A very elegant, 18th century mansion house, with a garden
and a swimming pool, in a historic town centre
Condom, GERS midi-pyrenees 32100 FR

Location

Ideally located in the heart of an elegant town which, for more than a thousand years, has been a major stopover along the Way of Saint James. Sometimes known as the town with a hundred towers, it has an amazing architectural wealth with its two museums and no less than nineteen listed buildings, attributes which enable the town to target a high-class tourist trade.
Lovers of good food will feel at home in this region, a land of plenty where there are numerous excellent restaurants. Armagnac, another of the region’s sources of pride, is also an attraction.
On the borders of the French department of Lot-et-Garonne and just thirty kilometres from Agen, with its outstanding transportation networks comprising its TGV train station, with 190-minute links to Paris, its Bordeaux-Toulouse motorway and its airport (3 daily return flights to Orly).

Description

Although in a very quiet district, this mansion house is right in the centre of town and, therefore, near to all shops and amenities. Built in 1754, the building is in pristine condition, its elegant facade notably having kept its superb double, period doors.
The character of this home is obvious as of the entrance hall. It has been tastefully and intelligently preserved by its current owners. All the numerous 18th century architectural features have been enhanced without neglecting modern-day home comforts in any way. A private, unoverlooked, walled garden, spanning approx. 700 m² and featuring numerous trees (olive, cork oak, fig, cypress), a 10x4 m swimming pool and an orangery, acts as a setting for this residence dating from the Age of Reason.
At the end of the garden, the old ramparts have the double advantage of providing an unobstructed view over the surroundings and a second entrance, making it possible to park a large number of cars easily when functions are held.

The residence

This two-storey building spans approx. 600 m² of living space. The ground floor pleasantly faces west on the garden side and east on the road side. The layout of the spacious rooms provides a wonderful quality of life on a daily basis. Magnificent and impressive vaulted cellars running under the full surface area of the house feature traces of the old kitchen. A room spanning approx. 60 m², a few nooks and crannies and a wine cellar complete this basement with its packed mud floor, illuminated via wide basement windows. Upstairs, 7 more, good-sized bedrooms and 4 bathrooms are reached via large landings.


Ground floor
Monumental, 18th century heritage, the elegant stone stairway does not overshadow the vast entrance hall despite its proportions. Suspended, with three flights interspersed by two landings, it still has its superb wrought iron railings from the same period. The entrance hall opens into the reception rooms via wonderful, old double doors. It also provides access to the vaulted cellars via a lovely stone stairway with the same railings as the main stairway as well as to a large garage which has been converted into a studio for restoring paintings. A delightful, small music room, thus named because of the stucco decoration featuring musical attributes adorning it, acts as a communicating room between the entrance hall, the library, the large lounge and the dining room. These rooms form a reception area of more than 120 m², steeped in light despite being on the road side. All the windows are double glazed. Their character has subtly been preserved by keeping the mobile fanlight, a feature that is highly characteristic of the period and which lets in copious amounts of light. Other features acting as posthumous reminders of this pleasant period include the high ceilings, panelling, stucco decoration, fireplaces with their trumeaux, terracotta floor tiles, herringbone pattern parquet flooring and cupboards, especially in the dining room where they are set out to form a stunning “wall”. Two sets of wide double French windows open from the large lounge and the dining room on to a vast stone porch at the top of a few steps leading down into the garden. The floor in the dining room is the only recent one. This impressive mosaic floor covering is quite out-dated but the current owners have not replaced it out of respect for the Herculean task that its laying represented. This type of flooring is, however, coming back into fashion and it blends rather well with the rest of the room. Logically enough, this is followed by the pantry and above all the immense kitchen. The wonderful restoration works have achieved the perfect balance between the old and the new. The charm of this vast room is immediately obvious, bringing to mind winter evenings by the fireside, or in the garden under the bower which extends it, in the shade of the arbour during the mild summer evenings, in order to enjoy the refined food that can but be produced by such a kitchen. The library communicates with the extremely luminous master suite, with its door leading to the garden and its large bathroom with bath and shower. A recent mezzanine floor includes an immense dressing room and provides access upstairs without having to use the monumental stairway. There are also two linen rooms and a boiler room.
First floor
A superb landing overlooks the stairwell. It is “protected” by the same 18th century wrought iron railings as the floor below and leads on either side to two wide vestibules providing access to 6 bedrooms (2 on the road side and 4 on the garden side) and 4 bath or shower rooms. A corridor running parallel to the landing makes movement between the various upstairs areas easier. One of the bedrooms located above the kitchen forms a suite communicating with a half-floor that includes an immense children’s bedroom. The bed & breakfast activity run by the current owners naturally has the top “4 épis” rating. As on the ground floor, numerous old features give a great deal of elegance to each of the bedrooms and although the bathrooms are, fortunately, not 18th century, the old-fashioned wash-hand basins bestow a certain charm which blends perfectly with this patrician residence.

Our opinion

By its grace alone, this mansion house appears to be in a position to revive those past pleasures of the 18th century so well described by the French statesman and diplomat, Talleyrand: “Only those who have lived around 1789 know how pleasant life can be”
Vast but not gigantic, well laid out and in pristine condition, its town centre location means that a car is not required for shopping, going to sixth form college or for strolling along the streets.
The small square, the garden on the other side of the street and the relatively low, listed building, on to which this residence looks out, let copious amounts of light into the town side of its ground floor.
The result is a superb “good family” home, capable of welcoming an entire clan or receiving a lot of friends in a region where any excuse is good for taking a walk.
This ideal location would also be suitable for the running of a high-class bed & breakfast activity.

Exclusive sale

760 000 €
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Reference 587556

Land registry surface area 1009 m2
Main building surface area 600 m2

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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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