- 6 bedrooms
- 4 bathrooms
- 10 habitable rooms
- 480 square meters of living space
- 300 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Equidistant between Bordeaux and Toulouse, 20 minutes from Marmande and less than 30 minutes from a motorway slip road. Near to a small, once fortified village which still has its listed medieval castle and stone arches under the houses in the square, locally known as the “couverts” (covered market areas). Some shops provide a certain autonomy. This house is concealed in a cedar wood, very near to said village which can be seen from the terrace.
Separated from the village by a valley, this property comprises a group of restored buildings constructed on an older site, as is proved by a wall of the fortified village’s chapel. The facades are constructed from quarry stone blocks and small bricks as was traditional in this region of the French department of Lot-et-Garonne. Visitors follow a country lane and cross a small stream before reaching the gravel courtyard that separates the barn from the house.
The main house
The appearance of the outside walls bears witness to the various construction periods: quarry stone blocks with generous pointing and small brick quoins, brick reconstruction walls, a section of the building destroyed (the wine storehouse) still featuring the base of the walls. This L-shaped residence, spanning approx. 480 m² of living space, predominantly faces south with an unobstructed view, the wooded section being behind the house. The floors on the ground floor are covered with old terracotta tiles which were removed for the installation of underfloor heating and then relaid in a refined geometric pattern. Some are stamped with a daisy for a reason that is no doubt linked to the house’s past.
Separated via a gravel courtyard, this rectangular barn stands on the south side facing the house. It spans a floor surface area of more than 300 m² and is divided longwise into three sections. The first, a children’s games room, has exposed stone walls and a cement floor. A stone bench runs the length of one wall. The second, a cowshed, opens via a large haystack doorway and still has its mangers. The third section is used for storing farming equipment. This building ends with a wide, 120 m² awning in a very poor state of repair.
An 8x4 m swimming pool has been installed on the site of an old chapel, the gable wall of which is still standing and features the gothic arch of the bell window and the entrance door. An area comprising wooden decking, protected from the wind by a hedge of mock orange, oleander and spindle trees, is ideal for sunbathing. A well and a spring provide an economic solution for watering. Further away, near the woods, stand two hundred poplar trees that will have to be cut down in two years’ time.
This house appears to have been designed for accommodating several generations under its roof in the peaceful atmosphere of its pastoral setting. These same virtues could be put to good use in a bed & breakfast or seasonal rental project: the house, with its clearly defined areas, lending itself perfectly, the guests being able to live on one side and the hosts on the other. The immense barn exudes great potential, whether for professional, artistic or family purposes, provided that the new owners are not afraid of rolling their sleeves up. The region also constitutes a superb base from which to explore Duras and its castle, the Bordeaux vineyards as well as the Dordogne and Entre-deux-Mers regions, not forgetting its proverbial mild climate as well as its excellent restaurants and wines.
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