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Soulages - A truly unique opportunity 

♥ Primary or secondary residence                  ♥Attractive business opportunity

♥ Luxury accommodation, 4 en-suite             Local house maintenance

    bedrooms                                                      ♥ Realistically priced post-Brexit 

♥ Self-contained apartment                             ♥ Ideal for family holidays         

♥ Breath-taking panoramic views                        

Situated in a quiet spot on the highest point of a gentle hill facing east, Soulages enjoys views unparalleled in the area. One has a sweeping 270 degrees overview of three nearby villages: Saint Andre de Najac, Lagarde Viaur and La Fouillade. The original Soulages hamlet was built in 1564 as part of the Saint Andre commune, in the Aveyron department. 

Today Soulages is a fabulous stone barn conversion in keeping with the old farm buildings in the area. It was brought back to life in 1996 by professional craftsmen.. The majestic granite walls were repointed to their original state and are a feature inside the house as well as outside. Part of the original ardoise roof has been used at the front gate and as paving stones in the private courtyard. 

The entrance terrace overlooks the croquet lawn and swimming pool with the river Viaur valley below. The Viaur crosses Lagarde Viaur village, a legacy from the Romans. Viaur means via aurea in Latin and attests to the importance of the valley as a frontier post. Its defensive role lasted from Roman times through the 100 years war (the English held it from1361-1364) and the religious wars of later centuries. It is a short walking distance from the medieval village of St André de Najac. With less than 500 inhabitants it boasts a nice hotel/excellent restaurant and grocery store, a post office and an English pub. Up to the 1960’s, this whole area was vineyards. 

Najac itself is about 10 minutes away and offers all the recreational and dining experiences which you would expect from “l’un des plus beaux villages de France”.  Najac is famous for its castle which is a fine example of a “Crusader” castle and was visited by Richard Lionheart.  The house is on the border of Aveyron, Tarn and Tarn-et-Garonne departments and equidistant from Albi, Cahors and Rodez, with Toulouse 1½ hours away by car or direct train service. 

The pictures will give some idea of how your breath will be taken away when you come to view. One guest described Soulages: “time stands still and beauty overwhelms”. 

The renovated house kept the metre thick walls and the original exposed beams.  It is on 3 levels and the accommodation arranged to give a great deal of privacy; plus there is a self-contained studio flat on 2 levels ideal for an office or granny-suite. The current configuration is 5 bedrooms, all en-suite, but several more bedrooms could be easily converted from the existing accommodation. The current layout can easily be changed to provide a more integrated accommodation if required.  

The double garage has been cleverly concealed in the landscape and so has the fully-equipped gym and yoga studio. Soulages is a superb main or secondary residence and has sound letting income of up to £3000 per week so is also an interesting business opportunity which can pay for itself.  The house is held within a French SCI for maximum financial efficiency and the owners may be able to propose flexible financing to the right applicant.   It can be made available with most contents as a turnkey operation where you just need to bring your clothes and start to enjoy.  There is also resident management in place in the hamlet that can take care of the house and gardens in your absence and smooth your way into French life if necessary. 

The accommodation is shown in the scale plans and pictures and comprises:

Living Room:  the gross floor area of this floor (approached up the traditional stone staircase and through arched-glazed doors) is 95m². It is currently divided into 75m² of living and dining space, 12m² kitchen area and 8m² breakfast area.  The Kitchen is fitted with Poggenpohl units and De Dietrich appliances comprising double oven, fridge/freezer, induction hob and microwave.  There is a feature stone fireplace with large Jotul wood burner.  Also on this floor is Master Bedroom 1: 17m² with generous wardrobes and en-suite bathroom.

There is a cloakroom on this level and two hand-crafted staircases. One leads to the mezzanine of 43m² which is used as library, office and TV area.  The other leads to Bedroom 2: 13m² with separate shower room 

Below this floor the same area of 95m² offers:

Games Room with original full-size Tennessee walnut pool table and featured darts board. This room can also be used a second living room or self-contained apartment if an internal staircase to the upper level is added.  There are Spanish style arched-glass doors to a secluded walled courtyard. There is a door to Bedroom 3 of 27m² with feature cast-iron bath on claw feet as well as adjoining WC.  A further door from the Games Room leads to a Meditation Room of 7m² and the Wine Cellar 5m².  This level also accommodates the Utility Room of 14m² with oil central heating boiler, fuel tank, fridge, secondary chest freezer wall units and large cupboard 

Adjoining the main building but with their own private entrances are:

Bedroom 4/Friends’ Room of 20m² with en-suite bathroom which is poolside and below the Dining Terrace. Just 2 paces from the early-morning swim.

There is a separate self-contained Studio Flat of 28m² with its own entrance and built-in kitchenette and staircase to bathroom and storage on lower level. 

Outside, the Dining Terrace of 35m² is elevated to maximise the spectacular views and is just a few steps from the kitchen.

The grounds extend to 2 acres and were professionally landscaped in 2001 with feature beds and multiple “outside rooms” to suit every taste and mood.  A wander through the landscaped garden reveals rockeries, luxuriant plants and fruit trees, and rose and vegetable gardens.  Top quality garden machinery is available if required including a 4x4 ride-on mower and a groundsman Allet mower.  There is an extensive underground watering system for ease of maintenance and a half-size English Croquet Lawn.  The double garage 35m² with double sink, shelving racks and cupboards has a remote-controlled door and is carefully concealed from view below the Poolside Terrace.  The Pool measures 10m x 5m, has walk-in Roman steps and new liner, underwater lights, a powerful high efficiency 16KW output heat pump for extended season use and concealed operations room.  There is also an ardoise covered wood store with easy access to the wood burner.

Set discretely apart from the main house with its own approach driveway and parking is the Gymnasium of 22m² with Vectra equipment, cycle machine, rowing machine, free weights and treadmill. Also in this building is the glass-fronted Yoga Studio of 17m² which overlooks the rose garden, fruit trees and river valley  

This building could easily be used for separate commercial purposes without disturbing the main house occupants.   

Soulages lends itself to Executive activity weekends, or yoga retreats or artist workshops. There is a lively local artist community. 

Currently there is a unique window of opportunity due to a climate of low interest rates, availability of very low cost mortgages and flexible purchase opportunities, this property can be bought for a remarkably low capital investment.

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