On the edge of the beautiful 'Lomagne' countryside at Saint Sardos 82600.
This is our house, which we are selling in order to move on into something smaller for retirement.
It is named in Occitan for the song of the cuckoo, which we hear frequently and early in the spring, as we do the magical sound of the cranes passing on their migration, quite a sight to look out for.
It is a typical farmhouse for this region of south west France, very much in the traditional style. It's deep shape and very thick walls keep it comfortably cool in the hottest parts of summer, and equally it holds it's heat in winter making it surprisingly cosy for it's size.
The front terrace is perfect for breakfast and morning coffee with the help of a parasol and the kitchen is coolly shady with the awnings out.
The garden has a well near the house and a good sized pond, full of water lily and yellow flag iris.
The view from the kitchen window, toward pool and pond, always gives something of interest to view at each season any time of day and sometimes night too.
Many birds appreciate the environment and many species are easy to watch here, even Orioles at times come to bathe and they are heard almost daily in summer even when not showing themselves.
The nightingales sing at all hours from early spring till the end of June. In late summer it's the warbling notes of the bee-eaters filling the sky overhead and then all the migrants are on their way south once again.
The Pool house terrace is comfortable anytime of day or evening with the sun-sails deployed, and often a breeze rising from the valley to it's east side. Just the right spot for the bar-b-q or aperitif too.
Inside the house has been refurbished without losing it's traditional old style features of large beams, huge fireplace and original floor tiles, whilst the bathrooms and summer kitchen are all practical clean lines and finishes.
Shading the kitchen windows keeps the living room a comfortable temperature in the summer heat, whereas the low winter sun penetrates to warm the whole area naturally when you want it most.
An outline of the 19 hectares of land, bordered on one side by a stream and giving access to the lakes of St.Sardos to the south.
A view of the pasture behind the house showing the stream boundary and the neighbouring green chemin on the it's other side.
The greater part of the boundary is hedged and the absence of any agri-chemicals for at least 20 years
makes for a naturally healthy and balanced pasture, giving a good crop of sweet hay.
With approx 4.5 hectares of level paddock adjacent to the house / garden and the rolling pasture behind the house perfectly suited to building a cross country course this property would make an ideal equestrian holding. A thriving interest in various horse sport disciplines in the area would make clinics and training for event riders a natural winner here. The access to lakeside and various green lanes makes for safe extended riding routes, and the house has many possible ways to increase accommodation for residential courses, or for staff quarters.
It could as easily be an ideal location for a niche market stock enterprise, for example, raising goats for organic, grass fed meat, rather than cheese. This is an increasingly sought-after product which attracts a premium for its healthy properties, and the many excellent restaurants in the area could be interesting outlets, as well as the local boucherie. The possibilities for a business are only limited by a limit of imagination.
~~ Vital Statistics ~~
Gaz central heating + solar hot water.
Wood burning stove, double glazing, attic and chimney insulated.
All on the ground floor :-
240 m² in total
Entry, office / bedroom with shower room sep. WC. 30 m²
Living ~ 36 m²
3 Bedrooms ~ 18, 19 and 22.5 m² resp.
Bathroom ~ 7.5 m² + sep. WC
Summer kitchen + utility + larder 14.8 m² + corridor 8 m²
Corridor / library / music / sewing areas 18.5 m²
Independent apartment - gite, with separate entry, heating, electric and hot water system.
Living / kitchen / dining 12 m²
Bed / sitting room 11.5 m²
Shower room / WC 4 m²
At least as much again is available in as yet un-converted accommodation area under this capacious roof.
Pool 5x3m² + balneo / steps, enclosed.
Pool house 18 m² with water and electric,
pump house with sand filter and pool pump
separate storage area.
2 paved terraces
Well near house and 2nd source at entry to garden
Garage / woodstore, large workshop, carport at rear + 2nd smaller workshop
Land 19 hectares in total.
~~ Local Amenities ~~
The village of Saint Sardos has a boucherie, epicerie, post office, petrol station, garage and the cave cooperative for the well regarded St. Sardos wines. The lakes are a center for summertime amusements and other festivities throughout the year.The nearest neighbouring villages also have similar shops as alternative choices and there are nearby bars and restaurants. A large choice of major supermarkets are available within easy reach, as well as schools and colleges, libraries, vets, dentists and doctors.
Toulouse Blagnac airport is a comfortable 40 mins drive, and the city center can be reached by tram, bus and tube from various easy to park points if preferred. A trip to the Pyrenees or the Mediterranean is only a couple of hours away.