My dream home

A for­mer pres­bytery with guest­house in the Pyrénées im­presses Ed­ward Lan­dau

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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.

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