The house is an old stone barn nestled in one hectare of beautiful green land, surrounded by forests and with views of the mountain peaks with its ever changing lights and colours. Situated at 750m altitude and 3 km up a mountain track, it has been renovated with quality materials and is completely off-grid. The mountain track, at times, bordered on either sides by some ancient stone walls has a limited width of 1.90m approx but does not require a 4×4 except in very deep snow which we are still waiting for!!
The house is South facing and has a living room/dinning room, a kitchen, 2 bedrooms, a shower room, a bathroom, store room, and larder. Attached to the house is an 18m x 4m open-sided barn comprising of an outdoor kitchen, dog kennels, wood store, machinery store, workshop, and 2 lockable tool sheds.
The living room, 8.5m x 5m, has a wood burning stove, tiled floor, 2 windows, 1 floor to ceiling non opening window, and a large glass door leading to a wisteria & kiwi covered pergola and to the garden. In the centre of the living room there is a custom built elm staircase leading to the floor above.
From the living room there is access to a fully fitted kitchen 5.5m x 3m which has a solid fuel Rayburn, a propane gas hob, tiled floor and vaulted ceiling. There are 3 windows, a small sky light and a glass door leading to a small porch and the garden.
From the kitchen there is a door leading to a small larder and storage space housing a 1000 litre spring water tank & a pump, as well as a propane gas hot water boiler. There is also access to a shower room with Wc and hand basin. The pump distributes the water throughout the house.
The landing, bedrooms and bathroom all have vaulted ceilings and exposed beams giving them a sense of spaciousness. The flooring on the entire first floor is solid sweet chestnut and all the internal doors are custom made with wild cherry wood.
The main bedroom 4.5m x 3m has 3 windows, 1 large one going down to floor level and 2 smaller ones. There is also floor to ceiling fitted wardrobe and cupboards.
The second, smaller bedroom, is 3m x 3m, has a window and a door leading to a small store room/dressing room. The dressing room 2.5m x 1.5m has a small window and floor to ceiling cupboards.
The bathroom, strategically placed between the 2 bedrooms is 3m x 2m has 1 window, a bath with shower attachment, a wash basin with cupboard below, electric razor plug and toilets.
The house is extremely well insulated, with double glazing and solid wooden shutters throughout. The thick stone walls keep the house very warm in the winter and very cool in the summer. The whole house has been painted using organic paint.
Professionally installed and recently updated solar power system: 1,500 watt panels, 900 amp hour batteries, intelligent charge controller & battery monitor, 1000 watt 230v transformer, 230v throughout the house. All with separate control room and battery room. There is a small backup generator.
Propane gas hot water boiler and gas cooker
Drinkable spring water piped into a 1000 litre tank in the house. The overflow goes to a small fountain outside the kitchen door and flows back to the stream. The water is distributed throughout the house.
Excellent mobile phone coverage
Internet available via satellite
The 1 hectare property is completely fenced off and has 2 streams running through it. One third of it is woodland. No chemicals were ever used on the land and the garden has been designed and cultivated according to Permaculture principles. There is a young but established food forest with about 200 trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennial plants (full list is available), 2 large fenced vegetable gardens with raised beds, a 14m x 4m polytunnel with a 1000 litre water tank, and a large chicken house.
There is also a 5m diameter yurt with insulated sweet chestnut flooring and wood burning stove that we use as a guest room.
The property, surrounded by forest, is teaming with wild life, and is a paradise for hikers, foragers and nature lovers. There are many tracks for mountain biking, hiking, horse riding, donkey trekking, mushroom hunting and more. Although remote, it is only 10 minutes away from a bar/restaurant and a village shop with all amenities. Main shops, schools, banks, dentists, doctors and hospitals, are all within easy reach.
Toulouse and Pau airports are 1½ hours away while Tarbes/Lourdes airport is only 1 hour away depending on how fast you drive. There are skiing stations 30-40 minutes away, the main one being Bagneres de Luchon and the Spanish border is only 40 minutes away ideal for a quick tapas lunch! Of course, the Tour de France often passes through some of the villages nearby if you fancy watching it live.
This house is quite exceptional in its ability to fulfil your dream of sustainability – in comfort. You could easily forget that it's off the grid!
Price € 295,000
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