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A 13th, 17th & 19th century castle and its perimeter wall awaiting restoration
in a peaceful village near Figeac in the French department of Lot

Figeac, LOT midi-pyrenees 46100 FR
Midi-Pyrénées

Location

Some 2 hours from Toulouse, about an hour from Aurillac and Rodez (international airport). Thirty or so kilometres from Villefranche-de-Rouergue, the “Pearl of Rouergue”, but also near to the historic town of Figeac, proud of its impressive protected sector. All shops and amenities are ten minutes away by car.
Where the borders of the French departments of Aveyron, Cantal and Lot meet, in the Ségala-Limargue region with its wealth of architectural heritage and greatly varying landscapes. The vast schistose plateaux carved with narrow, steep-sided valleys are alongside forests, a multitude of streams, enclosed fields, rounded hills as well as picturesque villages, numerous castles and other outstanding sites. An ideal starting point from which to visit and explore an exceptional series of sites and monuments created by nature and by Man: the contrasting landscapes of the Lot and Célé valleys, Rocamadour, Valentré bridge, Padirac sinkhole, Pech-Merle caves as well as the villages of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Maurs, Capdenac and Cardaillac.

Description

Built on a small knoll, protected by a perimeter wall and no doubt once by moats, of which there is but a short section still filled with water on the east side, this castle dominates the central square of its sleepy village. Neighbours are kept at bay and the view is unobstructed, notably southwards over the superb surrounding countryside. Three entrances provide access to the property: on the north side, off the street, via wide wrought iron gates; on the south-east side, through a grassy area below the esplanade, via superb half-moon shaped steps set against the retaining wall; and lastly, on the west side, near to a wayside cross, looking down on the street, via a semi-circular opening in the perimeter wall. On the east side, the length of the terrace that surrounds the castle is planted with trees with thick foliage. On the north and west sides are vestiges of old constructions as well as a small outbuilding, in the shape of a lean-to, adjoining the perimeter wall. On the south side, below the esplanade, is a grassy area, where there is an old masonry well, which is extended beyond the high wall by a slightly undulating meadow.

The castle

This building, rebuilt from ruins on more than on occasion over the centuries, was predominantly reconstructed in the 19th century after the demolition of the church that adjoined it. The date of 1817 engraved on the west gate in the perimeter wall is no doubt an indication of these major works. Spanning two levels (excluding the cellars and the attic space which could be converted), this building has a steep-sloped slate roof. The main building is flanked on the north side by two towers. The large round tower on the north-east corner could be that which linked the castle to the church. Levelled off, it still has its crown of machicolation but appears to have been predominantly rebuilt during the construction of the north section of the castle, the neo-Gothic style of which resembles architecture from the late Middle-Ages. The second tower, on the north-west corner, is topped with a candlesnuffer roof. It houses a narrow spiral stairway.
The building on the south side, built on vestiges of the perimeter wall, is set at right angles to the main building. It features traces of a geminated opening, possibly dating from the 13th century, which has been condemned by the adding of a casement window that bears witness to works carried out in the 17th century. On the east side, it is also possible to see a small window with a three-lobed lintel.
A third tower, also levelled off, marks the junction of the two buildings on the south-west corner. It is currently empty, having lost the large spiral stairway that once provided access to the upper floors.


Ground floor
The main entrance set on the east facade of the building provides access to a large hall, the floor of which is covered with old tiles laid in a chessboard pattern. On the north side is the dining room, followed by a pantry, the kitchen, the back kitchen and the laundry room. A stairway, on the north-west side, leads upstairs. On the north-east side, it is still possible to enter the large round tower, currently missing its upper floors. A door on the west facade provides direct access to the kitchen which is extended by a long corridor leading to the hall and, on the south-west corner, the entrance to the tower which housed the old spiral stairway, awaiting reconstruction. On the south side, on leaving the hall, is a small room now an oratory and then, in the oldest section of the building, a large lounge, a second lounge set at right angles, followed by a bedroom with an alcove, a shower room and a toilet. Although a few cracks in the second lounge bear witness to damage explained by the state of the rooms just above it, this entire floor with some superb features (parquet flooring, flagstones, fireplaces, panelling, etc.) has been preserved and is habitable.
First floor
Reached via the stairway in the north-west corner of the building, the upstairs is set out around two long corridors and comprises five rooms of various sizes, currently used as bedrooms. There is also a shower room and a toilet. Although works have been carried out in some rooms, others such as the bathroom and toilet facilities await restoration. The Renaissance section on the south side (approx. 145 m² for three rooms) is most in need of major works: the walls, the floors and the roof need consolidating and restoring; the window and door frames also need changing.
Attic
The attic is reached via a narrow, wooden spiral stairway. The attic space above the main building, clean and in a very good state of repair, could be converted into an additional living area. Four small shed dormers on the west slope of the roof provide good illumination. As on the floor below, the section of the attic space on the south side is in need of consolidation works. The floor surface area here spans approx. 320 m² with a 2.90 m high tie beam and a 5.90 m high ridge.

Our opinion

This unusual and appealing residence, standing proudly in the heart of the peaceful village that it dominates, is a superb find. Lovers of the area around Figeac appreciate the region for its beautiful, varied scenery, its history, the wealth of its heritage and, above all, for its pleasant way of life. To those who worry about the isolation of this part of Lot, others reply that it is, no doubt, the price to pay for enjoying and preserving these virtues. We would, therefore, address the latter. It is clear that all enthusiasts of our architectural heritage will want to rekindle the splendour of this historic gem whilst taking care to ensure that it is handed down to future generations. Although this castle is predominantly now habitable as a summer residence, it is in need of major renovation and modernisation works, notably because it has no central heating system. The south-east section is the most in need of restoration as the first floor of the carcass is damaged.

395 000 €
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Barème d'honoraires
au 1er Avril 2017

Ventes d'immeubles

À Paris et en Ile-de-France
Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
Prix de vente de 200 000 À 400 000 euros   7% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 200 000 euros             9% TTC*
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En Province
Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
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Expertise

Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établi sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de 120 Euros TTC*

   

*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 536860

Land registry surface area 7407 m2
Main building surface area 624 m2

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Périgord, Limousin, Quercy

Ilan Libert       +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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