114 My dream home

Sarah Fran­cis would love to be queen of this château in Gers

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A 12-bed­room château in Gers

Sarah Fran­cis, of Sifex, ex­plains why she is en­chanted by this 12-bed­room château in Gers, on the mar­ket for €1.95m

Iam pas­sion­ate about the un­der­pop­u­lated Gers, with its friendly agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity, glo­ri­ous gas­tron­omy and sub­lime views rem­i­nis­cent of Tus­cany, so dream­ing of liv­ing in a Ger­sois cas­tle is a reg­u­lar fan­tasy.

One sunny spring morn­ing this beauty dat­ing from the 13-17th cen­turies cap­ti­vated me. With its lawned court­yard, four im­pres­sive cy­press trees, bright ex­posed stone fa­cade punc­tu­ated by red shut­ters and sur­mounted by square and con­i­cal tow­ers, it had a def­i­nite Ital­ianate air. On the other side, the fa­cade has chic shut­ters in don­key grey and a shady flag­stone ter­race (once a look­out post), ideal for a chilled apéri­tif. Snowy or­chards of plum trees form a pretty back­drop. I love the fact that this fam­ily home is his­toric yet man­age­able or à taille hu­maine. I ap­pre­ci­ate its un­der­stated au­then­tic­ity, the per­fectly pre­served stone spi­ral stair­case, the mix of tra­di­tional, mod­ern and colo­nial. It even has that es­sen­tial of château life: a bil­liard room, along­side its 12 bed­rooms, 10 bath­rooms and four re­cep­tion rooms.

An an­cient well with wrought­iron over­throw stands by an arched pas­sage­way to a ter­race shaded by Le­banon cedars, with a fam­ily cinema to one side. A mag­nif­i­cent wis­te­ria walk leads to the swim­ming pool, pi­geon­nier, ten­nis court and flour­ish­ing veg­etable gar­den.

Five min­utes away is the cathe­dral mar­ket town of Con­dom, which boasts an ex­cel­lent Miche­lin-starred restau­rant with a very com­pet­i­tively priced lunchtime menu. Temp­ta­tion! A 1h40 easy drive takes you to Toulouse in­ter­na­tional air­port.

The charm­ing Parisian own­ers have re­luc­tantly de­cided it is time to al­low some­one else to en­joy all that this gem has to of­fer. For me –a Gas­conne at heart – it would ful­fill my wildest dreams!

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