Gascony - Auch
Former convent in historic centre
Guest house or urban gites on Camino route
pool, garden and views
€771,000 * (ref 187)
Right in the historic centre of Auch, capital of Gascony, this former Ursuline convent from the 18th century has been renovated and fitted out as a family home with two income-generating additions: an independent gite/apartment and a B&B guest room. Although it is located within the mediaeval centre, there is a garden, a pool and an elevated terrace affording views over the city and the hills beyond.
There are a number of ways in which this property could be exploited: either as is, with the apartment and guest room generating enough to cover basic out-goings, or as an upmarket B&B catering to discerning guests who wish to forget about their car and spend a few days exploring the historic centre, the museums, the cathedral and the famous restaurants.
At present the building is used thus:
ground floor: Music room. Ancient refectory (the Ursulines welcomed pilgrims into their convent where they fed and lodged them) now used as a function room with open fireplace and bar. The tell-tale symbols of the Camino pilgrims - the scallop shell - features above the fireplace: only one of two such shells to be found today in Auch. French windows give on to the lawn. In the east wing is the guest room complete with kitchen area, bathroom and comfortable bedroom , again with French wiindows giving on to the pool area. Tiled corridor leading to street access.
First floor: Reception rooms - lounge and library - off the main enclosed passageway between east and west wings. In the east wing we find the kitchen and laundry room. The big, fitted kitchen gives on to the elevated terrace which dominates the garden and pool area. The parental suite is in the west wing: large open-plan bedroom and bathroom area with dressing room.
Second floor: the east wing houses another bedroom with ante-chamber used as small salon. Access to un-renovated attic space. The west wing is entirely occupied by the two-person gite: a 'loft' space with bedroom, lounge/kitchen and bathroom. Access by mediaeval staircase.
There is a garage, accessible from the street and the house, as well as numerous nooks and crannies, unused corners and dark passages. Two entrances: one on to a busy shopping street and the other on to a quiet laneway.
There is a bit of everything in this property: history, beautiful old stonework and high-ceilinged rooms, views and a pool. But there are a lot of invisible attractions too: living in the heart of the city (yet in total tranquility) with access to street markets, restaurants and cultural events. But given the historic context - a Convent devoted to housing and feeding pilgrims - we think that an upmarket 'Camino' B&B might be the answer here. Not all pilgrims want to wear sandals and sleep rough: some like a hot shower, a good meal and a lazy few hours around the pool as well! An interesting and intriguing property that should be viewed.
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* 3% agency fees included ____________reference n°: 187
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SARL GITES A LA FRANCAISE RCS Toulouse n°: 531 694 925
CARTE IMMOBILIERE HTE GARONNE N° 2197
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Gascony in South West France covers most of the area to the south west of a line joining Bordeaux, Agen and Toulouse, that is, the western part of the Midi Pyrenees region, and the coastal section of Aquitaine.
It is one of the least inhabited regions of France, which contributes to its charm, the landscape features gentle river valleys, mixed woodland and rich farmland producing maize and sunflowers. Majestic views of the Pyrenees etch the horizon.
Pretty medieval villages of mellow stone nestle in the green rolling hills, many of them with arcaded central squares, perfect for a long lunch on a warm afternoon. Auch, the historical centre of Gascony, (and the town of D’Artagnan), boasts a magnificent cathedral, several museums, and a maze of attractive pedestrianised streets.
The climate is mild and warm and the wines of the region offer variety and quality, from the spicy red Madiran, the tannic Tursan, through to the elegant sweet Pacherenc which teams perfectly with foie gras. Then there is Armagnac, the digestif of the region, whose unique ageing process allows layers of subtle flavours to develop, and, its enthusiasts will explain, protects against heart disease and obesity.
Generally speaking, a liking for duck is useful when eating in Gascony, but there is much else besides foie gras, confit, magret de canard, and all the other iterations of that humble bird. The ‘jambon du pays’ is excellent and teams perfectly with the famed melons from Lectoure, whose fragrant juicy flesh bears no relation to their pale cousins beloved of the supermarkets. Local markets offer a vast array of excellent fresh fruit and vegetables.
The inhabitants of the area are amongst the most long lived in France, they attribute this to the high quality of their local produce, and they could be correct!
- in the historic centre of Auch
- garden and pool
- Family home
- 1 two-person gite
- 1 B&B guest room
- Garage and parking
- 60 minutes Toulouse airport
- markets, shops and historic sites
other properties in this region:
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