Fine 19th century 'folie' residence in the Tarn

  • €392,000
    incl. of agency fees
  • MFH-RH537
    Property Reference
  • 7 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 440 sqm
  • 5920 sqm
This  fine 'folie' residence is an old 19th C. chateau with enormous character and history nestled in the peaceful Tarn countryside. Rare ...

At a Glance

  • Reference
  • MFH-RH537
  • Bed
  • 7
  • Land
  • 5920 sqm
  • Near to
  • Cordes
  • Bath
  • 4
  • Pool
  • No
  • Price
  • €392,000
  • Hab. Space
  • 440 sqm
  • Land Tax
  • €1100.00

Property Description

This  fine residence is an old chateau with enormous character and history nestled deep in the peaceful countryside and dates in parts from the early 19th Century. In the late 19th century the tower had been added.

The property offering approx 440 sq.m of living area offers 7 bedrooms and is set on a good size plot of some 6000 sq.m. It is situated just ten minutes' drive to the famous bastide town of Cordes-sur-Ciel and 75 minutes drive to Toulouse Blagnac international airport.

The situation is very tranquil, the house being reached by a quiet country lane and is surrounded by farm fields, pastures, woodland and lake a few hundred yards away (home to egrets and herons, amongst others). The owners renovated the residence with the care to keep its original elegance, authenticity and charm from its once glorious.

The Accommodation

The house has a huge kitchen/dining room, two comfortable lounges, a billiard room, seven bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 7 WC and 11 wonderful chimneys. Outside is a 12 m x 6 m salt swimming pool with a deep-end, diving board, and roman steps.

 The exclusive swimming pool is surrounded by a large tiled sun-terrace. The whole garden and pool area offer superb views of the peaceful countryside. There is lots of space for children to play and explore.

 On the ground floor

  • The spacious kitchen/dining room (34 sq.m) opens up through two sets of French doors onto the walled and lawned garden outside (the east side.) This overlooks quiet fields, and the lake beyond. The room itself has tiled floors, and high ceilings.  There is a wood-burning stove in a fireplace providing the centrepiece.  The Wi-Fi hub is situated in this room, making the sunny outside garden an ideal place for using the internet. The kitchen end of the room is well-equipped. Leading off the kitchen is:
  • A grand old hallway ( 20 sq.m) , with a tiled floor and the wooden staircase leading up to the first floor. French doors lead to the garden.

Off the other side of the hallway are the two inter-connecting sitting-rooms.

  • The first sitting-room (23 sq.m) has a wood-burning stove in an old fireplace with tiled hearth and  a wooden mantelpiece. French doors lead to the walled garden.
  • The second even larger sitting-room, "the lounge" (28 sq.m) has a superb example of an old, traditional patterned tiled floor, and wood-panelling around the walls. There is  a marble fireplace. Once again, two sets of French doors lead to the garden.

At the right-hand end of the salon, doors lead to a further hallway and then to the left is the billiard room (17 sq.m) and on the right a utility room with a fireplace 18 sq.m with on acces to the garden. There is also at the far-end of the salon, through an archway:

  • A bathroom ( 6 sq.m at this end of the ground floor, with a bath and shower attachment, WC and washbasin. The washing machine can also be found in here.
  • Storage room  6 sq.m

On the first floor

The wooden staircase from the ground floor hallway leads to a landing. To the left, there is:

  • "The Directoire Suite" made up of two interconnecting large double bedrooms: The first bedroom (20 sq.m) has  wooden floors, a fireplace,  and the window overlooks the garden and lake. The room leads through to: The second double bedroom (20 sq.m), which has original chestnut wooden floor , a Directoire-style fireplace with matching mantelpieces and doors to the balustrade terrace ( independant entrance) .

Off the staircase landing to the other side there is:

  • A family bathroom with a tiled shower, washbasin, WC and a window over the front garden. There is an adjacent WC and washbasin next door.

This landing leads up some tiled steps to the second suite of bedrooms:

  • "The Nuns' Suite", which again has two interconnecting bedrooms. The first  bedroom  with wooden floors and a view of the lake. The second  bedroom with wooden floors and exposed beams.

Passing through this bedroom takes us to:

  • The study with an an old fireplace, wooden floors and a view over the main front garden. A landing on the other side of the study  with a WC.

Stairs lead from this landing up to the top tower, containing the "Palais de la Lune" suite.

On the second floor (the Tower)

  • This bedroom suite has a stunning and large balcony terrace (with old tiles and great carpentry in the beams above) overlooking the view, the lake and the small village in front. Owls regularly nest amongst the roof beams. This suite has two bedrooms with wooden .

The first large bedroom  with wood floor, exposed ceiling beams. Large doors connect to the second bedroom, a mantlepiece, and a door to the large terrace, and double French doors to the back, leading to a small balcony with lovely open views over the lake. There is:

  • A shower room off the landing, with a shower, WC and washbasin.

On the third floor ( in the Tower)

The belvedere with a stunning panoramic view all around.

The Swimming Pool Area

The setting of the pool is superb, a short distance from the house. The pool is a salt-water swimming pool, it measures 12m x 6m with a deep-end (3 metres with a diving board) and roman steps. The terrace around the pool is tiled.  It is surrounded by trees providing shade, and is a great place for bird watching and listening to the sounds of nature around. The pool has an alarm to conform with French law.

The Grounds

They are extensive. There is the garden to the rear of the house overlooking the lake, and this is a lawned garden enclosed by a balustrade with some delightful old iron gates. The ground to the front of the house are very large, populated by various fruit trees (quince, plum, pear, cherry, fig), oaks and plane trees. There is also an old well with the original pump wheel.

Environment & Surroundings

Near Airport/Ferries?
Near to Shops?
Near to Schools?
Near to a Gold Course?

And Before You Ask

Year of Renovation:
Very good
Heating System:
Electric radiators
Reason for selling:
Currently lived in:
Old septic tank which needs updating
Land Tax:

Key Information

Property type:
Cordes, Tarn, Occitanie

Additional Information

Year Built:
Internal Area:
440 sqm
Land Area:
5920 sqm
Number of Fireplaces:
Has Attic Space:
Has a Garden
Has a Terrace?
Has ADSL/Broadband?
Has Satellite TV
  • €392,000
    incl. of agency fees
  • MFH-RH537
    Property Reference
  • 7 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 440 sqm
  • 5920 sqm
This  fine 'folie' residence is an old 19th C. chateau with enormous character and history nestled in the peaceful Tarn countryside. Rare ...

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