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In the very heart of the Aquitaine region, Bayonne is an hour away, Spain is nearby. The La-Chalosse area, equidistant from the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenean Mountains, has a mild climate.
Going around the castle northwards, residents walk alongside the high walls, with their small openings, of the north-south-facing building. This is the highest and oldest section, the one that most exudes its medieval past. It is bordered by a “monastic” vegetable garden formed by stone-lined squares for growing herbs and old-fashioned vegetables. This is followed by the central section which opens on to a narrow terrace, bordered by boxwood. Below is an old feudal glacis. In front of the French window, in the middle of the facade, a flight of steps leads to a small belvedere suspended above the slope. On a lower level, a French formal garden has been laid out in keeping with a 17th century model, with a bridle path bordered by tall chestnut trees on one side. Then, on wide terracing, in line with the wall behind the orangery, extends the French formal garden with its wide tall squares of decoratively trimmed boxwood, containing old rose bushes, dotted with cone-shaped hornbeam trees. At the end is a stone ornamental pool with a fountain. On the right and left-hand sides, a hedge of pink hydrangea bushes runs alongside the edge of the forest. Wide stone steps in front of the carriage doors in the dovecote tower lead to this garden which appears to be set like a gem in the surrounding woods. And lastly, there are the outbuildings with their tall, 18th century wrought iron gates that open into a vast main courtyard.
The old stronghold house or medieval wing
Its tall impressive facade spans three stories. The door of the corner, octagonal tower opens into a small room paved with ophite, a volcanic rock from the Pyrenean mountains that resembles slate. All the floors throughout this medieval wing are paved with these large tiles.
The 18th century wing
A wide corridor runs east-west from the entrance hall in the octagonal tower, bordering the kitchen, still set in the heart of the feudal dwelling. It provides access to a row of reception rooms, illuminated on the north and south sides.
A north-south-facing wing forms the east side of the inner courtyard. It opens into said courtyard via large, central double doors and four arched windows, two on the right-hand side of the doors and two on the left-hand side. The inside is extremely luminous, just as an orangery should be. It has a packed mud floor.
The tower porch way is at its southern end. A wooden stairway leads to a small room above the porch way. It has a vaulted window and vestiges of a small loophole on the upper floors which once comprised a dovecote, as can be seen courtesy of the dove-holes in the walls.
Set on the right and left-hand sides of the entrance gates, these buildings have single-sloped roofs; only their symmetrical facades can be seen from the courtyard. Spanning two levels with relatively low ceilings, they are in use as a workshop, a woodshed and a storage area.
When this vast residence was purchased by its current owners, it was completely overgrown. Tastefully restored by these two artists, it now bears touching witness to 700 years of history amassed within its walls from feudal times through to the 19th century. Walls that also bring to mind the fact that the castle accommodated art craftsmen, specialised in the reproduction of wallpapers using 18th century methods and techniques, for many years. This artistic footprint which marks the property could be continued by creating studios or holding exhibitions. It has, however, great potential for many other uses given its architectural heritage and its history, its vast living space as well as its location near to a spa town, concealed as it is by a forest setting which preserves all of its mystery. This castle would make an ideal vector for professional projects such as the organisation of concerts, theatrical plays or wedding ceremonies. It is also a property that would appeal to a large family as the different generations could live together here without losing any of their privacy.
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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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