Castle Nimes (30)
- 130 m2
- 4 rooms
- 2 bedrooms
- land 1.1 ha
A 130 m² flat in a listed, 12th century castle, with moats, parklands and outbuildings, 30 minutes from Avignon and Uzès on the Provencal side of the French department of Gard.
This plains castle stands on the outskirts of a village in the south-east of France, heavily marked by the Romans in the past and now by the vine-growing activity. Not far from the river Rhône, it is concealed amongst its verdant surroundings. It is nevertheless easily reached via the main communication routes. Its unspoilt setting, free of contemporary nuisances guarantees absolute peace and quiet. Avignon (TGV train station) is 30 minutes away, whilst the many delights of the Provencal side of the French department of Gard are to be found locally (Uzès, Cèze Valley), extending northwards into the French department of Ardèche and towards the Cévennes mountains in the west.
This castle is one of this region's emblematic monuments on the edge of the river Rhône, with its landscapes marked by the growing of vines and the richness of its soil, watered by tributaries of the peaceful, neighbouring stream, which once made it possible to reach the river. Making clever use of its strategic position, its construction, on a site probably already occupied in the Carolingian era, dates back to the 12th century with a first dwelling flanked by a defensive tower. But it was in the 16th century that it was significantly developed and became an impressive building belonging to one of the largest families in the south of France and one of the rare examples in the south-east of France to have a defensive system composed of moats, still fed by a neighbouring stream. This castle still has a 12th century tower, featuring impressive arrow-loops, on the north-west corner. Two other towers (including a dovecote) flank the east and south-east corners of the three buildings spanning two levels above the ground floor. These buildings are laid out around a vast, main courtyard, closed on the south side by vermiculated, rustic masonry framing. The castle's old wall-walk has now been transformed into a promenade alongside the moats. A stone culvert has replaced the old drawbridge, the bases for the two piers of which still remain. One-hundred-year-old plane trees as well as many tall trees surround the castle beyond the moats. The sober exterior of the buildings featuring mullioned and several later segmental arched windows is hardly brought into question by the richly sculpted framing of the doors in the central building and the chapel. Saved from ruin in 1978 and fully classified as a French Historic Monument, this castle underwent a vast restoration project at the beginning of the 2000's. Said project also led to the creation of several flats combining modern day home comforts, whilst totally respecting its heritage.
The flatA door in the south-east section of the wing leads from the main courtyard to a wide spiral stairway providing access to the floors. This first-floor flat is composed of a row of state rooms, with French ceilings, terracotta floor tiles and decorative plasterwork (above the fireplaces and above the doors). The recent restoration works carried out in the castle created an access corridor along the interior facade, overlooking the courtyard, and added cupboards behind the doorways that previously provided access through the then adjoining rooms. Facing east and west, all the rooms are pleasantly steeped in sunlight via openings providing views resembling wonderful paintings: on the east side, hidden by the canopy, tall trees bordering the moats and, from the wing on the west side, the courtyard and its verdant escutcheon. Numerous period features, such as an alcove concealing a little decorative plasterwork fountain, contribute to the wealth of the premises.
reference : 977826 - Le Figaro Properties reference : 22735143