A large, luxurious home and its outbuildings in a hamlet
in the countryside around the Lot-et-Garonne’s little “French Tuscany”

Nérac, LOT-ET-GARONNE aquitaine 47600 FR
Aquitaine

Location

A little no-through road leads but to this property where the borders of the French departments of Lot-et-Garonne and Gers meet. It is one of those very old hamlets typical of Gascony comprising rural houses set out around a large, luxurious home.
Its natural setting, its past and its popular customs have given the nearby village its noble appearance, one of such age-age traditions having unquestionably made it the “World liars’ capital”.
Barely 10 km away is a town, in the French department of Gers, famous for its armagnac and its heritage.
The town of Agen, equidistant between Bordeaux and Toulouse, is about 30 km away and has all communication routes with flights to Paris, a TGV train station and a slip road on to the A62 motorway.

Description

The name given to this property recounts its history as this little-populated land was composed of hamlets, grouped, like this one, around chateau-farms. The current outbuildings were, no doubt, part of it. The large, luxurious home was added, in the 19th century, to an older body of buildings, all of which are surrounded by an old stone wall, looking down on the driveway and going around a garden. Several trees, including umbrella pine, hackberry, Judas and quince, grow in the most widespread section, on the north side. Tall, wrought iron gates between stone pillars provide access to this enclosed area with its timeless air.

The large, luxurious home

The main stone facade is covered with ochre-coloured rendering. Its classical layout includes a wide porch way with stone steps and double entrance doors with a window on either side. A vast entrance hall has a flat ceiling, with 3 small central ceiling roses where lights used to hang, as well as beige and pink Gironde stone floor tiles, laid in a chessboard pattern. Four sets of double doors face one another, on the left and right-hand sides. At the end are two single doors, separated by a central panel. One opens on to a hanging space whilst the other provides access to a stairway and a kitchen. There are flat, plastered ceilings throughout this level.


Ground floor
On the left-hand side, opening on to the hall via double doors, is a lounge, with marble floor tiles and a ceiling, crossed by two beams which are also plastered. One of its two windows opens on to the west side and the other on to the south side. The north wall is adorned with a black marble fireplace, in good working order, with two deep cupboards set on either side. The one on the left-hand side conceals a small passageway leading to the adjoining dining room.
On the same side as and communicating with the lounge is a dining room which opens on to the hall via double doors. Its floor is tiled with marble like that of the lounge. The south wall is adorned with a fireplace, featuring a wooden mantel decorated with Directoire-style motifs, and a cupboard on either side. A west-facing French window, with its panes set in arched panelling, opens on to the garden and fills the room with light from the setting sun.
Opposite the lounge in the hall and entered via double doors is an independent bedroom. With strip pattern, wooden flooring, it is illuminated via a south-facing window. The dimensions of this room have been modified to accommodate a bathroom, running its full length. A marble fireplace is, consequently, on one side of the north wall, leaving space for a large cupboard on the left-hand side. The bathroom, with a bath, a wash-hand basin and marble tiles, faces west.
The last room opening on to the hall, via its double doors facing the dining room, is an east-facing library. It has strip pattern, light-coloured wooden flooring and a central ceiling rose. A large, grey marble fireplace, on the south wall, features Directoire-style decorative plasterwork. On its left-hand side are wooden bookshelves whilst a large cupboard is set on its right-hand side.
Communicating with the library is a small bedroom, with the same strip pattern wooden flooring. A small French window opens on the east side. Opposite, on the west wall, a door opens into a large bathroom, with marble floor tiles, a bath and two wash-hand basins. A door to a large storage room-hanging space also provides access to the entrance hall.
Also on the end wall of the hall, a second door provides access to the stairway which goes upstairs and to the kitchen. A toilet, illuminated via a small window, has been installed in the corner under the stairway. The kitchen, on the left-hand side, takes up the north-west corner of the house. Its floor is covered with recent terracotta tiles. The walls feature exposed stone. The west wall is adorned with a large, old stone fireplace which has been divided into two, one side housing a closed-hearth fire. Work surfaces have been installed in a corner, and the sink under the north-facing window which looks out over the garden. A large cupboard, closed via old doors, has been created on the south wall. A west-facing French window opens out on to the garden. A door in a corner, on the north side, leads to a back kitchen-laundry room. The flooring is identical to that in the kitchen and the ceiling is panelled. Its old stone sink has been preserved. It also houses the boiler.

First floor
A wooden stairway goes up from the small vestibule, adjoining the vast entrance hall. The steps are a light-coloured wood and the balusters are painted. It leads to a landing, providing access to a bedroom with strip pattern wooden flooring and a flat, plastered ceiling. A window, on the north side, has a view of the neighbouring chateau-farm. On either side of the door are a large dressing room- cupboard and a toilet.
In a corner of the landing, a shower room with blue tiles also has a view of the chateau. Another bedroom at the end of the landing has strip pattern wooden flooring and a flat ceiling. The west-facing window looks out over the garden.
A door on the south side, at the end of the landing, opens on to a large hall area, providing access on either side to two bedrooms and a corner storage room, all of which are still in the main house. Curiously, a very narrow corridor separates four bedrooms and the landings leading to them on either side: a clever passageway-lobby carrying plumbing and electric wiring.
In this second section, walls have been lined with an insulating material and the chipboard floors covered with linoleum. It comprises a bedroom, with a small, square, west-facing window and a flat ceiling with its truss exposed; opposite, a bedroom overlooking the garden, on the east side, has a similar flat ceiling with its truss exposed. A bull’s eye window looks out over the garden. The old chimney flue, lined with small bricks, has been left exposed. The end section of this floor comprises a large games room and a last bedroom.
A large, central room which is also used as a linen room was long a children’s playing area. It has a sloping ceiling and two south-facing bull’s eye windows. A narrow room, on the east side, runs the full length of the wall. It houses the domestic hot water heater. With its east-facing window, this section could become a very pleasant bathroom.
The last bedroom on this level, with carpet, adjoins the games room. The superb structure of the truss is exposed in a corner. It is also decorated with the old, brick-lined chimney flue. A bull’s eye window faces south and a window west.

The outbuildings

On entering the property, a long building closes the entrance courtyard. It comprises adjoining sections, including a dovecote, a wine storehouse, a garage and an office. All the walls are covered with old, light ochre-sandy coloured, lime rendering. This section appears older than the large, luxurious home.
The tall, arched doorway to the dovecote opens into a vast room, the floor of which has a passageway composed of large stones. A cemented section probably corresponds to the stable. A ceiling features large beams supporting flooring, all of which is in need of consolidation. The wine storehouse has a similar door. It has a stone and packed mud floor. The ceiling beams support flooring. A dilapidated wooden stairway goes upstairs.
The garage, which follows, opens on to the courtyard via tall double doors. The basket handle arch is dated 1790. It has a packed mud floor as well as a ceiling with exposed beams and joists. A half-floor has been built on the left-hand side. It is in a very poor state of repair throughout.
An office ends this wing of outbuildings. Its entrance door and stone steps are on the load-bearing wall on the north side. The floor features rustic, wide strip wooden flooring. Lathes can be seen through the plaster ceiling, in need of attention. Two, tall, small-paned windows face one another. This room awaits restoration.
At the end of the garden, backing on to a perimeter wall, a greenhouse is but waiting to have new life breathed into it. A French window is flanked by two windows which let copious amounts of light into a room intended as an orangery. It has a packed mud floor. The roof was recently redone.
On one side, a well and a small oval ornamental pool, edged with large stones, are used for watering purposes.
A long row of outbuildings adjoins the main house. A through passageway separates the drying shed from the henhouse. Said drying shed still has its bread oven (traditional in such hamlets) and its tall chimney. It has a packed mud floor. A wooden stairway provides access to a large room with rough timber flooring. The truss is exposed under the roof covered with flat tiles. On this level, tall double doors, providing access out the back, still have the pulley that was used for lifting the sacks of wheat. A door, now condemned, once provided access to a bedroom, upstairs in the main house.
The henhouse faces the entrance courtyard. Little stone steps, forming a kind of ladder to the upper level, can still be seen. Inside, stone recesses hewn in the wall appear to have been used as a hatchery.
Backing on to the perimeter wall, an old pigsty still has the slots that once held feeding troughs.

Our opinion

This house, surrounded by countryside, is also enhanced by its regional heritage, beginning with the nearby old Gascony castle. Its size makes it ideal as a large family home. The vast outbuildings awaiting restoration also inspire ideas of an accommodation activity, amply justified by the region’s excellent tourist trade. New owners will be drawn to the harmony, between simplicity and quality, existing on this property.

530 000 €
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Ventes d'immeubles

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*
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur

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)
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur

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 232860

Land registry surface area 4585 m2
Main building surface area 360 m2
Outbuilding surface area 260 m2

 

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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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