My dream home
A former presbytery with guesthouse in the Pyrénées impresses Edward Landau
A former presybtery in the Pyrénées
Edward Landau, of My French Property, explains why he’s drawn to this historic three-bedroom home and onebedroom guesthouse in Hautes-pyrénées, on the market for €600,000
Arange of factors combine to make this property my dream home. It’s a wellpresented former presbytery set discretely in the heart of a quiet village between two market towns providing a convenient location for shops and services while only just over an hour to the ski slopes of the Pyrénées mountains. Electric gates open onto a gravelled driveway leading up to the house. Beyond the elegant facade, the interior combines the character and features of a fine 17th-century presbytery while at the same time providing all the convenience of contemporary living. Much of the ground floor is laid with stone flags and benefits from underfloor heating as well as double-glazing set into oak window frames with internal shutters. The fitted kitchen has been stylishly handcrafted with granite worktops. A TV room or library on the mezzanine above connects to the master bedroom. I like the fact that the house is of a modest size yet the rooms are spacious and bright.
A charming cottage in the grounds provides an open-plan living space downstairs with a bedroom and shower room above, perfect for visitors, plus it has an adjoining workshop or artist’s studio. Outside, the long ‘lap’ pool is set in a sun trap and is flanked by an al fresco eating area which is tucked into a shady courtyard to the side of the kitchen.
There are immaculate grounds of 5,220m² featuring many substantial trees and two stone outbuildings. All in all, this property offers elegance, comfort and ease of maintenance while being conveniently situated within easy reach of restaurants, markets and the mountains.