La Metairie Petite is an 19th Century converted farm and associated barn, complete with ’Quercy’ tower. The part that once formed the barn has been tastefully converted into living accommodation, and many of the old features have been preserved. The portion that provided the original domestic accommodation has also been restored and is occupied by the owners during the summer months.
Seclusion and privacy is offered, with the nearest neighbours being located at least 500 metres away. Accessed from a very quiet lane, the property is open to both the surrounding fields and to the access lane, and the swimming pool is also unfenced. Whilst this open environment presents no threat to older children, the Gite is not suited to infants or to those children to whom the open-environment would present a risk; consequently, children under the age 6 years are not accepted. The pool is equipped with an audible ‘splash alarm’.
This stone-built house has an open aspect to the south and west, but is set against trees and woodland on the other sides; consequently, there is an abundance of both sunshine and shade. Patios and terraces join the west elevation of the house with the 10m by 5m swimming pool. For those who prefer shade, there is also a large covered terrace with upholstered furniture. Beyond the pool is a large grassed area of about half an acre leading to an old tennis court. Tennis can still be played on the court, and 2 tennis racquets are provided, but the court would probably fail to meet the needs of truly serious players.
The large dining-kitchen is fully equipped with ample work surfaces for food preparation. The dining area seats 8. There is a utility-store room off the kitchen, with washing machine, large fridge and storage shelving. The lounge provides seating for 8, and there is an additional dining area for 6 (8 at a squeeze).
Bedroom 1 has a super-king-size 4-poster bed, en-suite shower room with wash basin and WC. Bedrooms 2 & 3 have twin beds, and share the use of a shower room, equipped with a shower cubicle, wash basin and WC. The Tower Room has a king-size bed, and links to a dressing room and en-suite bath/shower room with wash basin and WC.
There is ample outdoor seating and lounging furniture, together with parasols and BBQ equipment. The 10m x 5m pool is 1.7m at the deep-end and 1.1m at the shallow-end; roman steps provide easy entry to the pool at the shallow end. A pair of ladies/men’s mountain bicycles are available, and additional bicycles can be hired in Gourdon The tennis court is available for casual play, and 2 racquets are provided. A set of ‘Boules’ is also provided. Radio, free-to-air satellite TV, DVD and CD player are provided in the lounge, and clients can choose from a good range of new and old movies on DVD, which the owner is happy to provide on free loan. A well-stocked bookcase provides leisure reading to suit most tastes....Read more
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