castles / chateaux for sale in france between fumel and villeneuve-sur-lot

Between Fumel and Villeneuve-sur-Lot, a 19th century folly with panoramic view
and wonderful 10 ha parklands planted with century-old trees
Saint-Sylvestre-sur-Lot, LOT-ET-GARONNE aquitaine 47140 FR

Location

In the heart of the South-West region, close to the towns of Fumel, Villeneuve-sur-Lot and Agen, whose airport links it to Paris in 1 hour 25 mins. By TGV, Toulouse and Bordeaux are just one hour away and Paris four. A gently undulating region alternating a coloured mosaic of grasslands, woods and cultivated landscapes where an outstanding architectural heritage is made up of a number of medieval fortified towns, hilltop villages, castles, abbeys and mills. Close to two towns, one of which was once an important fortified city and today home to artists and craftsmen, where it feels good to stroll through cobbled streets and their beautiful facades, and stop off to eat something at the restaurants serving local produce or just simply enjoy the view. The river Lot located downhill is navigable making it possible to visit the region in a different way.

Description

The estate stretches over approx. ten hectares, enclosed by quickset hedges, features outstanding parklands with a variety of century-old trees. Through the gates marking the entrance, a long shady driveway goes all the way round the property at the foot of the enclosure wall. There are other parkways through the parklands giving the opportunity to see everything they have to offer. There is a wide selection of trees and shrubs: pine, cedar, redwood, Lambert cypresses, Judas trees, holm and cork oaks, magnolias, ginkgos, palm trees, lime trees, choisya shrubs, plane trees, among many others. There are also vast areas of grassland, an orchard as well as a few grapevines and some ancient remains including a former chapel and a pavilion. Benches placed here and there let you contemplate the beautiful views all around. An old tennis court located in the north-east of the estate awaits renovation. To the north-west, on a lower level, there is a former groom’s house spanning two storeys with a flat-tile roof. The property comprises three main buildings forming a U shape and a large covered shelter.
The main entrance to the chateau is located to the south-east, behind high wrought-iron gates and a beautiful symmetrical staircase giving access to the raised ground floor. The building is perched on a knoll and it would appear to have been occupied as early as 15th century.
Its current architecture dates back to the end of 19th century, at a time when it took on forms of folly – luxurious holiday residence – completely leaving behind the former manor house that once stood there.

The chateau

Built of random limestone and tuff, the chateau is raised above a basement level occupied by a series of rooms and cellars mainly vaulted where a well is also to be found. It comprises a rectangular-shaped main building spanning three storeys (excluding attic space) and features high gable-fronted lucarnes. It is covered by a flat-tile hip roof. The south-facing facade is flanked by two round towers and has a big terrace from where one may admire the unobstructed view. A tall rectangular tower and turret are situated to the north west. It houses the main wooden spiral staircase with three successive flights of steps and landings. To the north, the main building is flanked by a second building, intended originally for the servants, with a main-slope, open-gable roof. There is a secondary stone spiral staircase here but also a lift leading to the three main floors. It also has a terrace, a smaller one and a quarter turning stone stairway leading to a second entrance on the same level as the former groom’s house. The rooms on the inside have preserved their authenticity and can be lived in as they are. The surface area of approx. 827 m2 (excluding cellars and attic) is set out as large and mainly luminous rooms, the decoration of which still bears witness to the elegance of a distant past: Versailles herringbone parquet flooring, French ceilings, fireplaces with moulded trumeaux, wallpapered walls, wainscoting, finely-decorated period doors, cement floor tiles and period fish-scale mosaics etc….


Ground floor
From the main entrance, a long corridor leads in to the chateau’s different reception rooms. At the end of the corridor the main staircase gives access to the upper floors. To the south, two lounges opening on to a large terrace follow. The decoration is refined without being overdone. The woodwork is quite remarkable, whether it’s the Versailles herringbone parquet floors, the French ceilings, the period doors or the finely-decorated fireplaces. On the other side of the corridor, close to the entrance, the dining room features wainscoting, beautiful tapestries, as well as an elegant wood fireplace with insert giving the room a cosy atmosphere that is highlighted by softened lighting. The room leads in to a study, a pantry and then the kitchen big enough to eat in. The secondary entrance hall and stairwell for the back staircase, encircling the lift, are adjacent and open on to a north-facing terrace. Further on, moving up the main corridor towards the north west, a library also opens onto the same terrace, so too a bedroom accessed via the main staircase.
First floor
There are two different but complementary areas to this floor. It comprises five large bedrooms most beautifully decorated, two of which have bathrooms en-suite. The parquet floors here are plain or herringbone and one can find some of the same elegant features as on the ground floor such as French ceilings, wainscoting, marble or wooden fireplaces, on which beautiful high mirrors stand. There are two other much plainer bedrooms, as well as two separate shower rooms in the wing that was assigned as staff accommodation. The two different areas communicate via a passageway joining the main corridor to the back staircase. The windows on this level allow one to contemplate the magnificent view.
Second floor
On this floor, there is an attic as well as several rooms previously used as the servants’ quarters. This area is in overall good condition but could be rearranged and used in a different way. There is no need for this area to be renovated however if the lower floors suffice. The second wing housing a large bedroom and a bathroom en-suite is currently undergoing restoration works. Another separate bathroom that is refurbished and totally functional completes this floor.
Third floor
It comprises a room, formerly used as a bedroom and accessed directly via the landing of the main staircase.
Fourth floor
It comprises a room, formerly used as a bedroom and accessed directly via the landing of the main staircase.
Behind a door, a small staircase leads to a small 39 m2 attic situated at the top of the main staircase tower. One can see from here that the tower roof has been completely replaced.

Base level
Basement level occupied by a series of rooms and cellars mainly vaulted where a well is to be found. A barrel-vaulted room is perhaps the last vestige of the former chateau built on these grounds in 15th century. This level is accessed from the inside of the building and the outside.

The former groom's house

To the north west, on a slightly lower level from the chateau, the former groom’s house spans two storeys and is topped by a flat-tile roof.
It comprises three main buildings forming a U shape and a large covered shelter.
The north wing houses the former stable where there are six loose boxes. The south wing includes a tool room, wood storage (former horseshoeing room) as well as a workshop with a car repair pit. The central part of the building comprises a large garage, but also access to the living quarters (approx. 27 m2). The ground floor incorporates the entrance hall and wooden staircase leading to the upper floor as well as a second quarter turning staircase linking it to the cellar. A former tack room has been converted into a bedroom. On the first floor, the rooms can be lived in as they are but could do with a new coat of paint. They are spacious, luminous and feature the exposed roofing framework. Two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, a vast living room (approx. 98 m2) with dining area as well as a large artists’ workshop (75 m2) complete this level.

Our opinion

The chateau and its estate perched like a watchtower on a knoll are surprising for more than one reason. The building itself is an example of glorious architecture and the grounds with its large variety of century-old trees bring true added value. In this peaceful setting, walks in the parklands are a treat for the eye. The wonderful views from the terraces and from the windows are a luxury that one will never tire of. It is true that the property is in need of some attention although it could be lived in straightaway and the roofs could do with re-roofing but there is no real emergency. The site is so unique that it would be a shame not to undertake such renovation works and thus take even more advantage of its numerous amenities and desirable features.

Exclusive sale

995 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


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Reference 876928

Land registry surface area 9 ha 75 a 55 ca
Main building surface area 828 m2
Outbuilding surface area 486 m2

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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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