Vast Historical Demeure in Northern Gascony
PROPERTY REF: BLISS-133
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Fees payable by vendor.
The property dominates the heart of the ancient village, sitting within its gated entrance in close proximity to the splendid 13th century church.
The commandery offers a vast amount of habitable space with the possibility for the development of the renovation of a currently uninhabited and adjacent 19th century section of the building.
Once inside, it is as private as a Château, and yet linked to the neighbouring properties which stand guard before it, so that the owner may benefit from a village community, whilst enjoying an absolute privacy behind the thick stone walls of the property.
Listed as a building of historical importance in 1972, the current owner remarks that “any future works which are carried out to the property can be offset for tax purposes, and should the property be bought as an investment of second home, there would be relief from capital gains after fifteen years of ownership.” *
As a listed building any works carried out to the property are subject to planning permission, and some elements such as the windows and the position of the existing rooms may not be changed. It is our understanding that although a traditional swimming pool may not be acceptable to the local authorities, a “bassin d’agrément” or “ornamental pond” might well be approved. *
*Any issues relating to tax matters or planning permissions should be verified with the relevant authorities before purchase. BLISS IMMOBILIER is not qualified to offer advice on such matters.
The main property comprises two levels each of approximately 170m2 on two floors, thus with a total of 340m2 habitable living space.
The current owner, a passionate historian and antiquarian, explains to me on our first meeting that once he had visited the building, he could not resist the temptation to live between these ancient walls.
“I was enamoured by the magnificent staircase, dating to the 15th and 16th century, the original terracotta floor tiles in the tower room, and the “coursive” or covered terrace, redolent of Renaissance Italy. The architect must surely have travelled there to have designed such a fabulous space which runs the full length of the property to the front and overlooks the gardens. The church architecture is of Italian influence, as seen in its Renaissance paintings. There are two signs from the Order of the Maltese in the terracotta floor tiles, and two open fireplaces, one which is Louis XV in style, the other 18th century.”
The Commandery is abundant with period features, each century having left its mark.
The kitchen, with access to the covered passageway, is delightful in feel. It is decorated with an array of colourful and quirky pieces, collected over the years by the owner, and demonstrating an innate sense of fun. It is easy to imagine preparing food here and serving it to a long table of guests on a summer’s evening, on the otherside of the kitchen doorway.
Across from the kitchen lies a spacious reception room, with glorious 18th century panelled armoires, a large central open fireplace, and high ceilings: an elegant space in which to entertain.
At the end opposing end of the terracotta hallway lies a grand reception room, with a large wood-framed fireplace with decorative carvings.
From this grand salon, currently harbouring a vast dining-room table, we access a spacious room which has been converted into a bathroom, with ochre walls, and Italian Renaissance in style.
From the grand salon, we climb a small wooden staircase at the far end which leads to a second wooden corkscrew staircase dating back to the 15th century, and leading up above to the square tower with its original 15th century floor tiles and offering a vast amount of convertible space directly above the current living accommodation.
As the property is listed, the rooms may not be modified from the current layout and nor may the windows. There is potential for three further bedrooms on this level, for “hotel” guests with the lower level reserved (as is the currently the case) as a private “appartment” or suite for the owner.
Returning to the lower level, and the private suite occupied by the current owner (salon, reception room, kitchen and bathroom, and covered “coursive” or terrace), we climb the principle staircase to the upper floor and to the bedrooms and bathroom all of which are in a habitable condition and currently used by the owner.
WHAT WE THINK
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PROPERTY REF: BLISS-133
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