- Stone House
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 2
- Reception rooms: 1
- Property size: 187 sqm
- Land size: 2050 sqm
- Year built: 1800
Lovely spacious stone house in village
4 good-sized bedrooms, one on grd floor
Exposed stone, beams, terracotta tiles
Large living room, original open fireplace
Modern kitchen with original flooring
Great-sized garden, lawn & fruit trees
Spacious heated swimming pool
Large terrace for outside dining
Private enclosed large parking area
Mains water, village surrounded by fields
Charming stone-built house in a village in Lot et Garonne, benefitting from tasteful renovation, combining original terracotta floors and magnificent beams, with modern additions. A great-sized, private garden with lawn and mixture of fruit trees, including: plum, fig, apple, cherry, mirabelle, pear, kaki/persimmon, and nectarine; there is also the original Well, a large heated swimming pool, pretty gazebo, and garden shed. Good-sized private parking area. A large terrace which extends the length of the house is ideal for outside dining and playing ping-pong! We named the house 'Le Marronnier' for obvious reasons that you will understand if you choose to visit our beautiful holiday home!
The house is attached at one end, at right angles, to a building owned by our neighbour who has a farm. A combination of a wall and hedges protect the privacy of the property. This can be viewed in the first photo and in the close-up shots of the house and terrace.
There are 4 large bedrooms, including one on the ground floor (which could be used as an additional reception room) and 2 of which have walls with exposed stone and reveal the original chimney flues. There is a bathroom on the ground floor and 1st floor. The grenier (or attic) which occupies the whole length of the top floor, contains stunning original beams, and offers a fabulous opportunity to create additional living space. The sizable kitchen has modern furniture but retains its original tiles and some of its stone walls are exposed. It is separated from the living room by attractive beams and the original single stone step. A utility room leads off the kitchen. The spacious living room also benefits from the original flooring and exposed stone walls and the central feature is a old large open fireplace. Next to the living room is the ground floor bedroom which has been covered, in part, by good quality engineered light oak flooring. There are French doors from the kitchen to the terrace and garden and from the bedroom to the terrace and garden.
Stairs from the living room take one to the wide 1st floor landing, the flooring of which is been covered by good quality engineered light oak. There are 3 additional large bedrooms on this floor, one of which has a small dressing room. Two of the bedrooms have exposed stone and feature the original chimney flues. All 3 bedrooms look out on the beautiful garden and swimming pool. There is a second bathroom here in which the bath has been replaced by a shower. From the landing there are steps up to the large grenier with its magnificent beams.
There are electric wall heaters throughout the house. The water is mains supplied.
Montpouillan, as the name suggests, is on a hill, and at its base is the Canal du Midi where one can enjoy walking, jogging, and cycling, and there are several other sports available nearby, including kayaking, horse riding, and micro-light fun. In this quiet village, there is a good public tennis court and an enthusiastic group of players who run a competition in the summer. Boules are played on Fridays in summer and new visitors are always warmly welcomed, irrespective of their level of competence! The Fish van comes on Tuesday. The 'comité de fête' organise the summer fete which lasts 3-4 days, which includes a small funfair.
There is also a Spirulina farm in the village where the owner will be delighted to show you the process for harvesting the micro-algae that have become increasingly popular. The BBC Good Food Guide states that: "Spirulina is known as a nutrient-dense food as it is packed full of vitamins, including vitamins A, C, E and B vitamins, as well as a whole host of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc and selenium. In particular, vitamin C and selenium are both antioxidants and help protect our cells and tissues from damage." (source: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-spirulina) (July 2020).
Marmande, which is just 5 kms away, is a lively town, made famous for its delicious varieties of tomatoes sold by local farmers, is an attractive place to wander through and shop. Its Saturday market is packed with small stalls selling local produce of fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, fish, and flowers. The Tourist Information Office is in the charming old part of the town and the advisors are enthusiastic, friendly and incredibly knowledgeable of the cultural an, historic, and gastronomic delights of the region, and beautiful villages and places to visit, including Samazan, Cocumont, Mas d'Agenais, and Duras is just under 30 kms providing flea markets, concerts, wine tasting and other sources of pleasure. The area is rich with local growers of a fabulous range of local fruit and vegetables, and 'night markets' where you can buy freshly-cooked local gastronomic delights, including lamb chops, steaks, chips!, cheeses, snails, lamprey and pancakes!!
Bordeaux is an hour's drive away and Montpouillan has the benefit of being close to exit 5 on the motorway between Bordeaux and Toulouse. Bergerac is about 45 mins away, taking you into the Dordogne and magnificent wine chateaux. One of the beauties of the location is that it offers 2 airports within an hour's drive, plus amazingly beautiful countryside, and fabulous gastronomy.