IP1155  € 798 000

Castera Verduzan

Period Hilltop Property with cool Guest House and dramatic views

A superb stone-built maison de maître set on a promontory with 360 degree views and a long rising drive guaranteeing absolute privacy. Beautifully restored, combining original period features with modern function and set in delightfully mature gardens. Separate and stylish accommodation in a convert


Style: House
Period: Period
Condition: Very Good


Property SOLD

3 Receptions
5 Bedrooms
6 Bathrooms
Floor Area: 490 m²
Land Area: 1.14 ha
Swimming Pool

Room Details

Ground floor
Entrance hall, 10x3m, the full depth of the house, with double doors north & south with transom windows.
Utility room, serving as a laundry and guest cloakroom.
Library, 5.3x5.2m, with early Gascon fireplace, heavily beamed ceiling, two windows north, stone sink.
Bedroom 2, 6.6x5.2m, with decorative fireplace, three windows south, diagonally laid tiles.
Ensuite bathroom, 3.5x3m, with heated towel rail, north window, bath, large shower, pedestal basin & WC.
Living room, 5.7x4.5m, with exposed beams, attractive stone fireplace with wood-burning stove.
Dining area, 4.5x3.8m, with broad opening to kitchen, south window & glazed bay to covered terrace. Kitchen, 5.3x3.8 with exposed beams, low voltage lighting, painted units on two sides with tiled worktops & splash-backs, built-in double oven, gas hob & extractor, glazed door to terrace.
Covered terrace, 11x5m, a delightful outdoor eating area with long views west, reconstituted stone floor, sink & barbecue area near former bread oven.
The ground floor has exposed stone features and terracotta-style floor tiles with under-floor heating and the mmensely thick, ancient walls make for heat retention in the winter and cool interiors in the summer.

First floor
A handsome turning stair in elm rises to central landing, 10x3m, one wall in exposed stone. 
Bedroom 1, 6.6x5.3m, with marble fireplace, double aspect.
Ensuite bathroom, 3.6x3.3m, two heated towel rails, bath, walk-in shower, pedestal basin & WC.
Bedroom 3, 5.3x4.3m, two steps down, partially under eaves and beams, one exposed stone wall.
Walk-in dressing room fitted with clothes hanging and shelving.
Family shower room, with shower, basin & WC.
The first-floor rooms have high-grade oak flooring in traditionally laid, random width boards.
Vestibule, three steps down, fitted for clothes storage.
Undeveloped area, with three room spaces suitable for conversion.

Guest house
Living area, 9x8m, an immense space with ceilings in excess of 5m, with exposed roof beams, two exposed stone walls, 'monumental' fireplace with powerful wood burning stove, french door to covered terrace, floor in large pale tile with under floor heating.
Kitchen area, 5x4m, with wall of cupboards, double stainless sink, built-in oven, gas hob and extractor. Additional units separate the dining area from the kitchen, providing more work space and a breakfast bar.
Utility room, with stainless sink above storage units, connections for washing machine, broom cupboard.
Shower room, with walk-in shower, basin & WC.
Covered terrace, 8.5x3.5m, a delightful south-facing outdoor living area.
Further open terrace with french windows from kitchen.
Mezzanine sleeping area, 5.8x5.4m, under eaves with poplar floor boards, south windows.
Bathroom, with heated towel rail, bath, basin & WC.
Former pressoir, accessed by an external stone staircase and elevated balcony.
Bedroom 2, 4.5x5.7m, with high ceilings, french doors and south window.
Ensuite shower room, with walk-in shower, pedestal basin & WC.
Both main and guest houses are wi-fi capable and have satellite reception.

Double barn, in two separate sections, both 14x10m, with concrete floors, for garaging and garden machinery.
Swimming pool, 11x5m, dramatically set at west end of property with long views all round, paved area with solar shower, copper-silver ionization water treatment.
Car port, adjoining the guest barn with generous space for several vehicles.
Boiler rooms, housing the dual central heating and hot water systems and electrical boards.
Domestic water tanks & pump as back-up to mains supply.
Both septic tank drainage systems conform to current norms.
Plans have been drawn for a separate first floor office or additional bedroom suite.

More Information

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General Details

In an area where the Templars were known to be active, the property is believed to have medieval origins. A 1km drive, of which 600 metres are privately owned, rises to a knoll with an enticing roll away to the south. There are panoramic views over undulating countryside, with the Pyrenees often providing a dramatic backdrop. The main house and independent guest wing have been comprehensively restored with many attractive finishes; exposed stone, hand-built oak doors, timber and tile floors and underfloor oil-fired central heating at ground floor level. All roofs, windows, shutters, electrical, plumbing and drainage systems have been renewed and decoration is in pale and natural colours throughout. 

The Guest House has an immense living area more than 70 sqm and a lofty 5-metre high ceiling and 'monumental' fireplace with powerful wood burning stove. There is a mezzanine sleeping area with bathroom and separate bedroom suite in the former wine press room. As a letting unit and source of income, the Guest House has featured on a Sunday Times list of Europe’s coolest rental villas.

A double barn with two areas of 140sqm has been used for social events or would suit a collector. The swimming pool, 11x5m, is strategically placed for the views from its paved sun deck. The grounds have been skillfully landscaped and are bounded by mixed hedges attracting a variety of domestic and migratory birds. With an absence of light pollution, the location is ideal for star gazing at night.

1.14 hectares of grounds forming a long rectangle, the boundaries being established by mixed hedges, which attract a wide variety of domestic and migratory birds. At the eastern end is a collection of mature trees including cedar, oak, ash and cypress. At strategic points are professionally planted borders and climbers trained on walls and terraces and beside the guest house a small kitchen garden is set out with fruit trees and raised beds. To the front of the main building is a more extensive garden area with an ancient well and to the west, the grounds are served by a fully automatic watering system.



Distance to nearest airport: 100 Km
Distance to nearest train station: 25 Km
Distance to nearest commerces: 2 Km



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Property Sales Regions

Gascony, France
Pyrenées, France
Midi-Pyrenees, France
South West France

Property Styles For Sale

Country Estates
Manoirs & Chateaux
Maisons de Maître
Rural Properties