castles / chateaux for sale - gironde - south of bordeaux

A chateau, dating from the Age of Reason, in parklands
spanning some 3 hectares to the south of Bordeaux
Bordeaux, GIRONDE aquitaine 33000 FR


South-west of Bordeaux, along the Garonne valley, less than 30 minutes from a TGV train station and less than an hour from Bordeaux-Mérignac airport, this chateau is on the outskirts of a market town with all local shops. A slip road for the Bordeaux-Toulouse motorway is but a few kilometres away.


This property comprises an 18th century chateau, spanning approx. 700 m² of living space with more than 300 m² of attic space which could be converted, set in parklands of just under 3 hectares. It stands near to a village. The residence is reached via a dirt track, turning off a small lane and running through the parklands for several hundreds of metres. The house, surrounded by lawn, copses as well as farmland and protected by its original gates, looks out over the countryside whilst taking advantage of the village amenities. A section of the parklands, planted with tall trees and delimited by a stone wall, faces the entrance gates, from the other side of the little lane. Around the residence are a few houses, old buildings that once belonged to the property. On a third side are fields with the Garonne valley below.

The residence

This north-south-facing building, with its classical, rectangular layout, was constructed in 1790. It comprises a ground floor, a higher first or noble floor and an attic which could be converted. Its extremely sober facades feature nine bays with wide openings, looking out over the garden. The gable walls have three bays, including the openings on the second floor. The windows on the ground floor are arched, reinforcing the base effect. The main entrance is marked by a curved pediment, the only specific ornament on the main facade. On the north side, a belvedere terrace, flanked by a horseshoe-shaped stairway, looks down on the garden. The latter is planted with tall trees and vast lawns. Partially renovated over the centuries, the house still has numerous old features: a sculpted stone trough in the central corridor, wrought ironwork, parquet flooring with inlaid decoration, floors covered with old flagstones and Gironde tiles as well as thick stone walls. An east-west corridor provides access to the rooms on all four facades.

Ground floor
The house is entered on the south side via a vast vestibule, with Gironde stone floor tiles, which provides access via two arches to the main stairway and leads to the rest of the house. This hardstone stairway is adorned with 18th century, elegantly wrought iron railings with hound motifs.
On the left-hand side is an old kitchen with a hardstone floor. It is fitted with a masonry work surface and a rustic stone fireplace. It precedes a scullery, still with its original majestic stone sink and a door opening into the garden. A dumbwaiter provides a link with the first floor. A door in the kitchen provides access to the central corridor.
On the right-hand side of the entrance hall, a small study, as well as a dining room, with parquet flooring, and then a second, more contemporary kitchen, all adjoin one after another. Each room also opens into the central corridor. The modern kitchen opens directly into the garden.
The entrance hall leads to the central corridor which provides access to all the north-facing rooms.
A suite in the north-east corner comprises a large bedroom with Gironde stone floor tiles. It provides access to a small bedroom, adorned with a Louis XVI style grey marble fireplace, topped with a fluted trumeau featuring garlands of foliage. This room, with pinewood parquet flooring, opens into a bathroom, also with parquet flooring, that leads to the corridor via a little passageway with a separate toilet.
In the central section of the house, a large, wine storehouse is flanked by a shower room and a storeroom opening into the corridor. This area, protected by thick stone walls, provides access to an outside covered terrace, with balusters and a stone floor. It features an outside, horseshoe-shaped stairway which goes up to the first floor and its hanging terrace, dominating the garden.
And lastly, the north-west corner of the house is taken up by a group of rooms comprising two bedrooms, separated by an old bathroom with a toilet. This area is reached via the vestibule set behind the old kitchen, following on from the corridor.

First floor
The first or noble floor can be reached via three stairways: the large, central stairway, a second small internal stairway and the external, horseshoe-shaped stairway.
This level is characterised by its original wooden floors and ceilings almost 5 m high in the reception rooms as opposed to 4.2 m in the other rooms. The space is divided into three large sections.
The central section, accessed directly via the main stairway, forms an outstanding, through reception room spanning 120 m². It comprises a lounge and a dining room, simply separated by a partition wall featuring three sets of large, glazed and opening windows.
The lounge on the north side has two windows, flanking a French window which provides access to the hanging terrace. The wooden flooring with inlaid decoration comprises a central medallion adorned with a wind rose. On the east wall, a Louis XVI style polychrome marble fireplace is topped with a trumeau, decorated with a painted scene portraying a neo-classical bas-relief, the panel of which is flanked by friezes with plant motifs.
Double doors open into the dining room, featuring three large windows on the south facade. This room exudes a very Viennese atmosphere courtesy of its wide strip parquet flooring and the presence of a ceramic wood-burning stove. This area is further enhanced by a set of arched openings with perspectives provided by the central partition and moulded panelled doors.
Six doors provide access to the adjoining rooms and the central hall areas.
A vestibule on the west side of the large landing houses the dumbwaiter and provides access to four rooms. A superb, north-facing bedroom with an elegant Louis XVI style, black polychrome marble fireplace and its adjoining bathroom. The parquet flooring in this room has been covered with carpeting. This room leads directly into the lounge.
Continuing on from the vestibule, a landing, complete with a separate toilet, provides access to two more bedrooms.
A west-facing bedroom, adorned with a Louis XVI style, grey marble fireplace and parquet flooring also covered with carpet, as well as a large, south-facing bedroom, in the south-west corner of the residence, with parquet flooring and a Louis XVI style, grey marble fireplace.
On the east side of the large lounge is a large adjoining bedroom, enhanced with a white marble fireplace and parquet flooring. It has its own private bathroom. Following the central corridor, which provides access via a wooden stairway to attic space awaiting conversion, a small study adjoins the bedroom.
On the south side, reached via the corridor, is a suite of rooms opening into the dining room: a passageway fitted with cupboards leads to a bathroom with a toilet, and a small child’s bedroom with a grey marble fireplace and parquet flooring covered with carpeting. This last room provides access to a large south-facing bedroom with wide strip parquet flooring and a Louis XVI style red polychrome marble fireplace. Imitation double doors provide direct access to the dining room.

Second floor
The wooden stairway provides access from the central corridor to a hall area leading to a group of rooms on the north and south sides with great conversion potential.
The section above the large lounge is raised by more than a metre in relation to the east and west wings. Old doors, parquet floors and Gironde stone floor tiles are featured in a surprising group of rooms, illuminated via shed dormers or fanlights.

The garden

The garden extends on all four sides of the residence, thus preserving its privacy.
Matching tall trees stand on either side of the 18th century wrought iron gates, marking the main entrance on the south side. A large lawn leads to the house.
At the back, a terrace with steps draws attention to a parterre on a lower level, featuring a central, currently dry, ornamental pool. At the end of the garden, a retaining wall creates a drop of more than 6 m with the valley and its river Garonne below. The layout of the trees and the copses of bushes and shrubs provide the house with deep tranquillity despite it being near to a market town. The presence of a railway line, 300 m away from the house, should also be mentioned, even though the noise impact remains astonishingly discreet.

Our opinion

The classicism exuded by this residence, a form of plain austerity, contrasts with the multitude of small decorative features and the interior finishing touches, made outstanding by their quality and their state of preservation. Although this property is in a good general state of repair, it needs to have new life breathed back into it. The reception areas, the overall proportions of the rooms and their perspectives provide a unique, somewhat timeless atmosphere that inspires well-being and a certain retrospect. It would make an ideal project for would-be buyers with creative spirits. The fact that a railway line is within a distance of 300 m might appear unfortunate and yet, against all expectations, it becomes clear after a few visits that its presence is not a nuisance. This property, less than 35 minutes from the centre of Bordeaux and abounding in assets, has what it takes to convince would-be buyers to include modern-day home comforts in this setting from another age.

980 000 €
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Reference 793767

Land registry surface area 3 ha
Main building surface area 1200 m2

Regional representative

Matthieu de Boussac       +33 1 42 84 80 85



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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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