in the midst of more than 6 ha of parklands near to Toulouse
Some 20 km to the south-east of Toulouse and 30 minutes from Toulouse-Blagnac airport, on the eastern edge of the Haute-Garonne department.
This chateau and its estate are set in the heart of the Lauragais Country which saw its history and its geography marked from the 15th to the 17th century by the culture of pastel, the blue gold of the Renaissance era, and then by the exportation of cereals that the Canal-du-Midi increased as of the 17th century. A production that caused this area to be dubbed the “land of plenty” and then the “Languedoc granary”. The region is further renowned not only for its heritage, comprising abbeys and churches, castles and fortified towns, dovecotes and windmills as well as discoidal steles, but also for its religious history, marked by Catharism and Protestantism.
Located on the northern limit of the Lauragais Country and part of the Lanta barony, the Pujolet estate stands on a hilltop dominating a deep valley.
Monumental gates at the entrance to the property open on to the main courtyard, bordered by two dovecotes, typical of the local area.
The chateau, comprising a main, rectangular, 3-storey building, reflects the architectural style of its time and the region’s traditional construction material, brick, featured on its symmetrical, 18th century facade, covered with an imitation stone rendering. It is aligned with numerous openings and marked by a windowed pediment, triangular on the north side and arched on the south. The chateau is extended to the west by a 2-storey extension, the exterior south-facing facade of which repeats the facade features of the first and third levels of the chateau – notably the type, size and alignment of the openings and the shutters.
And lastly, the farm courtyard with its numerous outbuildings extends and enlarges the property.
Built of rendered brick, the house is laid out in a similar manner to a French chateau, comprising a single row of adjoining rooms.
The well-balanced, north facade looks out on to the main courtyard. It has a projection spanning three bays, crowned with a triangular pediment and featuring superposed Doric and Ionic order pilasters.
The south facade, facing the garden, features smooth, rusticated masonry spandrels; its central, protruding bay is enhanced with a semi-circular pediment on twin Ionic order pilasters.
The ground floor of the east wing of the chateau houses two communicating lounges, with fireplaces and panelling: a large, through lounge, decorated with two columns supporting a vaulted ceiling, and a small lounge, extended by a passageway laid out with a kitchen and a guest toilet. The large lounge can be accessed via the east facade. The west wing comprises a large, through dining room, with stucco decor featuring friezes and medallions, reflecting the Italian style fashionable at the time.
Providing sole access to the first floor, a wooden stairway, with wrought iron railings, goes up to an anteroom which gives access to two independent bedrooms, with adjoining shower rooms. A third bedroom, with panelling and a fireplace, has been fitted with bookcases on three of its walls. The biggest bedroom, completed with a dressing room, has four windows. The anteroom provides access to a concealed wooden stairway going up to the top floor under the rafters. The last bedroom is set at right angles to the landing. In the west wing, a large anteroom leads to a bedroom, with painted panelling.
The second floor is laid out under the rafters and marked by its recently restored, exposed roofing framework. It is taken up by a long corridor leading to five bedrooms.
A semi-circular arched, vaulted cellar, featuring exposed brick, runs under the west section of the building. This period basement, with its packed mud floor, has fixtures and fittings typical of a wine storehouse. It has ensured the stability of the house and acted as insulation against humidity since its construction.
The old house extending the chateau
This older house adjoins the west side of the chateau, set at right angles to the single-storey utility building. It comprises a secondary wooden stairway and doors communicating with the chateau have been created on each of its two levels to ensure access to its rooms.
The ground floor of the house has ceilings the same height as those of the chateau. It includes a small lounge, with polychrome decor, illuminated via two windows on the south side and extended by a bedroom-study, with an adjoining shower room.
This section, exuding a more family atmosphere, has a door leading to the main courtyard and opens into the chateau’s large, traditional kitchen. It is enhanced with a monumental fireplace, exposed brick walls and a floor laid with varnished, local Toulouse brick.
It is followed by an area converted into staff accommodation, with a lounge, a kitchen-dining room and a bedroom, with a shower room. And lastly, at the end of this building are three horse loose boxes.
The farm courtyard and its outbuildings
The utility building stands between the chateau’s main courtyard and the farm courtyard. The latter is closed by a traditional monumental porchway and planted with horse chestnut trees.
The barrel-vaulted, brick porchway gives access to an elegant, old farm building, featuring a 5-arch arcade. On the west side of the farm courtyard, an old, 2-storey house, the “silkworm nursery”, features a south-facing facade identical to that of the chateau. Adjoining the silkworm nursery, a 2-storey farm shed closes the farm courtyard. On the north side, a caretaker’s cottage comprises a living room, a kitchen, a lounge, two bedrooms and a shower room. Between the porchway and the first dovecote are several horse boxes used for storage purposes. Following the second dovecote, an orangery is extended by an old greenhouse.
And lastly, outside of the courtyard, stands a farm shed, featuring two monumental arches.
These parklands, extending over a surface area of approx. 6 ha, enhance the house with a garden, a vegetable garden, an orchard and alleyways. They abound in trees, hundreds of years old, which look down on the 18th century buildings in a harmonious, timeless atmosphere.
All the buildings still have their original architectural features. The harmony exuded by the various buildings gives these premises a rare charm. The vegetation is lush, the setting peaceful and majestic.
This property, typical of its era and its region, is made outstanding by its authenticity and its character.
|Land registry surface area||6 ha|
|Main building surface area||700 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||15|
|Outbuilding surface area||2000 m2|
|including refurbished area||700 m2|
Florence Lenfant +33 1 42 84 80 85
NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.