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This ancient episcopal city has a rich built heritage, including the unmissable Saint-Pierre Cathedral which is a true gem of Gothic architecture. Among the elegant 18th century houses that have the development of Armagnac brandy to thank for their existence, the Hôtel de Mellet has retained all the finery it was adorned with when first built. With a dominant position, vast volumes, an enfilade of rooms bathed in light, a wide stone staircase, and a wrought iron banister, little has changed since the days when the hostess would welcome her guests in style. In the peace of their rooms or gathered around a large table, guests will find a setting to match their dreams.
We were living along the Atlantic coast for work, and wanted to explore further inland. We were looking to take advantage of the peaceful environment to set up our second home, which we wanted to be large and steeped in history. The bustling Gascony and the stunning episcopal city of Condom certainly lived up to these expectations. By choosing the Hotel de Mellet, we were getting real luxury with all the space of the countryside at our feet and all the amenities of a small tourist town just a stone's throw away. We love the location in the historic centre down a quiet cobbled street. We never tire of the volumes, the garden, the orangery and the swimming pool which is completely unoverlooked. Above all, we never cease to delight in the panoramic view of the sunsets from the garden which overlooks the ancient city walls. It is truly exceptional!
The mansion has a front style, meaning it was built directly on the street with an enfilade of four so-called 'royal' rooms which all feature period fireplaces. The enfilade is made up of the music hall, the library, the boudoir and an entrance hall with a masterful stone staircase. The staircase, with three flights and two landings, dates back to the 18th century and still features a beautiful wrought iron banister from the same period etched with oak flowers. Beautiful high ceilings, wainscoting, stucco decor, fireplaces, mantel pieces, terracotta tiled floors, and herringbone parquet take us back to the joys of the past. In the basement, a labyrinthine vaulted cellar with a surface area of nearly 300m² will soon be open to travellers looking for something exceptional.
We can say with confidence that this mansion, built in 1754, was born entirely from the unwavering dream and tenacity of its first mistress, Louise de Mellet, at the crossroads of the reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI. Wife of Alexandre Copin who commanded the Fort Royal in Martinique, she dreamed of returning to France and of a mansion in town. The choice of location, directly on the street and without a courtyard, would certainly have been a subject of tension between the couple. But it seems that Madame won the battle and the Hôtel de Mellet was born. The initials above the front door can be read in both directions: from the street they read "L d M" for Louise de Mellet, and from the lobby they read "ACL" for Alexandre Copin. Louise was the daughter of Laurent de Mellet and Françoise of Auxion de Vivent, niece of the Marquis de Bonas, lieutenant general of the King's armies. In 1772, Françoise and her two sisters inherited the land of Bonas after a twenty-year inheritance process. It seems that this huge inheritance might have had something to do with the luxurious restructuring of the Louise de Mellet hotel.
An architectural jewel with a surface area of 600 m2, and a 700 m2 park protected from prying eyes. The park has the feel of an Italian garden with its sunny private pool, shaded patio, summer dining room in the 19th century orangery and its commanding view of the lower town. Guests at the hotel will collide with the excellence of Gascony, surrounded by gastronomy, refinement, calm and pleasure! They will also have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of wines which have been specially designed and blended for the Hôtel de Mellet. Finally, a concierge service is available to our travellers (at an additional cost) to facilitate their stay, organise their activities and meet their needs.
Cyril Garnier's croissants - his bakery and pastry shop is a two-minute walk away. Citrus is a bistronomic restaurant nestled in an interior courtyard and run by Éric Sampietro, a former Michelin-starred chef. The night time farmers' markets of Nérac and Condom in summer. Stroll through the Mézin market on Sunday mornings and buy some of Cathy's vegetables, or grab some meat from the Cugini butcher on Thursday mornings at the magnificent open-air Eauze market. For those with children, tours of the medieval siege camp of Larressingle with costumed guides is a great experience. As is star gazing in August, the skies of Gascony are famous for their beauty on those nights. Large telescopes can be found in Fleurance which is just twenty minutes away. A spot of history is never far away in Gascony: the Gallo-Roman villa of Séviac, the fortified village of Larressingle, the abbey of Flaran, the castle of Henri IV en Albret. And all these treasures are well off the beaten track seeing as they are in Gascony!
4700 € - 6650 € per week
1600 € - 2200 € per week-end
The mansion can accommodate a total of fifteen people. A staircase on the street side opens onto the enfilade of 'royal' rooms. There is also an enfilade of private rooms on the garden side: a large living room, a dining room and a double bedroom. The bedroom can be accessed from the living room and has a private bathroom, toilets and private porch as well as its own entrance to the garden. The spacious kitchen, which opens directly onto an Italian-style patio, is equipped with a traditional cooking range and a fireplace which is specially fitted out for cooking over a wood fire. The other five bedrooms are upstairs. Three of them, including a duplex suite with a mezzanine, have their own bathrooms with toilets, while the other two share a bathroom with a walk-in shower. Outside, the park at the back is completely unoverlooked and has a view over the entire lower town. It has been designed as classical garden. A shaded glass orangery serves as a summer dining room. The 4x9m swimming pool is protected by an alarm. A second garden at the bottom of the ramparts has been designed as a haven of rest resembling a monastery garden. A closed garage on the street side has space for a car.