Records indicate that the property was founded as a convent by the Emperor Charlemagne in the early 9th Century. It was used as a refuge for Cathar women during the Albigensian crusade of the 13th Century. The original convent was destroyed during the 100 years war, but was rebuilt again as a convent in 1322. It became a priory in the mid 18th century and was rebuilt in 1770, when a pigeonnier was added. During the 19th century it became a private residence and there is graffiti in the large cellar indicating that the property was occupied by French soldiers during the Napoleonic wars.
Now renovated to the highest of standards of specialised workmanship and materials. The accommodation comprises:
On the Ground Floor:
Vaulted Through Hall (10.5m x 5m) with tiled floor.
Superb Main Drawing Room (10.58m x 2.53m) light and bright with window views, double French window to the swimming pool area, handsome tiled floor and handsome stone open fireplace,
Stylish Library / Salon (6m x 4.83m) extensive full height fitted bookshelves, massive open stone fireplace and tiled floor. Access through to
Study / Salon (5m x 3.85m) tiled floor, twin French windows to the terrace and pool, range of bookshelves and desk areas. Also, separate door to Hall.
Spacious Dining Room With Fitted Kitchen (10.64m x 4.8m) stone and brick fireplace, tiled floor, original evier, range of base and wall cupboards incorporating dishwasher and whirlpool fridge freezer. Additional Kitchen Area with granite worktops to units, deep sink unit, massive cooking range with stainless steel backing and extractor canopy.
Arched recess with Separate WC and washbasin.
Access to Laundry / Utility Room (11.5m x 2.44m) with vaulted ceilings, tiled floor and door to
Further Vaulted Area (10m x 4.33m) with store cupboards and door to the exterior. Also Wine Cellar Area
Staircase to The First Floor
Spacious Landing to Inner Landing access to Superbly restored Pigeonnier with sitting area (6.27m x 2.75m overall)
Bathroom (leading off) with step-in bath, vanity unit, walk-in tiled shower, WC and tiled floor.
Doorway to Inner Landing with access to
Principal Bedroom and Sitting Room Suite (10.17m 5.17m) with extensive exposed beams, timber floor and wood burning stove inset.
Bedroom No. 2 (5.16m max x4.13m) (currently a dressing room) with timber floor.
Bathroom No. 2 (5.22m x 4m) with a roll-top bath, twin vanity units, fully tiled shower, WC, bidet and heated towel rails.
Leading off the initial landing;
Bedroom No. 3 (4.58m x 4.75m) with timber floor.
Bedroom No. 4 (3.42m x 2.78m) with timber floor.
Additional Landing with tiled floor, provides access to
Bedroom No. 5 (4.58m x 4.75m) with tiled floor.
Adjoining Bathroom with panelled bath and full height shower, vanity unit, WC and heated towel rail.
Split-level Landing with access to
Spacious Bedroom / Living Room Suite No. 6 with tiled floor
En-suite Bathroom with panelled bath and shower, tiled shower, vanity unit, WC, heated towel rail and tiled floor.
Bedroom No. 7 (4.34m 4m) ceiling open to full roof height, part glazed door with access to exterior staircase. Tiled floor.
The Separate and Entirely Self-Contained
Stone Built Cottage
(The original bake house for the convent has been most attractively restored
and comprises (all on the ground floor)
Charming Living Room / Dining Room and Fitted Kitchen Area (5.44m x 5m) open to the full ceiling height, two original bread ovens, exposed beams and tiled floor. The kitchen includes stainless steel sink unit, built-in electric oven, gas/electric hob and built-in fridge. Matching wall cupboards.
Spacious Double Bedroom / Sitting Room (5.53m x 4.56m) open to full ceiling height, tiled floor, French window to the terrace and garden, dressed stonework.
Inner Hall with tiled floor and range of built-in wardrobe cupboards.
Excellent Bathroom with panelled bath with tiled surround, vanity unit, walk-in shower, WC, tiled floor and heated towel rail.
Full Width Terrace at the front leading around to the Covered Dining Terrace (5.2m x 2.5m) with lovely views and tiled floor.
Original Stone Well adjoining.
The property is approached through a massive double gateway entrance with tiled roof and paved parking area beside the Open Fronted Barn (12m x 6.2m) leading to the
Huge Main Stone Barn with tiled roof (all in good order) with stone flagged floor and horse mangers. In two parts with centre stone walling ~
Part 1 (left hand side) measures 15m x 5.75m
Part 2 (right hand side) measures 15m x 6.2m
Separate Store Barn in stone.
At the front of the house is a large lawned area with centrally located mature tree.
The Main Front Terrace leads to the side of the second house where the Boiler House is located, having two central heating boilers and the hot water tank. Lawned Area with views and a flight of stone steps to Large Terrace along the whole of the rear of the house. The whole of the Ancient Walled Rear Garden is most attractively landscaped with lawns, variety of mature shrubs and trees, fine box hedges, a Greenhouse and
Large Heated Swimming Pool (12m x 6m) with heat exchanger and automatic electric cover.
The Grounds overall extend to 6.5 hectares (approximately 16 acres) ideal for keeping horses and there are extensive country views.
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