residences for sale in quercy in france

A listed, 18th century, stately residence and its outbuildings
in over 2.5 ha, dominating a hamlet in the White Quercy region

Montcuq, LOT midi-pyrenees 46800 FR
Midi-Pyrénées

Location

This residence is set in the south of the French department of Lot, some 30 km from Cahors. Agen, with its TGV train station, as well as Toulouse, with its international airport, are less than 100 km away. In this region, gently undulating countryside, with wooded hillsides, contrasts with dryer areas where it is possible to glimpse white limestone, symbolic of this part of the Quercy region. Numerous rivers and streams have gouged fertile valleys where cereal crops, fruit and vines are grown. The architectural heritage comprises Gallo-Roman vestiges, small medieval fortified towns, hilltop villages, castles, Romanesque churches and windmills. Cahors’ Valentré bridge is classified as a World Heritage site by Unesco. Also admirable are the medieval villages of Montpezat-du-Quercy and Lauzerte, the keeps of Montcuq and Luzech as well as Mercuès castle. All amenities are less than ten minutes away in a small peaceful town where it is pleasant to take a stroll through narrow streets bordered by old houses featuring facades preserved from the Middle-Ages. A weekly Sunday market and numerous cultural events are organised here throughout the year.

Description

This residence is protected by high walls and by two dovecote towers, laid out like watchtowers by the side of the only access to the property. Together with its outbuildings, it appears to still be watching over the small hamlet, to which they belong, as well as the beautiful valley below. Behind the building, on the north-east side, a protective wood of pubescent oak and boxwood extends over more than 2 ha. A little lane, leading to the houses in the upper section of the hamlet, provides access to the tower porch way constituting the main entrance. It adjoins a building, constructed in the 18th century on the foundations of a medieval retreat, destroyed during the One Hundred Years War. Said building is also adjacent to a garage, extending the south-east side, as well as to a large annex building (former cowshed, workshops, storage area), set at right angles on the north-east side. The courtyard, thus delimited by the outbuildings and the perimeter wall, is extended several dozen metres by a vast esplanade in front of the main residence, providing an amazing panoramic view. Further over to the north-west, a wooded garden, featuring numerous boxwood bushes, backs on to and contrasts with the white limestone cliff, so characteristic of the region. Behind the residence is a large shady area, ideal for the summer months, the old plum-drying oven as well as the lane sloping gently down to the woods. The second dovecote tower adjoins tall wrought iron gates, closing the entrance to the property. Two other small plots of land, on the south side below the esplanade and the perimeter wall, form a terraced garden, whilst a vaulted masonry shed houses an emerging spring.

The residence

This house was built of dressed stone and limestone quarry blocks on the hillside in the 18th century. It spans two levels, topped with an attic floor. The long sloped roofs are covered with Roman tiles. This long, rectangular building, featuring seven regularly spaced openings per level, integrates a large central stairway, with straight handrails, which provides access to the various rooms in the house, laid out on the right and left-hand sides. This interior layout is shown on the main facade by a wide entrance door, on either side of which rectangular windows on the ground and first floors as well as oculi, illuminating the attic space are symmetrically organised. A straight stairway on the north-west side provides direct access to the upstairs rooms and could, therefore, make this section independent.
The insides awaiting renovation span approx. 310 m² of living space. The decoration was redone in the 19th century and a superb patina still bears witness to its past elegance. Original features, such as flagstones, terracotta floor tiles, period wooden flooring, slightly vaulted ceilings, 18th century doors, moulded or painted fireplace trumeaux and a scullery with a stone sink, reinforce the authenticity of the premises. Although this residence still does not have modern-day home comforts, it is nonetheless in a very good general state of repair and is habitable, especially during the summer months, given the existing means of heating. Most of the rooms are bright and spacious with captivating views of the valley.


Ground floor
The rooms are laid out on either side of the entrance hall. On the right-hand side, a large, 26 m² kitchen, big enough to take meals as in days gone by, is followed by a dining room, now in use as a study. On the left-hand side are two vaulted rooms. The first, once a lounge, is currently used as storage space as it awaits full renovation works. The second is a bedroom, opening on to the outside via a large French window. Smaller rooms are laid out along the rear wall. They house vaulted cellars, storerooms or larders that only communicate with the kitchen and the old lounge.
Mezzanine floor
The first landing on the main stairway provides access to a small cupboard, concealed behind the north-west wall, reached via a few stone steps.
First floor
The upstairs rooms are also laid out in a row on either side of the impressive stairwell. Although the current layout makes for six bedrooms, three on the right-hand side and three on the left, with a bathroom on each side, it would be possible to have one or even two large suites, composed of a living room, a bedroom, a study and a bathroom. The left-hand section can be accessed directly and independently via an outside stairway on the north-west facade.
Second floor
The main stairway continues up to this level. It includes the only toilet currently installed in this residence. A passageway provides access to the attic space.

The garage

This stone construction is topped with a single-sloped roof. It adjoins the south-east side of the entrance building. It spans a floor surface area of approx. 25 m².

The entrance building and the dovecote towers

The masonry constructed at the end of the 15th century incorporates the vestiges of a 13th century construction, in the lower sections of which remain an entire network of underground passageways, complete with storage areas and stairways hewn in the rock, bringing people searching for a refuge to mind. An entrance porch way, topped with the dovecote tower, was built in the second half of the 18th century. The buildings on the south-east side house utility areas, with an old oven and an accommodation section as well as an old wine storehouse with vaulted rooms (total useable floor space of approx. 138 m²; excluding cellars and basement). The wing set at right angles on the north side houses an old cowshed, workshops and a storage area (total ground surface area of approx. 124 m²; excluding an upstairs to be created). On the north-east side of this wing, a second quadrangular dovecote tower stands on the edge of the cliff (ground surface area of approx. 16 m²).

Our opinion

This majestic residence, its outbuildings and its two stately towers are laid out on a vast terrace above the hamlet. Behind, through a gap in the hill’s trees, the white Quercy limestone sparkles in the sun. In front, the view stretches into the distance over wonderful countryside. The works needing to be carried out are easy to accept as so many features are worthy of admiration, for instance, the way the facade stone is laid, its size getting smaller and smaller as it goes up towards the cornice at the top. This property is big enough to be suitable for a multitude of projects. Obviously, its listing as a French Historic Monument will be of great help.

515 000 €
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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*
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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 781846

Land registry surface area 2 ha 69 a 50 ca
Main building surface area 317 m2
Outbuilding surface area 330 m2

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Périgord, Limousin, Quercy

Ilan Libert       +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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