In the heart of the south-west of France, near to the towns of Villeneuve-sur-Lot and Agen, the airport of which puts Paris 85 minutes away. Via TGV train Toulouse and Bordeaux are only 1 hour away, and the French capital is 4 hours away. A gently undulating region alternating a coloured mosaic of grasslands, woods and cultivated landscapes where an outstanding architectural heritage is made up of numerous and varied medieval fortified towns, hilltop villages, castles, abbeys, mills, etc. This property is near to two small towns including a former city, once a powerful fortified town in the Middle Ages, now chosen by artists and art craftsmen, where it is pleasant to take a stroll in the narrow paved streets with their decorated facades, to stop and take advantage of the small local restaurants, or quite simply, to appreciate the view.
A lack of archives going back beyond the 15th century leaves the castle’s construction period unknown, but the seven families that have owned it to date are known. Its situation on the edge of the river gave it a role of surveillance, of control over passageways and of protection of existing dams. Surrounded by a wide moat, now partly filled-in, the main building includes three stories built over a barrel-vaulted room, 28 m long by 10 m wide. Its facade was extended in the 18th century. In the north-east corner is a keep, the top of which was knocked down during the French Revolution and which now has a two-slope roof: 3 m thick walls, 13 m in diameter, 20 m high, featuring Renaissance-style mullioned windows and topped with a wall-walk. Originally, this keep did not have any external doors, each of its levels being linked to the main building via a 90 cm wide corridor that could easily be blocked up. To the west, a square, primitive tower, built outside of the carcass, houses an outstanding illustration of gothic art: a twisted spiral stairway, with monolithic stone steps, the top of which forms a palm tree. At the top, a vaulted room with cross-ribs is illuminated via two small mullioned windows. The castle currently has French MH listing with the exception of two towers which have French MH classification. All the roofs have been redone. Although the rooms on the inside are in their original condition and await restoration, they can be lived in. The surface area of approx. 685 m² is set out as large luminous rooms, the decoration of which still bears witness to the elegance of a distant past: Versailles and herringbone pattern parquet flooring, fireplaces with moulded trumeaux, friezes and ceiling roses, wallpapered walls, panelling, indoor shutters, stone flagstones, terracotta floor tiles, etc.
The old farm
This impressive construction, standing some fifty metres to the north of the castle, spans two levels. It is topped with a steep, gable roof covered with flat tiles. Five roof dormers, added in the 19th century, enhance the south section. The ground floor features an outstanding 45 m long, barrel vault, constructed from quarry stone blocks. Several rooms succeed one another: a cowshed, a wine storehouse, a cellar and a stable, complete with three old stalls. The facade having been extended in the 20th century, two storage areas, a woodshed as well as a modest, 63 m² dwelling (a dining room with a kitchen area, a small living room and a bedroom with a shower and a wash-hand basin) have also been added. The space provided by the attic, still used for storage and drying purposes, could be converted given the natural light entering via the roof dormers. At each end of the building stands a 3-storey tower, topped with a slate candlesnuffer roof. The upstairs, once used for housing employees, comprises a 50 m² flat awaiting rehabilitation in the east tower (a living room-kitchen with a “cantou” fireplace, a shower room, a toilet, a bedroom and a small room). A fully restored, 34 m² spare bedroom is in the west tower.
The function room
Following on is the old farm, a barn-cowshed was recently converted into a 192 m² function room, with a brand new roof. A vast, additional, 92 m² section, open and covered right next to the swimming pool, acts as a transition area with the outside. A room reserved for caterers, bathroom and toilet facilities as well as the swimming pool machine room span a total floor surface area of 320 m².
This 45 m² stone building opens via double, large, basket-handle arch door. It is covered with a Roman tile, hip roof. The west facade features two windows. The shape of the roof tends to indicate that this building was once a lot bigger.
An old plum drying oven
This oven stands at a distance, near to the stream crossing the property, on the east side. It is not currently in working order but the construction is in a good general state of repair.
A small shed
This building once housed the latrines for the castle. It borders the perimeter wall overlooking the river.
The farm buildings
The farm buildings, standing to the north-east some 300 m away from the castle, can be reached via an independent lane. They include a house, spanning approx. 157 m² over 2 levels, which was rebuilt in 1984 following a fire (an entrance hall, a kitchen, a dining room, a shower room, a toilet, a room used as a larder and four bedrooms). In addition to this, there is an impressive barn, as well as the former stables currently used for storage purposes and a well. There is no heating system and the septic tank needs to be brought in line with current day standards.
Five centuries ago, this castle protected, in every sense of the word, the crossing of the river Lot. As with many of its peers, over the years its defensive vocation was replaced by a residential function. During this evolution it not only lost but also gained features: the current monumental building undeniably exudes stateliness because it is free of any frills and fancies. The abundant outbuildings are full of potential for a new way of life for a stately home that a vast estate isolates and protects. By the side of one of France’s most beautiful rivers, the necessary works to add modern-day home comforts will appear minor to enthusiasts of aesthetic pleasures and good food.
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|Land registry surface area||34 ha 99 a 41 ca|
|Main building surface area||685 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||2070 m2|
Périgord, Limousin, Quercy
Ilan Libert       +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.