If you secretly dream of owning a Chateau but thought this was beyond your means, step inside this beautiful property and reconsider.
Built on the 13th Century ruins of an ancient castle, and steeped in the 18th Century charm of its period, the building as it stands today was originally part of an ensemble built in homage to the Princess of Miran by the Marquis de Miran.
Its architecture was much inspired by the petit Trianon built in Versailles for Madame de Pompadour, inaugurated by the Countess du Barry, the new favourite mistress of Louis Xv, and then bequeathed to the young Marie-Antoinette by Louis Xvi, and where she would create her own universe to escape from palace life.
Our Gascon château retains much of the relaxed grandeur of Le Petit Trianon and it is easy to imagine the Princess Miran in her chambers, now the main salon.
During the French Revolution, an unscrupulous individual, eager to earn an extra franc or two, had the two wings of the castle demolished and proceeded to sell the stones, the parquet, the fireplaces, and the wooden panelling.
After the Revolution, the new owners added a new building to the original central South-facing section of the property. This new wing now houses the kitchen and a small salon. A second floor was built, and the roof-top balcony so reminiscent of the petit Trianon removed and a new slate roof added.
The works which were undertaken post-Revolution leave us today with a Chateau of human proportions. There is a faded grandeur to the remaining original section which resisted being plundered. It also explains why the property is made up of vast high-ceilinged rooms, such as the current main reception room, study, sitting room, and dining-room, while the upstairs bedrooms occupy the original roof space, beneath the magnificent feature beams.
13Th Century vestiges of the stables can be found on the lower level, with its vaulted stone ceilings.
The first man to own the castle after the Revolution was a Group Captain of the Cavalry who used the building as a bachelor pad, by a man renowned for his extra conjugal activities. When the Colonel’s wife grew tired of his philandering she cut off all revenue, leaving him penniless and the castle in yet new hands.
For many years now the current owner has found the Chateau to be an inspiration; a warm and friendly place to welcome friends and family.
From the painted ceilings in the study, to the joyous main reception room with its vast 3m high windows, the open fireplaces, the old-fashioned Versailles-style parquet, the property maintains its air of seduction.
From the charming entrance with its wrought iron gates and long tree-lined avenue, the 7240 m² park with its three-hundred-year-old cedar trees, this is property invites you in.
This is a home in which to sip champagne by a crackling oak fires with friends and family. It has is everything an austere and formal chateau could not: it is un petit bijou.
Here at Bliss we particularly like the magnificent main drawing-room, with its high ceilings and vast South facing windows towards the parkland. It is difficult to surpass such charm and elegance.
Grand Salon – 31m² with 4.50m high ceiling
Study – 15.23m²
Dining-room – 10.61m²
Kitchen – 21.33m²
Sitting-room – 19.65m²
Bathroom – 10.28m²
Bedroom – 19.05m²
Ensuite Bedroom – 58.33mé (with en-suite bathroom and dressing-room).
Total 220 m²
Cellars/ancient stables 100m²
Swimming Pool 13m x 6m
Price € 454,575
Price / sq metre: €/m² 2,066.25
Number of mandate: 18
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Agency: BLISS IMMOBILIER