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House Agen (47)

  • Surface 420 m2
  • Rooms 16 
  • Bedrooms 7 
  • Land 867 m2

A 17th century mansion house and its garden in a historic town in the south-west of France.
In the historic town of Nérac, capital of the Albret region, just a stone’s throw from the town of Agen with its airport (three daily return flights to Paris-Orly) and its future TGV train station (project confirmed for 2021), placing this town almost on the outskirts of the French capital, even if it is only for a week-end.
Former home to the Kings of Navarre, this town, although modernised, still has its original character and its features bearing witness to its past. Standing on both banks of the river Baïse, linked by the old bridge, the town comprises proud silhouettes of chateaux, mansion and half-timbered houses with their superb posterns, carriage gates and fountains. The lush undulating countryside forming its setting is dotted with attractive farms where the duck reigns: this is the land of foie-gras.
This mansion house, standing in the old town, is flanked by two 17th century turrets. It is built set back off wide shady avenues and has a west-facing garden.
Former stables topped with an upstairs, set at right angles, border a private alleyway that opens via carriage gates into a street at the back.
The north-facing facade, standing behind its railings, opens on to the avenues, whilst the west-facing facade opens on to a stone walled garden, planted with trees and flowers, spanning approx. 400 m².
The carcass is built of partially rendered limestone quarry blocks with dressed stone enhancing the main facade.
The Roman tile roof features long slopes, the central section has a concealed gable and the turrets’ pavilion roofs are covered with flat tiles.
The building comprises a ground floor, a square upstairs and an attic floor.
The ground floor of the house includes a self-contained, 3-roomed flat overlooking a small private courtyard at the back. The first floor comprises another flat in an advanced state of conversion which could have a separate entrance.
This mansion house, which was built under Louis XIII by the President of Nérac’s Chamber of Accounts, was lived in several centuries later by the President of the civil court, hence its name “Hôtel-des-Présidents” (the Presidents’ mansion house).
But it was in November 1659 that the house knew its hour of glory when the young Louis XIV in person stopped overnight along the route to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, where the Sun King was going to marry the infanta, Maria-Theresa of Spain.
A little backgroundIn the 16th century, protestants as well as Reform sympathizers were banned from the French Court. Marguerite-de-Navarre, a renowned writer, a great politician and the highly influential sister of the powerful King of France, François 1st, chose to welcome them with open arms in her province. The Court of Nérac finished by becoming extremely influential and acquired such weight that it was not wise to remain at a distance. The great historic characters that succeeded one another have left their marks and the town’s cobbled streets still echo with the steps of such well-known personalities as Jeanne-d’Albret, Queen Margot, Henri IV and his minister Sully, Rabelais and Montaigne, who were later to be followed by Georges Sand, Baron Haussmann as well as President Fallières. The mansion houseAs with all old town houses, the various constructions are superposed or overlap one another. This is a particularly good example as the building is in the centre of the old Medieval town. Consequently, the blind wall that borders the alleyway to the rear of the house is none other than that of the old town hall, partially dating from the 14th century, which was abandoned following a fire at the beginning of the 17th century.
Town plans dating from the time of Henri IV …

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Advertiser reference: 998654 - Le Figaro Properties reference: 14980873

In detail

    • Surface 420 m2
    • Rooms 16
    • Bedrooms 7
    • Land 867 m2
    • Construction N/A*
    • Parking N/A*
    • Bathrooms 3
    • Shower rooms 3
    • Toilets N/A*
    • Exposure N/A*
    • Heating N/A*
    • Kitchen N/A*
  • Energy Performance Certificate

    in KWhPE/m²/year

    C (131)
    • 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

    D (26)
    • A ≤ 5
    • B 6 to 10
    • C 11 to 20
    • D 21 to 35
    • E 36 to 55
    • F 56 to 80
    • G > 80

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