in relation to the parklands via miscellaneous little terraces, acting as its setting and enhancing it.

The house

Legend has it that this house was built around the middle of the 19th century by a general retired from Napoleon’s army. It spans approx. 370 m² of living space over three levels, including two main floors and a top floor with some sloping ceilings.
The entrance facade, facing the entrance gates and the access road, is preceded by a wooded, gravel courtyard.


Ground floor
The layout is fairly original. The ground floor comprises a main, through lounge taking up the centre of the house. Whilst the majority of the floors are covered in red terracotta tiles, the lounge floor is paved with cement tiles. Two marble units, topped with mirrors, face one another on the sides corresponding to the width of the room. The latter provides access to the other rooms in the house: on one side, a kitchen, a dining room and the stairway; on the other, another lounge, a study, a bedroom, a toilet and a bathroom.
First floor
A stairway, with stone steps and wrought iron railings, goes up to a landing which provides access to five main bedrooms, a child’s bedroom and three bathrooms. A terrace.
Attic
This floor has some sloping ceilings.

The outbuildings

An orangery set at right angles and featuring regularly-spaced, small-paned, arched openings, is extended by a garage. On the opposite side, a building which once housed a caretaker’s flat; nearby, an old greenhouse, followed by a large, covered swimming pool; against the parklands’ wall, a more recent construction houses garden machinery such as a tractor and a lawnmower.

Our opinion

An original, correctly-kept house of a reasonable size, with shops nearby, this property is set in the peace and quiet without being secluded. Direct access to the river extending the parklands is not a common feature and adds to the pastoral air of the premises. The meadow is large enough to be able to accommodate several horses or a vegetable garden.

850 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 773126

Land registry surface area 4 ha 55 a
Main building surface area 370 m2
Number of bedrooms 9

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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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