Dream prop­erty...

Ev­ery so of­ten we come across a French prop­erty that knocks us for six. This month, So­phie Gard­ner-Roberts falls in love with this charm­ing coun­try house in Avey­ron

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The Avey­ron depart­ment is an area of France which lies very close to my heart. For 18 years, my grand­par­ents had a house in a ham­let up on the forest­cov­ered hills above Figeac. We would visit ev­ery sum­mer and I have fond mem­o­ries of canoeing down the Célé river, go­ing on walks through the sun­lit woods or tast­ing aligot (a cheesy potato puree) at a mar­ket. Five years ago, they sadly sold the house and I haven’t re­turned since. Nat­u­rally, when I saw this beau­ti­ful coun­try­side prop­erty in the Avey­ron, I could not re­sist.

Re­cently ren­o­vated, the prop­erty re­tains bucket loads of charm with ex­posed stone walls and floors, ex­posed beams and large win­dows. I sup­pose a small part of me fan­cies run­ning a cham­bres d’hôtes in a stun­ning prop­erty, which is why this one ap­peals. It would cer­tainly be a com­fort­able af­fair with the five en-suite bed­rooms and the large re­cep­tion area, as well as the spa­cious din­ing room, cosy sit­ting room and the fully equipped dou­ble kitchen.

The vast grounds are breath­tak­ing with a well-tended gar­den, a cov­ered ter­race and a heated pool, which I would def­i­nitely make the most of thanks to the sunny weather the re­gion is blessed with.

The house is lo­cated near the bastide town of Ville­franche-de-Rouer­gue, fa­mous for its ar­cades lin­ing the cen­tral square and its im­pres­sive church. I think I would thor­oughly en­joy wel­com­ing guests in this set­ting and I cer­tainly hope my own friends would come and stay. I would have a very at­trac­tive, very French hus­band to cook de­li­cious meals with lo­cal prod­ucts from the mar­ket, while I would select the per­fect wine to match from the vaulted wine cel­lar. maisons-et-chateaux.com



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