A listed, 13th century Gascony castle, redesigned in the 16th century, surrounded by 7.5 ha with an orangery and a dovecote, in the Aquitaine region.
Equidistant from Bordeaux and Toulouse, where the borders of the French departments of Lot-et-Garonne and Gers meet those of the Albret and Armagnac regions. Near to the historic, tourist towns of Nérac and Condom. Agen is but 30 minutes away (links to Paris by rail in 190 minutes or by airplane in 80 minutes, two flights per day).
This castle is like a lookout on the outskirts of a little village. In a dominant, naturally defensive position with views over the neighbouring hills, it has defended the valley for more than 700 years. The 4-storey building, flanked by its two circular towers, was once part of the original Gascony castle. In the 15th century, mullioned windows were added to let copious amounts of light into the building and an Italian Renaissance style stairway tower was adjoined to the south facade. This castle was saved from ruin by an old stone enthusiast, a man who not only restored it, but also brought to the fore the Italianate style that characterised the Aquitaine region's most beautiful houses a style that is also reflected in the gardens and in the castle's main lounge.
The castleA miniature castle gatehouse provides access to a courtyard. Closed by tall carriage gates topped with a coat-of-arms, it still bears witness to its defensive role with its firing loops visible on the sides. The castle's Renaissance style facade looks out over the garden, on the south side. To the north, the original Gascony castle, with its two round towers, overlooks the valley, the communication route that it watched over. The perimeter of the castle also includes the medieval stables, since redesigned as an orangery, a dovecote tower and a small medieval building, of unknown purpose. The sheer sides of the grounds are bordered with defence walls.
Inside, the vestiges of military activity, including balistraria, firing loops (for long thin cannons) and low gothic doors, are combined with the aesthetic additions from the Italian Renaissance era. Protruding from the south facade, the 16th century rectangular tower is illuminated via three mullioned windows with wrought lintels. It was constructed to house the wide, Renaissance style, half-pace, stone stairway, which goes up through the castle to the top floor. A flight of steps leads down from the vast, stone-paved entrance hall to the basement, part of the foundations of the medieval castle. A door on one side opens into the old kitchen, as indicated by the fireplace. This room receives daylight via two fanlights under the ceiling. A few steps on the north side go down to what was possibly the guardroom. Illuminated via dormers set in the thickness of the walls, it features similar walls, made of large stones with dry joints, and a central dressed stone pillar to support the ceiling beam. It has a packed mud floor. In the north-east corner is the base of the Gascony castle's round tower, where a deep hole in its centre was perhaps a dungeon.
At the end of the entrance corridor, a large room, under the west wing, was a later addition to the Gascony castle. Used for reception purposes, a wall divides it into two sections, opening via an arcade on to the end section which houses a fireplace. It is illuminated by tall windows, opening on to the garden level. In the north-east corner is a square building intended for the installation of a lift. A door next to it opens into an overhanging room, the base of the old castle tower. Possibly a postern: its gothic vault and its gun-loop bear witness to its age and its defensive role.
A wide landing provides access, on the east side, to a lounge, a dining room as well as a kitchen and, on the west side, to the bedrooms. ...
Price 1,890,000 €
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Price / sq metre: €/m² 2,362.50
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Agency: Agence Patrice Besse
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