A stunning, impeccably renovated early 16th century Château with outbuildings, guardian’s cottage and swimming pool, and 8 acres. Set in the heart of a medieval village nr Caylus in the Tarn et Garonne, yet with extensive grounds down behind the château, giving it superb views over the rolling countryside around.
Lovingly and tastefully restored in 2000-2005 by the current owners this impressive home now offers 550m2 centrally heated accommodation with 6 en-suite bedrooms.
From a pretty village lane, huge iron gates lead into the courtyard and parking in one of the two large stone barns. Original 1501 carved doorway in the tower leads into the property. The renovations have been undertaken to the highest possible standards with Compagnon de France artisans, state of the art insulation and central heating, double glazing throughout, part air conditioning, beautifully carved oak doors, oak floors...
Entering the château you are on the 3rd floor, with a beautiful stone spiral staircase serving above and below. The Salon (7.1 x 6.3m) has a lovely light oak floor, large 16th century open fireplace, beamed ceiling and balcony with far reaching views over the countryside below. An ideal reception room. Alongside is a bright , spacious library or study (6.3 x 4.6m) with balcony with the same south facing views. Spiral stairs lead to the 4th floor with master bedroom 1 (7.2 x 6.4m) with oak floor, original 1501 painted beamed ceiling A la Française, fireplace. Super en-suite bath and shower room in the tower. Bedroom 2 alongside (6.4 x 4.6m) with oak floor and en-suite bathroom. Level 5 offers bedroom 3 (7.5 x 6.4m) in more modern style with light bamboo floor, modern firepace, shower room in the tower and his and hers dressing rooms. Bedroom 4 alongside (6.3 x 4.4m) has a carved stone fireplace and open plan bathroom . Bedroom 5 is in the attic, but is hyper insulated so it does not overheat, with en-suite bathroom with dressing area.
The superbly fitted kitchen /dining room (7.1 x 6.1m) on the second floor has 2” thick stone tops, stone floor and French doors out to a south facing breakfast terrace. Vaulted pantry. The formal dining room (6.1 x 4.7m) is alongside with beamed ceiling and French doors out to the terraces. Second study alongside. The garden level offers the coolest room in the house.Double bedroom 6 with vaulted stone ceiling and own living room. Bathroom in the tower.
South facing terraces with a pergola dining area offer views over the countryside, and benefit from a second “summer” dining room. Pathway to the heated swimming pool which is private and with sunny terraces around.
Renovated cottage offering 2 self contained 1 bedroom apartments. 2 large stone barns in excellent order and with futher possibilities for extra acccommodation if required. The property owns 3.32ha (8 acres) gardens and fields with second drive entrance. In all, a move-into château of home proportions in an idyllic setting.
The department of Tarn et Garonne in Midi Pyrenees has many assets, a wonderful climate, cultural heritage, an interesting history, unspoilt nature and welcoming local residents.
Tarn et Garonne is composed of 30+ cantons and 190+ towns and villages all dotted around the rural landscape and in the hills that lead up to the Pyrenees mountains, the snow-covered peaks can be seen in the distance when the weather is good. A charming feature of the area are the historical monuments dating back to the Middle Ages: churches, ramparts, castles, abbeys, and bastides.
Set in the heart of the Gascony region, Tarn et Garonne was traditionally a hat-manufacturing area, you can buy them everywhere still and boaters are still made there, particularly in Sept-fonds which is worth a visit.
Climate is warm but pleasant and property prices are less than some neighbouring coastal departments, great 'second home' region due to the barmy summer weather but also a very popular place for retirees.
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