Set in the beautiful region of the Gorges de l’Aveyron with its wealth of medieval hilltop villages, this typical Quercy stone farmhouse has been completely restored to combine the traditional architecture and materials of the region with the requirement of comfortable and efficient living. The property is quietly set at the edge of a small picturesque village, overlooking the countryside and valley beyond and surrounded by fieldland and woods.
The property lies just 6km north of the traditional medieval market town of Caylus with all commercial facilities and 20 minutes from the popular fortified town of St Antonin Noble Val. The larger market towns of Caussade and Villefranche de Rouergue are both approximately 30 minutes drive away, with the Départemental town of Montauban approximately 45 minutes away.
In August 2014 The Midi-Pyrénées was voted the best place to live in France, according to the fourth annual “Better Life Index”, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
The region scored 7.82 out of 10 across a range of 11 “well-being criteria”, including employment, health, the environment, education, civic engagement, access to services, and public safety.
Whilst situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the property also benefits from excellent transport links being just 30 minutes from the A20 autoroute:-
By Air: numerous daily flights from Toulouse International Airport (1.15 hours distant) using Easyjet, plus other budget and national carriers. Ryanair operates regular flights from Rodez Airport (1.15 hours distant) to various European destinations. Ryanair also operates from Brive Gaillard Airport (just over 1 hour from Caylus via the A20 autoroute) and also City Jet operating regular services to London City Airport.
By Road: A20 Autoroute exit at junction 59 to Caussade.
By Rail: regular train services to the region from all over France to Caussade, Villefranche de Rouergue, Montauban and Toulouse (with the new TGV link direct to Barcelona 3 hours).
- 4 double Bedrooms
- 4 Bathroom/Shower Rooms
- Large Kitchen + additional Guest Kitchen
- 2 large Sitting Rooms
- Dining Room
- Sun Room
- Large Swimming Pool
- Central Heating
- Large Double Garage
- Additional traditional Stone Barn (for renovation)
- 2.25 hectares of landscaped grounds, fieldland & woods
- Total habitable space: 240 square metres
It should be noted that the property has been versatilely arranged by the current owners and has been designed as a very spacious large family home, or a main house with an entirely separate self-contained guest suite:-
There are discretely placed double intercommunicating doors (providing sound proofing and privacy) leading from the main dining room to the original barn and hayloft which has been superbly converted to provide completely independent accommodation for family and friends, or could provide excellent income in the summer months on a letting basis. The main entrance to the guest suite is at the rear of the house and is independent from the main house with its own private driveway and parking area.
The main property is approached by a double wrought iron gateway (electronically operated) and the gravel driveway sweeps around a centre lawned area with a variety of shrubs and trees inset and continues up to:-
The Two Car Garage (5m x 8m total width), with a steep pitched tiled roof and twin up and over doors. Concrete floor. Light and power installed.
The Grounds have been thoughtfully landscaped with a mass of mature trees, flowering shrubs and roses. Various “outside rooms” have been created within the garden to take full advantage of sun and shade in the summer months including a productive “Potager”. The grounds enjoy a sunny southerly aspect and are very privately situated with no passing traffic.
At the rear of the property the grounds include a:-
- Large Swimming Pool (12m x 6m) with paved surround and rockery area with large borders planted out with lavender.
- An Additional Traditional Stone Barn (for renovation) adjoins woodland and currently used for storage, but could be converted to provide an additional guest suite.
Electricity. Telephone. Septic tank. Oil-fired heating. Wi-fi.