Character property of the month
Ruth Wood swoons over a six-bedroom townhouse in Lot-et-garonne that’s overflowing with French character
A six-bedroom home in Lot-et-garonne
When I look at this old village house with its handsome façade and trailing wisteria, I half expect to see Juliette Binoche and Judi Dench sitting in the courtyard chatting about pâtisseries. It has that air of lived-in nonchalant beauty that somehow captures the romance of the south of France, a house that has evolved over time and is perfectly imperfect.
The six-bedroom property is in Sos, a thriving medieval village in Lot-et-garonne, with a restaurant, bakery, small supermarket and a bustling weekly market on summer nights where local food and wine producers sell and share their wares while musicians entertain the crowds.
You only have to look up at those tall windows to imagine how sunlight floods into the rooms with their whitewashed walls and exposed timbers. It also beats down on the pool at the back of the house where a large tiled covered terrace with summer kitchen provides shelter from the midday rays.
Downstairs is a generous open-plan kitchen-diner with fireplace that leads to a large living room overlooking the pool. There is also a hallway with box room on this floor along with a bedroom, shower, toilet and utility area. Upstairs are five more bedrooms, a bathroom and two shower rooms, all with toilets, plus a small sitting area that could be incorporated into the smallest bedroom.
See those pretty little arched windows just below the eaves? That’s the grenier, a large attic space ripe for conversion. So what would you make from this house? A family home? A holiday retreat? A chambres d’hôtes? You never know, you could end up hosting a film crew for the next Juliette Binoche movie.
The property is on the market for €299,800. Tel: 0800 270 0101 beauxvillages.com