COUNTRY ESTATE Two houses 3 receptions 9 bedrooms 5 bathrooms 10 hectares Exquisite little country estate in perfect order comprising 2 houses, one with 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, the other with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, swimming pool, tennis court, field shelter, various outbuildings and 10 hectares of prairie and woodland. Set on a hillside about 1km from nearest through road, with pretty views across countryside to historically important village of Alan with 13th century Bishop's Palace. The houses are stone built, dating from the mid 1800's. The ensemble has been beautifully restored retaining many original features where possible and using period reclaimed materials elsewhere. Currently a family home with the second house let as holiday house but could be extended family home or shared holiday house. A small hilltop bastide town at 7kms and Toulouse just 45 minutes away to the NE. Principle House Tastefully and neutrally decorated, pale matt emulsion walls, pale blues and greys, eggshell woodwork and reclaimed wooden floors throughout unless otherwise mentioned. Panelled doors. Oil fired central heating.
Ground floor: Main entrance through quadruple portes fenetres to entrance hall 4.8m x 4.4m. exposed sealed stone walls. Large window W. Doorway through to inner hall, leading to shower room with wc shower and basin, bedroom V. 4.5m x 4.8m, glazed door to south terrace. Downstairs wc. Study 4.5m x 4m glazed doors to south terrace. Sitting room/library, 9m x 4m, library red walls, handbuilt painted bookshelves, woodburning stove, glazed doors to south. Leading to sitting room/dining room 9m x 4m, open fireplace, windows to S and E. Farmhouse kitchen/breakfast room 8m x 4.4 m, terre cuite floors, extensive cream painted base units with beech worktops, butlers sink traditional gas fired range. Utility/laundry room also housing boiler.
Upstairs: Custom built staircase to landing with extensive fitted cupboards leading to bedroom lV 4,5 x 4m, into eaves, window to south Bedroom lll 4,5m x 4m window south Upstairs loo. Family bathroom with shower, bath basin and wc. Bedroom ll 9m x 4m into eaves , 1 window S. and 3 windows E. Bedroom l 6.5 x 4.5 french windows vine covered balcony, en-suite bathroom 4m x 4.5m bath, showerr, basin and wc.
Guesthouse/second house Similar decorative style to main house, neutral paintwork, exposed stone walls, wooden floors etc. Ground floor: Front door to hallway with bathroom to left, bath wc and basin, ahead bedroom lV or study 4.2m with french windows to terrace.. Sitting room 6,9m x 5,7m exposed stone walls woodburning stove, 2 windows S. Open staircase to 1st floor. Doors to Kitchen /breakfast room 5m x 4.2m tiled floor, french windows to terrace. Bedroom lll. Steps down from sitting room 5m x 2,7 window S. Upstairs : bedroom ll 5.7m x 2m, wooden floor, windows S and W. Bedroom l 5.7m x 3m wooden floor, exposed stone wall, windows E and W. Bathroom ll with shower loo and bath,
Outside : The exterior of the houses is a mixture of exposed stone and pale render with pale blue shuttered windows. There are several terraces to the south and east. The gardens are established with many pretty flowering climbers, rose, wisteria, plumbago, Several fruit and nut trees. Woodstore and carport, 10m x 5m. Workshop, 10m x 8m. Field shelter 10m x 5m. Tennis court, recently resurfaced. Swimming pool 15m x 6m with electric cover and poolhouse. Set up in the 'top' field with fantastic views and maximum exposure to the sun.
Land; There are 10 hectares in total, approximately half deciduous woodland and half prairie. Document non-contractual mandat
Wednesday: Boulogne sur Gesse
Thursday: Auch, Tarbes, St Gaudens
Saturday: Castelnau Magnoac, Auch
International school/college ?km
Toulouse airport 75km
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