Dream prop­erty...

Ev­ery so of­ten we come across a prop­erty that knocks us for six. Ca­tri­ona Burns dreams of open­ing the doors to this stun­ning prop­erty in south-west France

Living France - - DÉCOUVRE -


Ilike to think of my­self as some­what of a host­ess with the most­ess; the co­or­di­na­tor for gath­er­ing the troops for nights of home-cooked food, one too many glasses of wine and, more of­ten than not, a merry sing-song ses­sion last­ing well into the wee hours. I’ve of­ten fan­ta­sised about tak­ing this flair to France, where the cus­tom of sit­ting down as a group to eat and drink to­gether is much more of a cel­e­brated and reg­u­lar event. Plus, if I had this beau­ti­ful house in the town of Pouil­lon in the south-west as my venue, I’d be able to in­dulge my win­ing and din­ing am­bi­tions on a big­ger and bet­ter scale – I could even pick up where the cur­rent own­ers left off and con­tinue to run it as a hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion busi­ness.

Split into two sep­a­rate prop­er­ties that are connected by a din­ing ter­race, I could eas­ily host fam­ily and friends or pay­ing guests while still re­tain­ing my own sense of space. The five-bed­room guest­house that sleeps up to 11 peo­ple would al­low me to im­ple­ment my ‘the more the mer­rier’ motto with ease, while the base­ment games room, com­plete with a pool and foot­ball ta­ble means guests could en­ter­tain them­selves.

In the morn­ings I would serve fresh­baked bread and still-warm pas­tries for break­fast, serv­ing them on the ter­race so we could all en­joy the first rays of sun­shine over co­pi­ous cups of cof­fee and crois­sants. And I needn’t worry too much about my in­dul­gent start to the day – my own house comes with a fully equipped gym and there’s also the heated out­door pool where I could burn off some calo­ries.

I’d spend day­times by the sea, just a 40-minute drive away and catch the fa­mous waves at Biar­ritz. Al­ter­na­tively, I could just en­joy a lit­tle bit of peace and quiet in my wood­land gar­den over­look­ing the Chalosse coun­try­side be­fore pick­ing up my next set of vis­i­tors from the nearby air­ports of Biar­ritz or Lour­des, ready to serve up an­other lit­tle slice of the French life.

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