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A castle steeped in history, Lot-et-Garonne

A castle steeped in history

Thi 800-sq m castle was home to the Montbasons until the 1960s

Between Agen and Cahors, over a 58-ha estate, this splendid 13th century castle, rebuilt in the late 1600s by the Montalemberts and modified in part after the French Revolution, when its towers were lowered, has a unique view over the lush Lot valley. "It houses several architectural wonders : an octagonal tower, another from the Renaissance, French-style ceilings, a Perigord stone staircase, massive fireplaces and the Montbason family coat of arms," states the Internationale Mercure Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées, Périgord agency. In excellent condition, the property provides 800-sq m of living space on two levels, with 18 rooms, a vaulted dining room with stone floors, a vast living room, a library and a huge stateroom. There are nine bedrooms with five bathrooms and four shower rooms. The estate could easily house a golf course, and the 13-box stable would form the basis of a charming riding school. There is also a 90-sq m swimming pool, a chapel, a tennis court, a big reception hall, a separate keeper's house and gorgeous exteriors: a small well in the inner courtyard, a 3-ha park with formal gardens, hedges and a pond, and a 4.5-ha fruit garden. Proposed price: 2,990,000 euros

Estate agent : Agence Mercure Toulouse, 31000 Toulouse. Tel: +33 (0)5 61 21 52 01. http://www.agencemercure.fr

Photo : © Eric Despin

A castle steeped in history