Occitanie, South West France
7 bedroom stone-built farmhouse
€150,000 - 1/8th fractions
Renovated 7 bedroom country house ▪ Garden, orchard and woodland ▪ Stunning views of Mediterranean and mountains ▪ Private pool (10m x 5m) ▪ 30 minutes to coast, 90 minutes to ski resorts
Mas Pallagourdi is located just outside the town of Céret in the foothills of the Pyrénées and a short 20 minute drive to the Spanish border. Céret is a popular market town with the Museum of Modern Art, festivals, cafes and restaurants and art galleries.
Mas Pallagourdi is believed to date from the mid-18th century but there has been a building on the site for many centuries. Since the 18th century the house was the property of a wealthy family from Maureillas, and who were bailiffs for the Count of Darnius.
The building was originally a farm, and divides into three parts. Up until the 1950s, only the eastern third was used for accommodation, with the middle part being used to store huge wine barrels, and the western end was used to house the cows.
Overall it is about 500 square metres. It offers flexible options for a small group of owners and would be ideal for those looking to run creative or well-being activities such as art, music, cookery and yoga during the year.
In the middle part on the ground floor is the Dining Barn. We knocked out all the cement in the walls and replaced this with traditional lime plaster. We retained the ceiling in this part, but built in above it a new floor made of French oak (this is the yoga studio), built stairs up to it and installed an ironwork bannister. There is also a large wood burner which is connected to several large radiators around the house. In the cupboard under the stairs is a 500 litre water tank. This is heated either by electricity, the five solar panels or by the wood burner. This room has had a wedding reception in it, which seated 65 people plus a band. We tiled the floor with traditional tiles from a local artisan tile maker. There is a large double-glazed set of patio doors with curving top, hand made by the local carpenter, giving access to the garden at one end, another set giving access to a patio and tiled path to the pool the other end.
Above the Dining Barn is the Yoga Studio.
In the yoga studio is a rustic kitchen. This, together with the attic room in the eastern part, will in future be used as a self contained apartment. There is a double bed and two singles in the attic room and a sofa bed in the yoga studio. This room will now act as a kitchen/diner and very large lounge. The furniture can still be moved aside to be used as a dance/yoga studio. Also in this room, set in the wall between the studio and the western end (the site), is a stained glass window, which I commissioned from a local artist. In the evening this sheds a beautiful light into this room. There are several large radiators here, fired by the wood burner below. The floor is French oak (size about 90 square metres). The double-glazed patio doors give an outlook, from the small balcony, over the garden and to the Albere Hills beyond. At the other end is a small double glazed window looking over the pool.
The western end is the 'site'. This part of the building was virtually empty when we bought the property. Outside we built a patio (big enough for at least six people to sit and eat), where there are lovely views to Canigou and over the town. A walnut front door leads into the inner hallway, and from there to the very spacious kitchen, where up to six people can eat. (a door from here leads into the Dining Barn). There is a radiator fired by the wood burner. We will leave all the appliances (oven, ceramic hob, air extractor, dishwasher, American fridge).
Also on the ground floor is a very large bedroom, patio doors lead onto the garden and another small patio, then lawn, then flower beds. The view is to the Albere Hills.
This room has a tiled floor and a radiator fired from the wood burner. There is an en-suite, with shower cubicle, toilet and washbasin, the whole room is tiled.
The stairs wind around to the two lounges on the first floor. The double-glazed hardwood patio doors give, from the small balcony, an outlook over the swimming pool, the Roussillon plain and towards the Med. It is furnished with bookcases, which will remain. The floor is French ash. Wood burner fired radiator.
The other end is another lounge, also with French ash floor, and the double-glazed hardwood patio doors give an outlook from the small balcony over the garden and the Albere Hills. Electric wall-mounted radiator. This room has a tilt-able ceramic wood burning stove.
From this room an open staircase gives access to the mezzanine above. This has an Ash floor, there is no need for heating as it gets very toasty. The ceiling was insulated and plastered. This has an en-suite bathroom with Italian shower, toilet and washbasin. The double-glazed, hardwood patio doors give an outlook from the small balcony towards Canigou and over the garden.
This is the more traditionally French part of the building.
A very large lounge, in two parts separated by a stone arch. some of the walls are of stone, some are plastered. It has original beams and the original fireplace, with a small door into what used to be the bread oven (visible outside the building). We installed a wood burning stove in the fireplace.
The floors are all original tiles.
In this large room there is one large set of double-glazed, hardwood patio doors to the garden, and also two windows and one French door (original and single glazed). This single door goes out to an area that we have tiled and there is also a shelter with tiled roof for shade.
In here are two electric radiators.
This leads to the kitchen, the kitchen door and window here are single glazed and lead out to toward the pool.
Here there are three bedrooms, one bathroom with toilet plus a separate toilet. All the bedrooms are spacious, one has its own shower and washbasin. All have tiled floors, a mixture of stone walls and plastered walls, and beams in the ceilings. All their windows are single glazed. There are small electric heaters on the wall of each (totally unnecessary - we have never used them). The bathroom is completely tiled and has toilet, Italian shower and double wash basins. The window is double-glazed, hardwood.
This was the old attic.
We put down a concrete floor, and then tiled it. The walls and ceilings were insulated and plastered, and new double-glazed hardwood patio doors were fitted, together with velux window. These doors plus small balcony, look towards the Med in the far distance.
We installed a shower and a toilet room.
This room can now be accessed from the eastern part (the farmhouse) or from the yoga studio, giving a lot of flexibility.
We have 2.85 hectares of land. Some of this is garden around house and pool, the rest is almond orchard and woodland. There is a poly tunnel and areas for growing veggies if required. Other than almond trees, there are about 50 trees, of apple, apricot, fig, walnut, cherry.
The pool is very private and surrounded by garden giving superb views across the Roussillon Plain towards the sea and in the other direction towards the mountain of Canigou, the town of Céret and the famous Devil's Bridge. The whole property is very private and in a very tranquil and highly desirable area (the Hauts de Ceret).
Next to the pool is a small building which houses an Italian shower and toilet, plus a pump for pumping the town water into the house.
Fractional ownership arrangements
This is an opportunity to purchase a one-eighth share of Mas Pallagourdi, which you will co-own, entitling you to at least 6 weeks exclusive usage per year, whilst all running costs are equally shared between the owners. The detailed usage rights, rental options and property management arrangements will be discussed as a group of owners is formed.
Getting to Mas Pallagourdi
30 mins to Perpignan (TGV link to Paris, London, Barcelona)
40 mins to Perpignan airport
45 mins to Girona airport
2 hours to Barcelona airport