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Reference 247177

Character 5 bedroom House for sale with lake or river view in Saint Beat Lez, Midi-Pyrenees

529,000 EUR
425,700 GBP 529,650 USD
Charming 5 bedroom river front house, which has been lovingly restored using high quality materials whilst maintaining many original features, perfectly located to take advantage of skiing, unparalleled hiking, camping, cycling and other outdoor activities.

Renovations include:
• New climitisation system in all living spaces and bedrooms with heating, cooling and dehumidification
• New electrical system in accordance with French electrical code and a centralised tableau
• Satellite/cable television and CAT-5 ethernet (for television and internet) throughout the home
• New plumbing system in accordance with French plumbing code
• High-capacity new hot water cylinder
• Environmentally green pellet stove in the salon
• Whole home VMC for air circulation
• New flooring installed throughout
• Completely renovated bathrooms and water closets
• Four-person hot tub
• New American-style kitchen
• Insulation for the second floor and attic
• New Velux windows in the attic
• New paint and decoration throughout

The properly is a lovely family or holiday home, but would also be a perfect B&B or gite (investment). The B&B in the village closed 7 years ago due to bereavement, leaving scope for a new establishment catering to tourists and skiers in the region.

Ground floor:
Spacious open-plan salon and kitchen, laundry room/pantry, cloakroom and a WC. At the rear of the home are 2 double-glazed doors that lead to the outdoor courtyard. 2 climitisation units have been installed for heating, cooling and dehumidification. Vestibule entrance (3.2m2), with double front doors leading into an enclosed vestibule with Pyrenean marble floors. A second set of double-glazed doors serves as a climate barrier and entrance into the main home. It houses a centralised tableau for all electrical, satellite/cable television, and CAT-5 ether-net functions. Large open-plan salon and kitchen (41.5m2) with new ceramic tiles (2021), but the original historic Pyrenean marble path has been retained. The salon has been fitted with an environmentally green pellet stove insert in the original fireplace. The room is accented by floor-to-ceiling original cabinetry with ornamental plaster reliefs and neo-classical details. 3 ornamental plaster faces peer down from above the fireplace (which are likenesses of the family who originally built the home). The salon is lit by a large chandelier hung from a ceiling rose above. The kitchen was designed in 2021 with an enormous French oak centre island housing a copper sink, dishwasher, microwave, and plenty of drawers fitted with custom storage. Above the centre island are 2 crystal and copper light fixtures that anchor the room. The kitchen includes an ardoise grey 110cm Falcon Elise (made by Rangemaster) double oven with separate broiler and warming drawer with an induction cook-top (4,900 EUR), a fitted exhaust system, and an American-style fridge. The original working wood burning fireplace serves as a beautiful backdrop for the kitchen. The kitchen is wired for satellite/cable television, and CAT-5 ether-net (for television/internet).
Cloakroom (9.8m2): new ceramic tile flooring that flows in from the salon to unify the space. It is the perfect place to store winter coats/boots, bicycles, and skis when coming in from the cold. It has a closed fireplace and a crystal chandelier. WC (2.6m2).
Laundry room/pantry (9.4m2): newly installed hot water cylinder and is the plumbing hub of the home.
Staircase: at the rear of the ground floor is a grand staircase with curved banisters and original railings that match those found in the village Mairie. The staircase is lit by fixtures on both upper floor landings and an enormous window.
Courtyard (43m2): a flexible space serving as a potted herb garden, 3-season dining area, and hot tub. The tall privacy wall is fitted with windows that allow for views of the Garonne River. A watertight metal door provides access to the river.

• Covered patio (6.7m2): with original 'evier' marble sink.
• Original outdoor fireplace, hearth, and bread oven for fires on autumn evenings
• Wood store (4.35m2)
• "Source" with an installed pump
• Small storage for garden equipment (1m2)
• Outdoor water taps, electrical outlets, and lighting
• Hot tub with dedicated electrical outlet
• Spiral staircase leading to a terrace on the first floor

First floor:
Landing, 3 principal rooms that could all serve as bedrooms, and a master bathroom. The master bathroom has new ceramic tile and the other rooms have 13mm French ash planks that were milled locally and installed by an artisan. The 3 principal rooms have been wired for satellite/cable television, and CAT-5 ether-net (for television/internet) and have climitisation for heating, cooling, and dehumidification. The landing and the 3 principal rooms have panelling and picture rails installed to house newly renovated electrical systems.

Landing (8.2m2): The landing receives light from an enormous window at the rear of the home and a lantern-style light fixture that works well with the age and style of the home. Master Bedroom (21.6m2) The master bedroom has original floor-to-ceiling cabinetry fitted with shelves for extra hanging and folding storage that surrounds a closed fireplace with ornamental plaster details. The plaster work on the mantle bears the initials of a family who once called this home. The other three walls have panelling and picture rails. Ceiling-height, double-glazed windows offer a view of the village and the nearby chateau. A grand chandelier lights the space. Master Dressing Area (2.7m2) Making the most of space, an old small bathroom has been renovated as a dressing area with fitted drawers, shelving, and hanging storage. Master Bathroom (12.3m2). Once an old kitchen, the master bath is large and luxurious. It has a beautiful white claw-foot bathtub with chrome lion's feet situated under ceiling-height, double-glazed windows overlooking the Garonne River, a toilet, a large walk-in rain shower, and double sinks housed in a salvaged antique sideboard that was selected to highlight the neo-classical details of the home. The bathroom is fitted with high-end chrome retro fixtures, ornate mirrors, beautiful light fixtures, and recessed ceiling lighting. A large retro ardoise grey wall heater completes the room and warm the space wonderfully.

Art studio (13.4m2). The art studio receives a lot of natural light through a large ceiling-height, double-glazed window and glass double-glazed door that leads onto an upper terrace. It has a closed fireplace with ornamental plaster details, an original cupboard, and panelling and picture rails. This room is lit by a crystal chandelier beneath a ceiling rose.
Library (18.3m2). The library is a beautifully sunlit room with lovely ornamental plaster details reminiscent of the neo-classical era, floor-to-ceiling original cabinetry, a closed fireplace, two ceiling-height double-glazed windows, panelling and picture rails, and a dramatic crystal chandelier.

First floor terrace (15.4m2). The sunny first floor terrace overlooks the Garonne River and the beautiful Pyrenees Mountains. The views are unparalleled. In spring and summer, the view is verdant and lush. In Autumn, the hills and mountains are a riotous combination of oranges, reds, and yellows. In winter, there are snow-covered landscapes and dramatic mountain peaks. A barbecue is cleverly connected to the chimney below. New lighting and electrical outlets have been installed. The fitted spiral staircase accesses the courtyard below.

Second floor:
Landing, office, 2 guest rooms, bathroom, WC and attic access. With the exception of the bathroom and WC, which has newly installed ceramic tile, the flooring is newly installed 13mm French ash


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