residences for sale - gers - midi-pyrénées region

An old 18th century farmhouse and its outbuildings in a
dominant position not far from the Pyrenean mountains

Location

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.

Description

As they are today, the buildings predominantly date from the first half of the 18th century and are perfect examples of classicism as regards their proportions despite the Baroque heritage which is reflected in the property through a contrast effect, a contrast that is marked here in the landscape. The impression given by the property is radically different depending on whether it is approached from the east or from the west. The approach from the west passes the well-kept seedling woods with their bridle paths via the hill; the approach from the east goes across the gently undulating plateau, just steep enough to provide a view of the residence, a bit like a shortcut. Visitors are drawn from the entrance gates on a lower level up towards the residence which is flanked by two buildings, constructed from half-timbering and cob, featuring dovecote towers. These buildings were once a cowshed, stables and staff accommodation. In a meadow to the left of the entrance is a listed square dovecote, supported on four pillars. Its hip roof is topped with a lantern. Aquatic flora and fauna have taken up residence in a pond, flanked by old stone masonry, that almost gives the impression of a moat. A long driveway bordered by a line of plane trees leads to what was the courtyard and is currently a small grass esplanade with rose and decoratively trimmed bushes. An old well still in good working order provides unpolluted, extremely clear water. Another, more recently discovered well nearby has long had its coping stones removed, no doubt to make parking cars in the courtyard easier. The moving of the well enhanced the peaceful nobility of the approach via the driveway. As always, although there are dates clearly sculpted here and there in the stone, there are others, not documented, that are wordlessly revealed by the stone: masonry features that can be seen in the lower sections of the stable indicate that the construction dates from the Middle-Ages.

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.


Ground floor
The ground floor, comprising reception and utility rooms, includes two lounges, a dining room, a ladies’ sitting room, a linen room, a kitchen and a food storeroom. The front door, set in the centre of the facade facing the courtyard, is topped by a small balcony with wrought iron railings, featuring a family crest indicating the noble descendants of the former owners. In true Gascony tradition, the spacious vestibule constitutes the centre of the residence. Being, strictly speaking, the place where guest are received and the first words exchanged, it is laid out as a pleasant, comfortable living room. The wooden stairway, leading upstairs, is typical of the region both structurally and stylistically; it represents the work of a carpenter and a joiner. The floor is of brick and the first step of the stairway of stone, the rest of the steps being entirely made of wood. At the end of the vestibule are a larder and a toilet.
To the left of the vestibule, the walls of a corner lounge, illuminated by four windows, feature panoramic wallpaper dating from the first half of the 19th century and representing Parisian monuments. Said wallpaper was made by Zuber. This room has a fireplace featuring an oak wood mantelpiece with fluting. The parquet flooring is made of oak and chestnut wood.
A ladies’ sitting room, in a south-south-west corner, provides access to a linen room.
A door to the right of the vestibule leads to a second lounge with a stone fireplace. This was originally the kitchen-dining room as is proved by an old stone sink. The partition walls on either side of the fireplace have been partially removed or opened up such that the current kitchen and dining room, laid out behind the fireplace, are not completely isolated from the facade lounge.

Second level
A corridor leads to the bedrooms laid out on either side of the landing. On the south side, the corridor providing access to two west-facing bedrooms, extends to a French window intended to let in copious amounts of light. The bedroom in the south-south-west corner still has its 19th century wallpaper representing a man in his hunting attire, top hat and turned-down boots, repeated many times. As on the ground floor, the parquet floors have been preserved and are in a good state of repair. The partition wall on the other side of the corridor has been opened up in order to enlarge the corner bedroom overlooking the courtyard. The wall’s wooden framework still remains on either side of the old fireplace that is currently condemned. In addition to the parquet flooring, this vast bedroom still has all its original decorative features. The current owners have also taken great care with the electric wiring by using cables and switches copied from models dating from the beginning of the 20th century.
The landing also provides access to one bathroom, on the west side, and to another on the east side.
The corridor leads, on the north side, to five bedrooms. The three west-facing rooms on the left-hand side are carpeted whereas the two large bedrooms overlooking the courtyard on the other side of the corridor have parquet flooring made, using traditional oak, ash and chestnut wood, by craftsmen whose work is to be commended.

The outbuildings

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.

The barn

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.

The dovecote

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

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.

Our opinion

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.

795 000 €
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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 338964

Land registry surface area 43 ha 33 a 41 ca
Main building surface area 534 m2
Outbuilding surface area 715 m2

 

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Gers

Philippe Fritsch       +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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