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Listed Manor House on Country Estate, 410 m2 habitable space plus 700 m2 of 5 Holiday Cottages. 2 Swimming Pools. This impressive manor house with its attendant cottages and stone outbuildings, is set in the heart of the Gascon countryside, and is ideal both as a grand family estate, or as a base for a multitude of business opportunities. With easy access to Auch, the location is entirely peaceful. With walled gardens, magnificent parkland, separate wings, two swimming pools, a spa and original features throughout, this manor house is a rare and unique example of local French history, with a layer of Italian decadence and romanticism a well-preserved souvenir of its rich international heritage. Gascony is often known as the Tuscany of France; and Italian influence is felt even more so with this property. Documents held by the current owner show that this impressive domain dates to 1668. The oldest walls are probably earlier even than this and it is thought that the ground floor could be medieval. ''painted with characters of myth & legend'' The property was first purchased in 1786 and the external walls and most of the current buildings date from around this time. It was the first owner who planted many of the tall trees that now differentiate the manor from other large estates in the region, including the two magnificent Cedar of Lebanon trees which stand either side of the main entrance. The property remained in the hands of the first owner until 1821 when it was sold on and became a wine producing estate which from then on was referred to as a 'Domaine.' The second family were principally solicitors and barristers by profession but one of the family members, Bernard, was an artist whose work was sufficiently well-known to warrant an exhibition in Paris and whose son eventually sold the 'Domaine' on to a painter of Jewish Italian descent in 1925, who found the light and beauty of the region pleasing to the eye. History tells us that the wife of the painter was less than satisfied with her new home! Disgruntled at having to move to rural France, to an as yet unrestored property, she took up residence in an elegant town hotel, demanding that her husband create a small corner of Italy for her, before she would return. Devoted to his wife, the artist spent the next few months painting the ceilings, walls and furniture of the house with characters of myth and legend and scenes from their homeland. These paintings can still be seen today. The paintings are memorable for their bold brush strokes and skilled lines and design. Whether the subject is decadent and bourgeois, as in the early years of his residency at the manor, or nature bathed in sunlight, as in his later life, the colours are vivid, pure and dramatic. A listed Building The manor house is a listed building, and this listing protects certain architectural elements such as the roof, ceilings, walls, shutters, windows and any attachments such as guttering. Any work to these is eligible for a grant. One pleasing implication of the listing is that no new development is allowed within 500 metres of the perimeter of the property, safeguarding the environment for future owners.
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BLISS IMMOBILIER, with a share capital of 5.000 €
Professional license n° CPI 3201 2017 000 01
Head Office : 54 rue Nationale 32700 LECTOURE
Financial guarantee GALIAN for a total of 120.000 €
RCS : AUCH 828595546
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