A house and its outbuildings on an estate spanning almost 11 ha,
35 minutes from Bordeaux on the edge of the Landes Forest
, GIRONDE aquitaine FR

Location

This property is in the Landes-de-Gascogne Nature Park, just 30 minutes from the ring road around Bordeaux (universities, hospitals, historic and cultural heritage, TGV train station), Mérignac international airport and the Bay of Arcachon (tourist and leisure activities). The A63 motorway, linking Bordeaux to the Basque Country, is some 10 km away and the A62 motorway to Toulouse is about 30 km away.
Nestling amongst the pine trees that extend for as far as the eye can see, this property is reached via a nearby secondary road, linking it in just a few minutes to a large, expanding market town with all amenities, notably including a secondary school and sixth-form college planned for 2022. It is less than 10 minutes from a nature park, with leisure activities amidst lakes and forests.

Description

A 200 m long driveway, accessed off the nearby secondary road, leads discreetly to the property, sheltered by the trees and coppice stand that barely conceal a sandy arena intended for riding horses. In the manner typical of the Landes region, the house is set in a cleared open area, with its outbuildings symmetrically dotted here and there, taking up the space of the clearing. At the entrance to the latter, symbolised by a wooden barrier, a stable stands on one side with the tenant farmhouse on the other. Between the two, a drive leads to the threshold of the building. Further on and preceding an orchard and a vast meadow, a farm building, a sheepfold and a barn follow on one after another. On the south side, two meadows form the boundary of the estate, whilst several hectares of woods on the west side separate it from the neighbouring road.

The house

A traditional, 19th century, local house, it faces east-west and spans approx. 215 m² over two levels. Its rendered brick and stone walls feature numerous openings. The main facade has five upstairs windows and four symmetrically aligned windows flanking the glazed front door on the ground floor. The opposite facade, reflecting a more sober style, features bull’s eye windows upstairs and two windows on the ground floor that open on to a paved terrace.
A single-storey annexe adjoins and extends the main building. The entire house is topped with tile roofs, featuring two brick chimney stacks.


Ground floor
The house can be entered indifferently from either side: a through vestibule provides access to four rooms of similar sizes. On one side are a lounge and a dining room, with terracotta floor tiles; on the other is a bedroom and a kitchen with cement floor tiles. Double doors lead from there to the annexe building, comprising a library, with a fireplace, and a laundry room looking out over the parklands.
First floor
A wooden stairway, protected by wrought iron railings, goes to an upstairs vestibule. Flanked by a chest-high, brick wall, the landing provides access to four bedrooms and a bathroom.

The outbuildings

These buildings constitute the very nature of the clearing. Homogeneously organised near to the house that they surround, their layout acts as a reminder that in olden times they formed little hamlets, places of communal life where residents and farm animals moved freely around.


The stables
Once the property’s sawmill, this building is currently used as a stable. A wooden building, with an awning and paved with bricks, it spans approx. 100 m². It could be converted in keeping with the new owners’ tastes, the current layout being reversible.
Farm
This long, traditional farmhouse, spanning approx. 130 m², is just a stone’s throw from the main house. It comprises six adjoining rooms, including three bedrooms and a bathroom, a living room, with a fireplace, a kitchen and a study, housing the bread oven.
Sheepfold
Identical in character to the other outbuildings, this one is preceded by a vast awning, over paved ground, protecting its entrances. One level is divided into three main sections of brick and wood, spanning a surface area of approx. 185 m².
Barn
With the wood and brick architecture typical of the region, its asymmetrical tile roof leaves room, on its open side, for an awning which precedes the entrance to the building. It spans a surface area of approx. 120 m².
Farmhouse building
Spanning approx. 55 m², with a packed mud floor, the main facade of this building, predominantly made of wood and divided into four stalls, is open.
Pigtail
No longer used for its original purpose, this pigsty is yet another of the “hamlet’s” historical features. Nowadays, a wooden cabin in the middle of the property, it could be used for accommodating animals once again.

The estate

This estate is composed of three separate sections. The clearing itself in the middle of the forest, comprising a lawn and miscellaneous species of trees dotted here and there. It is completed by a vast orchard. Then, two meadows have been created on either side for the raising of horses. And lastly, on the west side, a wooded section spans approx. 7 ha. Ideal for taking a walk or taking horses for a ride, it includes pine, oak and birch trees as well as coppice stand.

Our opinion

This property takes advantage of the tranquillity and the immensity of France’s biggest forest, whilst being a reasonable distance from the town and the sea. Here, vast wooded areas have made way for a clearing amongst the vegetation such as that imagined by the population of bygone times for organising its communal way of life. The large number of buildings and their architectural particularity form premises with a typical regional character that cannot be denied. The new owners of this estate, in search of an authentic way of life in the country, have an endless choice of projects from raising horses and galloping between the endless rows of maritime pine trees, creating a holiday rental accommodation or bed & breakfast activity or building a village of cabins in the woods, to quite simply housing a large family.

895 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 674806

Land registry surface area 10 ha 80 a 61 ca
Main building surface area 215 m2
Outbuilding surface area 600 m2
Number of bedrooms 5

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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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