45 minutes to the south of Auch, capital of the Armagnac region, 15 minutes from a market town with all amenities (schools, supermarket, doctors, etc.), 75 minutes from Toulouse and 60 minutes from Tarbes (TGV train stations and international airports), on a country hillside in the French department of Gers, not far from the Pyrenean mountains. The total peace and quiet of the countryside with gaps through the oak and sweet chestnut tree seedling forests overlooking small valleys and rivers on one side and the plateau, grasslands and cultivated fields on the other. The landscape could not be better balanced.
The aristocratic residence
The main, east-south-east facing facade and the floor layout of this building reflect local traditions. Built in the 18th century, the residence was adjoined on the north-north-east side to the wine storehouse, the origin of which is much older. There are, therefore, no openings on this side. The south-south-west side overlooks an extension of the courtyard, once an old barn that has since been demolished. The openings therefore have an unobstructed view. In line with tradition, the main entrance in the centre of the east-south-east facade opens into a spacious vestibule that includes a double flight stairway leading upstairs to the bedroom floor. This vestibule currently divides the house into two sections: one, to the left of the main entrance, which still has all its original features such as parquet floors and precious wallpapers dating from the first half of the 19th century; the other, on the right-hand side, has undergone more in-depth restoration works as the throes of time had taken their toll.
Outside, the old limestone rendering is well preserved and bestows the surfaces with a slightly uneven aspect that catches the light. Two trompe l'œil string courses enhance the bottom and the top of the facade openings; the hip roof, covered with Roman tiles, features an overhanging cornice. The entire roof is in a good state of repair and has been checked on a regular basis. The window shutters are new and are made, minor stylistic licence, of a mahogany, rot-resistant wood. There is, obviously, nothing to stop them being painted a different colour.
The west-north-west facade on the wood side does not have large openings: this is typical of the Gascony region in order to avoid sunlight in the height of summer.
As the south-south-east side has three openings on each floor, the main facade, on the courtyard side, is not subject to an architectonic break in this spot which produces a particularly harmonious effect in the corner of the building. All of these openings provide subtle lighting in the corner rooms, giving the inside a luminous atmosphere that changes throughout the day.
These comprise a wine storehouse, stables with an adjoining tower, a cowshed with a dovecote tower, an open-sided farm shed and a covered courtyard providing access to the boiler room. There is also a listed dovecote, supported on pillars, standing in a meadow to the south of the entrance driveway. All the outbuildings, apart from the stone barn, standing near to the dovecote, as well as the wine storehouse (extension of the house), are built of rendered half-timbering and cob.
A very old, 2-storey, stone barn stands on the north-west side of the dovecote; the east facade having been opened following damage. It spans a floor surface area of approx. 95 m².
The farm shed
A farm shed, open on three sides, is partially used as a kennel. It spans a total floor surface area of 140 m².
A listed dovecote, supported on pillars, spans a floor surface area of approx. 30 m².
The wine storehouse
The wine storehouse stands at the north end of the residence. It spans a floor surface area of 85 m².
One of the outbuildings
Standing at one end of the wine storehouse, on the west side, a covered courtyard leads to a small building which houses the boiler room. This covered courtyard spans a floor surface area of 75 m²; the boiler room spans a floor surface area of 20 m².
The stables, like the cowshed, stand at one end of the wine storehouse, on the courtyard side, and feature a dovecote tower at their other end. They span a floor surface area of approx. 270 m². The upstairs, which housed staff bedrooms, awaits renovation works.
It would be wrong to think that all country properties are alike as this would show a lack of observation and yet the functions of a farm remain unchanged. The specific topography of each site has a determining effect on the layout of the buildings and on the visual effect that they produce overall. In this case, the function of the miscellaneous constructions would have had a direct and outstanding effect on the aesthetics of the property. The stylistic rusticity of the outbuildings contrasts with the urban aspect of the residence with its small, crested balcony; said contrast does but enhance the property.
These immaculately kept premises do not currently require any works before they can be lived in; only the stables and the cowshed await conversion or restoration works.
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|Land registry surface area||43 ha 33 a 41 ca|
|Main building surface area||534 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||715 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.