A farm building and its dovecote in more than 2.5 ha of parklands
on the edge of the Entre-Deux-Mers region
Puy, GIRONDE aquitaine 33580 FR

Location

Where the borders of the Gironde, Lot-et-Garonne and Dordogne departments meet, where vines follow on from undulating meadows and fields for as far as the eye can see. This property stands below a village where the church, perched on a hill, dominates the surrounding countryside. Beyond the valley, with its meandering, nonchalant river, is a fortified Bastide town, with some 1,600 inhabitants as well as rich and varied heritage, recounting the historical past of the old province of Guyenne. (Furthermore, local shops and amenities as well as a secondary school make everyday life easier.) A train station with 35-minute links to Bordeaux is about 15 km away and slip roads for the A62 motorway are 25 minutes away.

Description

This property can be reached via the secondary road coming down from the village. A grassy driveway, bordered with lime trees and partially surrounded by meadows, leads the way towards the house which can be glimpsed, slowly coming into view, through the vegetation. A passageway under a dovecote provides access to an interior courtyard and faces the house, flanked by a wing set at right angles on its east side. Opposite, a stone wall topped with fencing is extended by the walls of an old barn which completes the semi-enclosed area with its majestic plane tree. On the other side, the house looks out on to a narrow garden, running alongside a country lane, from which it is protected by a stone wall. Here, wrought iron gates mark a second entrance to the property. At a distance, behind a protective wall, a large swimming pool and two sheds complete this property.

The house

This house comprises a main building, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 290 m² over two levels. Its tile roof, enhanced with stone chimney stacks, rests on quarry stone block walls. The ground floor of the south facade features numerous windows that surround the French windows forming the front door. Upstairs, several discreet bull’s eye windows illuminate the section under the rafters. On the opposite facade, large-paned windows succeed one another on the ground floor, whilst the upstairs features small windows. On its east side, a single-storey section, set at right angles, ensures architectural coherence and completes the main building.


Ground floor
A vast, through corridor, with Gironde stone floor tiles, provides two entrances to the house. On one side, it leads to two rooms that surround a second corridor, providing access to four bedrooms, a bathroom and a toilet. On the other side, the reception rooms include a lounge, with parquet flooring, and a dining room, opening on to the inner courtyard. This room gives access to the single-storey wing, where a kitchen, opening on to the outside, precedes a laundry room and two storage rooms.
Attic
A discreet stairway goes up from the second corridor to the attic. The latter, spanning the full floor surface area of the house, comprises three large rooms, greatly dominated by the roofing framework.

The dovecote

Standing at right angles to the right wing, this dovecote faces the main house and forms the interior courtyard with the stone wall, extending it and the foundations of the old barn. It is composed of a tower, with a single upper level, built above an arched gateway, edged with dressed stone, opening the passageway to the lime-tree-lined driveway that leads to the end of the property. Two buildings, on either side overlooking the courtyard, can be reached from the latter via archways.

The old barn

Although it has lost its splendour of yesteryear due to its missing roof, it still has all the features that compose its character: forming an almost enclosed garden with the other buildings, its quarry stone block walls stand proudly in the landscape. Wooden carriage doors, forming the main entrance passageway on its south facade, are topped with a dressed stone arcade.

The parklands

In addition to their row of lime trees, standing by the entrance, the parklands are predominantly composed of grassy sections and lawns, dotted here and there with a few varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers, scarcely concealing the property, looking out over the budding plain.

Our opinion

This property is, unquestionably, a choice destination that will not go against the current trend: at a reasonable distance from a large town without being isolated from the rest of the world. It could just as easily become a holiday home as a main residence for those seeking the peace and quiet of the country in an excellent cultural and social setting. Its architectural character, notably represented by its unusual dovecote, the reasonable surface area of its parklands and its large swimming pool will be able to convince potential buyers prepared to accept some renovation works.

550 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 946427

Land registry surface area 2 ha 7 a
Main building surface area 290 m2
Number of bedrooms 4

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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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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