Partway up the no through road that leads to one of our village chateaux, there is a simply gorgeous and elegant property. The front facade is perfectly proportioned – central double door with ornamental wrought iron panels, behind them glass panels, that hinge open to allow air flow on the hottest days – balanced windows to either side and above. Classic design, 18th century, and crying out for someone to pick up the baton from the current owner – who has done huge amounts of work – and return this fabulous property to the beauty it so deserves.
The entrance hall says it all, Languedocian tiles in a geometric design, detailed and exquisite plasterwork to the ceiling, this is a property that, in its heyday, belonged to someone both rich and with taste. We both wonder if there is a historical link with the Chateau above it. It’s apparent date, and definite quality, do make us think that this seems not only possible, but probable. Dower house perhaps? Estate Manager? We don’t know, but we can say it is a gem.
The price reflects the amount of work still to do. The current owner has done so much work already. In the property’s time as an hotel, walls that bore no relation to the original design were put up and he has, thank goodness, largely removed them, returning the rooms to their original proportions. He has also removed all the old, dangerous wiring, leaving a clean slate to undertake a restoration unencumbered by messy, dusty ” unpicking “. There are 4 obvious bedrooms at the moment, but there is room for more. This property is seriously big – it could be so many things – a large and stunningly elegant family home, glamorous apartments, chambre d’hotes, a vast gite plus owners’ accommodation, a boutique hotel – whatever you can imagine over the 3 floors of space.
Perhaps best of all – and a witness to the vision and intelligence of the current owner – there is finally the potential/ possibility of outside space. A huge modern barn area is attached to the house. The owner has received formal planning approval to remove the iron work and roof to allow the space to be transformed into two courtyard gardens, plus dedicated secure parking space.
Jennifer and I would note that we are informed that the roof is in good condition, a major bonus, and the location is wonderful: no through road, looking uphill to the chateau land, yet only moments from the centre of the village. Easy walking for your morning croissant, the butchers ( seriously excellent ), the baker ( ditto ), the two cafes…. And currently, at the bottom of the road, across the street, an empty plot is becoming a small supermarket with parking below it in the village centre itself. Our Saturday morning Farmers’ Market is a joy, eggs, vegetables, plants – all sorts – and virtually all local.
This is a restoration project, but the end product would, we believe, prove to be a fabulous investment. The property is priced to sell, and restoration costs have been evaluated. For the right person this is a stunning opportunity to buy a wonderful property at the right price. Chalabre is a village that we believe to be ” On the Up ” – much of the old property in need of restoration has already been sold – mostly by us – and, hence, is becoming more and more difficult to find. We are utterly delighted to be representing this property, it is in the village where both Jennifer and I both live, so do not hesitate to ask all and any questions about the property, the village, anything that is important to you. Jennifer and I both believe that this property is super value for money and seriously beautiful.
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