in the midst of Gascony’s Golden Triangle
This property is set in the Golden Triangle (Auch, Lectoure, Condom), 75 minutes from Toulouse (international airport, TGV train station) and 20 minutes from Auch, capital of the Gascony and Armagnac regions. Not only is it near to two “Bastide” or fortified towns, with all daily amenities, but it also stands on a sort of belvedere, facing totally unspoilt countryside. Woods, fields, grasslands and vines form this kaleidoscope making up the countryside of the French department of Gers, exuding an indescribable serenity. The Pyrenean mountain range looming on the horizon is a glorifying phenomenon, contrasting powerfully with the peaceful surrounding landscapes.
The residence itself appears lower than it actually is. Laid out lengthwise, it is proportioned in such a way as to resemble a traditional long farmhouse, despite spanning two levels under attic space. The size and layout of the buildings within the grounds makes them harmonious and pleasant to look at.
The rear, south-east facing facade looks out over gently sloping parklands, reminiscent of the English style. The view over the countryside features the Pyrenean mountains as a backdrop.
A swimming pool has been installed on the north-west side, on a lower level to a pool-house, reached via a flight of steps.
An old extension, no doubt built just after the large, luxurious home, adjoins the north-east side. It is currently used as a caretaker’s cottage.
Level grasslands, marked by a few tall trees, include a well, used for watering purposes. Extending beyond the caretaker’s cottage, they provide a wonderful touch of noble simplicity.
The large, luxurious home
Constructed of quarry stone blocks and topped with the customary Roman roof tiles, this residence is surrounded on all four sides by a double, overhanging cornice. The gently sloping roof means that the attic space has not been converted. The effect produced by the very long facade is not only elegant but also brings the proportions of a traditional Chartreuse house to mind.
The section on the north-west side was originally used for farming purposes, possibly as a wine storehouse, the arched opening of which is now glazed, forming a picture window. This area has since been converted into a vast living room that is open on three sides.
The caretakers live in the east end which, adjoined to the main building at a later date, has a lower roof, forming a triangular gable at the north-east end of the facade.
A terrace, bordered by a stone balustrade, looks down on the south-east side.
A vast, central vestibule is a traditional feature in Gascony’s large, luxurious homes. Usually the only through section, this habitual area was used not only as a living and reception room, but also as a hallway providing access to the miscellaneous rooms on the ground floor. A large, well-proportioned, elegant and yet sober stairway leads irresistibly upstairs. At the end, on the garden side, a little orangery, set at right angles, provides access, left, to a bedroom that communicates with a bathroom and a toilet, and right to a kitchen, followed by a large living room. Although this layout is somewhat unusual, it is not at all unpleasant.
The vestibule and the orangery have stone floor tiles, whilst the kitchen and the living room have terracotta floor tiles. All the other rooms in the house feature traditional wooden floors.
The bedroom opens on to a south-east facing terrace, the immediate surroundings of which are enhanced with various species of trees, combining light and shadow.
The kitchen also benefits from through light via the orangery, leading to it. A functional, table-high fireplace is but waiting to be used for grilling meat or for providing heat at meal times.
The exceptionally large, 85 m² living room features pillars supporting the upstairs beams, thus creating various areas. A fireplace, with a wooden mantel, provides warmth and is reminiscent of the residence’s rustic origins.
Between the ground floor rooms and the caretaker’s cottage is an old cowshed or stable, now used for storage purposes.
This level is given over to bedrooms and shower rooms. The landing, a vast area corresponding to the ground floor vestibule, is an ideal place for private conversations, reading or writing. It is pleasantly illuminated and generously aired by openings facing south-east. A door opens into a comfortable bedroom, separated by a wardrobe from a bath and shower room, with a separate toilet.
A hall area, on the other side of the landing, provides access to five bedrooms, four of which have their own shower rooms with separate toilets.
The house, being constructed on slightly sloping land, the cellar opens on a level with the parklands on the south-east side. It was once used as a wine storehouse.
The caretaker’s cottage
This modest but comfortable caretaker’s cottage adjoins the large, luxurious home but has an independent entrance. There is no direct means of communication between the two houses, the cottage is therefore quite self-contained.
It comprises an entrance hall, a kitchen, a lounge, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a separate toilet.
Spanning a large surface area of 310 m², this barn has already been used for hosting parties. Traditional Roman tiles cover the equally traditional roofing framework, made of poplar and chestnut wood.
This outbuilding is constructed of stone and covered with Roman roof tiles. It houses a 42 m² boiler room and a 27 m² garage.
The swimming pool
This 12x6 m, heated swimming pool has a bromine salt filtration system.
This long house exudes a feeling of sturdiness, on which time has made no impression, of precision as if its stone cannot lie. The stone floor tiles to be found as of the ground floor reinforce this concept. A large, central space taking up the full height of the building, formed by a vestibule at the bottom and a landing upstairs, radiates conviviality, with privacy confined to the upstairs. In any case, large events have their own area, that of the old barn. One of the seven bedrooms is on the ground floor which, although rare, is obviously of great interest. The caretaker’s cottage, nearby and yet independent, provides additional flexibility to a harmonious property, blending beautifully with the local landscape, featuring the Pyrenean mountains in the distance.
|Land registry surface area||6 ha 67 a 71 ca|
|Number of bedrooms||8|
|Main building surface area||512 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||537 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.