reduced price:This beautiful and spacious three story Girondine farmhouse was built in the early 19th century. It is set in large grounds of approximately 5510m2 and is near Duras in Lot et Garonne, South West France.The main house has been sympathetically and fully renovated and there remains potential for further development into the large attached stone barn. An additional detached tobacco barn (or sechoir) could also be developed into a separate dwelling standing in its own grounds, subject to the usual permissions being granted. It would also be suitable for equestrian purposes.
The elegant property is accessed via double gates which open onto a spacious gravelled driveway, giving ample parking facilities. The front of the property faces east whilst the fabulous living area and main gardens face south with uninterrupted country views.The property also benefits from a boat shaped above ground wooden swimming pool measuring 3.9 x 7.6 m and with a uniform depth of 1.33m. There is also a new, fully insulated roof, the house is double glazed throughout and all bedrooms have fitted, opening, window mosquito nets.The house is available for sale fully furnished subject to negotiation. About the area
The Duras region has its own wine appellation, which is one of the oldest in France. It has picturesque, undulating, rural countryside comprising mainly farmland and vineyards and pleasant, friendly communities. The town is within easy reach of Bergerac and Bordeaux international airports. Other nearby large towns include St Foy la Grande and Marmande both with good rail links to Paris and the south via Bordeaux which has a recently upgraded high speed rail link to the capital.
There are many local weekly markets in the surrounding towns and villages, which include Eymet, Duras, Miramont, Monsegur and St Foy. There are also night markets which are held locally during the summer months. There is an abundance of local restaurants along with golf courses and other sporting activities, especially canoeing, cycling, tennis and horse riding. About the agent
French Properties Direct markets property which is for sale by the owner privately. There is no estate agency fee to pay us if you buy this house following an introduction by us. Basement - 39' 4'' x 16' 5'' (12m x 5m)
Cave with natural spring which is currently used for garden watering and could be harnessed for full domestic use. The excess is piped out to a natural fosse/drainage ravine dissecting the gardens and flowing down to the river Dropt. Power and water available. Ground floor
Entrance hall - 16' 5'' x 6' 7'' (5m x 2m) The front door to the house leads into a large terracotta tiled entrance hall with wooden spiral staircase to the upper floors.
Open plan living area - 40' 0'' x 20' 4'' (12.2m x 6.2m) The hallway leads directly through into a huge, split level, light and open-plan living area which enjoys fabulous views through the south facing, large, glazed patio doors and windows. There is a spacious, free standing, fully equipped kitchen to one end with separate dining area and steps down to the ample lounge area at the other end. The whole room is fully tiled and has a double height, fully insulated ceiling fitted with three velux windows. The room is heated by a very large, fitted wood burning stove. The large double patio doors lead out onto a sunny, south facing, part covered, tiled terrace looking over the gardens and pool and onwards over magnificent open countryside towards the village of Levignac de Guyenne.
Bathroom - 12' 4'' x 5' 11'' (3.76m x 1.8m) Off the main hallway to the left is a fully fitted bathroom with wooden floor and containing bath, separate shower cubicle and double wash hand basins.
Separate WC - 6' 7'' x 3' 3'' (2m x 1m)
Bedroom 1 - 13' 0'' x 10' 6'' (3.95m x 3.2m) From here is a door leading to bedroom 1. This south facing double bedroom has a feature fireplace, wooden floor and fitted wash hand basin. The arrangement of the bathroom, WC and bedroom makes an ideal ensuite facility.
Sitting room - 16' 5'' x 16' 5'' (5m x 5m) Off the hallway to the right is a large, second cosy lounge with terracotta tiled floor, original large stone feature fireplace with fitted wood burning stove and built in full length cupboard.
Utility room - 16' 1'' x 9' 2'' (4.9m x 2.8m) The sitting room leads through to a separate tiled utility room with power, water and fitted kitchen unit comprising sink, electric hob and refrigerator with freezer unit. First floor
Landing - 11' 10'' x 6' 7'' (3.6m x 2m) The wooden spiral staircase leads to a light, open landing on the first floor, off which are two very large bedrooms.
Bedroom 2 - 16' 5'' x 16' 9'' (5m x 5.1m) This bedroom is double aspect with open marble fireplace, wooden floor and has an en suite comprising shower cubicle, wash hand basin unit and toilet.
Bedroom 3 - 16' 5'' x 16' 9'' (5m x 5.1m) Single aspect with wooden floor. Second floor - 39' 4'' x 11' 10'' (12m x 3.6m)
The wooden spiral staircase continues up into the second floor which is an open plan area covering the whole floor plan of the main house. This area is suitable for use as additional bedroom accommodation, playroom, hobby room etc. The area also contains a large separate floor tiled en-suite with toilet and wash hand basin Outbuildings
Attached barn - 34' 1'' x 32' 10'' (10.4m x 10m) The utility room has a door giving interior access to the enormous attached barn.This original barn has tall double wooden doors giving ample height and access width to the front. It has a part mezzanine floor with steps over original cow stalls and has excellent possibilities for renovation and development into further accommodation.
Sechoir or Tobacco Barn - 45' 11'' x 23' 0'' (14m x 7m) With good possibilities for conversion and development and situated approx. 50 metres from the main house. Gardens and grounds
To the front of the house is a secluded tiled terrace with stone built bbq and gazebo. On the south facing side of the house is an above the ground wooden swimming pool and pump house with tiled surround and pool cover winder. The main terrace off the living room has a covered area and steps down to the cave. From here you can also access the adjacent, substantial, gravelled patio and area with flower beds. A further small open terrace is ideally positioned at the extremities of the garden for enjoying late evening sun. The main gardens are surrounded by high laurel hedging to three sides and are laid to grass with the south facing boundary having an open view across farmland to the Dropt valley. Additional information
Heating Two substantial wood burning stoves.Fitted electric towel rail radiators to main bedrooms and bathroom.
Drainage is via private septic tank
Habitable area = 230m2
Total land area = 5510 m2
Recent tax fonciere = 615 euros per year
Nearest villages The property is approx. Half an hours walk in one direction from the village of Auriac where there is a good restaurant and post office. Approximately the same distance in the opposite direction is village of Duras which has most main services and shops.
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