16th century Renaissance château
16th CENTURY RENAISSANCE CHÂTEAU
Magnificent castle on 6 ha of land near Auch
PROPERTY REF: BLISS-78
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Built in pale stone this magnificent Château is set on a superb and secluded site and is approached down a private 500m driveway. With over 6 hectares of land, the property benefits from hilltop views to the Pyrenees (yes, from the property you can see the snow- capped mountains three days before the onset of rain!) and is a world unto itself, for any future owner and her family to reside
“RICHLY STEEP IN HISTORY IN A UNIQUE LOCATION”
With its origins in the 16th century it has many fine Renaissance features, having undergone extensive renovation in both the 18th century, the 1960s, as well as during the last ten years under the care of the current owner; who although initially claiming to have made the property “less inhabitable than it was when I bought it,” has achieved an incredible portion of the more difficult works, including the structure of the roof, the windows, and the necessary reinforcements to the building; enabling the new owner to enjoy the next, more decorative, stage of renovation.
The current owner tells us: “It was crazy. I already owned a house here in France. Two in fact! Buying a Château was ridiculous! I had a life, a career. And then I drove up here, stood in front of the place and that was it. There was no going back. Something called out to me. It was an affair of the heart, not of the head, and I have invested far more financially than I could ever hope to recuperate. For years, as works were in progress, I came here with my wife and children at weekends, just to hang out and picnic in the wonderful gardens or mow the grass; and I watched the Château come back to life again, as it was slowly restored into an almost (he laughs) habitable dwelling. An expensive picnic plot, right? Okay, so there’s the inside missing, the floor tiles, the kitchen, the bathrooms; perhaps a few doors here and there! – but that’s child’s play now. The roofs are good, the new “charpente” a replica of the original roof frame, and a veritable work of art! – the floors (including the original terra-cotta floor which we had lifted and restored) and the made to measure windows are all brand new and double glazed. (That set me back several years for sure!). Now the Château needs a family to take it to the next stage, as for the last few years I have been living outside of Europe and it’s simply no longer feasible to come here at weekends for picnics – though I promise you I would if I could!”
The Château has a rich history and was used during the Second World War as an outpost for Resistance workers. Perhaps due to its secret location, tucked away from other dwellings.
There remains a multitude of original features, including: the original terracotta floor to the main reception room, the original stone cork-screw staircase, the original mullioned window openings, the medieval fireplaces with their imposing stone mantlepieces, the turret hideaway at the top of the tower.
The current owner commissioned the work of a pigeonnier in the grounds of the property, the style of which is in perfect harmony with the rest.
Architect’s plans have been drawn up to complete the interior refurbishments which would include 3 grand reception rooms, and five bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms. The current owner estimates that in order to complete all the works to a comfortable standard and based on the quotes which he has from local artisans of a high standard, an envelope of around 300 000 to 350 000 euros would be required and is based on the fact that he was doing absolutely none of the work himself.
Detailed plans of the Château and quotes for works are available on request. BLISS can recommend several local architects and professionals who are able to oversee works for clients living at a distance.
The property is conveniently located to the east of Auch with Toulouse international airport just 50 minutes away.
NB : Historical document. Notes taken before the 1960s before the current restoration of the roof and the internal renovations were carried out. ²
“The Château was built in the style of the Château de Marin, situated in Auch. The footprint of the building is square, both internally and externally, despite the presence of a stone corkscrew staircase, the construction of which was easier in a square tower than a circular one.
Int. Airport Toulouse: 71 km
Toulouse Train station: 73 km
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PROPERTY REF: BLISS-78
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