OUR DREAM PROPERTY
Every so often we come across a French property that knocks us for six. This month, Vicky Leigh is charmed by a converted chapel in Haute-Garonne
Vicky Leigh explains why a converted chapel in Haute-Garonne is her dream buy
Ifind myself drawn to properties with an interesting past. My current home used to be a school in a former life and from the moment I walked through the door I knew it was for me. If walls could talk, I’m sure the house would have some fascinating stories to tell, and I’d be willing to bet that the same could be said of this converted chapel in Haute-Garonne.
Dating back to 1846, it has been transformed by the current owners into a four-bedroom home featuring mod cons for 21st-century living, yet externally has lost none of its original appearance and charm. I think the mix of old and new offers the best of both worlds, as does the location. Set in peaceful countryside but only 40 minutes from Toulouse, it’s rural yet not at all remote.
The open-plan ground floor benefits from underfloor heating and includes a kitchen, a dining and seating area and a cosy corner with a logburner, while upstairs there are four double bedrooms, three of which are en suite. A second level above the master suite, accessed via a staircase, could be used as an office although I think it would be the ideal space for my own library.
Outside, the attractive landscaped gardens offer plenty of seating areas for enjoying the views over the wild flower meadow and the valley beyond, with the Pyrénées mountains visible in the distance. The 10,000m2 grounds also include a 4 x 8.5m swimming pool, heated by an air source heat pump and surrounded by wooden decking.
I think it’s time to move in and add another chapter to the chapel’s story.
ON THE MARKET FOR €650,000