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House Agen (47)

  • Surface 200 m2
  • Rooms 4 
  • Land 4.4 ha

A listed, 16th century stronghold house with 4 ha of land in the midst of the French department of Lot-et-Garonne.
This property is not far from a so-called “character village” in an area known as Pays-de-Serre, adjoining the French departments of Dordogne, Landes and Gers as well as the Quercy region, all with strong identities and a wealth of heritage.
This area was marked by the One Hundred Years War and the nearby village of Saint-Sardos was involved in one of the preliminary events.
The town of Agen is but a short distance away. Its TGV train station provides 190-minute links to Paris. The A62 motorway is also in the vicinity as is an airport with two daily return flights to Orly.
The surrounding unspoilt countryside fortunately still has its rural character.
This property comprises a stronghold house such as were constructed in the Aquitaine region during and after the One Hundred Years War and the Wars of Religion which were particularly severe in the nearby Lot Valley.
Not far from a “fortified” village, it dominates the valley and is surrounded by some 4.5 hectares of woods and meadows. On the north side of the property, beyond the meadow, the mayor of the village has created a park, the trees of which are now growing rapidly. In a few years’ time, they will conceal this property perfectly.
This stronghold house is reached via a steep-sided lane, looking down into a deep, wooded valley, where natural wilderness has reclaimed its rights.
The outbuildings flank a section of the courtyard, once enclosed by a perimeter wall, the chateau being open at right angles on the east side.
The stronghold houseThe outside
This east-facing stronghold house closes the third side of the courtyard.
Surprising because of the austere balance of its facade, with its tall mullioned windows illuminating the gallery, it was added on to the old feudal building in the 17th century. These openings are topped with a triangular pediment, a mark of the Renaissance era, and give this facade a slight Palladian air: François 1st, returning from Italy, had brought an Italian court back with him. Some of its members settled in the area around Agen and built residences reflecting Italian classicism.
Curiously, the pediments and a section of the mullioned windows stand higher than the actual roof. It was no doubt redesigned and lowered in the 19th century, leaving the top of the mullioned windows suspended above the roof.
The meticulously laid stonework features stone cornices, Lombardic bands on either side of two entrance doors and small arms, without crests, on the curved lintel.
The dovecote, in line with the facade, has a condemned mullioned window, the form of which is identical to those of the gallery.
Going around the building to the south side, it is possible to see partially condemned mullioned windows in the wall of this facade. Some are not bevelled, a sign of their age in relation to the 17th century adornments.
Stone gargoyles were added to the top of the walls, with no apparent link to the roof. A stone cornice enhances the top of the wall under the roof.
The lack of care given to the back of the house, on the west side, is surprising as it has none of the superb stonework featured by this residence. And the roof is set between two high stone walls, belonging to the more ornate building that looks down on it. Possibly a ruined section, thriftily rebuilt at a later date?
Continuing around the building to the north side, the same mullioned windows, some walled up, are to be found. This is where the original feudal building can best be seen; its stone walls visible in the continuing of the walls on either side.
The inside:
One of the curved lintel doorways provides access to a narrow corridor with damaged terracotta floor tiles. On the left-hand side of the doorway, on entering, is a cement sink which …

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Advertiser reference: 432080 - Le Figaro Properties reference: 21755753

In detail

    • Surface 200 m2
    • Rooms 4
    • Bedrooms N/A*
    • Land 4.4 ha
    • Construction N/A*
    • Parking N/A*
    • Bathrooms N/A*
    • 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

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