17th Century “Orangerie” in Duras, Aquitaine, France

Listing Description

"Beautiful 16 room stone orangerie with lots of potential in a mediëval village in the Pays du Dropt. Originally built as a part of the Chateau nearby. Private entrance with trees. Within a parc of 1,67 ha near the river the Dropt and with a private lake. A nice outbuilding can be converted to a gite. A rare historical project with lots of potential. Price including agency fees : 299.500 € Price excluding agency fees : 280.000 € Buyer commission included: 6% "

OHDO Notes

On 4.12 acres. From the agency site: "Stone alley is still under the parc grass" and "Structural works are mainly finished".

From Wikipedia, "An orangery or orangerie as a room or a dedicated building on the grounds of fashionable residences from the 17th to the 19th centuries where orange and other fruit trees were protected during the winter..."

Location: Duras, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine, France. At the time of this post, price including agency fees : 299.500 € Price excluding agency fees : 280.000 € Buyer commission included: 6% ($339,498 USD to $339,498 USD). For more information on this property contact Beaux Villages Immobilier .

Additional info: Rightmove.co.uk
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    Laurie W.

    Unusual for an orangerie to have so little glass — normally there are larger and more windows or doors to allow in more light for plants. Wonder if it was really built for other purposes or had some changes in its past.

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    Nice property with land and outbuildings, probably with a prestigious past, but i can’t help but wonder if the structural works we see in the pics are appropriate. Especially the wall of red cinder blocks right in the middle of a low arch where there was probably an old sink (?). It also looks like a ceiling was dropped down by red blocks too as it seems to block the upper window of a door. The land and kind of building probably make the price appropriate but i can’t help but find it expensive. I think it’s quite in the middle of nowhere, not in the easy reach of a main town, but i may be wrong…

    The local “pays du Dropt” (I had never heard of it) is west of Dordogne/Périgord (Bergerac) and North of the Pays du Lot (Cahors), see the map here: http://www.valleedudropt.com/pays/paysdudropt.htm

    You can see here the official “most beautiful villages” of this area: http://www.villagesdefrance.fr/dept/page47_paysdudropt.htm

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      Laurie W.

      Looking through the photos again, I think it’s pretty clear that this was put to some use other than an orangerie, if it was even originally built for that purpose. The red bricks between some of the French doors and the red-brick wall(s) are newer, and in the back you can see ghosts of filled-in openings, doors or windows. You are right about the heat source too; the several chimneys must have been part of that. It’s an interesting place whose past I’d like to know. I also agree about the price, which surprised me initially.

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    Catherine B Cooper

    On one of the first pictures you can see that some trees were felled. I wonder if there had been a flood because the tall grasses are so laid back and in one direction. Very similar to a creekway near my home that had severe flooding.
    This whole property needs a LOT of love, and for the price . . .?

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