A neo-classical style chateau and its fully restored outbuildings surrounded by more than a hectare of parklands in the French department of Lot-et-Garonne.
A little, almost private road leads to the property which dominates the valley. Agen, with its TGV train station and its airport, is 20 minutes away. A slip road on to the Bordeaux-Toulouse motorway is less than 15 minutes away. Below the property, the little road leads to a lively market town, proud of its collegiate church built by the Order of Cluny. A school and a sixth form college are nearby. This Gascony, steeped in a rich heritage, was much appreciated by the Romans. Much of its reputation is a result of its mild, sunny climate.
This chateau and its outbuildings look out over a small valley that slopes down to the Gers Valley. This enclosed property spans a little more than a hectare, surrounded by grasslands. The parklands are planted with superb species such as Atlas cedar, honey-locust and Japanese pagoda trees. A little orchard includes plum, Mirabelle plum and cherry trees. Lower down, a spindle tree hedge surrounds a swimming pool, awaiting restoration. The south-facing terrace laid out in front of the chateau dominates all the parklands and the plain, providing a spectacular view of the countryside and the Pyrenean mountain range which can be seen on a clear day. Three old lime trees provide it with shade. Set at right angles on the west side, the wing of outbuildings reinforces its cosy character. The chateau is separated from the little road on the north side by a grassy knoll which is where the old ironwork entrance gates stand, flanked by two chestnut trees and providing access to the property.
For several years this property housed a family in the chateau as well as the premises of a business set up in the outbuildings, making it possible to combine private and professional lives.
The chateauThe chateau’s 19th century, neo-classical facade is flanked by a square tower, on the east side, and two round towers on the west side. The roofs, with their terracotta ridge, feature chimney stacks, some of which still have their chimney pots. The large entrance door opens on to a vast porch way covered by a wrought iron structure that supports the balcony above. The slightly colonial air that it gives to the house appears to be an allusion to Santo-Domingo, capital of an island with which this region once had strong commercial ties.
The large vestibule takes up the full depth of the building. The floor is covered with carpet pattern cement tiles. The stairway, at the end, spans the full width of the room, from which it is separated by a Haussmannian style wooden cornice. Double doors open into a lounge and a dining room. Illuminated via two south-facing windows, the lounge features chevron pattern parquet flooring and a moulded ceiling. Its walls are covered with chintz fabric, laid on padded lining and flanking a marble fireplace. The refinement of the wall coverings is worthy of mention: chintz or plain silk fabric laid on a padded lining, matching wallpaper in the stairwell, paints of subtle hues.
A ladies’ sitting room communicates with the lounge via double doors. An oval room, lined with pink fabric, is laid out at the end in the tower. It has chevron-pattern parquet flooring, a moulded ceiling and four alcoves marking the corners. One window looks out over the parklands and another the entrance to the property. A small adjoining ladies’ sitting room is fitted with a wash-hand basin.
Double doors in the vestibule open on the west side into a dining room featuring chevron-pattern parquet flooring and wainscoting, topped with a rounded rail and painted grey. The walls are white and the plaster ceiling decorated with a rosette. Two doors are set on either side of a large grey marble fireplace. One set …
Le Figaro Properties reference : 14980267
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