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Castle Lafitte-sur-Lot (47)

Price: € 1,280,000
  • Surface 427 m2
  • Rooms 13 
  • Bedrooms 8 
  • Land 54.9 ha

An elegant, 18th century house and its outbuildings in a 54-ha, verdant setting, in the French department of Lot-et-Garonne.
In the area known as Pays-de-Serre, near to the Dordogne and Landes departments as well as the Quercy region. Just a short distance from Agen, where a TGV train station provides 190-minute links to Paris.
The A62 motorway, also near, provides access to Bordeaux or Toulouse in just 75 minutes.
Local history is marked by the One-Hundred-Years-War, fought in part over the nearby Bastide town of Saint-Sardos.
The surrounding countryside is unspoilt and fortunately still exudes its rural character. The region has a wealth of heritage and a strong identity.
This house, standing at the end of a little lane, bears sole witness to a hamlet, no longer in existence; a location that makes it appear timeless. The oldest sections of the house perhaps witnessed the long period of conflict that so divided the south-west of France.
Wrought iron gates, flanked by two stone pillars topped with spheres, open into a garden, enclosed by a laurel hedge. Higher up, adjoining the wall of a round tower, a narrow postern with a decorated stone lintel is the vestige of the old entrance. It now opens on to the garden and a sandy courtyard that enhances the facade’s regular stone walls: a central building, extended by two slightly lower wings. The high, Mansard-style roof, covering all three, gives them unity. Two flights of stone steps lead from the entrance courtyard to a terrace on a lower level which runs along the south side of the house. The areas laid to lawn are enhanced with gravel alleyways that lead eastwards to a little house, standing a short distance away. Another flight of steps goes to a third terrace, by a swimming pool. A chalet on one side houses the pool machinery and changing rooms.
Even further down and concealed by a hedge of trees are the farm buildings. (This large property was, in fact, used for raising cattle, sheep and horses.) Still in use for a little while longer, these buildings could, in the future, easily house a function activity or be converted into a horse-riding centre. There is already an ideal spot for a schooling arena.
The chateauThe main building, constructed over a cellar and spanning two levels, is topped with a Mansard-style roof, flanked to the north by a round tower, with a candlesnuffer roof and a pavilion in the south-west corner.
Ground floor
The classical layout of the entrance facade looks out over the courtyard via three French windows. On either side of a central dining room are a large kitchen and a study. The kitchen is, without doubt, the oldest section of the house, as is shown by its very large, stone fireplace, with its little brick lintel, and an old, nearby sink. Behind it, on the north side, is the base of the round town. Curiously there is no passageway connecting it. Wall cupboards bring wooden panelling to mind, whilst terracotta tiles cover the floor. The ceiling beams are dark and the interjoists painted white as throughout the rest of the house. The dining room is a very bright room, with cement floor tiles featuring coloured motifs. It opens on to the entrance courtyard via wide, double French windows. It is extended by the house’s central lounge, marked with three arches. Further to the south, a study also opens on to the terrace. Panelled ceiling and narrow strip pattern wooden flooring. A wonderful fireplace, featuring a stone trumeau with raised, moulding. Adjoining this study is a large, very bright living room, with its two south-facing windows, providing a view looking down across the pleasant surrounding hillsides. Strip pattern parquet flooring as well as exposed ceiling beams and joists. It opens into the lounge via a 3-leafed, glazed door. The lounge does not actually have any windows, light coming in on the …

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Advertiser reference: 483559 - Le Figaro Properties reference: 33774559

In detail

    • Surface 427 m2
    • Rooms 13
    • Bedrooms 8
    • Land 54.9 ha
    • Construction N/A*
    • Parking N/A*
    • Bathrooms 2
    • Shower rooms 5
    • Toilets N/A*
    • Exposure N/A*
    • Heating N/A*
    • Kitchen N/A*
  • Energy Performance Certificate

    in KWhPE/m²/year

    N/A*
    • A ≤ 50
    • B 51 to 90
    • C 91 to 150
    • D 151 to 230
    • E 231 to 330
    • F 331 to 450
    • G > 451

    GreenHouse Gas emission

    in CO2eqkg/m²/year

    N/A*
    • A ≤ 5
    • B 6 to 10
    • C 11 to 20
    • D 21 to 35
    • E 36 to 55
    • F 56 to 80
    • G > 80
  • € 1,280,000

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