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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|Land registry surface area||5 ha 90 a 65 ca|
|Main building surface area||521 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||722 m2|
Philippe Fritsch       +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.