35 minutes from Bordeaux on the edge of the Landes Forest
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
Pessac-Léognan, Graves & Sauternais
François Trédez +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.