BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED 13TH CENTURY CHATEAU
Magnificent Park and Chateau near Mauvezin
1 966 270 €
PROPERTY REF: BLISS-157
Agency Fees included
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For eight centuries the silhouette of a Château has dominated the landscape of this ancient medieval village, with its church and cluster of houses, some sixty-five kilometers from Toulouse in the heart of the Gascon countryside.
From its privileged hilltop position there are views of the rolling Gascon countryside from all four sides, in addition to which, the rugged outline of the Pyrenees can be seen etched across the horizon to the south.
The white stone of the Château blazes an imprint on the landscape, visible from fifty kilometers away.
The Château was hewn from pure white rock, which glistens to each ray of sunlight; a stone mined from local quarries used only for the construction of the finest buildings in Gascony, with its certain guarantee of reflected lights and the impression one has on a hot summer’s day of a glistening halo of light.
The current day Château was reconstructed in 1560 on the ruins of two more ancient Châteaux.
Today the village has a little over two hundred inhabitants, the once ruined properties dotted around the Châteaux now entirely restored.
The Château itself has undergone significant and rigorous restoration in the last ten years.
If living in a Château conjures images of cold draughty hallways and dungeons, then there is a delicious surprise awaiting. The current owner has created a comfortable home, nestling inside a period piece of French history, which is gracious, warm and welcoming, yet entirely respectful of the heritage of this spectacular piece of French architecture.
We arrive for our first viewing on a crisp winter’s morning, the sky unexpectedly cloudless, the light astonishing.
The Château sits on high offering an initial glimpse of the east-facing facade with its directoire staircase. This east-facing façade saw renovations in the 18th century and has a classical appearance, accentuated by its triple “genoise” or row of roof tiles (a sign of the family’s wealth at the time).
The parkland is beautifully tended, the silhouette and shadow of an abundance of Cyprus trees a beauty to behold.
The trees add a grace and a magic to the park which is difficult to describe. We are not yet on the cusp of spring, and yet these Evergreens provide a contrast of bluish- green against the pale blue sky. How easy it is to imagine the joys of a summer’s day.
We turn to the rear of the property, where we find a breathtaking view of the magnificent hexagonal west-facing tower.
A description of the many rooms, both in the Château, its annexe and its pigeonnier, can be annexed to the bottom of this text, and upon request further technical details can be sent to you by Bliss.
For the moment we will content ourselves with impressions. What would it feel like to live between these walls, and what would the appeal of living here be? Which particular project would suit such a home?
The over-riding sense is one of light. This is a property with an abundance of rooms, yet each one reaches outwards and draws in both light and greenery.
There is a not a hint of the gloomy or Gothic damp here. Each room is an invitation to throw open the full-length windows to let the light stream in.
The directoire staircase opens onto an elegant hallway, leading (as one would expect) to a drawing-room and a private study, a comfortable dining-room, a grand reception room, and double kitchen.
There is an abundance of windows throughout. The kitchen is a fine example of this, with a wall of light creating a bright and modern space between these ancient walls.
In the main body of the Château there are 5 sumptuous bedrooms each with a spacious modern bathroom. No expense has been spared, and the fittings and fixtures throughout are of the highest standard.
On the lower first-floor garden level of the Château, a second kitchen, dining-room and salon for the owner’s dogs (who live in splender!) allows a division of space for guests, with both formal and informal spaces.
Of particular architectural note is the spiral staircase which winds upwards to a belvedere tower at the top with a stunning latticed framework ceiling.
At a short distance from the Château, separated by formal gardens, with a rounded tower, lies the guest-house. This has also undergone recent refurbishment.
The house provides as much accommodation as anyone could normally wish from a private residence. The standard of works to the rooms here is equal to that of the Château and this provides 5 en-suite bedrooms, a reception area, and an 85m2 entertaining room (ideal for parties/weddings!) with double ceiling-height.
The pigeonnier is a stunning example of what, for the Gascons, represented a sign of the seigneur’s noble and divine rights. The right to construct a pigeonnier was not accorded to every household.
Today the pigeonnier, with its four distinctive arches, has been restored to provide further accommodation on two levels.
The property also provides ample space for parking, and storage of tractors or other materials, in the vast barn area, adjacent to the guest house.
Which type of buyer would this property be suitable for?
Finances permitting, for both the purchase and annual costs of running the estate, this would make a splendid private home. Despite the available space, a vein of deep rich comfort runs throughout, more often associated perhaps with a comfortable manor-house. This is an imposing property architecturally, but not a daunting home, should one wish to simply move one’s family in – and enjoy it.
In order to generate income for the upkeep of the property, the estate could no doubt be exploited by anyone wishing to run a business from the property.
It is important not to underestimate the beauty of the guest-house. It would be no small sacrifice for the family to live here as the views of the west-facing façade and its hexagonal tower, along with the space offered within, are sumptuous. One could easily imagine residing in the guest-house and leasing the castle; organizing weddings perhaps or other events; literary or artistic retreats of any kind; business events.
It is important to note that although the Château and the parkland around it are afforded vast amounts of privacy, and that the guest-house forms an architectural barrier between the estate and the outside world, this property is not remote. Historically it has formed an integral part of the village, and remains so.
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Int. Airport Toulouse : 50km
PROPERTY REF: BLISS-157
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Reg. Office: 54 Rue Nationale,
License No. CPI 3201 2017 000 018 266
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Whilst every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information and dimensions listed, any information given, is only an approximation and no responsibility is taken for any error, omission or misrepresentation. These details are for guidance only. No guarantee is given on the surface area of the property here quoted as this has not been measured in accordance with La Loi Carrez. All details should be verified prior to purchase with both a legally qualified surveyor and French registered notaire.