Exquisite Townhouse in Sought after Location - Immaculate Presentation
Advert Reference: FCH927
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|€695,000 is approximately:|
- Type: Residential (Town House, Village House, House), Maison Ancienne
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bath/ Shower Rooms: 3
- Habitable Size: 270 m²
- Land Size: 0 m²
- Year Built: 1400s
- Swimming Pool: N/A
- View: Village Square; 13th Century Church; Gardens
- Orientation: South facing
- Property Condition: Architect Led Restoration circa 2015
- Roof: Tiles
- Terrace: Infront of property on the square
- Garage: N/A
- Well: N/a
- Character / Period Features
- Renovated / Restored
- Renovation / Development Potential
- Swimming Pool
- Under-Floor Heating
A lot of thought - and love - has gone into the revival of this elegant townhouse, set on the square of one of Les Landes prettiest Bastide Towns. The attention to detail, high end fittings and harmony of colour and materials throughout, are proof of the remarkable standard of restoration undertaken by the current owner with the professional help of well respected architects. The ensemble flows seamlessly. Packed with period features and striking architectural details, the property can be enjoyed immediately either as an ideal "lock up and leave" or indeed as a gracious year round home.
Stepping off the square onto a peaceful cobbled side street, the ornate front door opens to reveal the formal entrance hall, flagged with original decorative cement floor tiles, leading the eye to a sweeping stone staircase. To either side, reception rooms flow "enfilade" to reveal a comfortable sitting room with working stone fireplace, a generous dining room for entertaining and a large kitchen with direct access out to the shaded stone arcade from where to enjoy a sunny breakfast or evening aperitif. The kitchen features an impressive stone fireplace, creating a heartening mood in winter, together with underfloor heating. Clever storage solutions hide the day to day utensils, so that the environment is uncluttered and peaceful. A second staircase leads to the first floor.
From the first floor landing, the eye is immediately drawn through to the "grand salon", or formal sitting room, that measures just under 45m². Again, a working fireplace, with marble surround, lends a wonderfully comforting sensation in winter. The original windows, fully restored, look out onto the Place Royale, said to be the inspiration for Henri IV in creating le Place de Vosges upon his return to Paris in the late 1500s. Here too, part of the original 14th century history of the property is apparent with the remnants of a stone arch seamlessly integrated into the walls.
Off the sitting room, one finds three bright and spacious bedrooms, each with a private en suite bathroom, a guest WC, laundry room, walk-in Housekeepers store-room and two private landings, one with access back down to the kitchen via the second staircase. Overall, approximately 270m² of living space is provided over two floors with the option of creating additional accommodation in the attic should one so wish. A wine cellar and basement complete the ensemble.
The extensive renovations include a new roof in 2014, an intelligent heating system that can be both zoned and programmed remotely, the restoration of 5 working fireplaces, complete rewiring, a hand crafted fitted kitchen and three striking bathrooms with fixtures from Barber & Wilson, London. Comprehensive insulation was also provided, to include the attic, some walls and the arcade. Architectural plans and direction were provided by Christopher Smallwood Architects of London and Slegman & Toegmann of Brussels, with a large part of the work carried out by Pignon Gascon.
Labsatide d'Armagnac is cited as one of the prettiest villages in France, with its many charming cafés, restaurants and shops spilling onto the square. A weekly market is complemented by an evening market in the summer months, and the Bastide also provides a wonderful Boulangerie, doctor, chemist, school and active community. This is a region rich in history and food culture - excellent restaurants such as the Michelin star Pres d'Eugenie or La Bastide in Barbotin les Thermes are within easy driving distance, as are a number of Chateau for wine tasting and Armagnac. Supermarkets can be reached in as little as 3 minutes. The prefecture town of Mont de Marsan is a 20 minute drive from the property and provides a selection of excellent hospitals, the highest ranking secondary school in the department of Les Landes, the Tech Campus for Pau university, Top Gun Military Airbase and the railway station with regular daily trains to Bordeaux. The motorway can be accessed within 10 minutes drive, and Bordeaux is reached by car in 1hour 20.
London Air: 1 hr from Bordeaux by British Airways or EasyJet . Paris Air: 1 hour 10 min. Air France from Bordeaux to Orly or CdG Train: 2 hrs by TGV.
Viewing is highly recommended.
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