A 17th century house and its outbuildings, set in more than 8 ha of meadows
and centuries-old trees, looking down on to the town of Casteljaloux in Gascony
Agen, LOT-ET-GARONNE aquitaine 47000 FR

Location

In Gascony, an hour away from Bordeaux and the beaches along the Atlantic coast, near to slip roads for the A62 motorway and a TGV train station, with 3-hour links to Paris.
This property, a wonderful, large, 17th century house, looks down on to Casteljaloux, a renowned spa town, with a golf course, a casino, a large leisure park and a 17-ha lake.
The surrounding countryside with its diversity of landscapes, from the Landes forests and the Garonne plains to the Buzet vineyards, is most appealing.

Description

This property, on the outskirts of the town, stands at the end of a lane that winds its way up for a good kilometre and is bordered by an abundance of protective, centuries-old trees. Meadows flank the land on either side and adjoin the building higher up on the plateau.
Both impressive and welcoming, this group of buildings, possibly once one of Henri IV’s hunting lodges, is laid out in an L-shape: it comprises a classical style house, the whole of the west facade of which overlooks the valley through its row of windows. The east-facing facade is embellished with a covered terrace, giving the house a vaguely colonial air.
The large outbuildings, set at right angles, include several horse loose boxes, a garage, a workshop and storage areas.
A large swimming pool enhances the area separating the house from the fields, forming a quiet, sunny haven.

The main house

This rectangular, 2-storey house comprises a ground floor built over cellars, spanning the full ground surface area, and an attic of the same size which could be entirely converted courtesy of its high roofing framework. The hip roofs are covered with Roman tiles.
A wide, covered terrace, paved with terracotta floor tiles, runs the full length of the east facade. The upper section of regularly-spaced wooden pillars is enhanced with a decorative wooden latticework; its diamond-shaped pattern is repeated by trellises which not only cover the facade between the openings, but also enhance it by alternating the white of the latticework and the trellises with the brown of the pillars and the shutters that adorn the openings. These numerous, predominantly straight openings let copious amounts of daylight into the house.
The latter is accessed in the middle of the terrace, through the main entrance hall, crossed in its centre by a corridor, running from north to south.
The rooms are symmetrically laid out, making it easy for residents to have their own private area and to move around from one to the other.


Ground floor
A central corridor, extending north to south like a backbone, gives access to the rooms on either side of this level. Most of the floors are laid with strip pattern parquet flooring and the ceilings are 3.40 m high.
The reception area in the southern section is composed of a large, L-shaped living room, opening on to a wide porch on the facade, followed by a little lounge. A fitted kitchen, with a rustic fireplace and a back kitchen, has stone floor tiles and a French window, providing direct access to the swimming pool. A little interior stairway goes down to the basement.
A bedroom, with a fireplace, a shower room, facing the corridor, and a separate toilet complete the southern section prior to reaching the entrance hall that bisects the through corridor. Bright and spacious, it could equally well be used for reception purposes as be kept as a hallway.
The northern section is home to another four bedrooms, one of which has its own bathroom, a storage room, with tall cupboards, which could become a dressing room, and a toilet. On the east side, at the end of the corridor, a room under the stairway awaits works, and a somewhat narrow stairway goes up to the attic space, completing the northern section of the house.

Cellar
The total floor surface area of the cellars is the same as that of the ground floor. Featuring load-bearing walls, they comprise seven intercommunicating bays. An interior stairway goes up to the kitchen and an exterior stairway comes out between the covered terrace and the swimming pool.
Attic
The floor surface area under the very high roofing framework is also the same as that of the ground floor. Each of the east and west facades feature seven good-sized windows, in addition to two openings on the south side and two bull’s eye windows on the north side, making it possible to envisage the possibility of converting the area into extra bedrooms.

The outbuildings

These large outbuildings, laid out at right angles in a slightly staggered manner, add to the general harmony of the property. Spanning a larger surface area than the main house, they stand near to a delightful little henhouse.
Divided between a large garage, a workshop, numerous horse loose boxes and storage areas, they have cement floors, gable roofs covered with Roman tiles and stone walls, featuring irregularly-spaced openings. Works will need to be scheduled for all the buildings, notably the roofs, the magnificent original roofing framework of which could be preserved and enhanced.

The parklands

A large stone wall borders the west facade of the house, leaving room for a wide grassy terrace, constructed in the shade of old lime trees. Said terrace, from which murmurs of the town and its traffic can be heard at certain times of the day, gives a wide panoramic vista looking down on to Casteljaloux.
The parklands extend southwards, with a distant glimpse of the Landes forests. This area has been taken up by numerous species of mature trees, enabling future owners, should they so wish, to redesign it in harmony with nature and their own personal tastes.
And lastly, a large field nearby on the east side, complete with its well, could accommodate a few horses.

Our opinion

This large, discreet and tasteful house, owned by the same family for a century, still reflects all of its original character and its charm. Standing in the heart of the countryside and yet near to the town, it would equally well appeal to a large family seeking to set down roots, an audacious investor with plans to breathe new life into the outbuildings or a recluse in search of peace and quiet.
The air here is but an invitation for visitors to take a deep breath and appreciate the scents of hay, plants, oak trees and mushrooms. The sky and the land, stretching for as far as the eye can see, encourage the daydreams of solitary walkers, whilst residents can contemplate the lights of the town on the urban horizon from within the tranquil interior of their vast home.

580 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 967573

Land registry surface area 8 ha 48 a 61 ca
Main building surface area 400 m2
Number of bedrooms 6
Outbuilding surface area 600 m2

Consultant
South-West Lot-et-Garonne


Armelle Chiberry du Vignau +33 1 42 84 80 85

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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.

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