with 2 ha of parklands, amidst the Graves and Sauterne wine regions
Not far from a medium-sized town with all amenities (school, shops, train station), 30 minutes from Bordeaux and its international airport, just a few kilometres from slip roads for the A62 motorway and near to the river Garonne.
The traditional Chartreuse house
The main house dates from the late 17th century. Its main, east and west-facing facades feature large, wooden-framed, small-paned windows, symmetrically aligned and topped each time with a bull’s eye window. The upstairs is reached via a stairway, with stone steps, set between the dining room and the lounge. The front, east-facing facade is flanked by two wings forming a courtyard, closed by tall, wrought iron gates. The residence’s rear facade looks out over harmoniously-sized parklands. This building is dominated in its centre by a tower spanning three levels. The top floor is adorned with a royally symbolic coat-of-arms and its slate roof contrasts with the tiles on the rest of the roofs.
The front door, facing the main courtyard, is reached via a few low stone steps. It opens into a vast through vestibule, in the middle of the house, featuring wonderful Gironde stone floor tiles. A French window in line with the front door opens on the west side on to the parklands. The doors opening into the reception rooms are topped with panelling, flanking old tapestries. The lounge, like the entrance hall, features large, two-tone Gironde stone floor tiles. It is distinguished by the panelling on the various doors and the fireplace. Windows, on either side, make it extremely bright. Further on, the dining room stands out courtesy of its monumental stone fireplace and its more refined architecture. And lastly, at the end of the corridor, the fitted kitchen features a fireplace complete with a roasting spit as well as an authentic stone sink. On the other side of the vestibule a long corridor gives access to two adjoining bedrooms, both with an impressive stone fireplace. The floors here are predominantly covered with oak wood parquet flooring, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. At the end of the corridor are a bathroom and toilet. Also, a room in a sort of recess on a lower level awaits conversion into a library or study. A concealed door provides access to both the parklands and a 19th century, discreet and romantic chapel, greatly enhanced by its multi-coloured stained-glass windows and murals. The work of the famous Eugène-Viollet-le-Duc who was responsible for the complete restoration of the listed Roquetaillade castle, not far from here, it will enchant those seeking serenity and spirituality.
The first floor is set out around a wide corridor which provides access to one bedroom, laid out above the lounge, and to another, facing the parklands. At the end of this corridor are a last bedroom in the central tower, stairs going up to the second level and a vast, continuous room which could, in accordance with inspiration and needs, be converted into bedrooms or even be used as a playroom. A shower room.
The second level of the central tower is reached by crossing the first floor and taking a small wooden stairway, with two quarter turns. This floor comprises a bedroom with a view over the main courtyard and a room opposite which could possibly be converted into a shower room or used as storage space.
The rooms in the house are extended by those of the outbuildings, the wings on either side of the courtyard. In the north wing, a 2-storey flat, spanning approx. 180 m², has an independent entrance. It comprises a kitchen and a living room, with a stone fireplace topped with a coat-of-arms. Upstairs, a landing provides access to bedrooms and a bathroom. Adjoining is accommodation for a caretaker and other sections, all on a level, that could be converted. The symmetrical south wing is laid out as several separate units: a passageway leads from the kitchen in the main house to a laundry room and a vast workshop. Next, an old wine storehouse, with a monumental stone fireplace and exposed beams, opens into an orangery. Upstairs is a flat with a vast, south-facing terrace. An old tobacco drying shed, a room with an old bread oven and a greenhouse.
The garden, surrounding all the buildings, is planted with a multitude of trees of varying species. Oak trees, hundreds of years old, and acacia trees complement the Lebanon cedar and magnolia trees. Further away, at the end of the parklands, an orchard, discreetly extending to the edge of the neighbouring vineyards, will delight those who love to pick their own fruit.
This property exudes an indescribable charm despite the outbuildings and annexes being in need of some attention. The impressive, traditional Chartreuse house spans harmonious proportions and would lend itself to a number of conversion possibilities. The habitable flats could be used for accommodating family or paying guests as part of a commercial vocation. The other features of the south wing could, in accordance with tastes and requirements, be used for functions or as part of a family vineyard activity in keeping with regional culture.
|Land registry surface area||2 ha|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
|Main building surface area||650 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||1045 m2|
Pessac-Léognan, Graves & Sauternais
François Trédez +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.