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

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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.


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