Beautiful 5 Bedroom House For Sale in Aveyron France
Beautiful 5 Bedroom House For Sale in Aveyron France
Euroresales Property ID- 9825393
This beautiful, architect designed home is set in a stunningly tranquil location, high on the banks of the River Lot. Overlooking the lovely Lac de Castellnau, the renowned fishing lake created by a river barrage some two kilometres downstream of the property. The wooded Lot valley winds its way along the southern flanks of the Massif Central passing through quaint medieval towns and villages built in local stone.
The 5-bedroom main building comprises two old stone barns (30m x 7m in plan, with two floors), purchased in 2002 and renovated to modern standards during the following two years. A heated swimming pool (7m x 5m x 1.2m deep) with wonderful elevated views was added in 2014. Comfortable terraces wrap around the river view end of the property, providing ample seating and a choice of sun or shade throughout the day. The building sits in 1.2 hectares of mixed pasture and woodland, including mature sweet chestnut and walnut trees.
Adjacent to the house there is a charming stone outbuilding, once a communal bread oven and now a wood store it has a section used for drying chestnuts. At the upper end of the main building, the spacious garage is accessed via a short driveway and houses pump and filter equipment for the swimming pool. A modest twin-hulled dinghy with an outboard engine is also stored here. Below the garage a large workshop contains oil storage tank and heating boiler, miscellaneous tools and equipment and a Honda quad bike used to tow the boat down to the lakeshore slipway. Furniture for the heated pool, plus tables and chairs for outdoor living are stored in both the garage and workshop. All ‘loose’ items mentioned are for sale with the property, in addition to all furniture and fittings inside the house.
Entering the property, you find yourself in a large fully fitted dining kitchen that provides generous working space with an electric stove and gas hob alongside the dishwasher. As well as a large fridge/freezer there is also a smaller bottle fridge. Additional working space is provided by the kitchen island, beneath which is further cupboard storage. The solid oak dining table comfortably seats eight people with extensions to seat twelve. Electrical sockets are generously provided throughout the kitchen and the rest of the house. Downstairs heating is provided by an efficient under-floor system, whilst upstairs there are hot water radiators. An efficient wood burning stove in the kitchen provides for flexible heating.
Access to the first floor is via an oak staircase from the kitchen and behind the staircase are two rooms. The utility room has a washing machine, dryer, twin washbasin unit and storage shelving. The adjacent room has a lavatory and washbasin.
At the opposite end of the kitchen, a wide doorway leads into a huge open area on two levels. The area currently used as a games room has a medium sized pool table, sideboard and sofa seating. A couple of steps lead down to the sitting room area with its large window to the rear and two sets of glazed window/door panels to the front of the property that look out across the lake and mountains. The large stone fireplace incorporates a second cast iron wood burning stove.
To retain as much of the rustic appeal of the property as possible, the old beams and floorboards above have been left exposed. The floor downstairs is covered with ceramic tiles throughout. All windows are double glazed with hard wood frames and exterior hardwood shutters. The shutters for the lounge windows and doors are removable whilst those for the remainder of the house are hinged and, in addition to providing security, are useful to help with seasonal temperature control.
Upstairs there is a modern insulated wooden floor and parts of the original timber roof structure and framing are an exposed feature. There are four large bedrooms, two of which have en-suite baths and showers and a there is a further small bedroom with two single beds. An ample shower room with toilet and vanity unit serves the remaining bedrooms. A glazed doorway/window opens off the corridor to the rear and leads to a generous pathway that facilitates easy access to the swimming pool area.
About the Area:
The village of Lassouts is 4.5km away and has a well-stocked shop essentials. It also has a very popular hotel restaurant serving traditional food. Four different supermarkets are within 30 minutes drive. The surrounding area provides wonderful opportunities for activities such as walking, cycling, fishing, canoeing, horse riding and skiing on the Massif Central and also bird watching.
Rodez Airport is less than one hour away and has summer flights to London Stansted. Toulouse and Montpellier flights are also available from London. Regular Manchester flights link to Bezier on the Mediterranean coast (2 hours drive). Scheduled International Flights Arrive Daily at Toulouse.
This truly delightful area is steeped in history, from the castles of the Lords of the Rouergue to the bastides and fortified villages of the legendary Knights Templar and Hospitaliers. The renowned pilgrim trail, Chemin de St Jacques, crosses the River Lot a short distance downstream of the property at St Come d'Olt. Iconic locations, such as the medieval village of Conques, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are found along the way.