13th century, mansion house with French MH listing
in the Tarn & Garonne

Location

31 miles from Montauban and Albi and 62 miles from Toulouse. This mansion house or aristocratic town house is situated in the upper part of a medieval city that protected the Rouergue region from inhabitants of the Albi and Quercy regions. Facing the seat of consular power, this outstanding Romanesque house is an architectural feat in a small town which harbours a vast wealth of heritage.

Description

The mansion house (approx. 2,906 sq ft) is initially accessed via a gateway giving on to a paved road which, in the 13th century, opened on to a courtyard and a garden, replaced in the 15th century by constructions of the same era. A stairway, originally made of wood, then leads to a brick-framed gateway dating from the 15th century.
It would seem that the date the building was constructed can be set between 1260 and 1272, given the square pointed oculus placed between the geminated gothic windows in the vast hall. This feature only appeared in the south-west when the cloister in Moissac, a wonderful example of late Romanesque and gothic architecture, was reconstructed and developed which took place at this particular time. This hypothesis is borne out by the decoration of the capitals supporting the aforementioned windows.
The general layout is divided into two distinct areas connected at their corners. The oldest, judging by the foundations, would appear to be a Romanesque tower that has been reused and joined on to the 13th century building.
The internal layout follows the criteria of the medieval way of life with the centre of the house opening on to a vast hall. The effect is intended to demonstrate the wealth of the owner by highlighting the two geminated ogive windows, covered in a painted rendering that is still perfectly visible, adorned with capitals finely sculpted with foliated scrolls of different designs and featuring window seats. This theatrical perspective is accentuated by the difference in levels between the doorway and the more contemplative part whose role is to let the light in.The corridor to the bedroom is accessed via a doorway, reworked in the 18th century, topped by corbelling, virtually supported by a corbel. Said corridor contains one of the two latrines; it was condemned in the 15th century.
The bedroom, a room that perfectly represents the art of medieval living, was decorated with tempera frescoes which are still perfectly visible.
They feature geometric designs patterned with arabesques on the inside and are topped by a frieze that incorporates the three colours of the orders (red, black and white, which according to Georges Duby, represent the Knighthood, the People and the Church) and runs round the entire room.Access to the second floor is via a wooden stairway, a copy of the original which we can still use to go up to the third floor.
This level comprises four rooms, predominantly converted in the 15th century, one of which contains the main components of the fireplace which was originally in the vast hall on the first floor.
In addition to a close view of the 15th century roofing framework, a garret on the third floor provides a luminous area with an unobstructed view which could, if renovated, easily be reused.

Our opinion

An extraordinary occasion to become the owner of a historic dwelling and give it a new lease on life. An outstanding repository for the art of urban living during the Middle Ages, this French MH listed building with its ornamental, architectural and historic wealth, the authenticity of which never ceases to surprise, literally seems to exude the aura of its era. The beauty and condition of each of the features makes it possible to envisage an easy restoration that is not only fascinating but also interesting from a tax benefit point of view.

70 000 €
Our fees are included in the stated sale price.

Reference 519715

Land registry surface area 171 m2
Main building surface area 170 m2

Regional representative
Périgord, Limousin, Quercy, Aveyron, Tarn

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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