residences for sale - in the lot-et-garonne region

A large, 19th century townhouse and its garden
where the Lot and Garonne rivers meet

Agen, LOT-ET-GARONNE aquitaine 47000 FR
Aquitaine

Location

This 19th century property, standing near to the historic centre of a 13th century fortified “bastide” town, where the Lot and Garonne rivers meet, is characterised by its vast rooms and its garden planted with superb trees over one hundred years old.
The train station for Bordeaux or Agen is so close that it can be reached on foot. A slip road on to the Toulouse-Bordeaux motorway is 7 km away and Agen airport takes but 45 minutes. Courtesy of the new fast train line, Paris is now just 192 minutes from Agen.
This region has a mild, sunny climate. Local markets sell an abundance of local produce. An entirely different way of living continues here.

Description

This large building, constructed in 1830, features a long, 2-storey facade bordering the street. In the traditional manner, the rendering on the walls has been painted light yellow and the window surrounds white.
Standing in line with several houses, it is extended on the north side by a small dwelling. This lower, through building, with a garage, is known as the “coach-house” and opens on to the street.
All the openings and French windows on the west facade overlook a walled garden which includes a barn, a greenhouse and a shed.
This residence is some 500 m from the town-centre which has all amenities, supermarkets, doctors, chemists and a school providing education for pupils as of 3 until 18 years.

The house

This house, well-constructed from noble materials, is typical of the 19th century. Copious amounts of light enter the inside through numerous windows.
The layout is easy, coherent and functional. Furthermore, its aesthetics have not been sacrificed for the sake of modern-day home comforts.


Ground floor
A few steps on the east side go up to double doors which open into an entrance hall, followed by a long through gallery.
A fully glazed partition separating them forms a small hall. The old muslin glass panes create a limit without blocking any of the light which comes in through the large French window, opening into the garden at the other end. The entrance hall, like the gallery, has a certain grandeur courtesy of their high ceilings as well as old, red and light brown, Gironde stone floor tiles.
The stairway, leading up to the first floor, is set in the middle of the gallery.
A wide corridor, opposite, provides access to the reception rooms.
Double doors on the south side open into the dining room which has two windows overlooking the street, herringbone pattern wooden flooring and a grey marble fireplace with wrought jambs.
A buffer passageway, with a very tall cupboard, at the end of the corridor leads to a small lounge, with wide strip pattern wooden flooring and a straight, grey marble fireplace. A window overlooks the street.
Double doors, facing the dining room, open into the large lounge where light floods in through two west-facing windows overlooking the garden. It features strip pattern wooden flooring, a central ceiling rose and a pink-grey marble fireplace with sculpted jambs.
A serving hatch communicates with the adjoining kitchen indicating that this room was probably once a dining room.
The kitchen opens on to the garden via a French window and a window. It has Gironde stone floor tiles.
A large fireplace, made of small bricks with a wooden mantel, on the north wall is used in the spring and autumn.
A cupboard in the south-east corner conceals an access to the cellar which, with its packed mud floor, runs under the little lounge and the dining room. Another section of the cellar is beneath the entrance corridor, but its access point is unknown!
A hall area in the gallery leads, east, to a bedroom and, west, to a laundry room.
Said bedroom is preceded by a corner shower room with a wash-hand basin and a toilet. The bedroom opens into the access corridor via a door with a glazed fanlight.
This is the only bedroom on the ground floor. It has a window overlooking the street, strip pattern wooden flooring and a grey marble fireplace.
The laundry room, with its terracotta floor tiles, opens on to the garden via a French window.

First floor
The winding stairway going up to the first floor has wooden steps and a wooden hand rail supported on cast iron bars.
It leads to a large corridor, crossing the house from north to south and providing access on either side to seven bedrooms.
All the rooms on this level have strip pattern wooden flooring of varying widths, and almost all of the bedrooms have grey marble fireplaces.
One bedroom, on the street side, is preceded by an anteroom opening on one side into a dressing room and, straight on, into a shower room with a wash-hand basin and a toilet.
Said bedroom is illuminated by two windows overlooking the street.
It is followed by a small room, a baby’s bedroom, with a cupboard covering the entire west wall, which communicates with a nursery, set directly above the dining room and spanning a similar floor surface area. Two windows look out over the street. It opens into the large corridor via double doors.
At the end of the corridor, a passageway with a vast dressing room leads to another bedroom set in a corner of the house. It has a window overlooking the street. A cupboard partially covers the west wall.
The study, straight on, has two windows overlooking the garden and a very tall cupboard adjoining the fireplace.
The master bedroom opens on to the corridor via double doors opposite the nursery. Set directly above the lounge, it spans a similar floor surface area and looks out over the garden via two windows.
A small bedroom, reached from the corridor and communicating with the master bedroom, could be converted into a large dressing room; illuminated via a window overlooking the garden, it communicates with a bathroom comprising a bath, a wash-hand basin and a bidet as well as a narrow window on the garden side. A corridor, via which it is possible to enter, goes around the back to the large transversal corridor. Right at the end of the house, an original toilet and wash-hand basin, made of enamel, have been preserved.

Attic
The wooden stairway continues up to the attic which spans the full floor surface area of the house.
The superb roofing framework is exposed and the floor is covered with wide strip wooden flooring.
The east side was previously converted into storage areas and staff bedrooms.
A large room with a lowered ceiling has three windows overlooking the street.
It is followed by two modest bedrooms with plaster ceilings in a poor condition and wide strip wooden flooring. One of them has a small wooden fireplace and a radiator. A large cupboard takes up an entire wall. Each has a window overlooking the street.
And lastly, a blind room at the end was undoubtedly used for storage purposes.
An attic on the west side, taking up half of the floor, is illuminated via six small windows.
The ceiling is high enough to envisage the conversion of additional bedrooms.

The outbuildings

Two small buildings, with lower roofs, are still in their original condition.
They can be reached from both the street and the garden sides. They are in need of restoration works and could, for instance, be transformed for use as holiday rental or bed & breakfast accommodation.


The stables
Old stables adjoin the house on the north side.
The ground floor comprises a first room with a wooden door opening on to the garden and a small-paned window. The floor is paved with stone and the ceiling features large, exposed beams.
This is followed by a room with a packed mud floor which opens on to the street via tall, double wooden doors.
A tall cupboard, on one side, was used for storing harnessing.
This room is now in use as a garage.

Gardener house
The coach-house or gardener’s cottage adjoins the stables. A small verdant patch separates it from the barn at the end. The living room opens on to the street via a French window.
The floor is paved with terracotta tiles and the ceiling features exposed beams. It has a large rustic wooden fireplace on the north wall. The previous room, opening on to the garden, spans a similar floor surface area. It has a packed mud floor and a wooden stairway goes upstairs.
A small upstairs room, overlooking the street, has a marble fireplace, a large cupboard on the same wall and rustic, wide strip wooden flooring.
Opening on to the garden, facing the barn, are a small storage room and a door to the attics above the stables and the garage.

Outbuilding
The barn, the greenhouse and the shed are three sections of the same building, backing on to the west wall in the garden.
The barn, a plain construction with wide battens, stands facing the coach-house. It spans a good surface area for storing firewood and adds charm to the property.
The greenhouse, adjoining the west side, has been fitted with a fully glazed partition, composed of sliding doors, so that fragile plants can be stored there in the winter.
A shed on the southern end is used for storing garden tools.
One delightful feature is that the tiled roof covering this building is edged with wooden cut-out lambrequins, just like the Creole shacks in the West Indies.

The garden

The garden is walled on the north and south sides such that it is completely unoverlooked. It runs the full length of the house.
An embankment at the end slopes down to the little road below. An impressive Lebanon cedar tree stretches out its branches in the centre.
A shrubbery grows in its shadow.
A stone well, currently condemned, is next to the barn.
A terrace runs alongside the house under the lounge windows enabling residents to take full advantage of the region’s mild climate, either in full sunlight or in the shade of the various plants, depending on the season.

Our opinion

This house exudes a stately simplicity through its balanced facades and the rationality of the layout of its rooms. It is both in town, on the road side, and in the country, on the garden side, where a terrace makes the transition between the inside and the outside. A large family will be made even more comfortable here by the fact that the nearby school takes children from the ages of 3 until 18 years. The outbuildings, equally steeped in charm, increase the accommodation capacity and the possibilities of autonomy. The bedroom on the ground floor of the main residence is also very practical. These premises would be ideal for holiday rental or bed & breakfast accommodation activities.

372 000 €
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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*
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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 105506

Land registry surface area 1325 m2
Main building surface area 400 m2
Outbuilding surface area 140 m2

 

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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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