Dream prop­erty...

Ev­ery so of­ten we come across a French prop­erty that knocks us for six. This month, So­phie Gard­ner-Roberts dreams of a dif­fer­ent life in this beau­ti­ful farm­house in Lan­des

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The fast and of­ten stress­ful pace of life that seems to dom­i­nate the mod­ern world fre­quently makes me yearn for a sim­pler life­style – a kind of ‘back-to-ba­sics’ call­ing where I could spend my days out­side, tend­ing a gar­den, read­ing, writ­ing and wel­com­ing the oc­ca­sional guest. This lovely farm­house with its pretty blue shut­ters would of­fer just this type of laid-back life­style.

Tra­di­tion­ally built, the landaise stone house has been well ren­o­vated and would en­able me to en­joy my crea­ture com­forts af­ter a day spent kneel­ing in the veg­etable patch and pick­ing fruit from the trees in the orchard.

The in­te­rior is light and taste­fully dec­o­rated, the white walls re­ally bring­ing out the lovely wooden beams to add that touch of char­ac­ter which makes this house so charm­ing.

I par­tic­u­larly like the ‘snug’ area just by the kitchen, where I see my­self curl­ing up by the wood burner to warm up in the colder win­ter months.

There’s plenty of space, too. With four bed­rooms – in­clud­ing two en suites – three bath­rooms and 5,766m2 of land, it would be easy to wel­come friends and fam­ily. And I could also make a liv­ing out of this prop­erty too, as there is a lit­tle two-bed­room gîte within the main house and an out­build­ing that of­fers po­ten­tial for ex­tra liv­ing space.

The house is just un­der an hour from the coast, and the stun­ning Lan­des beaches, but I could eas­ily cool off in the sum­mer by plung­ing into the pool in the gar­den. Yes, I think that sounds just like the per­fect life in France.


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