Interview with an agent in Hautes-Pyrénées

The facade and pool

The facade and pool - Credit: Archant

Edward Landau of Le Bonheur explains why this three-bedroom former farmhouse, on the market for €599,000, gets his vote

The property's tropical garden

The property's tropical garden - Credit: Archant

Edward Landau of Le Bonheur explains why this three-bedroom former farmhouse, on the market for €599,000, gets his vote

Why does this property stand out for you?

Location, location, location. This cliché sums up what is probably the most important asset of any property. My chosen property is set on a ridge in a secluded environment yet within easy reach of the three busy market towns of Marciac, Maubourguet and Plaisance. Its elevated position takes full advantage of the stunning panorama of the Pyrénées stretching across the horizon, and also takes in a small vineyard and numerous church steeples. Originally a farmhouse, the property has been renovated paying great attention to detail. Contemporary living spaces have been created and a continuity of style runs throughout, giving real integrity to the finished project.

The modern, minimalist interior

The modern, minimalist interior - Credit: Archant

Why is it a great buy?

The property provides a unique opportunity in the area as there are so few restoration projects that have been completed without compromising the purity of design or the quality of finish. It provides value in that it works perfectly just as it is, and as a result there would be no temptation to change or expand anything.

What’s the wow factor?

Definitely the open-plan living area and the dramatic views from its windows, but everywhere you turn in this property there is architectural space that is pleasing to the eye, with clean lines and attractive features.

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What is your favourite room or feature?

Rather than a single feature of the home it is the integrity of the overall design, the skilful blend of old and new, and the openness of the living spaces that appeal to me the most.

What is the immediate location like?

The house is set in grounds of around 2.5ha, surrounded by a tapestry of pastures and farmland. There are no immediate neighbours but the property is not in any way isolated.

What is the appeal of the area?

The house is on the border of the Gers and Hautes-Pyrénées départements, an area renowned for its lively cultural festivals and activities, friendly and welcoming locals, and delicious, varied cuisine. It’s good news if you’re a skier as the Pyrenean slopes are within easy reach, and the Spanish border is only an hour and a half away by road.

How easy is it to get to?

Extremely, via multiple methods. A new motorway runs from Bordeaux down to Pau and the house is only half an hour from the turnoff at Aire-sur-l’Adour. Nearby Tarbes is served by a TGV station as well as an airport and there are other airports at Pau, Toulouse, Biarritz and Bordeaux.

Who would it suit?

I can see the property pleasing most demographics. With the living space and main bedroom on ground level and further bedrooms with insulated floors on the upper level, it would provide a family with both communal and private spaces. It could easily be a permanent home with its low maintenance and running costs, but would also make an ideal holiday home that the owner could simply lock up and leave.