Stunning property, built, Jennifer and I both believe, in the 1800’s, apart from the 4 vast cellars which may well date from the late 1200’s. All the original features are intact – it is one of the very rare properties that has not suffered from ” architectural hooliganism ” – carved marble fireplaces, glorious plasterwork above – with many of the original mirrors still in place and lovingly restored, a delightfully grand main staircase, plus the “servant’s ” staircase to the rear of the property. Even the servant’s staircase is a joy, curving up 5 floors right to loft level. All the main rooms are large, from the salon at ground floor, the main bedrooms at first floor, and the gorgeous dining room – it’s all still there.
The hall has Languedocian floor tiles, in a warm shade of terracotta, and the majority of the major rooms are floored with the handmade warm red “tomettes ” the sign of a seriously upmarket house. Original woodwork too – carved doors with detailing above – and the arched double doors at the first floor are stunning. The main bedroom can only be described as ” palatial ” incredibly pretty and with enough space to house a library area at one end. As you go up the main staircase there is an almost ” castle ” feel to the property. The internal walls have been cut back to show off the quality of the stone and the wood beaming, enhanced by the current owner’s decorative choices. The whole property is a joy.
The current owner also made the decision that, rather than have an enormous amount of bedrooms, it made better sense to develop the property into a series of suites. Each bedroom has a sitting room, and bathrooms and shower rooms have been designed to service the suites. This would make the most astounding Chambre d’Hotes or Boutique Hotel – or could rest as it is as a very large family home. The “suite” arrangement would also allow for independent apartments, AirBnb style, if preferred,with the two staircases giving private access to various areas of the house.
The entire property is stone built, hence cool in summer, easy to heat in winter. Much of the property has double glazing, and we believe the roof to be in good condition. The walled garden to the rear of the property would be ideal for outdoor dining and the current owner had intended to transform one of the cellars into a kitchen/ bar to service this space.
We would note that the shutters have not been re-painted – this area of Chalabre awaits the “face-lift” that has been completed in the first 1/3rd of the old Bastide road, the second 1/3rd is being worked on at present and the final 1/3rd will follow that. Once completed it will give this property a front garden area, which, due to the huge frontage, will be stunning. It is more practical to wait until this work is undertaken, because there is a possibility that Grant Aid may be available at that time.
To precis: Ground Floor: 5 rooms, 2 of which are significantly large, plus plumbing hook ups for a downstairs cloakroom/ toilet area and a separate laundry room in the left hand wing.
First Floor: 10 rooms, 3 of which are significantly large, including an existing kitchen that links, via a butler’s pantry to the formal dining room. The current owner had intended to change one of the 5 bedrooms to an additional bathroom – easy to do as there is an existing shower room directly above providing a logical straight line plumbing link. An internal corridor accesses the bedroom areas from the generous landing which leads to the “public” rooms.
Second Floor: 10 rooms, 3 rooms plus corridor forming an existing suite of kitchen, sitting room and bedroom with shower room ensuite. Other rooms scheduled to provide 2 additional suites, one to each side of the main staircase. Again, logical plumbing access to facilitate a kitchen at this level. There is a generous existing shower room that would serve the rooms in the opposite wing. And there are an additional 3 huge rooms that could form another suite, currently used as workshop / atelier space .
Third Floor: Currently lofts, could provide one additional very large apartment, 2 smaller apartments, or owners’ accommodation.
Sub Ground floor – 4 very large cellars, 2 at garden side, 2 at street side. Believed to date from the late 1200’s. Exit to courtyard garden.
Very realistically priced, possibly underpriced, this is a truly stunning property with a wealth of period features, impossible to replicate. It is one of the “Statement” properties of Chalabre, and Jennifer and I are proud to be representing it. We recommend it totally, it is a fabulous buy, especially at this price, and we look forward to seeing a new owner continue the restoration and updating that the current owner has begun. We look forward to visiting with you soon.
DPE en course *Agency Fees Included ** Taxe foncière €2700
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