manors for sale - lot-et-garonne - aquitaine

A 16th century manor house, built on a rocky spur, with a panoramic view
and surrounded by 12 ha of woods and grasslands in the Quercy region

Location

Villeneuve-sur-Lot, one of the most powerful of the fortified Bastide towns in the south-west of France, is some twenty minutes away. Equidistant from Bordeaux and Toulouse, each with a TGV train line and an international airport.
The French department of Dordogne, with countless interesting and unusual things to see, is just a stone’s throw away; Bonaguil is 30 minutes away.
Here, the river Lot crosses a fertile plain surrounded by orchard-covered hills: all part of the wonderful Aquitaine region.

Description

Leaving Villeneuve-sur-Lot and its pleasant countryside, a little road runs through a deep valley with wooded sides. This then becomes the Quercy region with its oak woods and its limestone soils, ideal for growing truffles.
A white track, shared by neighbouring farmers, leads to the property, marked by two cypress trees. After having gone through a stand of oak trees, visitors reach a large, grassy courtyard, surrounded by the dry stone walls that are typical of the Quercy region.
On the right-hand side, is a west-facing building without a roof that once comprised wine storehouses. A swimming pool has been set inside, well protected from the winds by the walls and surrounded by exotic plants.
The front high walls enclose the inner courtyard of the manor house which can be glimpsed through the gates set in the large stone gateway. Here, reigns profound silence, broken but by birdsong; peace and quiet, a forest atmosphere, like a screen between the house and the outside world; a different time, a different era.

The manor house

This manor house, laid out in a U-shape, delimits an inner courtyard. Its dry-jointed stone walls comprise a building, constructed in various eras: 18th and 19th century for the east wing and a section of the north wing, the west wing is much older: fire holes and gun-loops visible in the south wall bear witness to a medieval past.
The tiled roofs feature a triple overhanging cornice, a sign of the property’s importance.
A long covered area adjoining the perimeter wall, on the south side, is ideal for summer meals.
A long, one-storey building on the east side extends, at right angles, and adjoins the oldest section. Two stone oculi and a window with overhanging eaves illuminate the attic space. A French window provides access to the section used as caretaker’s accommodation. This is followed by the garage doors.


Ground floor
The main entrance hall, in the north-west corner of the courtyard, connects the north wing and the west section at right angles. It comprises a superb, wrought stone, spiral stairway with wide steps (1.8 m). The first flight is supported on stone corbels and a conical vault, also made of stone, consolidates the corner. The lookout hole and the small mullioned window clearly mark the defensive character of what must once have been a keep. On the second floor, in the attic, are remains of battlements, concealed by the roof.
A vast room, in the wing set at right angles, once a billiards room, has been divided to form a first entrance room with a toilet area, followed by a large bedroom with an adjoining bathroom. The terracotta floor tiles are laid in a refined geometric pattern. This vast room looks out over the inner courtyard via a mullioned window. And, on the south side, is a large stone fireplace with a thin brick chimney breast. The ceiling features exposed beams.
A small, splayed door at the foot of the stairway provides access to the north wing. A balcony-corridor terrace runs the full length of the north facade. Its narrowness brings more of a way of living to mind, when the valley below had to be watched because of troubled times. The impressive, steep rock face is 13.5 m above the ravine. The owner, seeking to guarantee the solidity of the building, had it consolidated with a strip of reinforced concrete. The view from here is magnificent and stretches as far as the eye can see. The old walls on this north side still reflect a medieval character with large, grey limestone blocks from the area around Agen and mullioned windows.
A first, so-called “exotic” lounge has a terracotta tile floor and exposed ceiling beams. A French window opens on to the terrace and a large window looks out over the courtyard. The exposed stone walls flank a large fireplace. A trapdoor in the west corner of the room covers an entrance and stone steps leading down to the cellar. Its packed mud floor is ideal for laying down wine. A large wooden cupboard, standing at the foot of the steps, is part of the so-called permanent furnishings. A first bedroom, on the west side, has a separate shower room and strip pattern parquet flooring.
It communicates with the next room via double coffered doors; this is known as the Chinese lounge. The floor is covered with Gironde stone tiles, the ceiling features exposed beams and a stone fireplace is flat against the wall. A French window opens on to the balcony-corridor terrace which runs the length of this facade. A wide window looks out over the inner courtyard. The walls feature exposed stone.
This is followed by a small hexagonal, buffer room, created to line the wing back up with the central building. It comprises a cloakroom and a very narrow, wooden stairway which provides sole access to a small study.
A dining room forms the north-east corner. This large, vaulted room has exposed stone walls. It was perhaps a storeroom, in times of old, as is suggested by the high window, next to the fireplace, with a sloping sill for lowering the provisions to be stored into the room. The stone fireplace has a wooden lintel and a narrow brick relieving arch that is clearly visible in the mantelpiece. A window in a deep embrasure looking out over the valley was possibly a look-out window. The floor is covered with hexagonal terracotta floor tiles. A French window opens into the inner courtyard and communicates at right angles with the kitchen, a room with terracotta floor tiles where an immense fireplace with a wooden lintel takes up the entire end wall. A French window is opposite.

First floor
An immense bedroom, directly above a billiards room on the ground floor is reached via two steps from the landing at the top of the spiral stairway. It features large, exposed ceiling beams and strip pattern, chestnut wood flooring. A tall stone fireplace adorns the south wall. A wide mullioned window looks out over the valley and a narrower window, with a single mullion, the inner courtyard.
It communicates with the bathroom via a door in the north wall. This vast bathroom, almost as big as a bedroom, comprises a bath, a wash-hand basin and a bidet. It has a moulded wood fireplace and terracotta floor tiles. The toilet, ideal for contemplation, is in a recess with a small window looking out over the valley.
This is followed by an extremely luminous bedroom with opposing windows on the north and south sides. It has a French ceiling and strip pattern, chestnut wood flooring. The fireplace has a moulded wood mantelpiece.
A door, in the north-east corner, opens on to three steps leading to a bathroom with a bath, a wash-hand basin and a toilet. At the end of this room, a strange, very low passageway provides access to a small bedroom with a shower. This room communicates, in turn, with a small study set above the buffer room below.
It is said to please children.

Second floor
The spiral stairway continues up to a large dormitory-bedroom, illuminated by “Velux” skylights on the valley side and small windows on the courtyard side. It has a bathroom on the west side with a shower, two wash-hand basins and a toilet.
A wooden door in the bathroom opens into the attic which spans the old feudal centre. This is where the battlements from the old keep are to be seen.

The outbuildings

A room, on entering, has terracotta floor tiles and exposed ceiling beams. Under a little window looking out over the courtyard is a sink. This is followed by a tiled room with a closed-hearth fire. A spiral stairway leads up to the attic. These are vestiges of the old medieval tower.
Back on the ground floor, to the left of the entrance on the north side, is a small tiled room that forms a lobby preceding two large garages. With cement floors and ceiling beams, they open on to the courtyard via two sets of large double doors. A small window overlooking the courtyard lets in light.
A flagstone corridor leads from the last garage to the accommodation section. Preceding the large kitchen is a Jacuzzi, installed at the end of a corridor, with a toilet opposite.
Next to this, a wooden stairway provides access to a large attic, with a panelled ceiling and wooden flooring, above the garages. This attic is illuminated via “Velux” skylights on the north side and two stone oculi as well as a small window with overhanging eaves on the south side. This living space is completed by a bathroom with a shower, a wash-hand basin and a toilet.

Our opinion

This residence is a magical encounter for those who love solitude: the silence, the thick woods that form its setting and its medieval facade suspended above the valley with a view stretching to infinity.
This spot would make a superb take-off point for paragliders especially if it was linked to a hotel and catering project for tourists, attracted by the character of the premises
The children of a large family will have the best of childhood memories and those who are less sporty can take advantage of the wealth of this land between the Périgord and Quercy regions.
And why not start a truffle-growing activity: the land here is ideal as the “brulis”, burnt-looking areas beneath the oak trees, are clearly visible.
This chateau has many a string to its bow.

750 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


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Ventes d'immeubles

À Paris et en Ile-de-France
Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
Prix de vente de 200 000 À 400 000 euros   7% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 200 000 euros             9% TTC*
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En Province
Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur

Expertise

Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établi sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de 120 Euros TTC*

   

*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 346806

Land registry surface area 12 ha 16 a 23 ca
Main building surface area 420 m2
Outbuilding surface area 150 m2

 

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Regional representative
Lot-et-garonne

Armelle Chiberry du Vignau    +33 1 42 84 80 85


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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.


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