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A chateau and large outbuildings in luxuriant parklands with two lakes
facing the Pyrenean Mountains in the midst of Gascony

Auch, GERS midi-pyrenees 32000 FR
Midi-Pyrénées

Location

This property, extending over six hectares, is about 40 minutes from Auch (prefecture of the French department of Gers), 1½ hours from Toulouse and 15 minutes from a little town with all amenities (shops, restaurants, primary and secondary schools, doctors, etc.). A small village was constructed near to this chateau in the Middle-Ages. Hardly bigger than a hamlet, it has a church, with a bell-wall, north of the chateau, which was built during the Renaissance period. Lupiac, where d'Artagnan was born, is but a few kilometres away.
The surrounding countryside is both verdant and undulating. Watered by numerous little streams, it alternates meadows and fields with forests and copses.

Description

This chateau stands, surrounded by its outbuildings, in a dominant position. The buildings come into view at the end of a lime tree lined driveway which leads to an esplanade, preceded by a lawn dotted with a few selected umbrella pine and cypress trees. Wrought iron gates open into a square courtyard formed by the various buildings: the old chapel on the north side; the living areas on the west and south sides. A second courtyard used for domestic purposes is laid out to the north of the chateau. Said courtyard provides access to the current caretaker’s cottage as well as to miscellaneous lean-tos and canopies, marking the property’s northern boundary by a long wall. A dividing wall, featuring an opening, delimits this courtyard from the western section of the parklands. The latter extend at the foot of what appears, when seen from the west, to be an impressive defensive wall with a watch-turret and which, in fact, hides a wine storehouse concealed under an embankment, the current belvedere on the chateau’s west facade.
Reached from the east esplanade via a stone masonry walkway, a hexagonal dovecote is perched on columns, the slope of the land making this layout practical and aesthetically attractive.
An old and very large masonry pond is on the west side of the dovecote, below the south facade of the chateau. A second pond, of the same kind, faces the old defensive wall where impressive doors open into the wine storehouse.
At a slight distance and on a lower level, a majestic orangery is laid out on the south side, its northern wall backing on to the slope. A swimming pool has been installed right next to the orangery and is similarly on a lower level, its presence in no way disturbs the view.
The layout of the buildings has clearly been well thought out and a form of beauty has not been sacrificed for the sake of practicality. This property, therefore, constitutes an invitation to take walks that residents can but appreciate.
The view of the Pyrenees Mountains and the rolling countryside is irresistible.

The stately residence

The overall appearance of this extremely sober building is from an era, difficult to define. The presence of an impressive panelled dining room, reflecting a Louis XIV style, would suggest that all the buildings with living space date from this same period, a few works to bring them into line with current day tastes having taken place here and there, without changing the overall appearance. The layout of the adjoining rooms on the ground floor is clearly indicative of a 17th century architectural design.
The south and west wings, spanning two levels under unconverted attic space, house the sections with living space and feature two rooms opening on to the east gable.
In the courtyard, the kitchen is opposite, taking up this entire side. (The size of this vast, through room is quite exceptional.) On this facade, imitation half-shutters give the illusion that the windows are half closed whereas they are, in fact, narrower than they appear.
On the left-hand side of the courtyard, the facade comprises traditional openings, without trompe-l'œil, and two sets of double doors at each end.
The left-hand side of the courtyard is taken up by the old chapel, the initial construction of which dates from the Carolingian or even the Merovingian period. An old engraving in what appears to be Late Latin can still be seen but no linguist or historian has yet been able to make sense of it.
The low roof, with its Roman tiles, could not be more traditional.


Ground floor
What must have been the main entrance to a large, luxurious home is, in fact, a kitchen, of a size (51 m²) that is only to be found in chateaux, with a large, very sober, functional fireplace and old, traditional terracotta floor tiles. It takes up not only the entire central facade of the courtyard but is also a through room, something which is quite exceptional.
A passageway, opposite the fireplace, leads to a vast entrance hall, housing the residence’s main stairway. The floor is paved with geometric patterned tiles, dating from the time of the “Monarchie de Juillet” (July Monarchy). A door concealed in the passageway leads to a toilet.
An astonishing, Louis XIV style dining room, with walnut panelling, is one of the property’s best assets. Both the quality of the workmanship of the woodwork as well as the ironwork and the width of the walnut panels are quite exceptional. The pinewood flooring, with its chestnut wood framing, dates from the same era and contrasts with its rusticity. Laid out in the south-west corner, the double aspect dining room receives light from two directions, enhancing the warm tone of its panelling.
Two sets of double doors communicate with a large, neighbouring, through lounge (57 m²), and with one large window facing south and another smaller one looking out over the courtyard. In this lounge and facing the dining room doors, two doors are those of a south-facing music room on one side and, on the other, of a library overlooking the courtyard. Lounges and libraries feature Versailles pattern, oak wood parquet flooring, something that is not usual in Gascony homes.
Following on from the music room, a bedroom has been laid out in a room that was not originally used for this purpose as bedrooms were always upstairs.

Second level
This level is traditionally that of the bedrooms. The latter are laid out along the south facade and reached via a 34 m long corridor, featuring wooden flooring, typical of the region, made of poplar and chestnut wood. The combination and warmth of their tones, produces a particularly bright and welcoming gleam. A study, receiving through light, has also been laid out above the kitchen, in a room featuring a Louis XVI style fireplace trumeau.
All the bedrooms have their own bath or shower room with a toilet. They also all feature a fireplace, but only the trumeaux appear to be old, of antique inspiration from the Louis XVI era, the original mantels having disappeared. The replacement ones are both sober and tasteful.
Two of the four bedrooms are at the ends of the south facade and therefore receive light from the east or west in addition to that from the south.

The orangery

The location and architecture of the orangery make it the stateliest of all the buildings. With its seven, perfectly equidistant arcades, it stands out courtesy of the deep serenity that it exudes. Paraphrasing Paul-Claudel when he was speaking about Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors, it is a terrace overlooking natural surroundings. The point of view was especially well chosen. A swimming pool, installed on a slightly lower level, in no way disturbs the view.
Floor surface area: 157 m².
The ridge is 7 m high; the ceiling beams are 3.65 m high.

The dovecote

This dovecote, supported on limestone piers, can nevertheless be reached all on a level via the side facing the entrance esplanade. The gaps in its half-timbered framework have been filled with brick as opposed to cob. It has been restored as an additional lounge area, away from the residence, facing its natural surroundings and one of the two lakes.
Floor surface area: approx. 7 m².

The boiler room

The boiler room, adjoining the woodshed, stands in the domestic courtyard.
Floor surface area: 12 m².

The woodshed

With its canopy, it stands in the domestic courtyard.
Floor surface area: 73 m².

The caretaker’s cottage

The caretaker's cottage adjoins the chapel and faces the domestic courtyard as well as the east esplanade. It is totally independent from the main residence and has its own entrance and its own courtyard. It spans two levels.


Ground floor
A covered entrance (66 m²) provides access to the domestic courtyard (166 m²).
A 10 m² hall provides access to a 31 m² kitchen which is also used as a dining room.
This level further comprises a 25 m² living room, a 4 m² bathroom and a 9 m² bedroom.

Second level
The first floor landing provides access to three bedrooms (12, 9 and 29 m²), laid out under the slopes of the roof

A small shed, once a forge, with a canopy

This building, made of half-timbering and cob, is a little way away from the stone constructions and is currently in use as a storage area for miscellaneous pieces of equipment. It could be restored and used for other purposes. It spans a floor surface area of 33 m². It has an adjoining canopy, spanning approx. 16 m².

A garage and a workshop

A garage and a workshop, spanning a floor surface area of 55 m², open on to the east facade, on the right-hand side of the porch leading to the domestic courtyard.

The laundry room

A 74 m² laundry room is to be found behind the chapel in the north-west corner of the chateau.

The chapel

This chapel, awaiting rehabilitation, is the property’s oldest feature. It currently comprises an entrance hall, a sort of narthex, providing access to the inside of the edifice via a door, the original site of which remains uncertain. The walls are constructed from quarry stone blocks covered with a fine lime rendering. The entrance hall has brick paving, whilst the chapel has a cement floor.
A wooden stairway going up from a room which is currently used as a laundry room provides access to the upstairs of the chapel. The ceiling beams on this level are 2.50 m high.

The wine storehouse

No-one would expect to find a wine storehouse behind what was a defensive wall with a watch-turret, under the embankment of a west-facing belvedere. Completely concealed, it can be reached either via a door in the wall, or via a narrow stairway going down from the belvedere, hidden behind a wall.
Floor surface area: 160 m².

Our opinion

The quality of its site is primordial for a country chateau. Here, there is not only the natural setting but also comfort and, above all, the number, variety and good state of repair of the buildings. The caretaker’s cottage could continue in its current role or provide pleasant accommodation for friends. And it is not alone: the other outbuildings give free rein to the imagination. It is as if this property, with its multiple assets, is open to all kinds of home and activity projects.

1 590 000 €
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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)
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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 157382

Land registry surface area 5 ha 90 a 65 ca
Main building surface area 521 m2
Outbuilding surface area 722 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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