Exquisite Manoir House with Land in Heavenly Countryside, Ariège, Occitanie
This unique manor property has been lovingly looked after by the current owners and it really shows, everything is exquisitely presented, glorious room after glorious room, every detail is perfect .... Drive up through rolling fields with amazing views in every direction – then arrive at the Manoir. Old shade trees, the rose garden, classic gravel sweep – originally for horses but working equally well for cars. All the 32 hectares of land are fenced, they are mostly fields but with a forest belt wrapped around it. You could arrive with your suitcases and enjoy from day one. As you arrive, to the left is the barn where you could either pack 6 horses and stable them in the generous loose boxes, or transform it into the most delightful large gite / event space – boxes becoming a restaurant area and the huge open space above lending itself perfectly to weddings, corporate events, functions of any and every kind. The barn is built of honey coloured stone that seems to absorb the sun and glow with the stored light. Perfectly placed – away from the manor itself but not too far – this is a gem in its own right. Allied to the manor house, it makes a picture that most people can only dream of. Then the manor house, built by the second son of the local Lord of the manor sits in the middle of its own land. The tennis courts are conveniently placed – near but not too near to the manoir. The interior of the property itself is truly stunning. All the original woodwork is still in place – carved fireplaces, herringbone wooden floors, drawers that open at the touch of a finger, beautiful doors, a wealth of cupboards and built in dressing areas. The wood used is either oak, cherry wood or walnut, which glows with centuries of polishing.
When the floors are not inlaid wood they are the traditional, hand made terracotta tiles – known locally as ” tomettes”. It would not be possible to build a property of this quality today unless you are seriously a multi millionaire, and that would be if you were lucky enough to source the craftsmen with the “old ” knowledge of working with wood. Even the wine cellar is shelved with made to measure units, and the island bar in the billiard room under the eaves should be held up as an example of eighteenth century craftsmanship at its very, very best. The design is surprisingly modern. Family rooms are served by a corridor to the rear of the property, enabling access without the need to go through family rooms. The manor is filled with light, each room at ground floor with double french doors and generous windows that look out over the parkland – it is impossible to find a view that is less than wonderful in any direction.
On the first floor the bathrooms are of a quality that is joyous – marble, mirrored, dressing areas linked to bedrooms – surprisingly modern yet with all the wonderful old world charm you would expect. The bedrooms at second floor are immaculate, also with en suite bathing, and with a corridor leading to the billiard / games room with its cathedral ceiling under the eaves. To one end of the property, a self contained apartment has been created – floor to ceiling french windows bringing the outside inside – yet maintaining the classic “manor ” feel in a slightly less formal ambience. This property would function either as the most brilliant family home or, equally, could be a very, very serious Chambre d’hotes/ Gite complex, bringing an income stream that could be very comfortable indeed.
IN THE MAIN HOUSE The ground floor
salon office salon dining room kitchen toilette
The first floor
bedroom with en suite bedroom with en suite bedroom with en suite bedroom with en suite
FIRST FLOOR APARTMENT
bedroom with en suite bedroom with en suite bedroom bedroom salle de bain salon kitchen
Separate Barn with loose boxes Storage room Storage room Fully 1st floor access to be renovated as you wish
tennis courts fenced for horses absolutely private stunning views
THE AREA AND ACCESS The property is situated close enough to the main town of Foix to make shopping easy. There's no traffic noise yet the property is within easy reach of the Departmental road system that gives you really easy and quick access to winter sports areas, airports, the Mediterranean, Spain. And the amount of land with the manor means that all and any country pursuits – rambling, horse riding, cycling – could be done without ever leaving your own land.
One of the best tourist areas south of Toulouse 1.5 hours to Blagnac airport 1 hour to skiing 1.5 hours to Andorra
Land 32 hectares – mixture of fields and woodland – stunning views in every direction In the middle of its own land yet close to Foix with shops / medieval castle / Farmers Market / schools / doctors / dentists – ... Immaculately maintained Manor House dating from the Eighteenth Century – 10 bedrooms total, 1200 sqm of living area Stone built barn, 700 sqm over 2 levels, with generous stabling for 6 horses – big loose boxes Smaller side barn currently used as a wood store Tennis courts Circular gravel drive wrapping round the Manor House Large garages – complete with inspection pit – we suspect the ex coach houses The interior has to be seen to be believed – stunning in every way!
Elegant, formal property with the warmth of a loved family home and plenty of land ...
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