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A nuisance-free hamlet and its 30 ha estate in a dominant position in an area of great ecological interest,
the borders of the French departments of Tarn-et-Garonne
Villefranche-de-Rouergue, TARN-ET-GARONNE midi-pyrenees 12200 FR


Where the borders of the French departments of Tarn-et-Garonne, Lot and Aveyron meet, a region enhanced by the mountain influences of the Massif Central and the mild Gascony climate. In the heart of unspoilt surroundings classified as ZNIEFF for Zones Naturelles d’Intérêt Ecologique, Faunistique et Floristique (French Inventory of Natural Areas of Ecological Interest for Flora and Fauna). An area marked by deep, wooded valleys contrasting with the bocage landscape of the plateaux. To the east are woods with sweet chestnut trees and fields growing crops for fodder. To the west are sinkholes and potholes in the limestone. A setting much appreciated for exploring a wide range of landscape and architectural heritage. The towns of Rodez (international airport), Albi, Montauban, Cahors and Figeac are about an hour away. The Medieval towns of Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Saint-Antonin-de-Noble-Val and Cordes-sur-Ciel are some 30 minutes away, whilst that of Caylus is less than 20 minutes away. All shops and amenities are but 10 minutes away.


Standing half-way up a hillside, this property extends over some 30 continuous hectares and dominates a predominantly wooded valley crossed by a river. The hamlet, at a distance from its neighbours as well as any kind of nuisance, is built like a lookout post on the old site of a small castle. It blends perfectly with its lush, verdant, unspoilt setting and has a panoramic view over its surroundings.
This group of buildings is reached via a lane almost 800 m long that comes to a dead-end. This collection of houses is accessed via narrow alleyways. All are robustly built from local stone with flat tile or interlocking tile roofs. Plants, trees, shrubs and flower beds have been harmoniously added over the years. There are some thirty cypress trees as well as umbrella pine and palm trees.
The main house is surrounded by nine other buildings of various shapes and sizes. They are all independent of one another and are, for the most part, adorned with balconies, terraces, enclosed gardens and low dry stone walls. There is also a swimming pool with its pool-house, a vegetable garden, a well, an aviary, a playground and two gravelled parking areas.

The main house

The main, plain but harmonious house spans three levels, including the converted attic floor. Its quadrilateral shape has numerous embrasures of various shapes and sizes which let copious amounts of light into the inside in keeping with the surroundings. Some rooms can be accessed from outside, notably those opening on to the terraced garden which continues beyond the building. Surrounded by a high wall and attractively filled with plants, this private area also provides an exceptional view point. This house, spanning approx. 325 m², has been carefully restored in a refined contemporary style. It comprises a small lounge with a study set up on a mezzanine floor, a kitchen, a dining room, a large lounge, six bedrooms, a vestibule, three shower rooms, a bathroom, three separate toilets, a laundry room and a guest shower room.

The refectory and its studio flat

Spanning two levels, this building is a few metres away from the main house with which it shares a superb south-facing area lined with limestone and pleasantly decorated with plants and flowerbeds; an ideal spot for taking meals outside or for relaxing. A shady garden on the north side is enclosed by a low stone wall. It comprises an eating area and a shed for storing garden tools and furniture. This building essentially features a studio flat set out upstairs and accessed via a stone stairway. A similar stairway on the west side provides access to the upstairs dining room. The ground floor comprises another dining room preceding a vast kitchen. A back kitchen and a cold room complete this area, where a straight wooden stairway leads upstairs.

House no. 2 and its function room

This building, spanning three levels (two of which are all on a level, the third being the unconverted attic floor), faces the main building. Further over to the east, it looks out on the north side over a large gravelled area where cars can be parked in addition to the actual garage which is at the end of the access lane. Two bedrooms on the garden level open on to a west-facing terrace which has an outdoor kitchen forming a small closed annex building. The point of view is outstanding. Upstairs, a function room spanning approx. 88 m² is extended by a large balcony that also benefits from the panoramic view.

House no. 3

This house, built more recently, spans a floor surface area of approx. 71.5 m². It has a single floor, all on a level, and is located on the north side of the property at a distance from the other buildings. It features a large, covered, south-facing terrace. It comprises a lounge-dining room, a kitchen, two bedrooms, a study, a shower room, a toilet, a small laundry room and a boiler room.

House no. 4

Hugging the contours of the land, this house spans three levels, two of which are more recent, having been constructed as an extension of an older, small stone building, topped with a gable roof which is all that can be seen on the north side, the slope of the land concealing the lower levels and bestowing abundant privacy. A large, south-facing terrace, looking out over the panoramic view, borders a luminous 62 m² flat.
An independent guest bedroom is also to be found on the first level of the house forming the main entrance.

House no. 5

This 54.6 m² house, spanning two separate floors, all on a level, is but a stone’s throw from the entrance to the pool-house. The lower level opens on to a large, south-facing terrace with its pergola and its outdoor kitchen forming a small closed annex building. It has a superb unobstructed view over the lush, verdant surroundings.

The former dovecote

Located near to the main house as well as house nos. 2 and 4, this 17.1 m² building is surrounded by dense vegetation. It spans three levels which are accessed from the outside via narrow stone stairways. It has been converted in order to provide independent sleeping areas or storage space.

Small house no. 1

Located between the dovecote and house no. 4, this small, 12.4 m² house spans two separate levels and provides two small spare sleeping areas. The upper level is accessed via an outside stairway.

Small house no. 2

Located between house nos. 2 and 5, this small, 26 m² house spans two separate levels and provides two spare sleeping areas. The upper level is accessed via an outside stairway.

A chalet on piles

This small house, built on piles to compensate for the slope of the land, spans 24 m² of living space. It is accessed via a suspended walkway that opens on to a wide, covered, south-facing terrace. The point of view is superb. Located at a distance to the west of the other buildings, this chalet has been turned into an exercise room. It could, if required, be used for a different purpose, an additional dwelling for example.

Our opinion

For those who dream of wide open, green belt areas and a kind of isolation that puts all nuisances at a distance, this superb example of traditional, local architecture nestling in an unspoilt setting offers the ideal place to live. Another site with as many assets as this one would surely be difficult to find in the near future. At least two or even three families and their passing friends could live totally independently, with no loss of privacy. These same assets single this hamlet out as the perfect place for a possible hotel and catering activity, especially as it is in a wonderful geographical location on the borders of several regions with their different but quite complementary charms.

1 095 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


Reference 985485

Land registry surface area 30 ha 5 a 5 ca
Main building surface area 325.5 m2
Outbuilding surface area 693.2 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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