43 Boulevard Jean Bertouy, Marseillan 34340.Boulevard Jean Bertouy. Is a wide boulevard which connects the edge of the Old Town by the Parish Church with the Bassin de Thau and the old commercial warehouses which once stood along the port-side and on the edge of the Bassin. The road has always been residential, and some of the larger houses were obviously built by some of the more successful merchants who traded through the port of Marseillan.
Number 43 is situated at the northerly end of the street, on the western side, close to its junction with Boulevard Pasteur. The house forms part of a terrace of three-storey houses, probably constructed in the mid 1850s. We believe that our property may have been the Customs Officers’ House, as the ground floor was originally storage for sailing tackle, and the second floor was a workshop, but by contrast, the first floor is approached by a wonderful, and over-scale, terrazzo staircase with faux-marbre panelling, and the entire first floor is tiled in multi-colour encaustic tiles, with all the doors being in painted grained wood with porcelain door handles – not the level of design or expenditure one normally associates with a fisherman’s house, but which was definitely designed to impress visitors who would have had to come to pay their import or export duties.
The property was purchased subject to obtaining Planning Permission to remove the majority of the roof to create a terrace, and also for Permission to increase the size of the ground floor windows to make them of an adequate size to allow access of light & air, and to make the ground floor fully habitable. Thereafter, the whole building was the subject of considerable expenditure in order to make the house comfortable, and with facilities appropriate to today’s user needs.
LivingThe ground floor provides a good-sized lounge area (of approx. 22m2) opening off the street, with two double-glazed windows fitted with internal folding shutters, and fixed external grilles. This area is furnished with a large well-upholstered sofa, a number of vintage Lloyd Loom chairs, a coffee table, polished steel side table and television with French channels and a series of UK channels. The decor throughout the house is in pale, muted, colours, and we have decorated the rooms with vintage mirrors, and framed marble prints.
Cooking & EatingBehind the living area, is the kitchen-dining area, with a cherry finish drop-leaf table and six stacking chairs. The built-in kitchen is fully-fitted by Mobalpa and incorporates a four-ring electric hob with electric oven beneath, and extract hood above. There is a single drainer sink with mixer tap, a large built-in fridge-freezer, and a full-cycle built-in washing machine, as well as a full range of upper and lower cupboards in oak, and with a granite finish worktop. We have provided a full set of cutlery, glasses & crockery, plenty of pots & pans, a microwave cooker, toaster & electric kettle.
To the left of the kitchen-dining area is a large shower room with thermostatic shower in a dedicated enclosure, and with wash-basin & WC and large heated towel rail.
Second-Floor TerraceAlso approached via the original terrazzo staircase, is the second floor of the property, which has a cuisine d’été(summer kitchen) at the top of the stairs. This has an original fitted terrazzo sink, a range of drawers, worktop, and under, a full fridge with freezer compartment, as well as a small two-plate cooker with small oven. Also supplied are a full set of cutlery, as well as plates & glasses in plastic for safety reasons. Here also are a range of sun-loungers, deck chairs & sun-umbrellas. Also the iron, ironing-board & hair dryer are located here.
The sunny terrace opens directly off the summer kitchen, with a three metre wide double sliding glass door which completely disappears into the wall to maximise the space. This terrace is over 30sq metres (7m X 5m) and has a built-in barbeque, a large dining table and a set of dining chairs, and a marble serving table with a cast iron base. The terrace has external lighting making it perfect for late evening dining, and an external water point for keeping our planting pots looking good.
The house faces roughly east, and is not overlooked, and the terrace attracts sunshine all day. There is a very useful shaded area just outside the sliding doors, so there is always a lot of sun, but also some shade.
Sleeping - First Floor, Double Bedroom.On the first floor, approached by the original terrazzo staircase, is a large landing equipped with an original painted oak French Armoire. The whole of the first floor, including both the landing and the two bedrooms retains the marvellous existing encaustic tiles, and faux bois painting to the internal doors.
Leading off the landing towards the front are two double bedrooms, each measuring approx. 2.6m X 4.2 m. Bedroom One is equipped with a large double bed, wardrobe, and bedside cupboards, and twin reading lights. Sufficient bed-linen & towels are supplied for four guests.
Both bedrooms have full-height French Windows which open onto separate balconies which overlook Boulevard Jean Bertouy.
Sleeping - First Floor, Second BedroomThe second bedroom is equipped with twin beds, a bed-side table, a rreading light, and has the existing narrow, built-in, storage cupboard. The full-height French windows open onto a separate balcony with cast iron railings, and which overlooks Boulevard Jean Bertouy.
First Floor Shower RoomApproached off the first floor landing, and adjacent to the two bedrooms, is the smaller of the two shower rooms. It is fitted with an enclosed shower cabinet, a wash-basin with mirror cupboard above fitted with power point for shaver or electric toothbrush, a close-coupled WC, and a large wall-mounted heated towel rail.
Ground Floor Shower Room.Accessed off the living area is a large, fully tiled, shower room which is equipped with a large shower cabinet with overhead lighting, a washbasin with mirror cabinet above and extra spot-lights. Plus a close-coupled WC, and a large heated towel rail.
Faux Marble and terrazzo staircase from Ground Floor to Second Floor Terrace.A major feature of the house is this wonderful, existing, staircase which rises the full height of the house, and is painted to represent two colours of marble, and has the original terrazzo steps and risers.
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