4 bedroom house for sale
France - Montréal, Gers, Midi-Pyrénées
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- Stunning chateau
- Large garden
- Great potential
- lovely location
This chateau and its' garden has been lovingly restored from its ruined state, in which it was uninhabited for over 100 years.Most chateaux or domains lie well apart from any village, but le Bourg is right on the edge of the village, well placed, offering both the security of close neighbours yet keeping its privacy well intact, an exceptional situation offering the best of both worlds.
There are 2 parts to the large building.
The first is the old stables and storage areas, which now host the main habitable residence, complete with all original arches and openings respected (in total 230m² includes ground floor, second floor and pigeonnaire room).
The double arch entrance doors on both sides are magnificent, allowing light to pour in from the morning and then the afternoon sun. This building has four rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms - a ground floor bedroom, two on the mezzanine level and the fourth in the pigeonnaire. The first three have complete bathrooms - with both spacious bath and shower.
The ground floor has large, cream, Turkish stone tiles throughout, with remote controlled underfloor heating for the winter months. The lounge, dining and kitchen are open-plan, with an instant Supra wood pellet fireplace, an integrated kitchen with a pure granulated marble worktop from Portugal, a double sink, and a clever and spacious storeroom/pantry area with plenty of shelves, a 4-shelf wine fridge and an extra freezer. Large windows create warmth and light in this space.
The kitchen cabinets are custom made, Leicht-designed without visible handles to allow smooth lines. The stove, hob, oven and microwave are all Scholtés, a top of the range German brand. The oven is state-of-the-art, the top class microwave is both an oven and a micro-cooker, as desired. The stove is a 5 plate gas surface, with wok cooking centrally placed. There is also an integrated dining table that can seat up to 8, with a breakfast top counter and high chairs on the side. The Beko fridge is a double door fridge with 2 freezer drawers below. It has a front filtered water access, and produces ice on demand. The Bosch dishwasher is integrated at standing height (no bending down for filling and emptying).
There is a guest loo and separate laundry on the left hand side of the entrance, with excellent Bosch washing machine (Maxx 7) and condenser tumble dryer (Avantaxx 7).
The ground bedroom is large and has an Italian bathroom - tiled everywhere and a completely open shower.
Leading up to the first floor, there are originally crafted, solid stone spiral stairs - a stunning focal point in the entrance of the home.
The flooring upstairs is all genuine chestnut wood. The mezzanine is an open area for reading, a library or entertainment (cable point available), and has to view one of the largest original wooden beams you will ever see, at its centre.
The main bedroom has a large walk-in dressing with all the necessary space - sliding shoe racks, soft closing drawers, hanging bars and shelves aplenty. The ceiling is an open vaulted one, illuminating the beauty of the wood and the room's height. There is a decorative wall mounted fireplace, with many choices of flame colour, and it has two fan heating options as well.
Stone tiles surround the large shower on the one side, while a ball-and-claw bath and double basin occupy the opposite side.
The third bedroom also has a lovely open vaulted ceiling, and a full bathroom (bath and shower). There is also a porte-fenetre, a ground level double opening window which can be an exit down to the terrace below, if a small staircase is connected to it…
Right at the top of this building, is the fourth bedroom in the original pigeonnaire, complete with pigeon roost recessions and accessed by a cottage style, quaint, iron spiral staircase. The most beautiful high wooden roofing design is illuminated when the room lights are turned on. It is spectacular.
The bathroom for this room is at the bottom of the small spiral, and has an oeuil de beouf - a round natural light bubble making this bathroom airy and sunny.
All bathrooms have electric heated towel rails.
All windows and doors are double-glazed, keeping the home cozy in winter and cool in summer.
All rooms have cable connections.
All upstairs rooms have cast iron radiators for winter heating.
The second building was the original home and is awaiting further development, either as the main home, apartments, a gite, chambre d'hôte or anything else you desire. It has a second level and includes in total 324m² (162m² per level). It could easily house 3 spacious apartments, to let or for family. Almost all the windows and doors are already in place. There are the original 6 rooms visible, only flooring and wall finishing needs chosen.
A small part of this expansive building already hosts a complete gym (28m²), with a floor length 3 metre wall mirror, workout equipment (complete multigym with integrated weight options, run/walk treadmill, elliptical cross trainer… ), music system, television and a basin, and it opens out onto the garden with a double sliding door. Another door leads into this building allowing access to the gym from the inside too.
A room next to the gym is currently an office (but could become a gym change room or …) complete with a small waiting area and its own separate entrance.
Above this, a large grenier (original feed store) can be converted into a few rooms/self-contained lodging or otherwise.
There are still the original fireplaces (5 of them) to keep as such or as features.
The roofing of the entire house, including this building, has been re-done, and the beautiful vaulted ceilings show off the striking woodwork.
A 1.5 hectare garden (3.7 acres) has recently been established. A wide range of trees (liquid amber, pines, willows, oak, maple….) and shrubs have been planted. A hedge surrounds the whole property. An aleagnus one around the front and sides, and firs along the back, offering total privacy. There is a variegated colourful hedge along the road.
A garden pigeonnaire has been reconstructed from saved original beams and stands in its middle with climbing roses and creepers on all four sides. It hosts a few nests already! There are over 15 bird varieties that visit the garden and lake throughout the year.
Discreetly hidden on the inside of this, is the irrigation system and controls.
There is an integrated garden irrigation system, Rainbird, on 6 zones to keep the garden beautiful all year round, at the press of a button. The water for this is supplied by the small lake (320m³) in the garden, which in turn gets its water from the underground well, and also from the lake in the park, when necessary to top it up. So there is no cost for watering the garden any time you want.
There are 10 different fish varieties in the lake, a variety of stunning rocks around the lake, a wooden jetty to sit on and dangle your feet in the water, and a quaint, old fashioned above ground well which has a water spout that cascades down into the lake when filling it from the underground well or the lake 'next door'.
There are discreet garden spot lights which can be activated when desired for a beautifully lit up garden at night.
A two-car garage is situated to the side of the house, and a further garage could easily be constructed anywhere on the property.
The gates from the main road are automated, and a set of driveway lights stylishly illuminate the 100 metre drive up to the house, when the gates are in operation. Sixteen trees line the driveway between the house and the gates.
There is another set of gates (an extra entrance) at the back of the property by the village hall. These gates open onto a crème coloured Provencal, circular gravel drive around a 100-year-old olive tree. This would be the entrance for the second building.
A garden shed (9m²) is discreetly located at the back of the property, behind a line of bamboos, also 'hiding' the washline.
The entire garden is enclosed ensuring your pets (if any) are safe, and to protect the plants, in case any buck wish to wander in!
From the open plan lounge, a large terrace (100m²) unfolds, half of which is covered. A Mediterranean style seating plan along one wall in a U-shape, with a hanging chair in the middle. Great for entertaining in all weather. There is also an arched and movable outdoor gas heater, which makes the terrace usability an all-year round option, even in winter!
There is also a fixed tiled table, under the shade of the leaves of an umbrella tree, that can seat 10.
A trickling water feature constructed out of the house's original stones is on the terrace's edge.
An old well-style circular stone feature sits on the edge of the terrace, and is fantastic to use as a safe and contained bonfire or barbeque area.
Sweeping around a gentle corner, a large and elegant Californian Hotspring iodised hot tub/Jacuzzi (no chlorine) for 5 people, is nestled under a roof yet the sides are all open, in order to enjoy the garden. There are curtains that can be drawn for total privacy if desired. It is a top of the range Jacuzzi, with an integrated padded cover (for protection against dirt, and for heat insulation) and requires very little treatment to maintain. It has multi coloured lighting, speakers for the music system, headrests, a decorative 3 stream fountain jet, and varied jet programs and intensities.
The central heating and hot water system is a Weissman (Vitola 200), top of the range across Europe, a very efficient and effective system. It has been set up already with all piping necessary for connection of the second building's hot water and heating needs. The oil tank has a 2500 litre capacity.
All the necessary underground plumbing piping for waste water/sewerage for the second building has been done. The house is also on mains water and sewerage.
The electricity to the property is 24kVa, already more than enough to cater for another operational building and a pool, if one is put in. There will be no need to increase the power supplied to the property, a great pre-emptive saving.
There is a voluminous pile of original stones at the back of the property for use, if desired.
A complete insect and termite treatment was done in 2015 (needs done every 10 years) so the house is up to date and the obligatory guarantee in place.
There are over 60 kilometres of walks in the forest behind the house - perfect for exercise, off leash dog walks, running trails, cycling, etc. There are also 2 lakes within 200 metres of the house for fishing, if desired, and a horse farm.
The closest restaurant is a mere 150 metres from the house and is only open at lunchtime.
There is also the in-depth history of the village and specifically this chateau going back hundreds of years for those who are interested in its story…
Option can be discussed to leave the home fully furnished, as owner is moving abroad, without the furniture.
Mont de Marsan - 30 mins
Bordeaux - 1hr10 (closest airport)
Biarritz - 1hr45
Mimizan - 1hr10 (closest beach)
Toulouse - 1hr50
Closest ski station - 2hr (la Mongie/St Pierre du Martin/Bareges)
Eauze - 20 mins
Roquefort - 20 mins
- Pyrénées (International), 51.4 miles
- Lourdes (Tarbes) (International), 54.1 miles
- Bergerac (International), 61.9 miles
- Toulouse (Blagnac) (International), 62.5 miles
- Bordeaux (Mérignac) (International), 76.2 miles
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