Charming petit Château with 6 bedrooms, beautiful period reception rooms, garden with room for a pool, on the edge of Albi.
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Quite simply, a breath-taking petit Château in a wonderfully-original Napoleon III style, but with the convenience of a tastefully-fitted heating system, and a modern kitchen and bathrooms. There is the possibility of adding value with the addition of more en-suite shower rooms in the turrets, which are currently undeveloped.
This property is set a short distance (7 minutes) from the UNESCO world heritage city of Albi, and of the vineyards of Gaillac. The motorway to Toulouse is 3 minutes away, but the Chateau is situated in its own, very peaceful environment, within wooded, mature gardens. There is also the possibility of installing a pool in the beautiful, landscaped gardens.
This property is a delight with big windows illuminating the rooms. Accessed through substantial, automated iron gates down a private driveway, a gravel path takes you to:
A side door into the hallway (with WC under the stair), past the bureau (20.10m2) with door into the tower, and then onto the most wonderful salon and dining room (80.00m2). This room has the most opulent tented ceiling in red fabric, and chequerboard, terracotta-tiled floor. The marble claw foot fireplace, dating from 1810, is a delight. There are full height French doors onto the gravelled terrace. This room leads into the equally impressive orangery (55.77m2), again with French doors onto the terrace. Back to the entrance hall, off which is a fully-equipped, modern dining kitchen (17.35m2) and larder/utility room (7.5m2)..
FIRST FLOOR …
The elm stair winds its way onto the first floor, where, accessed off the generous corridor with built-in wardrobes, are 3 bedrooms – the first 21.19m2 with wall hangings and matching curtains and door to turret, the second 28.9m2, and the third 23m2 with door to turret. There is also a large family bathroom (22m2) with a range of built-in wardrobes, and at the end of the corridor a sweet office/library (7.3m2).
SECOND FLOOR …
Up to the next floor with an equally generous corridor with wardrobes, and 3 further bedrooms (22.4m2) with door to turret, 28.9m2 and 22.8m2 with door to turret, and a further bathroom (8m2).
There is reversible air conditioning on this upper floor.
The gardens are to the front and side of the property and consist of beautifully-shaded lawns and mature shrubs and trees. There is also a selection of fruit trees (apple, plum, pear, apricot and raspberry), and a well.
The property is 45 minutes from the airport at Toulouse and just 5 minutes from the main shopping and conference centres and airport at La Sequestre on the edge of Albi. The river Tarn is close by, with fishing and mooring and boat launching facilities at Terssac and le Port de Plasisance. The golf course of Lasbordes is just 7km away. Skiing in the Pyrenees is 2 hours by car, the Mediterranean beaches 2 hours, and Carcassonne and Rodez airports just 1.5 hours and 1.25 hours respectively. Albi is the second most-important cultural centre in the Midi-Pyrenees region, with its Théâtre des Cordeliers (built in 2014), annual festival and a large cinema complex.
A superb property, in wonderful condition, ideal as a private home, as a conference centre, or as a boutique hotel, B&B or wedding venue.