an outbuilding and a swimming pool, on the heights of the town in Aire-sur-l'Adour
Aire-sur-l'Adour, 1½ hours from Bordeaux as well as Pau and scarcely more than 30 minutes from Mont-de-Marsan. Along the Way of St James, in a strategic location between the Pyrenean Mountains, the Atlantic Ocean and the French department of Gironde. On the borders of the Armagnac and Vic-Bilh regions, famous not only for their “eaux-de-vie” spirits and wines, but also for their gastronomy. (Just a stone’s throw from Eugénie-le-Bains.) The old town, with its wealth of historic heritage, extends uphill from the river Adour. Its market and its shops also help to make this town particularly lively.
Spanning two levels under attic space which cannot be converted, the architecture of this house meets that which was generally expected of a large, luxurious urban home: discreet and functional, perfectly extended and filled with sober and welcoming, middle-class home comforts. Simplicity and quality are the key words. The main facade, opening on to the garden which now includes a swimming pool, features numerous symmetrically aligned windows, whilst the courtyard side, intended for the parking of cars, has fewer openings. The quarry stone block walls are all rendered or covered with Virginia creeper as on the garden side.
The front door opens, off the street, into a corridor running the full length of the house. It is covered with coloured cement tiles, typical of the area and the era. A lounge, the outside wall of which features three windows opening on to the garden side, is laid with parquet flooring. An ambulatory leads to a second lounge, in use as a library and smoking room, with parquet flooring and two windows overlooking the swimming pool. The latter is followed by a lobby with a toilet and a laundry room which also houses a boiler. A small conservatory, with floor tiles, opens on to the patio and the outbuilding. A fully fitted kitchen, also with floor tiles, includes a SMEG cooking range and an extraction hood. A storeroom, adjoining the kitchen, can be used as both a pantry and a larder. The dining room is illuminated by two windows and has an open-hearth fireplace, in good working order. This room also has floor tiles. A back stairway, with painted wooden railings, goes upstairs. A large room, used as a study and an exercise room, is laid with sea-rush matting. The feature that most attracts the visitors’ attention is the different types of floor coverings. Ranging from parquet flooring to colourful cement tiles, they give the building great decorative wealth. The changing from one type to another produces a perfectly controlled novelty effect. The ceilings vary in height between 2.59 and 3.06 m.
This level is given over to bedrooms as well as their bathroom and toilet facilities. The floor coverings, as on the ground floor, follow the tradition of the region and the era, namely here that of parquet or wooden flooring. Some sections have, nevertheless, been covered with sea-rush matting. A spiral stairway goes up the ground floor corridor, arriving half-way along that providing access to the first-floor rooms. A first bedroom, with a separate shower room and toilet, is illuminated via three windows overlooking the garden. This level has a unique feature in the form of a suite, with parquet flooring, which includes a bedroom, opening on to a private, 30 m² terrace, a lounge and a bathroom, with a free-standing cast-iron bath with stylised feet, two Art Deco style, pedestal wash-hand basins and a separate toilet. A third bedroom, with sea-rush matting, is enhanced with a marble fireplace. It has its own shower room and toilet. The fourth bedroom, once two separate bedrooms, has sea-rush matting, an exposed beam system, a shower room and a separate toilet. It is followed by a linen room and a fifth bedroom, illuminated via two windows, with wooden flooring and sea-rush matting as well as a shower room and toilet. A hall area leads to a bathroom, illuminated by a skylight, with a toilet. A shower room, also illuminated via a skylight, has a wash-hand basin and a toilet. The last two bedrooms are fitted with reversible air-conditioning. An attic.
With a concrete screed, this outbuilding is predominantly used nowadays for housing the swimming pool machinery. Its large surface area (55 m²) makes it easily possible to envisage using it for additional purposes.
The outside storeroom
This small shed (12.45 m²) can be used for a multitude of purposes such as storing garden tools.
This property constitutes premises intended to be lived in all year round or, possibly, to be used as a holiday haven, ideal for those seeking urban facilities, whilst taking advantage of a countrified way of life, with forests, meadows, vineyards and cultivated fields stretching from the outskirts of the market town for as far as the eye can see. In addition to being comfortable and tranquil, this house has a shower or bathroom for almost all of its bedrooms, guaranteeing privacy and conviviality for every resident; feelings that are further enhanced by the ease of movement between the various areas. In conclusion, the geographical location, equidistant between the ocean, the mountains and the urban area around Bordeaux, is an especially great asset.
|Land registry surface area||2309 m2|
|Main building surface area||473 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||67 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||7|
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.