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ENTRANCE HALL

The entrance hall runs from front to back of the house (about 40 ft). Like the rest of the ground floor it has antique terra-cotta floor tiles and much of the original brickwork and the beams are exposed. Doors lead from this hall to the sitting room and kitchen and, through a cloaks lobby, to a bathroom and the utility room where there is a washing machine, dryer, second refrigerator and freezer which guests are invited to share.

SITTING ROOM

This is the ground-floor sitting room which we call the 'cool room' because it is so well insulated and was deliciously cool when we first saw the house in the height of summer. 

In fact it is very warm and cosy in winter especially with a wood fire burning in the huge grate. The club sofas provide seating for eight. In this room you will find a cupboard full of board games and jig-saws, and a CD and tape player with a number of CDs and tapes - mostly classical, opera and jazz. We have taken some trouble to preserve the frieze which was painted by a Basque artist who was given refuge in the chateau during the Spanish Civil War. 

KITCHEN AND DINING ROOM

This is a huge (about 40ft x 15ft) triple aspect room. The kitchen section is conveniently placed for taking food and drinks out onto the terrace at the back of the house. There is a double sink, dishwasher, a big dresser, a refrigerator and the door to the deliciously cool walk-in larder. The food preparation area, which is built into the base of one of the round towers, has a multifunction oven, gas hob, microwave, a further sink, food processor, juicer, Nespresso and filter coffee makers and a very comprehensive collection of smaller appliances, pots and pans and general cooking equipment.

The dining section contains a beautiful old refectory table and benches which came from the Inns of Court in London.

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