If smaller parties are attending the house (up to four people), the downstairs accommodation provides everything needed without using all the upper floors and rooms. In Winter this can be a really cosy alternative to opening up the whole house. All the windows have wooden shutters.
7.72m x 6.6m
The kitchen can be accessed from the side of the property via a stone archway. It has a beautiful wood ceiling and original exposed beams.
There are exposed stone walls along with the original stone sink (evier) which gives a lovely feeling of the history of the house.
There is an oak kitchen with fridge, dishwasher, built-in washing machine, double oven and grill and ample worktops and cupboards.
To the side of the kitchen, there is a large dining table which provides a great space for socialising whilst meals are being prepared and served.
At the far end of the kitchen, there is a great snug and seating area by a log burning stove. This is framed by a feature Toulouse stone and wood lintel fireplace.
From the kitchen, you access 2 bedrooms a cloakroom, bathroom and boiler room. This is through a series of exceptional exposed stone arches.
Bedroom 1 5.54m x 3.27m
Bedroom 2 5.54m x 4.66m
These two beautiful ground floor bedrooms are both large double rooms with stone walls and exposed beams.
They also have specially chosen bedroom furniture in keeping with the style of the room including wardrobe.
The second bedroom has a stunning stone arch with views over the valley and has doors opening out onto the terrace.
Also on the ground floor is a:
The boiler is newly installed and is a high tech industrial grade Bosch boiler.
3.68m x 2.66m
Toilet, sink, separate shower cubicle and feature claw bath with tiled floor.
2m x 1.83m
From the kitchen, access is provided through a stone archway to a door to the courtyard and Columbage (covered outdoor dining area) called the Grange. Access is also provided internally to a covered staircase with children’s play area, and in turn to the main hallway.
From the kitchen you can walk via stone stairs to the hallway. To the right of the stairs is a well-lit area with a wooden floor which has ample space to provide a place for the children’s toys and play area, or alternatively, it could provide office space.
3.55m x 7.82m
The spacious hall leads to a magnificent hand built oak staircase with window artwork and the original tying irons in the exposed beams, there is also a seating area with bookcase and sofas.
There are original doors which add to the grandeur of the hall and staircase.
There is also a seating area in the hallway.
The hall, staircase and lounge have all been decorated using a traditional style of painting which uses layers of wax and pigment, this helps to retain the traditional feel of the house.
7.9m x 6.75m
The large lounge has an original hand fired stone tiled floor and stunning original oak ceiling with a very grand floor to ceiling fireplace. It has the original wood lintel and stone pillars. The room benefits from a very efficient fire which in winter means it is a cosy room despite its size.
There is an impressive tapestry on display in the lounge along with ample leather settees, walnut bench, attractive drinks cabinet, writing desk and magnificent floor to ceiling built in burr walnut cabinet.
The doors are original wood with stone.
The front window offers views of the courtyard garden and the rear windows of the valley and the old chateau.
At the top of the stairs, there is a lovely bright seating area with views over the courtyard and Grange. There is a real feeling of peace and tranquillity as you sit here with a book in hand.
5.38m x 3.83m
Has a restored French four-poster bed and wood lintels over the windows which look out onto the Courtyard and Grange. The room has beautiful wooden bedroom furniture and original beams and ties.
5.3m x 3.98m
Has a king size bed with metal frame, wardrobe, drawers and dressing table. There is plenty of space and the room has a delightful reading chair.
Well-appointed ensuite with tiled floor and floor to ceiling tiles. Toilet, sink, shower cubicle, glass cabinet and towel rail.
7.9m x 4.75m
From the front door, you access a lounge with two large comfortable sofas, this makes an ideal reading/music room.
This additional lounge area provides access to the Summer Kitchen and further bedrooms.
Just outside the front door, you can still see the old ice house which is now home to European Fire Salamanders.
4m x 4.8m (including ensuite)
This bedroom is built over the old barn and has high ceilings and exposed beams. The room has a king size bed, bedside cabinets, drawers and wardrobe. It is a light airy room which is full of character. There are beautiful stone steps from the rear of bedroom 5 that descend to The Grange. This room can be accessed internally or externally.
Tiled with sink, toilet, mirror and bath with overhead shower.
Hallway with window, beautiful lamp and chair.
3.94m x 4.7m
Has exposed original beams, with a king size bed, bedside cabinets and drawers. There is a beautifully carved wooden wardrobe. A window in here overlooks the courtyard offering views over the sunflower fields and usually deer at sunset. There is also a velux window that gives a light and airy feel to the room.
5.74m x 4.82m
Has a king size bed with metal frame, bedside cabinets, wardrobe and drawers.
The room has original exposed beams and a vaulted ceiling and a strategically placed chaise lounge to take advantage of the view over the valley and the Chateau of the Bishop of Albi.
The room also has an exposed stone wall which adds to the rustic feel to the room.
Bedroom 6 and 7 have a Jack & Jill Bathroom
4.7m x 2m
This is a large bathroom with a separate shower cubicle in addition to a bath, toilet and sink.
From Bedroom 7 there is an Original wooden staircase leading to the Music/Reading Room.
2.63m x 5.18m
Has exposed beams and views of the swimming pool and gardens. The room has 2 single beds and is in close proximity to the cloakroom.
Toilet and sink.
9.65m x 3.63m
This newly fitted kitchen means that the house has no end of possibilities for cooking in style and entertaining your guests. It has a range of modern fitted units and 2 Smeg self-cleaning ovens, dishwasher, American fridge freezer, automatic washing machine and stainless steel effect tumble dryer.
This large kitchen also offers space for dining and has table and chairs in addition to a seating area with 2 Habitat sofas and coffee tables. This makes this space ideal for socialising while preparing food.
The kitchen also has stunning lighting both from the natural daylight and the range of well-placed light fittings.
The kitchen has floor to ceiling windows to one side and retains many of the original features. It has access to the courtyard and in turn the Grange and to the other side the front of the property making it ideal for being a central part of the activity of the house and gardens.
The outside of the property has stunning views over the valley, sunflower fields and the old Chateau of the Bishop of Albi. The exterior has beautifully manicured gardens and many beautiful pot plants and bushes which are looked after by an external automatic watering system.
There are many seating areas around the property including a large seating area by the main kitchen, a smaller seating area in the courtyard by the Summer Kitchen and individual seating in some lovely locations around the property.
The courtyard is accessed from the outside of the house via an angel gate, this area is very picturesque and has gardens and a water feature.
8.53m x 5.08m
The house also benefits from a further stunning outdoor seating area, the Grange, which is covered and makes it an ideal location for respite from the sun or shelter from inclement weather. The Grange has an unusual feature which is a large working bread oven. In days gone by this bread oven would have been used day and night to supply the Chateaux de Combefa, which was the Summer Palace of the Bishop of Albi.
Underneath the Grange there is ample seating for 16+ people, our record is 22!
There is also a wood store in this area. The covered seating area is open onto an uncovered seating area which is a further 1.83m x 5.08m.
10m x 5m
There is an outdoor salt pool 10 x 5 m with an electric pool cover accessed via a wrought iron angel gate with wooden decking and sunbathing area for loungers. When shade is required there is a covered seating area above the pool room. TA beautiful place to make a short morning walk to past the copious lavender bushes which are a delight to the senses and leave you feeling calm and ready for your morning coffee whilst drinking in the stunning views.
5.93m x 6m
The garage provides space for storage and also has a table tennis table. It is equipped with lights, power and ladders. This has space for two cars.
The garage will also house a container for each co-owner to store their personal belongings between visits.