Woodland retreat and gite - Betchat
Secluded rustic woodland retreat
This is a haven for nature lovers offering two habitable buildings, the first is a charming stone cottage and a second a beautifully renovated barn. The property once served as the main dependence for the castle on the hill . The buildings have been restored with traditional and ecological building materials, so this would be a wonderful primary residence or a holiday home.
The gardens (3345m2) offer mature plantings, an organic vegetable garden, orchard, a pond and wildflower meadows. The remains of further outbuildings offer possibilities for extending the property or adding a third property on the grounds.
The property has a private, cobbled access track of 600m and is sheltered by woodlands and meadows. No close neighbours, this property is a rural retreat.
The beautifully renovated barn (on 2 floors, 146m²) has two covered terraces, a large open kitchen/salon area (45m²), an atelier which could be another bedroom or office , a dry-WC/bathroom downstairs. Upstairs you have a huge, airy, luminous loft-style room (80m²) with a stunning open beam ceiling. The barn has bespoke woodwork (staircase, windows, doors kitchen) done by a master English cabinet-maker, and a mix of travertine and wood flooring. Wood-stove heating, thermodynamic water heater (with reverse A/C), reed-bed grey water system. The barn is perfect for immediate rental income. The barn has over 100m² of buildable land attached to the eastern side, so could be extended or even a third rental could be created.
The main house (on 3 floors, 166m²) is situated a few meters to the west of the barn. It is comprised of an entry hall (12m²), an open kitchen/salon area (36m²), two generous bedrooms (17m² and 19m²), a WC with shower and a beautiful attic with exposed beams that could be converted into extra rooms. Parquet floors, mix of single and double glazing, solar panels for hot water (300L boiler), cellar, garden pergola attached to west side of house. Wood-fired central heating plus an ESSE cast-iron cook stove that does domestic hot water as well. The house needs light refreshing (i.e. repainting,a bit of replastering and potential double glazing). There is ample room to make your mark on this lovely cottage although is perfectly habitable and heatable in it’s current state.
The property is situated in the Couserans, in between Salies du Salat and St. Girons – two busy market-towns with shops, banks, golf, fishing, spas and schools. The local village has a school, post office and a well-known restaurant. Toulouse is 50 minutes by car, the train station and motorway 15 minutes; ski stations and walking trails 45 minutes.
Rooms : 4 bedrooms and 6 rooms
Surface : 315 m²
Total area : 3345 m²
Heating : Wood stove
Hot water : Hot water tank
Condition : Requires updating
Orientation : South
View : Forest Countryside
Renovation year : 2009
• Barbecue • Fireplace • Solar panels
Primary school • Town centre
Hospital/clinic • Doctor
Supermarket • Secondary school
Airport • Ski slope
Secondary school • Sport centre