France House for sale in Forest with Lake/Beach view Pyrenees
Share on Facebook
An Exceptional Modern Country House
The only house set in 300 hectares of National Forest
Boasting Stunning Panoramic Views to the Pyrenees.
from all principal rooms and terraces.
This stunning modern architect designed property in an enviable location, set as it is in 2.21 ha of forest woodlands on the side of a hill, making it remarkably private. If that were not private enough, the property is then surrounded by a further 300 or so hectares of woodland. Constructed over three levels in the mid-70s when planning laws were much more relaxed (so there is no danger of acquiring unwanted new neighbours as you would never get permission to construct here nowadays) the house has been very well designed and has the style of a building by Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect.
Adhering to the philosophy of organic architecture for which Wright was known, indoor and outdoor living spaces are very well integrated. Despite being a modern building, the house fits very naturally into its environment.
There is an attractive vine on the side of the house and a huge wisteria growing over the front. Although there is obviously a main door, the most natural way to enter the house is via the ramp from the garden to the first level balcony that runs along the entire front of the house. From this balcony, you have the most wonderful view across the forest to the pretty local market town and beyond that to the Pyrenees. Every floor of the house has either a balcony or terrace and every room on the south side of the house has been designed to take advantage of the beautiful view.
The terrace and the balconies have been cleverly constructed so that in the summer when the sun is high there is no direct sunlight into the rooms so they remain cool whereas in the winter when the sun is lower, direct sunlight floods in to provide additional warmth.
Located just outside the village of Aignan , the property provides ~ 240 m² of habitable surface area with an additional ~ 60m² of space in the annexes.
The property comprises 3 floors.
On the first level:
Through the front door into a lobby (3m²) with space for storing coats and boots and with steps down to the lower level. Main hall (8.30m²), with cloakroom, sink and Wc (1m²). Stairs to first floor. There are doors through to the dining room and living room. The living room (32.80m²) has 3 large floor-to-ceiling sliding double doors with access out on to the balcony and providing lots of natural light and wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. The feature fireplace divides this large double Salon heating it from both sides, the other half of the room is 25.5m² and has stairs up to the galleried library/study. The kitchen (8.15m²) has fitted units and views out over the hills.
Next to the kitchen is a room (5.10m²) with a bath (the lady who commissioned the house was elderly) but this could easily be removed and the two rooms could be knocked into one giving you an area of 15m² to create a much larger kitchen. Dining room (17.70m²) with large floor to ceiling double sliding doors out to Terrace.
This huge part covered terrace has disabled access and large summer dining (10 pers) and seating areas with wonderful views.
On the second level:
2 Suites – 3 bedrooms ,WC, 2 bathrooms one with shower ,one with bath.
From the landing there is a corridor with large built-in cupboards.
Immediately to your left is the door to the galleried library (10.90m²).
Suite 1 (18m²) Bedroom 1 = en-suite with bath, bidet and sink and fitted cupboards ,private terrace overlooking the hills and Pyrenees
Suite 2 Bedroom 2 (12m²) with doors out to a private terrace. Bedroom 3 (11m²) with large fitted wardrobes.
Bathroom (5m²) with shower, sink – Separate Wc (1.10m²).
Stairs down from the lobby, Door through to corridor leading to bathroom (2.20m²) with shower, bidet and sink. Separate Wc (1.10m²).
Studio Room (25m²) with doors out to the terrace. Separate Kitchen (9.10m²) with fitted cupboards.
Huge Covered terrace with dining and seating areas
Laundry room (5.40m²). . wine cellar (8m²), large 2 car garage (49m²).
– easily managed organic gardens and grounds
The garden and parkland is incredibly peaceful and private with wonderful views .
The area immediately surrounding the house is laid to lawn and includes a croquet pitch, golf practice driving range and tennis practice wall..
The rest of the Organic Park (2.21 hectares in total) is to the sides and front of the property and has not seen chemicals for 10 years and is presently mowed in a regime as a wild flower meadow. The Forested borders provide firewood .
Wildlife abounds in this forest with roe and muntjac deer ,badgers ,wild boar ,red squirrels and pine marten, lizards and salamanders
The bird life many of whom snack from the feeders on the terrace include hoophoe, golden Oriel , nuthatch, woodpeckers ,woodcock ,Kites, buzzard and peregrine falcons.
The Forest of Aignan was donated to the community by the Duchess of Bouillon in 1640
and this is the only house ever to have been built in this Forest.
At the other end of the 300 hectare forest there is a swimming and fishing lake with a beach and a small cafe – ideal of long hot summer days and barbacues.
PRICE 400,000 euros
tel 0033 5 62 08 56 77