Discover the charms of the Charterhouse, a country house in the South West

SUMMER SERIES – Le Figaro Immobilier makes you discover houses that are typical but little known in our regions. This week, let’s go to the South West to get to know the mysterious Charterhouse better.

Attention, variable geometry definition. When we speak of the Charterhouse, many of you probably think of a famous green liqueur, others imagine a religious building, only a small number will think of a type of house. And again, it is better that the person is from the southwest of France. All these words have in common the religious order of Chartreux, founded in 1084, and which itself takes its name from the Chartreuse massif, north of Grenoble. In terms of civil architecture, the Charterhouse covers different types of houses but which nevertheless share some common characteristics.

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In the first place, with reference to the contemplative religious order, the Charterhouses are generally located in the countryside, away from the villages. Most of the time, they are opulent homes, in the spirit of a mansion. AT Toulouse, however, this term is sometimes used to refer to small houses at the back of the gardens of bourgeois houses which thus want to create an illusion of life in the countryside. And in the Bordeaux region, it’s usually a rectangular, elongated single-level building, often built in the 18th century. Built in the countryside by wealthy landowners, they also often served as farms. With the expansion of the city, they were gradually integrated into the urban fabric of the Bordeaux metropolis. And on the side of Périgord, it is generally a mansion built between 1650 and 1850, still rather long and low in the style of a farmhouse but endowed with exterior architectural elements and interior finishes which contrast with the ordinary, marking the taste and the means of its owner.

Very close to Bergerac, this charterhouse, its outbuildings and the 33 hectares of land that go with it are offered at 1.14 million euros by Anthouard Immobilier. Photo credits Anthouard real estate

A privileged situation. Photo credits Anthouard real estate

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Many of these chartreuses have a porch with stone balusters, which often had to be enlarged to make a real terrace since originally, this space was narrow, only used for walking. Many of these rural buildings built a few centuries ago are now surrounded by secular and majestic plane trees. Sometimes also, the most luxurious buildings are completed with other buildings and outbuildings to form a courtyard. Built in freestone or rubble, generally bright and largely open to nature, these are sought-after homes where life is good. No wonder the prices are generally high.

In White Périgord, in Saint-Astier, this 17th century charterhouse (and subsequently reworked) is sold at 650,000 euros by the Châteaux pour tous network. It has. 374 m² of living space, on 12.7 hectares of land. Photo credits Chateaux for all

Interior view of the Charterhouse of Saint-Astier. Photo credits Castles for all

This 17th century charterhouse, in the heart of Graves and Sauternes, with its 2 hectare park, is being sold by the Patrice Besse network for 913,500 euros. Photo credits Patrice Besse

The premises have a 19th century chapel. Photo credits Patrice Besse

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