Situated in the wild Castelloubon valley just 8 mins south-east of Lourdes, at the limit of a hanging valley at 600m (almost 2000ft) altitude, is this superb shepherd's cottage, renovated to perfection in 2010 using biological materials. Offering 90m² of living space including 2 bedrooms, a bright and welcoming living area with open kitchen, bathroom and 1.2 hectares (3 acres) of fertile pasture with a pond plus two outbuildings. One for your shortlist!
Via the generous south-facing patio doors or the north-facing main entrance, you will enter the main living area, bathed in daylight, it's 44m² include the fitted kitchen with black granite worktop with ash inserts, and the terra cotta floor tiling alternating with the wooden chestnut flooring, ensuring a harmony to the space.
A bathroom with toilet and Italian-style walk-in shower are also on the ground floor as well as ash bookcases, cupboards with Indian doors, a working fireplace and several original preserved elements such as the drinking trough which add to the rustic quality of the house. An excellent Max Blanck wood-fired stove made from sandstone will provide ample heat and cosy evenings after a day's skiing.
A beech and rubber tree wood staircase leads up to a landing which serves two bedrooms of 12m² each, both bright yet cosy, with one enjoying a private bathroom. A toilet completes this level.
Construction is traditional. The roof is new as well as the slate covering with compressed wood fibre insulation. The walls inside and out have been pointed with lime. Heating is via the main stove. Hot water uses an electric storage tank.
The independent sewage treating system is new and therefore up to current regulations. Drinking water is taken from the ground 3.5m down with a Uv and particle filter.
No near or overlooking neighbours. Accessible all year round in a normal car. Surrounded by 1.2ha of pastureland with an 80m² pond fed by a perennial stream. A 17.5m² shed will house your skis, a 12m² garden shelter, wood shelter and water pump shelter complete the property.
Less than 10 mins from Lourdes for daily market of local produce, main commerce, Sanctuary and TGV-served railway station. 30 mins from Tarbes airport (Ryanair and Air France), 1h from numerous ski slopes, 30 mins from A64 motorway serves Toulouse, Biarritz and a day out at the beach in 2h, Spain in 2h20, Bordeaux in 2h30 and the Mediterranean in 4h.
90 m² of habitable surface (969 sqFt)
1.2 hectares of land (2.97 acres)