surrounded by 57 ha, between Bordeaux and Toulouse
This chateau stands in the midst of the Albret region where the borders of the Landes and Gascony meet, an area renowned for its Buzet wines. Forming an enclosed and preserved property, it is near to the Bordeaux-Toulouse motorway, Agen TGV train station, with 190-minute links to Paris, and Agen airport, with its daily return flights to Orly.
The diversity of the roofs and the treatment of the facades reflect the hierarchy of the various buildings. The main building, the stately north wing, is rectangular and divided by three pavilions, one in the middle and one at each end. Two pavilion towers flank the south facade.
Double wooden doors in the centre have a dressed stone architrave featuring pilasters and a pediment bearing a coat-of-arms. The outline and profile bring that of one of the Loire chateaux to mind.
The different roofs include pavilion roofs with flat tiles for the dovecote and the towers, hip roofs with flat tiles for the three pavilions and long-sloped roofs with Roman tiles for the rest of the buildings.
Both the east and west wings also have central, vaulted porch ways providing access, via the west wing, to the swimming pool as well as the neighbouring holiday rental accommodation unit and to a garden via the east wing. On the north side, behind the immense terrace, vines are laid out in an almost romantic walk as far as a gazebo on the edge of the forest.
The chateau and its wings
A stone porch way provides access to the entrance hall. A doorway adorned with a coat-of-arms opens into this large, through hall which leads to the reception rooms and opens, on the other side, on to the parklands and the vines. Flagstones cover the floor. The straight ceiling is centrally adorned with moulding, outlining a large oval. The walls, with their painted frescoes, reflect the countrified surroundings. A stone fountain enhances its Italian air. The hall marks the current division into two sections; one on the right-hand side used for accommodating guests and the other, on the left-hand side, used for private purposes.
The walls in the large lounge are adorned with panelling. The floor is covered with strip pattern wooden flooring. Four large windows let in copious amounts of light. A straight, fruitwood fireplace is topped with a trumeau, featuring a Watteau style scene of gallantry. A door, on the left-hand side of the fireplace, opens into a 19th century lounge which is part of the holiday rental accommodation units. It features a mosaic floor and a tall, troubadour-style, wooden fireplace, with a coat-of arms carved on the chimney breast. A small kitchen on a higher level, reached via a few steps, has a window overlooking the inner courtyard.
Two doors flank the lounge fireplace: one leads to a stairway going upstairs to a bedroom, with a dressing room and a bathroom. The top landing of the stairway provides access to the attic which spans the entire floor surface area of the main building and is predominantly insulated under the exposed roofing framework. The other door opens into a large bedroom at the end of the wing, in the pavilion. It adjoins a refined bathroom, combining the preserved rusticity of the construction materials with the quality of its fixtures and fittings.
The first section of the east wing, set at right angles and stretching as far as the porch way, houses a second holiday rental accommodation unit. More modern and functional, its adjoining rooms comprise a large kitchen next to a bathroom, a lounge, with a fireplace, and a bedroom. This second holiday rental unit can communicate with the first in order to accommodate a large number of guests.
At a short distance, a wooden stairway goes up to the attic which spans this wing. It has not been converted but includes several small rooms with sloping ceilings.
The private section, reached from the large central hall, takes up the north-west corner.
Three large rooms, still in the central building, follow on from the hall. A passageway, with red and yellow floor tiles, running along the south wall is all that remains of the long corridor that once provided access to these rooms.
Currently laid out, in order, as a library, a lounge and a dining room, they are followed by a large, corner kitchen. These rooms are characterised by two 17th century fireplaces, exposed stone walls and a French ceiling. A lift has been installed in a recess between the dining room and the kitchen.
The latter not only ends this wing but is also of a majestic size, typical of a chateau kitchen. It has a white-painted ceiling and large uneven flagstones on the floor. A masonry central unit, with a stone work surface, includes cupboards. A fireplace, on the west wall, houses a closed-hearth fire.
A passageway on the south side, leading towards the west wing, opens into a little hall, with a cobblestone floor, a laundry cupboard and a toilet. A stairway goes down from here to a vaulted cellar, with a gravel floor, and also to the back entrance hall which comprises the laundry room and a machine room with the boiler.
This same stairway, with wooden balusters, also goes up to a reception room, with bench sofas along the walls. It acts as a buffer between the master bedroom and the section used for professional purposes.
The large bedroom, directly above the kitchen, ends the west end of the central building of this traditional Chartreuse house. The floor is covered with very refined red-brown ceramic tiles, with black inlaid decoration. It has two large windows, with indoor shutters, and a stone fireplace, with a small brick chimney breast, on the west wall. The ceiling features rafters and wide, white-painted battens. It adjoins an immense bathroom, directly above the dining room. A central bath stands on slate floor tiles which are set in wooden strips, creating a marquetry effect. A door in the corner provides access to the lift, followed by a cloakroom. The roof of these two rooms is insulated. They are illuminated via several bull’s eye windows. They precede the attic which, directly above the library, covers the central section of the residence, revealing its impressive pavilion roofing framework.
Also leading to the small hall in the private upstairs section, a large, bright, spacious room, with its exposed, white-painted roofing framework, is used for professional purposes and ends the west wing.
The south wing, closing the courtyard, adjoins the west and east wings. Like the last section of these two wings, it houses the old wine storehouses and miscellaneous farming areas. A building, at a short distance outside and concealed from onlookers, houses farming equipment.
The holiday rental accommodation unit by the pool
This unit adjoins the traditional Chartreuse house on the west side. It has a very well protected, 53 m² covered terrace, laid out in front of a large, rectangular swimming pool.
A vast, central kitchen (33 m²), featuring a rural fireplace with a small brick mantel, is separated from a lounge, spanning a similar floor surface area, by a half-timbered wall. Set back, a stairway, under which a toilet has been installed, goes upstairs to two bedrooms (27 and 30 m²) and a bathroom. A third bedroom (17 m²) one the ground floor, with a shower room, opens directly on to the pool-house.
The grounds set out around the chateau span approx. 49 ha, including 6.4278 ha of AOC Buzet appellation vines, with predominantly argilo-calcareous soils. A completely independent, 8.3110 ha vineyard in a neighbouring town is to be sold separately. It would increase the vine stock such that the total surface area producing AOC Buzet appellation wine would be 14.7388 hectares:
VINE STOCK FOR BOTH PROPERTIES
Red wine stock:
Merlot: 7.0577 ha
Cabernet Franc: 2.8227 ha
Cabernet Sauvignon: 3.8219 ha.
White wine stock:
Grand Manseing: 0.1510 ha
Sauvignon Blanc: 0.8855 ha
ANNUAL PRODUCTION FOR BOTH PROPERTIES:
Some 110,000 bottles
Approx. 850 hectolitres (an average of 58 hl per ha)
40% AOC red Buzet wine,
39% rosé Buzet wine,
and 21% red Buzet wine.
NUMBER OF VINE STOCK PER HECTARE:
5,000 stock as of 2002 (4,000 stock prior to this time).
The entire grape harvest is sold to the wine co-operative where the wine is produced and marketed, labelled under a brand name, registered with INPI, the French National Institute of Industrial Property. This brand name belongs to the vineyard and is currently used by the wine co-operative.
The price per bottle from the wine co-operative is around €7 including VAT.
The sometimes eventful past of the region has left intact this chateau’s noble architecture which is neither overwhelming nor meagre. The regular layout of the buildings around the vast courtyard reflects balance and harmony. The decorative features are sound inside and outside alike. New owners can confidently continue the wine-growing activity. They will be greatly tempted to recreate, with a wine storehouse, the autonomy of a production that could proudly include AOC Buzet wine. The quality of the stone and that of the vine as well as the size of the reception areas fully justify an activity involving wine tourism based in a family residence of high standing.
|Land registry surface area||48 ha 64 a 29 ca|
|Main building surface area||800 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||700 m2|
|Surface of the vines||6 ha 42 a 78 ca|
|Number of bedrooms||8|
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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.