For Sale:  Castle

 

In the municipality of Labarthe (Département Tarn-et-Garonne), on a tree-covered hill, lies this characteristic château dating back to about the year 1050. Earlier still, the Romans had established a praesidium here, to safeguard the road from Cahors to Moissac. Quite conceivably, there were Gauls living here before then.

The grounds in which the property stands cover approximately 12,500 square metres.

A newly-gravelled drive leads up to the château, where an imposing cider graces the spacious courtyard. A vine-covered terrace runs along the front of the grange and to the right you will see an authentic covered well, behind which the castle rises.

An octagonal tower dominates the building, offering magnificent views of the rolling landscape of Tarn-et-Garonne, with the department of the Lot to the north and, at times, of the Pyrenees to the south.

The Grange

Attached to the castle is a grange, converted and enlarged over the past 30 years to a charming and comfortable home on two floors. The ground floor consists of three large interlinked spaces of about 30 sq m. each, all with flagstone flooring. The first is a high and light living room, with a 2-metre high mezzanine stretching over half the space.

Next to it is a comfortable, fully equipped live-in kitchen with timbered ceiling.

The third room, also with timbered ceiling, adjoins a shower room, toilet (with an original arrow-slit servingas its window), and a buanderie (laundry).

 

A winding stone staircase provides access to the upper floor, consisting of a large, high hall of over 65 sq m., with wood flooring and oak trussing. In medieval times this was the castle’s chapel, which also serviced the surrounding area. In the hall are two mezzanines that are presently used as bedrooms.

The total surface of the house is appr. 215 sq m.

The Castle

The L-shaped main building has undergone two major restorations over the past decades, during which its original shape and size were carefully preserved. A completely new roof was installed and the building was fully stabilized. The walls are strengthened with wall anchors, fixed into the newly-built concrete floors. An invisible ring of reinforced concrete running all along the top of the walls provides further stabilization. New oak doors and windows with double glazing and shutters were put in. The outer walls have been largely repointed. 

Underneath the main building runs a cellar of over 100 sq m. The ground floor covers over 190 sq m. with four rooms. The first floor is appr. 210 sq m., with another four rooms, and finally a loft, consisting of two spaces, stretches over 230 sq m., providing space for at least four to six rooms. The difference in size of the floors is due to the outer walls (in places more than 2 metres thick) getting a little thinner as you go higher. On top of the larger of the two lofts lies another floor of over 20 sq m., right under the roof of the second, round tower on the outer edge of the castle. The big 15-metre high octagonal tower connects all floors from a winding stone staircase with steps of two metres wide. All in all the castle’s main building measures over 750 sq m.

The restoration of the main building is to be completed with electricity, water and plumbing.

 

Outside

Next to the courtyard is a large swimming-pool of 5 by 11 metres, with a thermal pump and an electrically operated sliding roof. It has its own shower and toilet and a wide flagstone border in keeping with the style of the castle.

 

Documentation available for interested parties:

A measurement survey of all the areas in the house and the main building.

Drawings of the main building.

A detailed written description of the building, from its foundation up to and including the most recent restoration.

A history of the castle and its inhabitants up to the French Revolution (in French, English, and Dutch).

Many photos, especially of the internal areas.