The site was chosen for its magnificent panoramic view of the Pyrenees and the house was designed to take maximum advantage of this. The living accommodation is on two floors with a basement beneath.
One enters the house into an entrance hall running east to west and has a wide expanse of windows opposite, giving views due south over the garden and countryside, to the mountains beyond.
The hall joins the two wings of the house. From here, stairs descend to the sous-sol area, where there is a single garage opening to the rear of the house, and also two storage rooms, useful for tools and gardening equipment. Behind this garage there is a 5000 litre rainwater storage tank which is used to flush the lavatories and to feed two outside taps.
To the right of the front door, the hallway leads past a w.c. and a door leading into the double garage to the front of the property, on to the entrance to the large studio.
The studio, which is open up to the roof beams, has a lovely arched window to the south and a large velux in the roof, making it very light and airy. A kitchen/office opens off this room, and there is a door to a private terrace over-looking the garden to the rear.
This wing of the house could be used as an independent apartment with the kitchen/office easily alterable to make another bathroom .
To the left of the entrance hallway, one enters the sitting room, with a beautiful hand-carved fireplace in Spanish limestone, and a dining area with windows and french doors opening to the south-facing covered terrace.
The kitchen leads off the dining room, and is beautifully fitted with solid oak cupboards and Brazilian granite worktops. From here, doors open out to the large covered terrace, where there is a small 'travertine' fountain.
A door from the kitchen takes you into a corridor leading to two ground-floor bedrooms, one of which has an en-suite bathroom, the other being served by a shower room just across the hallway. The en-suite bedroom has doors opening out to the covered terrace.
In the corridor, as well as the bedrooms and shower room, there is also an exterior door to the garden (complete with lockable dog/cat door), stairs to the first floor, and two small rooms, one a storage room or larder, the other a utility room with an outside door, very useful for dogs. Another door leads back into the sitting room.
FIRST FLOOR ...
On the first floor there are two triple-aspect guest bedrooms, each a good size double with lovely views south towards the mountains and access to an upstairs terrace. There is also a family bathroom and another, smaller bedroom, at present being used as a library.
In the garden, there is a 10m x 5m saltwater pool equipped with fully automatic controls, and with a special reinforced liner for a much extended life. This is covered with a curved double-glazed polycarbonate cover to raise the temperature of the water and extend the season. This can be rolled back during swimming, or removed completely for the summer. At the pool house is an outside hot shower and a summer kitchen.
The property was constructed only seven years ago (so is still within the 10 year builder’s guarantee), and all the hardwood doors and windows were hand made by a master craftsman. It has a very high standard of insulation with underfloor heating throughout and minute attention to detail, creating a warm and comfortable home of great style and beauty, in an enviable position with outstanding views.