This is a fully modernised stone-built house in a remarkable fortified medieval village well off the beaten track providing true peace and quiet. The house boasts generous accommodation with three double bedrooms, two bathrooms plus a separate loo, a modern, well-equipped kitchen with washing machine, dishwasher, electric cooker, gas hob, microwave etc., next to a good-sized dining room adequate for 8 or more, and a very large living room leading to a private terrace overlooking two of the three gardens belonging to the property. The third garden, contains the small pool, plenty of room to sunbathe and a decked area for those who prefer the shade. Boussagues is at the top of a steep winding road 2 miles from La Tour sur Orb with its supermarket and post office. Bedarieux, 15 minutes away, is a standard French town with a weekly market and all the usual services. The Med is less than hour away, and there's a golf course in easy reach. Satellite TV and internet access are also available.
We're in our early 60's and live in pastoral Co Down, Northern Ireland (though I'm English by birth). We sold a large house in Belfast ten years ago, bought a cottage and used the change to buy the house in Boussagues.
We find it idyllic, though it's not for you if you don't like peace and quiet. When we're there - not as often or for as long as we would wish - we're disturbed only by the Church bell, the occasional cockerel, and the odd tractor in a field nearby. It's ideal for a spring or autumn week simply to relax and do nothing - but equally grand as a base for longer summer break. We enjoy both, and have explored the area, which we find quite delightful, pretty extensively. Neighbours, both French and English, are extremely pleasant and helpful and we get on very well.
Noel Cornick purchased this house in 2004
We found the house by chance after dropping in to a local estate agent and explaining that we had in mind a house with a bit of character, ideally in the country. We viewed a number, but agreed, quite independently, that this one, which was the first we saw, was the one for us. It's old fashioned and idiosyncratic, with steps up or down between most rooms, thick walls and ageing shutters, but it suits us. We love the tranquility, but enjoy being disturbed just occasionally by a passing group of tourists, who always look surprised that they've come upon us and think they've wandered into a private garden! Yet shops and banks are not far away, and whilst a car is essential, we would need one anyway so there's no problem. All who've visited have loved it. You'll do the same.
Difficult to avoid repetition, but what I suppose we like the best is the uniqueness of the property. It is unusual, with two internal staircases, three separate gardens, two roomy cellars and an open mezzanine. Even when you have a houseful - and we've slept a dozen on occasion - there's still somewhere to find peace and quiet, to lie in the sun or the shade with a book and glass of the local rose, and that's without moving more than 30 yards from the front door. On the other hand, you can have uproarious parties on the terrace and in the barbecue and cherry gardens, confident that you won't be disturbing anyone else's peace, provided you don't do it every day! And the weather between June and September means that you can eat all meals outside and sit on the terrace all night if you like!
We're fortunate in never having received complaints, and this year's visitors all seem to have enjoyed themselves thoroughly. One group of four have booked a further three week stay for 2015, so will be making their fourth consecutive visit to the house.