Char­ac­ter prop­erty of the month

A beau­ti­ful stone house in the quiet coun­try­side of Lot is brim­ming with pe­riod char­ac­ter, dis­cov­ers So­phie Gard­ner-roberts

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A charm­ing stone house with pigeonnier in the Lot coun­try­side

Noth­ing quite says ‘French char­ac­ter prop­erty’ like an old stone house with a pigeonnier, don’t you think? Pi­geon­niers (dove­cotes) seem to be es­pe­cially loved by many en­thu­si­asts of French ru­ral homes – just look at our ed­i­tor, who pens her Thoughts from the Pigeonnier ev­ery month!

His­tor­i­cally, pi­geon­niers were a sign of wealth and there­fore mostly built on the land of rich landown­ers in the Mid­dle Ages. The taller and more in­tri­cately built they were, the wealth­ier and more pow­er­ful the owner, which ex­plains the stun­ning de­signs on some dove­cotes in south-west France.

The one at­tached to this beau­ti­ful house looks sim­i­lar to a pigeonnier pied de mulet, al­though it lacks the ver­ti­cal drop wall in the mid­dle of the roof that gives it the ‘mule’s foot’ pro­file the style is named af­ter. In any case, it gives this strik­ing house unique char­ac­ter.

And that’s just from the out­side. The 17th-cen­tury stone prop­erty has been beau­ti­fully ren­o­vated to make a com­fort­able home boast­ing 190m2 of liv­ing space. There are four bed­rooms, three of which are set in the top floor un­der the eaves, and the fourth, cur­rently used as a 30m2 guest bed­room, is in the old wine cel­lar. The in­te­ri­ors show off the pe­riod char­ac­ter of the house with ex­posed stone walls and beamed ceil­ings.

On the ground floor is the rest of the home which in­cludes a spa­cious liv­ing room with wal­nut par­quet floor­ing and a stun­ning pe­riod open fire, and a large open-plan kitchen, also with a fire­place but this time fit­ted with a ce­ramic wood­burner.

The grounds are just as lovely, planted with trees and flower beds but equipped with ex­tras that would al­low you to make the most of the pleas­ant weather the area is blessed with: a swim­ming pool and a ten­nis court. An­cient out­build­ings in­clude a bread oven, a two-storey stone barn and wood­shed-turned-garage with room for two cars.

The whole prop­erty sits in 7,200m2 of land in the vil­lage of St-mé­dard in Lot. You could buy an ad­di­tional 2.5ha of meadow and woods plus 2,500m2 of vines – scope for a hobby vine­yard per­haps? – for an ex­tra €35,000.

St-mé­dard is an old and quiet vil­lage that sits just to the north of the stun­ning Lot val­ley. You are in wine and truf­fle coun­try and on the doorstep of lovely hik­ing routes, with Ca­hors just un­der half an hour away.

His­tor­i­cally, pi­geon­niers were a sign of wealth and there­fore mostly built on the land of rich landown­ers in the Mid­dle Ages

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