House Montcuq (46)
- 338 m2
- 8 rooms
- 5 bedrooms
- land 354 m2
A private and surprising Renaissance residence, with a guest house and an annex building with a landscaped inner courtyard in the White Quercy region.
Agen and its TGV train station are less than an hour away; Toulouse and its international airport are about 1Œ hours away. The A20 motorway is but 30 minutes away. In the south of the French department of Lot, near to Cahors. A region where gently undulating countryside, with wooded hillsides, contrasts with dryer areas where it is possible to glimpse white limestone, symbolic of this part of the Quercy region. There where numerous rivers and streams have gouged fertile valleys in which cereal crops, fruit and vines are grown. A region with an amazing architectural heritage made up of medieval fortified towns, hilltop villages, castles, Romanesque churches, Gallo-Roman vestiges as well as windmills and including the Valentré bridge classified as a World Heritage site by Unesco, the medieval villages of Montpezat-du-Quercy, Lauzerte, the keeps of Montcuq and Luzech as well as Mercuès castle.
In the heart of the historic sector of a large, peaceful medieval village. This stopover along St James' Way is full of renowned historic heritage, where it is pleasant to take a stroll in the sometimes steep or narrow streets, lined with old houses and their preserved medieval facades. There are numerous shops and amenities to be found here, but it is the Sunday market, classified amongst the best in France, and the numerous cultural events organised all through the year that are most appreciated.
Ideally situated in a peaceful setting, this property is just a stone's throw from all amenities and the tourist sites that it overlooks. It comprises a 13th and 14th century house which was redesigned in the 15th and then the 18th century as well as a second house, constructed at a later date. Both span three stories and are topped with Roman tile roofs. A single-storey annex building, laid out all on one level, has also recently been made habitable. The property is completed by an old, partially open barn which provides a shaded area that extends the dimensions of a spacious, pleasantly landscaped, inner courtyard. A total of three entrances mean that each building could be used independently of one another if so desired.
The 13th century residenceThe inside is reached via the main gateway on the south side. The facade features an outstanding succession of triangular bevelled arches which indicates that a gallery once existed. Above, the overhanging eaves are supported by a truss beam set on corbels. The carefully restored interior, meeting all modern-day needs as regards home comforts, is laid out in a resolutely refined style, cleverly combining the old with the new. It enhances the quality of the materials used and the scrupulously preserved period features such as a spiral stairway with monolithic steps, the original flooring, exposed ceiling beams, a Renaissance-style monumental fireplace with engaged piers and a sculpted coat-of-arms, stone sinks, a superb carved Renaissance-style door frame and wall recesses. The total living space is a little over 160 m². The main rooms include a large reception lounge, a lounge-dining room, a kitchen and two bedrooms with their own shower rooms.
This floor is taken up by a reception lounge, spanning approx. 35 m², illuminated via the superb arcades on the south facade. The elegance of the spiral stairway that goes upstairs and that of the framing around the door set in front are perfectly enhanced by a dedicated light. A corner study, a cloakroom and a toilet complete this level which, given its assets, could easily be used for other purposes such as an exhibition room, offices or consultation rooms.
The first floor comprises a lounge-dining room, spanning approx. 38 m², as ...
reference : 969664 - Le Figaro Properties reference : 18024941