Utterly scrumptious, gorgeous – a piece of perfection – built by a perfectionist. Exquisitely presented, glorious room after glorious room, every detail correct. Lovingly looked after by the current owners and it really shows.
Drive up through rolling fields – amazing views in every direction – then arrive at the Manoir Parc. Old shade trees, the rose garden, classic gravel sweep – originally for horses but working equally well for cars. All the land is fenced – 32 hectares – mostly fields but with a forest belt wrapped around it. You could arrive with your suitcases and enjoy from day one.
As you arrive, do look over to your left at the barn. 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.
And then the manor house, built by the second son of the local Lord of the manor – the eldest son inherited the Chateau, but we feel that the second son probably got the more beautiful property. Sitting in the middle of its own land yet close enough to the County Town of Foix to make shopping easy, the location is perfection. No traffic noise yet 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. The tennis courts are conveniently placed – near but not too near to the manor – perfect yet again.
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. At 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. To grow up here would be blissful, and to stay here on a holiday would be like ” Paradise Found “.
This is one of the most beautiful properties that Jennifer and I have ever seen – truly magical. We were guided by one of the current owners – who grew up here – and it was one of the happiest experiences we’ve had… we could not stop smiling at the sheer quality that we were privileged to see. We have both said time and time again that there are days when the combination of charming people and a stunning property make a halcyon day that just cannot be described as ” work ” …. this was one of those days and neither of us wanted to leave.
- Central Heating - Oil
- Chambre d'Hôtes Option
- Equestrian Potential
- Office space