19th Century Château in Gascony WithAncient vignoble and coaching house
mpressive property with guest wing
Escape to the Château!
Join us to visit this glorious 19th Century property, set in a bucolic location, which spans the Centuries, dating back in time to the thirteen and sixteen hundreds.
This ancient domaine has been refurbished by its current owners who have the joy of living in this wonderfully grand and yet entirely comfortable home.
Open wide the elegant French doors onto the terraces from the high ceilinged interior, and take -in the lovely views to the gardens.
If Country Living in style (without too much rusticity and mud ) appeals – the gentle parkland, ancient trees and fine rooms of this grand country home are sure to appeal.
Overview & Location
This property is an invitation to anyone in search of an impressive and yet comfortable property, whether this be for a large family or a business venture.
Set within easy reach of Gascony’s most popular market towns (Condom, Nerac and Lectoure) there is a sense upon arrival of having “discovered” something lovely which is “tucked away”. The feeling one has of leaving urbanity behind as the road to the Château becomes increasingly more private and at last peters out onto a quiet avenue lined with cedar trees to the house, which sits tranquilly in a peaceful parkland location.
On arrival there is a bustle of activity. Guests are arriving, the salt-water pool which sits in a slightly elevated position is being cleaned, the immaculate gardens clipped and the flower beds attended. Immediately one senses the care which is poured into the guardianship of this home.
It is little surprise having entered the pristine parkland to find a property which as loving tended within.
We enter via a vast and eminently modern kitchen with a tall and impressive arched window frame.
Once, in years gone by a barn, this area is now a fabulous and bright space for entertaining; a delight to all aspiring Master chefs. The light floods into the room. This is the heart of the home: a dining room, a family room, a place for the preparation of food or for an informal party or a large space for guests to gather.
Behind the main kitchen there is a spacious laundry room and a rear pantry area. With separate technical workspaces, for food supplies, bins and laundry baskets, the central kitchen maintains a sense of the aesthetic, with its high ceilings and feature beams; it’s grand stone walls offering plenty of scope to hang a selection of paintings.
Drawn to the kitchen by the aesthetics of the grand arched window we have of course entered as the family might do.
The main entrance to the property is accessed via an elevated terrace which runs the length of the property along to the kitchen window.
The main door opens onto a large central hallway, such as we so often find in Gascony.
Once the place where after harvest the workers would feast, we recently learnt that often the shutters to grand houses such as these were taken down and propped on trestles to fabricate a long table down the length of the hall.
Today the hallway is an elegant main feature, leading to the drawing-room, television room, library and study.
The Drawing Room
The drawing room is a spacious double room with a central fireplace dating back to the 13th century and French windows to the terrace and the gardens – adding a Classically elegant note redolent of all fine country homes.
There is also a comfortable library room, a large study area for Monsieur in the recess housing the oak staircase to the first floor, and a separate study for Madame. The library benefits in the same way as the drawing room from French doors to the gardens.
An oak staircase leads to the first floor where the landing opens out onto a second large hallway which runs above that on the ground floor below.
Upstairs there are four bedrooms. The master bedroom benefits from a private bathroom and dressing room. The second bedroom also has ensuite facilities, while the remaining two bedrooms share a family bathroom.
In the basement of the Château there is a studio with a white stone floor and windows to the north.
The Guest House
With a separate entrance and parking area as well as a disabled access, the guest house is an entirely separate space to the main house or can be included in the overall habitable area for one large family.
The house offers a spacious reception room with a decorative bread oven which can be lit up. There is a private terrace or garden.
In the guest house there is a light filled and spacious kitchen / dining-room, and an open plan staircase with an iron balustrade leading upstairs where there are two bedrooms and a family suite.
Our thoughts here are Bliss :
Incredibly surprised that such an idyllic rural retreat can be found so close to town – offering a fine balance of tranquility and activity : with multiple restaurants and shops close at hand.
We love the kitchen – it is rare to find a kitchen of such size that somehow manages to maintain a cosy feel!
The two studies, library and main reception room are pleasing in the main house. There is really a sense of many different members of the same family being able to live together in harmony whatever the age.
The guest house – ideal for some extra revenue of required – or cantankerous family members wishing to be entirely alone.
Despite its space – we love the homey, warm and elegant feel.
This Property will appeal to …
Lovers of high ceilings, comfortable period homes, and elegant gardens.
The perfect house to fill with family and extended family members – with enough main living rooms to escape to a quiet corner when needed.
The parkland and it’s trees, flowers and shrubs are a delight.
This property is spacious enough to require ongoing maintenance but the joy of it is that everything thus far refurbished (that is to say – everything) has been done so in good taste and perfect style in keeping with the ancient stone walls which now house these elegant and comfortable rooms.
If modern touches have been applied they are neither jaunty nor displeasing but lend the impression of having vastly improvement the property by (for example) welcoming in the light and the sunshine through the large kitchen windows.
If this property is a homage to the past, it is never at the expense of the comfort of the present.
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