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  • 6 bedrooms
  • 1 bathrooms
  • 9 habitable rooms
  • 900 square meters of living space
  • 600 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
Property description
A traditional, 17th century Chartreuse house, with 2 ha of parklands, amidst the Graves and Sauterne wine regions - ref 228638
Not far from a medium-sized town with all amenities (school, shops, train station), 40 minutes from Bordeaux and its international airport, just a few kilometres from slip roads for the A62 motorway and near to the river Garonne.
This property, standing amidst 2 ha of parklands, can be directly reached via a service road. Entrance gates open on to a straight driveway, shaded by trees and laurel bushes, leading to the buildings. The house (approx. 550 m² of living space) and its outbuildings, set at right angles, (approx. 600 m²) form a main courtyard, protected by a wall and tall wrought iron gates. On the other, west-facing side of the residence, the other section of parklands is predominantly laid to lawn and bordered by miscellaneous majestic trees. A swimming pool, at the end of the parklands, precedes an orchard, followed in turn by the neighbouring vines.

The traditional Chartreuse house

The main house dates from the late 17th century. Its main, east and west-facing facades feature large, wooden-framed, small-paned windows, symmetrically aligned and topped each time with a bull’s eye window. The upstairs is reached via a stairway, with stone steps, set between the dining room and the lounge. The front, east-facing facade is flanked by two wings forming a courtyard, closed by tall, wrought iron gates. The residence’s rear facade looks out over harmoniously-sized parklands. This building is dominated in its centre by a tower spanning three levels. The top floor is adorned with a royally symbolic coat-of-arms and its slate roof contrasts with the tiles on the rest of the roofs.

The outbuildings

The rooms in the house are extended by those of the outbuildings, the wings on either side of the courtyard. In the north wing, a 2-storey flat, spanning approx. 190 m², has an independent entrance. It comprises a kitchen and a living room, with a stone fireplace topped with a coat-of-arms. Upstairs, a landing provides access to bedrooms and a bathroom. Adjoining is accommodation for a caretaker and other sections, all on a level, that could be converted. The symmetrical south wing is laid out as several separate units: a passageway leads from the kitchen in the main house to a laundry room and a vast workshop. Next, an old wine storehouse, with a monumental stone fireplace and exposed beams, opens into an orangery. Upstairs, a flat, spanning approx. 85 m², has a vast, south-facing terrace. An old tobacco drying shed, a room with an old bread oven and a greenhouse.

The parklands

The garden, surrounding all the buildings, is planted with a multitude of trees of varying species. Oak trees, hundreds of years old, and acacia trees complement the Lebanon cedar and magnolia trees. Further away, at the end of the parklands, an orchard, discreetly extending to the edge of the neighbouring vineyards, will delight those who love to pick their own fruit.

Our opinion
This property exudes an indescribable charm despite being in need of some attention and even some renovation works. The impressive, traditional Chartreuse house spans harmonious proportions and would lend itself to a number of conversion possibilities. The habitable flats could be used for accommodating family or paying guests as part of a commercial vocation. The other features of the south wing could, in accordance with tastes and requirements, be used for functions or as part of a family vineyard activity in keeping with regional culture.
Langon, France
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