on a hilltop to the south of Toulouse
This residence, just 20 minutes from Toulouse (international airport and TGV train station), stands in the Lauragais Country, on gentle hills reminiscent of Tuscany, near to a small bustling village and to a traditional, long farmhouse on a lower level. Bordered by a little secondary road, it is concealed from onlookers by tall trees, low walls and hedges. Shops, schools and a market selling local organic produce are less than 3 km away.
In the 16th century, the golden age of pastel, the entire region became covered in chateaux, mostly constructed from red terracotta bricks, an external sign of wealth, since these earthen bricks had to be fired numerous times before they could be used for construction purposes. In 1560, a famous “capitoul”, an elected magistrate and head of Toulouse’s Parliamentary Court, constructed a stronghold house along the hilltop road, with battlements and cross-shaped arrow-loops taken from defensive architecture. It was extended in the 19th century in the neo-Romanesque style with a battlemented tower, machicolation, a terrace bordered with Tuscan style columns and an elegant porch with two oculi, pear-shaped balusters and columns with high-relief decoration. In the 21st century, the current owners renovated it from top to bottom and installed modern-day home comforts, whilst preserving its original features.
The main building
This is without doubt the original building constructed in 1560 which has undergone several external enhancements in the 19th century and general renovation works at the beginning of the 21st century. The 3.50 m high ceilings with their boxed beams, the vestibule featuring vaults and columns, the fireplaces and the floors are all outstanding.
On the north side, under the semi-circular arched, neo-Romanesque porch and protected by cast iron gates, old double wooden doors with iron fittings open into a vestibule, featuring lancet arched vaults, plain brick columns and terracotta floor tiles. A corridor, running from north to south through the building to the terrace on the garden side, leads to a large lounge. It also houses a painted wood stairway featuring square-based, pear-shaped balusters. A corridor gives access to a study and a laundry room. A glazed, service door on the north facade opens into a vast, fully fitted, through kitchen, housing a metal stairway that goes up to a lounge, with parquet flooring and an exposed roofing framework. Between the majestic vestibule and the kitchen are two large, through rooms, made adjoining by two porches on either side they are laid out as a reception lounge, with parquet flooring and a monumental stone fireplace, as well as a dining room, with floor tiles. Both of these rooms open on the garden side, via French windows, on to the large, paved terrace, spanning approx. 70 m².
A French window on the first-floor landing opens on to a terrace. Laid out above the porch, it has a roman tile, latticework balustrade and is paved with terracotta tiles. Behind a medieval wrought iron and wooden door, a vestibule gives access to three rooms, including two bedrooms and a ladies’ sitting room. Each bedroom has its own shower room but shares a toilet. On the opposite side of the landing, an old wooden door opens into a wide hall corridor, with terracotta floor tiles, made extremely bright via two large windows overlooking the north terrace. Three large bedrooms, with fireplaces, a bathroom and a shower room compose this level. Their south-facing windows look out over the Pyrenean mountains. At the end of the corridor, a bathroom is followed by a bedroom which communicates with the lounge-dining room also reached via the metal stairway in the ground floor kitchen. As if suspended, in a corner of this vast hall area, a contemporary style stairway, with light-coloured, wooden treads and wrought iron railings, goes up to the second floor and its five bedrooms.
These five bedrooms, with ceilings approx. 3 m high, include two with their own shower room and toilet. This level also has a large bathroom, with a shower, a double vanity unit and a toilet, reached via a corridor which leads to the three other bedrooms. All the rooms have sloping ceilings and light-coloured parquet flooring; the bathrooms are tiled. Two doors lead from the bedroom laid out as a large dormitory to the corner turrets. A spiral stairway provides access from the look-out tower, with its candlesnuffer roof, to the wall-walk, the battlemented tower and the panoramic terrace (approx. 25 m²) looking out over the Pyrenean mountains, the hillsides and the Black Mountain.
One end of the main building is flanked by a single-storey house, built over a cellar, and the other by a three-storey building, reached via a wooden stairway. These buildings have not been renovated. Spanning large surface areas which could easily be made habitable, they are currently used for storage and DIY workshop purposes.
This large, red brick building borders the main road and looks out towards the property, concealed by a copse. Spanning a total of 320 m² over two levels (160 m² per level), it is in need of full restoration works to make it habitable. Its large rooms and its view over the chateau’s parklands are assets for a variety of uses.
This chateau has been meticulously renovated with the aim of preserving its original features including painted wooden doors, fireplaces, terracotta tiled floors, vaults, a wooden stairway and colonnades. Exuding charm, its modern-day home and economic comforts are beyond comparison. In the midst of the countryside, near to Toulouse, this easy-to-reach and secure chateau would be ideal for a large family and for receiving friends or tourists seeking a relaxing break in a verdant haven. The old farmhouse could provide additional accommodation upstairs and a car garage or even a function room on the ground floor. The panoramic view from the belevedere is but an invitation to contemplate the scenery of the Lauragais or “Cocagne” countryside and the Pyrenean mountains. The addition of a swimming pool would make life in this chateau complete. The Autan wind can blow as hard as it likes, the surrounding trees and hedges reduce it to a slight breeze. This residence, with its air of a Tuscan palace, is an invitation to enjoy the “dolce vita”
|Land registry surface area||10000 m2|
|Main building surface area||650 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||400 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||10|
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.