- Type: House, Gîtes
- Living surface: 820
- Plot size: 50000
- Bedrooms: 11
- Total rooms: 21
- Bathrooms: 11
- Heating: Oil fired central heating, Wood burners
- Close By: Mountains
- Special features: Pool
- Languages spoken: Français, English
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A self-sufficient lifestyle in the heart of the country
Price: € 465 000 | Ref.: 2358 | Views: 947
Substantial property comprising a renovated farmhouse with five bedrooms, a one bedroomed apartment, a converted five bedroomed barn and several out-buildings all set in nearly five hectares of mainly flat land on the edge of a valley with views to the Pyrenees. Situated in the Béarn region of south west France near the city of Pau
The house dates from approximately 1830 and is a typical Béarnese farm in style. It is constructed of galle stones (granite river stones dragged down from the Pyrenees mountain range by glaciers) and brick rendered concrete under a concrete tiled roof.
On the ground floor is the front door leading to a large living/dining room, new kitchen, library and one bedroom with en suite shower. At the rear is corridor with bathroom, shower room and two toilets. The old kitchen has been turned into a bedroom which links to the separate apartment with kitchen and living room with woodburner.
Upstairs are four double bedrooms, three of which are en suite.
The converted barn is constructed of galle stones painted white under a concrete tiled roof.
Large double doors and side windows and smaller entrance doors, double glazed. Tiled floor throughout. Beamed ceiling. One end is the living area with sofas and television. At the opposite end is the kitchen/dining area with a range of Ikea free-standing units with dishwasher, Sauter electric oven with 5 ring gas hob, extractor, double sink, window overlooking the garden and terrace and a large woodburner.
Two separate apartments each with two double bedrooms, small sitting room, 2 shower rooms and toilets. Large mezzanine. All areas carpeted. Each bedroom has a Vellux window and each sitting room has a window to the front overlooking the garden. To the left of the barn is the pool house that contains the pool filtration and pumping system (renewed two years ago) plus a toilet and shower rooms and space for a washing machine. Upstairs is a double bedroom.
At the right-hand end is a large store room that could be turned into more accommodation if required.
We are planning to leave all the furniture, cooker, dishwasher and fridge/freezer.
The property is accessed through a tall laurel hedge off a small lane. There is a gravel parking area to the front of a single garage and open-fronted storage sheds. Unusually for this part of the Bèarn, the house and barn are separate and all the buildings are in a straight line. To the front is a wide terrace which runs the whole length of the house, pool and barn. Next is a double garage joined to the apartment which is joined to the house. Next is the 10m by 5m pool with access via a side gate to the rear. The barn has an attached pool house to the left with filtration and pump, a washing machine area with basin, a shower and a toilet. Above is a small bedroom with a Velux window.
To the right of the barn is a large storage area. There is a full-size pelota wall with large concrete area to the front (called a fronton). There is a single garage and three open-fronted storage ares, one used as a games room, one for the tractors and finally a wood store.
GARDEN AND LAND
Lahon is set in about five hectares of garden, fields and wood. To the front of the house the garden is laid to lawn with a small flower bed and covered barbecue area, and to the right of the drive is a long flower bed and small copse of trees.
The land is flat with one hectare of natural woodland on the edge of the valley. There are a large variety of mature trees – Mountain Ash, white Ash, Oak, Sycamore, Limes and Pines. Specimen trees include an Indian Lilac Tree, two Tulip Trees, a walnut tree and several figs. To the rear is a large vegetable garden with several young fruit trees.
Two areas are laid to grass for sillage and has not been sprayed with any chemicals for at least 20 years. We have the grass cut and baled twice a year with an average of 25 bales in the spring and 12 in the autumn bringing around 300 euros. It is covered in wild flowers and is a haven for butterflies and bees.
To help with the management of the land the sale includes a Ford 2000 tractor with grass cutter and collecting box, a ride-on lawn tractor and a hand mower.There is also a large plantation, planted about twenty years ago, of about 400 trees including American Oaks and an avenue of Sycamores. During September, wild (edible) mushrooms can be picked in the field.
The field to the front has great views of the Pyrenees mountains, especially in winter, with the observatory on snow-capped Pic du Midi visible. The grass areas are covered in wild flowers and butterflies in the spring. We regularly have kites, buzzards, green and spotted woodpeckers nesting in the trees plus numerous owls. A pair of Hoopoes nested nearby and were often seen pecking about in the gravel on the drive. In the spring and autumn large flocks of Cranes pass over on their migration to and from Russia. Large numbers of barn martins are in residence during the summer and use our pool as a water resource and training of their offspring, even if people are swimming!
The climate is benign with winter temperatures of around 5 to 20 degrees with very little overnight frost and we rarely see snow. Summer temperatures can be as high as 40C but are generally around 30 and last into early October. The ground is a friable clay which is very rich especially when our organic compost is added. Any vegetables can be grown including parsnips with some varieties of lettuce available year-round.
The neighbours are all farmers who only use their cow manure to fertilise the fields with very little or no pesticides because the main crop is maize grown for animal feed and for use as a bio fuel.
The house is heated by radiators from an oil boiler. Mains water. Two fosses septiques to the rear of the house and barn. Two wells to the front of the house. Broadband with Orange. French TV is via the internet and UK via satellite or internet, though the connection speed is low at .5mbps.Owner's Blog