Bastide Lectoure (32)
In the heart of Gascony, on the heights of Lectoure, an ancient 13th century castle transformed in the 18th century.
The castle and its outbuildings, in a dominant position, are located a few minutes from the centre of the small and famous town of Lectoure. Agen (TGV station) and Auch, the capital of Armagnac, are about forty minutes away; Toulouse (international airport and TGV station) is an hour and a quarter drive.
A narrow track lined with holm oaks and cypresses branches off from a small rural road and climbs the last two hundred metres to the castle and the 17th century dovecote. The variety and quantity of trees planted by the current occupants define the atmosphere of the property, which covers just over three hectares. Cypresses, cedars, redwoods, yews, Judas trees, magnolias and holm oaks are some of the most prominent elements of the over thirty species planted. A gravelled esplanade framed by low old stone masonry walls stretches between the entrance to the property and the house on the top of the hill. Adjacent to the house, a wine storehouse and a 13th century chapel were converted into stables after 1824. A terrace overlooks the hillside and the town of Lectoure. A discreetly placed swimming pool has been built below.
The villaBuilt of dressed stone, it offers two levels under unconverted attic space. The roof is covered with traditional monk and nun tiles tiles. A Provençal frieze overhangs five oculi. From the gravelled esplanade, the entrance is through a perfectly centred door on the north-west facade, framed on each side by two windows. On the upper level, five perfectly symmetrical arched windows are in line with the openings on the ground floor. On one side, a lower building was added as a garage and former caretaker's house; on the other side, a former wine storehouse has also been converted into a garage or shed. The south-western facade reveals the old 'Sala' or primitive Gascon castle as it was incorporated into the present building at the end of the 17th century. An old chapel from the thirteenth century is noticeable for its small openings on an upper level.
The ground floor of the building has the particularity of being split into independent areas connected by the entrance hallway: the master's house and the caretaker's flat. The entrance hall is a living room in itself due to its size and the staircase with its elaborate banister, a work of art dating from the end of the 17th century. The first steps are paved with large local stones. The floor is tiled with terracotta. In Gascon homes, the hallway was the place where one received and said farewell to the more intimate guests who had been invited into the dwelling, hence the care given to the aesthetics and the comfort of this part of the house. One door leads into the private dwelling; another, of the same size, into the caretaker's quarters. The first features a large living room, formerly a kitchen as evidenced by the sober fireplace and the presence of a large stone sink. It is tiled with terracotta tiles and opens onto the south-east facing terrace. A hallway leads first to a kitchen and then to a drawing room of similar size to the living room. A storeroom, a toilet. The entrance to the caretaker's quarters is through a double door that opens onto what was once a Louis XV sitting room, with panelling enhanced by painted decors. Today, it is a kitchen that also serves as a dining room. A later black marble mantelpiece has been installed. A small corridor leads to a sitting room in one of the oldest parts of the house and to a room which still contains the remains of an old double latrine in an alcove. The floor is tiled. Follows a room that currently has a simple cement floor and a shower room with shower and toilet.
This is traditionally the level allocated to the …
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