An impressive square tower, a residence and an annex dwelling
in undulating countryside in the French department of Lot-et-Garonne

Location

On the border of the French department of Gers, in what is still the very attractive countryside of the Albret region.
Equidistant between Bordeaux and Toulouse.
The Albret region is the land of the Kings of Navarre and its green hills saw the most famous of them, Henri IV, grow up.
In the peace and quiet but not isolated, just a few kilometres from a tourist subprefecture which has all the resources required for everyday living.
Just 30 minutes away from Agen and its TGV train station, with 190-minute links to Paris, as well as its active regional airport with its three daily return flights to Paris.
The wooded, undulating landscape and the integrated farming in this corner of France provides some unobstructed views over the countryside with its irregular-shaped fields separated by hedges and ditches.

Description

At the top of a small valley, on the side of a narrow local road, this elegant building dating from the late Middle-Ages with its large, square Gascony tower, spans more than 400 m² of living space. It is very probably the remains of a castle that was originally much bigger.
The service quarters, set at right angles but not adjoining, are divided into a large garage, a small boiler room and a self-contained, fully restored dwelling.
The grounds, spanning approx. 0.5 ha comprise a small stone construction, obviously intended for the raising of a goat, a black sheep and a hen.
A long swimming pool was recently installed lower down on the south side.
A pleasant neighbourhood with a house on the other side of the narrow road which in no way diminishes the peace and quiet of this residence and which could prove useful from a surveillance point of view.

The residence

The dwelling comprises a ground floor, topped with an upstairs; its tower spans four floors. Two superb terraces make it possible to make the most of the outside. The 13th century walls still have a proud appearance and all the roofs were recently restored. This 13th century Gascony tower has retained its character without being austere and is pleasant and easy to live in.


Ground floor
The entrance hall, featuring magnificent flagstones which over the centuries have acquired an inimitable sheen, ends in a wooden spiral stairway leading upstairs. On either side of the entrance hall are a vast kitchen and a large, double room which could perhaps once have been the guard room. The large, east-facing kitchen with its old stone sink and immense fireplace opens on to a grass terrace (a superb summer dining room) bordered by a stone wall. From this large living room via two ogive openings, it is possible to access a large south-west facing terrace where it is easy to take advantage of the view over the surrounding countryside. The double living room is formed by two rooms that connect with one another via a very wide, semi-circular opening; an impressive stone fireplace topped with a trumeau takes pride of place on the end wall. This is undeniably the part of the house where the Medieval character is strongest. A narrow corridor preceding the stairway leads to a small bathroom. A storeroom completes this floor. There are numerous decorative and architectural features throughout, acting as reminders that this is a 13th century residence and thus giving it wonderful style (monumental fireplaces, alcoves, stone window seats, small windows, stone corbels and a cob wall for the stair well.
First floor
The first room, illuminated on two facades, is immense and has a magnificent state fireplace. A former Seigneurial lounge or bedroom, it is illuminated on the north side via a mullioned window, most probably dating from the late 14th century, and from the east side, providing a view of the undulating landscape. It has its own bathroom. An extremely luminous corridor leads to two other, plainer bedrooms and a separate, fully renovated shower room.
Second floor
This former artist’s studio, spanning the full floor surface area of the tower, has been recently converted into a bedroom. A hatch in the ceiling of this room leads to a room above it with a similar floor surface area. This room already has windows and could easily be converted.

The outbuildings

The non-adjoining service quarters are divided into a large garage, a boiler room and a self-contained dwelling.
The garage, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 50 m², opens on to a little lane and well as the entrance garden.
The annex dwelling, spanning approx. 60 m², has been fully restored. It comprises a large living room with an open-plan kitchen and a fireplace, a bedroom, a shower room as well as a toilet and has electric heating. It opens on to a terrace with a view over the countryside.
The building features an awning at one end, thus adjoining the terrace on the east side of the house.

Our opinion

The obvious authenticity of this property can but appeal to history enthusiasts or lovers of old stones.
Judging by the architectural quality of the residence, its original occupants were certainly important people and with time and patience research via local archives and historians could prove productive.
Although spanning a large amount of living space, this residence is not oversized and enables each member of the family to have their own independence whilst living together.
A Medieval dwelling full of charm where, without a great deal of effort, it would be possible to imagine living as in the Middle-Ages, without having to sacrifice modern-day comforts; there is nothing better nowadays for recharging one’s batteries and taking a break from our hectic life of stressed citizens.

595 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


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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*
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur

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)
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur

Expertise

Avis de valeur simple : 1 500 Euros TTC*
Avis de valeur argumenté à partir de 2 500 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 3000 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des avis de valeurs argumentés et des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établis respectivement sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de :
Avis de valeur argumenté : 60 Euros TTC*
Expertise : 80 Euros TTC*

   

*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 747480

Land registry surface area 4829 m2
Main building surface area 300 m2
Outbuilding surface area 170 m2

 

 French Energy Performance Diagnosis

Regional representative
Lot-et-garonne

Armelle Chiberry du Vignau    +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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