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Castle Auch
20
  • 521 m2
  • 18  rooms
  • 10  bedrooms
  • land 5.9 ha

A chateau and large outbuildings in luxuriant parklands with two lakes facing the Pyrenean Mountains in the midst of Gascony.
This property, extending over six hectares, is about 40 minutes from Auch (prefecture of the French department of Gers), 1œ hours from Toulouse and 15 minutes from a little town with all amenities (shops, restaurants, primary and secondary schools, doctors, etc.). A small village was constructed near to this chateau in the Middle-Ages. Hardly bigger than a hamlet, it has a church, with a bell-wall, north of the chateau, which was built during the Renaissance period. Lupiac, where d'Artagnan was born, is but a few kilometres away.
The surrounding countryside is both verdant and undulating. Watered by numerous little streams, it alternates meadows and fields with forests and copses.
This chateau stands, surrounded by its outbuildings, in a dominant position. The buildings come into view at the end of a lime tree lined driveway which leads to an esplanade, preceded by a lawn dotted with a few selected umbrella pine and cypress trees. Wrought iron gates open into a square courtyard formed by the various buildings: the old chapel on the north side; the living areas on the west and south sides. A second courtyard used for domestic purposes is laid out to the north of the chateau. Said courtyard provides access to the current caretaker's cottage as well as to miscellaneous lean-tos and canopies, marking the property's northern boundary by a long wall. A dividing wall, featuring an opening, delimits this courtyard from the western section of the parklands. The latter extend at the foot of what appears, when seen from the west, to be an impressive defensive wall with a watch-turret and which, in fact, hides a wine storehouse concealed under an embankment, the current belvedere on the chateau's west facade.
Reached from the east esplanade via a stone masonry walkway, a hexagonal dovecote is perched on columns, the slope of the land making this layout practical and aesthetically attractive.
An old and very large masonry pond is on the west side of the dovecote, below the south facade of the chateau. A second pond, of the same kind, faces the old defensive wall where impressive doors open into the wine storehouse.
At a slight distance and on a lower level, a majestic orangery is laid out on the south side, its northern wall backing on to the slope. A swimming pool has been installed right next to the orangery and is similarly on a lower level, its presence in no way disturbs the view.
The layout of the buildings has clearly been well thought out and a form of beauty has not been sacrificed for the sake of practicality. This property, therefore, constitutes an invitation to take walks that residents can but appreciate.
The view of the Pyrenees Mountains and the rolling countryside is irresistible.
The stately residenceThe overall appearance of this extremely sober building is from an era, difficult to define. The presence of an impressive panelled dining room, reflecting a Louis XIV style, would suggest that all the buildings with living space date from this same period, a few works to bring them into line with current day tastes having taken place here and there, without changing the overall appearance. The layout of the adjoining rooms on the ground floor is clearly indicative of a 17th century architectural design.
The south and west wings, spanning two levels under unconverted attic space, house the sections with living space and feature two rooms opening on to the east gable.
In the courtyard, the kitchen is opposite, taking up this entire side. (The size of this vast, through room is quite exceptional.) On this facade, imitation half-shutters give the illusion that the windows are half closed whereas they are, in fact, narrower than they appear.
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reference : 157382 - Le Figaro Properties reference : 18939889

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  • EPC : n/a
  • GHG : n/a
Localisation : 32 Auch
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