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This residence is set in the south of the French department of Lot, some 30 km from Cahors. Agen, with its TGV train station, as well as Toulouse, with its international airport, are less than 100 km away. In this region, gently undulating countryside, with wooded hillsides, contrasts with dryer areas where it is possible to glimpse white limestone, symbolic of this part of the Quercy region. Numerous rivers and streams have gouged fertile valleys where cereal crops, fruit and vines are grown. The architectural heritage comprises Gallo-Roman vestiges, small medieval fortified towns, hilltop villages, castles, Romanesque churches and windmills. Cahors’ Valentré bridge is classified as a World Heritage site by Unesco. Also admirable are the medieval villages of Montpezat-du-Quercy and Lauzerte, the keeps of Montcuq and Luzech as well as Mercuès castle. All amenities are less than ten minutes away in a small peaceful town where it is pleasant to take a stroll through narrow streets bordered by old houses featuring facades preserved from the Middle-Ages. A weekly Sunday market and numerous cultural events are organised here throughout the year.
This house was built of dressed stone and limestone quarry blocks on the hillside in the 18th century. It spans two levels, topped with an attic floor. The long sloped roofs are covered with Roman tiles. This long, rectangular building, featuring seven regularly spaced openings per level, integrates a large central stairway, with straight handrails, which provides access to the various rooms in the house, laid out on the right and left-hand sides. This interior layout is shown on the main facade by a wide entrance door, on either side of which rectangular windows on the ground and first floors as well as oculi, illuminating the attic space are symmetrically organised. A straight stairway on the north-west side provides direct access to the upstairs rooms and could, therefore, make this section independent.
The insides awaiting renovation span approx. 310 m² of living space. The decoration was redone in the 19th century and a superb patina still bears witness to its past elegance. Original features, such as flagstones, terracotta floor tiles, period wooden flooring, slightly vaulted ceilings, 18th century doors, moulded or painted fireplace trumeaux and a scullery with a stone sink, reinforce the authenticity of the premises. Although this residence still does not have modern-day home comforts, it is nonetheless in a very good general state of repair and is habitable, especially during the summer months, given the existing means of heating. Most of the rooms are bright and spacious with captivating views of the valley.
This stone construction is topped with a single-sloped roof. It adjoins the south-east side of the entrance building. It spans a floor surface area of approx. 25 m².
The entrance building and the dovecote towers
The masonry constructed at the end of the 15th century incorporates the vestiges of a 13th century construction, in the lower sections of which remain an entire network of underground passageways, complete with storage areas and stairways hewn in the rock, bringing people searching for a refuge to mind. An entrance porch way, topped with the dovecote tower, was built in the second half of the 18th century. The buildings on the south-east side house utility areas, with an old oven and an accommodation section as well as an old wine storehouse with vaulted rooms (total useable floor space of approx. 138 m²; excluding cellars and basement). The wing set at right angles on the north side houses an old cowshed, workshops and a storage area (total ground surface area of approx. 124 m²; excluding an upstairs to be created). On the north-east side of this wing, a second quadrangular dovecote tower stands on the edge of the cliff (ground surface area of approx. 16 m²).
This majestic residence, its outbuildings and its two stately towers are laid out on a vast terrace above the hamlet. Behind, through a gap in the hill’s trees, the white Quercy limestone sparkles in the sun. In front, the view stretches into the distance over wonderful countryside. The works needing to be carried out are easy to accept as so many features are worthy of admiration, for instance, the way the facade stone is laid, its size getting smaller and smaller as it goes up towards the cornice at the top. This property is big enough to be suitable for a multitude of projects. Obviously, its listing as a French Historic Monument will be of great help.
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Périgord, Limousin, Quercy
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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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