Bastides or “fortified towns” are dotted along the Way-of-St-James like the beads on a rosary. Some are on river banks and others are on high. This one is on the Via-Tolosana, also known as the Way-of-Arles, (which is linked to the Via-Podiensis via a deviation at Conques), overlooking hilly countryside with varied vegetation. It provides pilgrims with irresistibly pleasant and beautiful scenic views. As is often the case for these old towns, once surrounded by ramparts, the access route has veered forming a bypass which guarantees the village itself great tranquillity; a tranquillity dating from another age.
Auch, the capital of the Gascony region, is 30 minutes away; Marciac, the capital of jazz music, is but 20 minutes away.
This 3-storey house, standing between street and garden, is constructed on rock. Its third level is partially composed of attic space which could be converted. The facade, overlooking the street, faces south-east; that facing the garden, north-west. The west end of the house adjoins the old perimeter wall and a tower which is the last remaining medieval gateway providing access to the bastide.
Its authentic features resulting from succeeding eras include lime-rendered facades, a Roman tile roof and an entrance door, dating from the Louis XV era, topped with a balcony, featuring wrought iron railings, dating from the Louis-Philippe era and displaying interwoven hoops, topped with a wave motif.
The layout of the floors is typical of Gascony architecture. The central vestibule provides access to the rooms on either side with a stairway going upstairs. In this case, given the trapezoidal shape of the house, major changes have been made behind the stairway, creating a living area even greater than that in the vestibule. Furthermore, a smaller, adjoining house has been incorporated, thus forming a larger, perfectly harmonious property; a touch of fantasy added to tradition.
As with all small villages built inside ramparts, the gardens cannot be big. Such is the case for this leisure garden overlooking the countryside. It is a pleasant place to eat in the summer months, shaded from the afternoon and early evening sun.
This house is in pristine condition, inside and out, and has no need of any works. Those carried out by the present owners have respectfully modified an old residence in the aim of introducing modern-day home comforts. Each bedroom has its own bath or shower room. An exercise room with a sauna has been created in a section of the first floor.
All the door and window frames have been replaced, like-for-like with the old ones, but featuring double-glazing.
This property has everything to satisfy all the members of a large family settling here. There are those who will prefer the character of the bastide’s quiet streets and those who will love the endless countryside on the rampart side. The areas on the inside are equally dissimilar and lend themselves to the autonomy of their residents. Set here, on the ways to Santiago-de-Compostela, it would also be ideal for a bed & breakfast activity, a tradition after all! The residence is in an excellent state of repair, guarded by the single entrance tower in a village dating from the Middle-Ages.
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|Land registry surface area||542 m2|
|Main building surface area||600 m2|
Philippe Fritsch       +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.