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This chateau is near to two large, character market towns. The first, with its Cluny priory, is on a trail linking the German Cluny sites with those of Spain. The second is known for having a popular French singer as a native inhabitant. On the outskirts of the market town, the road leads to the French department of Gers. The town of Agen, with its TGV train station providing 190-minute links to Paris, its airport with flights to Orly and its slip road on to the Bordeaux-Toulouse motorway, is but a few kilometres away.
The south-facing facade features beautiful exposed stone. Two mullioned windows on the ground floor flank the entrance door with its small-paned leaded lights. Directly above on the first floor, three large windows, one of which is mullioned, are set under a very steep roof, covered with flat tiles and featuring two pavilion roof dormers. A monumental iron gate, on the east side, provides access to the interior courtyard housing the north facade, in the centre of which stands the octagonal stairway tower. A steep, pointed, equally octagonal roof, covered with flat tiles, is supported on battlements. The door to the tower is a superb example of the Renaissance era with its coffers decorated with forged studs and two fire pots flanking the family crest supported by two lions back to back. This north facade opens on to the three courtyards with outbuildings, described below.
The outbuildings and the interior courtyards
The north facade of the chateau overlooks an interior courtyard, with buildings on three sides. The fourth side, forming the junction with the kitchen wing, is closed by iron gates and a tall gateway. It is succeeded by two other courtyards, reached via passageways in the buildings.
A long, narrow, vaulted corridor running westwards from the chateau is illuminated via loopholes. It connects the chateau to the wing of outbuildings. Seen from the outside, it looks like a battlemented perimeter wall. Set at right angles are two habitable rooms. The first, dubbed the “hunters lounge”, opens on to the courtyard via a window and a dark wooden door, the wide planks of which are held by wrought hinges. The plaster ceiling is damaged. The floor is covered with terracotta tiles laid in a refined geometric pattern. A pink marble fireplace is topped with a mercury mirror. A rustic bathroom is laid out in a small corner room, illuminated via a south-facing window with a fan-shaped fanlight and indoor shutters.
A second communicating room is used as a kitchen. The plaster ceiling is damaged. It has terracotta floor tiles. A dark wood, carved fireplace, on the west wall, reflects the Directoire style. On either side of the mantel are two windows with fan-shaped fanlights and indoor shutters. Under one of the windows are vestiges of a “potager” (a secondary hearth where soups and other previously prepared dishes are cooked on embers) and a stone sink. A wooden, hinged door and a window open on to the courtyard.
A last buffer room ends this section of living space. The floor is covered with terracotta tiles. It has two windows overlooking the courtyard and another looking out over the parklands. A condemned door in the end wall would make it possible to access the outbuildings, starting with a storeroom.
The dovecote porch way has a narrow stone stairway going up to the dovecote section, set above a vaulted porch way, closed by a heavy wooden, hinged door. On the outside, facing west, a brattice, directly above the porch way, bears witness to its defensive role in olden times. The superb appearance of the building, with bricks laid in a fish-scale pattern and half-timbering, can be seen under the old lime rendering.
This is followed by a little building, the low doors of which bring a kennel to mind, and a pigsty, its stone trough visible from the outside. Above is the henhouse with its stone perch visible on the other side.
Set at right angles, a section dubbed the “staff flat” is followed by a long, south-facing building, opening on to the courtyard via two wide sets of double doors.
The first, flanked by two crescent-shaped basement windows, opens into a stable with six stalls. The floor is paved with pebbles from the river Garonne. Hay racks above each horse loose box have been preserved as has the stone trough, below, which held the oats.
Next is a large tiled room where carriages were once kept. It communicates with the next area, a garage for more modern times as well as a tobacco drying shed.
The main courtyard is followed by a second, very big interior courtyard. Once through the dovecote porch way, a long building closes the main courtyard on the west side. Set at right angles, it comprises a woodshed and a small storage area.
An iron gate separates it from the wing housing the outbuildings which forms the second courtyard. A long building comprising, first, a little cowshed where animals for domestic consumption were kept. It is followed by a second stable, more spacious that that opening on to the main courtyard, with horse loose boxes closed by iron gates, set in a wooden moulding, some of which still display their decorative fleur-de-lis. A large storage area takes up the end of this building. A wooden stairway provides access from the cowshed to the granary, running the full length of the building. Extremely sound and well ventilated, it has a superb roofing framework made from whole tree trunks which have kept their shape.
A wooden chalet-style building, closing this second courtyard, is given over to hens. Exuding an air of the West Indies with its cut-out frieze and its open-work partition walls, it appears to have suffered over time. A low wall separates it from the stables and a wire-mesh door opens on to the third, walled courtyard, home to the pigsties.
The idea of reconstituting the Middle-Ages in the 19th century was long criticised as, with insufficient documentation, it invented and it debased. But it should not be forgotten that it also saved monuments that ran the risk of being dismantled stone by stone as was the case after the French Revolution. And then the troubadour style, the “neo”, demonstrations of enthusiasm for the gothic style finished by creating their own interest. There was Pierrefonds. There were other successes, like this chateau near to Agen. The decorative features which are not to our taste still have a documentary value and should be accepted as such. In this instance, they are worthy of restoration. Their condition makes it a realistic challenge. A first-rate, professional project could be undertaken in the 21st century just like the 19th century dream was to go back to the time of the knights. The main residence, the three courtyards and the outbuildings are an unlimited source of inspiration just as they are.
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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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