295,000 

On Market

Midi-Pyrenees, Haute-Garonne, Nr L'Isle-en-Dodon (31 Haute-Garonne)

FRANCE
  • Part of a stunning 12th Century Chateau
  • Vieille Cuisine - The Old Kitchen - with new 2 bedroom apartment just completed
  • Stone barn - A very large barn with lapsed permission to convert to two flats
  • Grounds, part of the courtyard, pasture and woodland extending to about 5 acres (2.08 ha)
  • Fantastic views to the Pyrenees
  • Site suitable for weddings and generating income, if required, particularly in the Old Kitchen.
  • Having just stayed there, it is a delightful property with stunning views (May 2014)
  • Asking price includes agency fees but excludes Notary costs and charges (allow c 6.5%)
A wonderful opportunity to live in a newly renovated 2 bedroom apartment with underfloor heating in this 12th Century chateau with stunning views to the Pyrenees. There is also a fine medieval kitchen below, courtyard and grounds AS WELL AS a large stone barn with lapsed residential planning to convert. The chateau has been owned by the vendor for about 20 years and has been thoughtfully and lovingly restored into five units in that time. THIS IS NOW AN ABSOLUTE BARGAIN FOR A CASH BUYER.
Location

The chateau is located just outside a small village in an elevated hilltop setting offering breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside. The chateau is situated approximately 45 minutes to the west of Toulouse airport, about 16 km from L’Isle en Dodon, the Canton centre and local market town. The other two airports at Pau and Carcassonne are approximately 80 km distant with regular flights to the UK and other parts of Europe. The nearest TGV rail connection is at Toulouse. The motorway from Toulouse to Tarbes is approximately 15 minutes drive to the south.
The Medieval Kitchen

This is the original kitchen of the chateau and measures about 10m x 7.6m (32 x 25 approx). It makes a fabulous entertaining area and has been renovated to include a new ceiling with huge beams and a lovely old flagstone floor. It has two important medieval open fireplaces, a stone sink and lavoir, original bread oven and a beautiful beamed ceiling. There is potential for rental income from the medieval kitchen. The apartment is over this room and has a new external staircase up to it. To the rear, provision has been made for a utility room with a shower and a WC. The plumbing has been installed and shower tray fitted but needs to be completed.
The apartment

The apartment was converted in 2012 and is approached by a stone spiral staircase up to a balcony leading into a Landing area with a gothic screen, mosaic tiled floor and door to Living room/kitchen: With tiled floor and underfloor heating, electric woodburner in a fireplace and spotlights with new good sized corner kitchen (115" x 95") with units, a gas cooker and double sink. Lovely south facing views from the two large windows in this room. Bedroom 1 (114" x 88") Bathroom: With bath, Martre Toulousanne wall tiles to one side, wash basin in a marble vanity unit, extractor fan and WC in a recess. Steps from the lobby lead up to the MEZZANINE floor with: Bedroom 2 (114" x 88") with tiled floor and space for a double and a single bed and door to: Bathroom with bath, wash basin and WC.
Outside

The courtyard between the circular tower and the edge of the stone barn is exclusive to this part of the chateau and the owner has recently opened up an access through the perimeter wall with steps down to the garden area. The grounds extend to about 2.08 ha (5.13 acres approximately) and include parking areas, garden, a former vegetable plot, sloping grassed areas and some woodland. Great potential to create a fascinating garden. The remainder of the courtyard is also owned but there are rights for the other three properties to use this area subject to a management agreement.
The stone barn

This building formed part of the chateau and from about the date of the French Revolution was used by local farmers for storage. Until recently, this large stone building had planning permission to convert for residential use with a total floor area of 233 m2 but this has just expired. It is thought that it should be possible to have the planning reinstated but it will be up to the purchaser to make further enquiries. The windows and doors have been replaced and the first floor has been replaced with pine floorboards. The roof has also been recently refurbished. Ground floor split into two rooms which are presently used for storage: Room 1 (312" x 292") Room 2 (296" x 1010") New timber staircase leading to First floor (438" x 296")
History of the chateau

The Chateau started life as home of the de Pomme family in 10th/11th century. It was bought by the Dukes of Orbeisson in 1160, and for 450 years remained their principle home and the centre of their estates. It was the most important castle of the Comminges. The Dukes fortified the chateau and it survives as a tribute to their power and influence in the region. It has been said that the chateau was the meeting place of the Count Raymond of Toulouse and Counts of Foix, the biggest feudal rulers of the period in that region. One of the Dukes died fighting in Northern Italy and is buried there; his effigy is carved in stone above the door. The family coat of arms over the door incorporates the Besant, proof that the family went on the Crusades. The chateau passed to the widow of Prince Gaspard, then to M. Cambon whose signature is on the Salle de Music wall. He was president of the Parliament of Toulouse - a very senior political figure in Southern France. When the French Revolution came in 1789, Cambon fled abroad with his family. His wife, the daughter of M. Riquet (the architect of the Canal de Midi linking the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, a wonderful feat of engineering) returned to France and was guillotined by the Revolution, the day before M. Robespierre died, because she would not reveal her husband’s whereabouts. From then on the chateau fell into decline. Parts were later demolished and taken to rebuild the school and the church in the village of Labastide Paumès; carvings and fireplaces were stolen up until 1990 when the restoration began.

 

Property Ref: F673