Fabulous views in a quiet rural location. To the north there is a view of the full length of "Lac d'Astarac", considered to be one of the best fishing lakes in this part of France. To the east is a wooded hillside teaming with bird life and to the south a dramatic view of the Pyrenees (best seen from garden). Although especially visible in winter, in the high summer they are often obscured by a heat haze, but can usually be seen in the early morning, snowy peaks catching the rising sun even in July.
The house is located in a tiny hamlet, being semi-detached to one house, with another, an owner-occupied renovated barn (i.e. occupied by us), located across a wide courtyard. The semi-attached house is occupied by a retired French and Spanish couple and we are a retired Irish couple, so it is a quiet hamlet.
There are numerous picturesque villages in the area which are enjoyable to visit, especially when there is a local market or brocante on. There is a constant stream of festivals during the summer, for jazz, Latin, dance etc. which can be great fun.
This old renovated property for sale is five minutes’ drive from the picturesque village of St Blancard, which, besides a beautiful abandoned chateau, has a hotel, restaurant and shop. A little further beyond this also brings you to Lac Gimont with its various recreational and water sports facilities.
It is 10 min from the centre of Masseube, where there is a supermarket, restaurants, golf course, tennis courts and public swimming pool. You will also find doctors, vet, garden centres, nursery and schools at Masseube.
-Infant/junior school 3km
-Secondary school 7km
It is 15 min from Boulogne sur Gesse where there is a range of supermarkets as well as another recreational lake and public swimming pool with water slide.
A complete change of culture is only an hour and a quarter away in Spain, and an hour away in the same direction are the wonderful Pyrenees. Some ski lifts are still operated in the summer, so one can easily hike in the high mountains. The nearest ski resort is Saint-Lary-Soulan, which is 73km (1hr11min) away.