a traditional property with a full range of features
In the middle of the countryside, five minutes’ drive from a village with a grocery shop, bakery, butcher’s shop, garage etc., the property is both isolated and not far from other houses, which ensures a certain neighbourhood security. The landscape is composed of hills, valleys and plains overlooking the Pyrenees. The time needed to get to Auch, capital of Gascony, Tarbes or Madiran is roughly the same. Marciac, famous for its jazz festival, is twenty minutes away.
It has two levels with an unconverted attic and is built of coursed rubble masonry rendered with a lime plaster. The roof is covered with traditional monk and nun tiles. As in many Gascon houses, the facade is symmetrical, with the main entrance door in the middle opening onto a hallway and the start of the staircase. The ground floor features the living room and kitchen, while the bedrooms are situated on the first floor. Due to the low roof hight, the attic is used as a storage space. The dimensions of the rooms and their ceiling heights convey a feeling of spaciousness. The ground floor is covered with traditional terracotta tiles, while the upper floor is covered with wooden, mostly poplar slats.
A double door with a carved sandstone frame opens into the hallway. The staircase is opposite and, to the side, a toilet is discretely hidden behind a door partly fitted with stained glass. In the eastern part of the house, a drawing room used as a library is lit on three sides by a total of four windows. On the other side of the hallway, the former kitchen with its large chimney intended for the preparation of simple soups as well as pieces of spit-roasted meat now serves as dining room. The old sink carved in grey Pyrenean marble and its brass tap are still present. Follows the contemporary kitchen boasting the remaining arch of a bread oven in one corner. It is fully equipped and fitted with oak furniture of very good craftsmanship. A passageway with a separate door opening out onto the courtyard leads to a recess with a water heater used as a pantry. A service door, hidden from view, leads to a room on the upper floor.
Traditionally intended for bedrooms, it is divided as follows. The landing serves on one side a bedroom located above the living room and lit in the very same way, with windows in three directions; and on the other side a second bedroom with light pouring through from both sides. Follows a corridor where recent fitted oak cupboards create a separation from a bathroom facing north. The bathroom is fitted with quality furniture and the bathtub is located in a corner of the room. In the extension of the passageway, a third bedroom, also accessible by a service staircase from the ground floor hallway, has the special feature of a pitched attic instead of the traditional flat beamed ceiling. This particular feature increases the volume. In one part of the room, a bathroom with shower has been fitted. All the floors on the first floor are made of poplar, a wood traditionally used for this purpose, as it has the quality of being almost rot-proof and of a light, slightly golden tone. (Only the parquet of the landing has been darkened.)
Adjacent to the house, the old winery still has its press. It leads to a room used as a laundry room which opens onto the north side of the house. A porch reveals the traditional wood-framed roof, its chestnut lath has been preserved and is visible. Further on is a small garage with a stone well at the entrance.
Completely separate from the house, the former stables and the hayloft have been converted into a two-storey gîte (guest house). The appearance today is that of a new construction, although only traditional materials have been used. The workmanship is, as in the main house, of high quality. The difference is that here, all the rooms have exposed beams.
One space serves as a kitchen, dining room and as a living room at the same time, with the latter being slightly separate. A passageway serves a bedroom and a bathroom. An oak staircase leads to the first floor offering a second bedroom with shower room and toilet. An oak staircase leads to the next floor.
A second bedroom with exposed beams and floorboards. A cupboard serves as separation between the bedroom and the shower room and toilet.
The summer house
Situated opposite the outbuildings, they form together a sort of courtyard with the house in the centre. The summer house comprises a large living room with kitchen on the ground floor. A mezzanine can be reached via a separate entrance next to a toilet. A canopied terrace runs the length of the building and boasts a brick BBQ with chimney.
A separate entrance leads into the large room and a toilet.
This level consists of a mezzanine (15 m²) with a wooden structure.
Balanced and discrete is perhaps the most accurate description of the property. Because of its location, close to and yet far from everything, this is the perfect place to withdraw while keeping the door open. The old farmhouse, with its simple and noble architecture, once housed barrels where the wine was fermented. Today, the winery is a sleeping beauty. The presence of meadows, a pond still filled with water and a spring, make it an ideal place to accommodate a few horses. In addition, a large part of the building is so independently equipped that it can be used as a gîte or as a spare flat for family and friends. The entire property has been restored to a high standard.
|Land registry surface area||4 ha 65 a 10 ca|
|Main building surface area||391 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
|Outbuilding surface area||219 m2|
Philippe Fritsch +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.