A Classic French Home in the Heart of a Thermal Spa Town

Aquitaine, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Sauveterre-de-Béarn
Reference: FCH080

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A unique opportunity to purchase a classically restored 18th century Maison de Maître situated in the heart of Salies de Béarn.  Purchased as a “labour of love” in1996 by the current owners, this stunning Maison de Maître has undergone a 6 year restoration project, using the finest artisans to ensure the authenticity of the restoration and reproduction work.  Set in 4,800m² of mature private gardens including fruit trees and a charming well, the property is approached via electronic wrought iron gates leading to the east facing front entrance. A first floor  west facing terrace (70m²) overlooks the converted wine cellar, covered barbecue and the  “orangery”(53m²)  which, with its enormous south facing windows, would be ideal for conversion to an indoor swimming pool.  The property has retained its period atmosphere, created with the wealth of its original and reproduction features, whilst offering the benefits of modern living; underfloor heating, hard wood reproduction double glazed windows and insulation. During the renovation, a parchment written in 1852, authenticated by the waxed seal of Count Jean Pierre de Lailhacar, was found hidden behind the original staircase and addressed “to whomever deconstructs this staircase”. The parchment is held by the current owners.

The local town of Salies de Béarn has been famous for its salt, since the Middle Ages. This is celebrated with an annual ‘Fête du Sel” every September. The river Saleys runs through the centre of the town separating the old Medieval part from the 19th century Thermal Baths. The hot mineral waters are seven times saltier than the sea and renowned for their therapeutic qualities.   Situated one hour from the ski slopes of the Pyrénées and 40 minutes from the Atlantic Coast, and Biarritz airport. Pau airport can be reached within 1 hour, Toulouse and Bordeaux airports 2 hours.

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