The House

The property is a former Armagnac distillery and the full name on the deeds is the ‘Chateau de Cannes en Armagnac’. Cannes is the name of the hamlet, some 700km from the resort on the Riviera, there are just three properties and a 13th century church. We call it Magnol because that’s the name of the Armagnac that was produced there up until the 1990s.

Part of the house was lived in by the guardian who looked after the vats of Armagnac that remained on site until they were sold a few years ago. The other side of the house has been unoccupied since the 1970s but part of it was used as a showroom exhibiting equipment used in the production of the Armagnac.

A careful restoration of the property began in late 2016. It will be available to rent soon. If you are interested in hearing when, please provide your details here and we’ll let you know.

Staying there

There are five bedrooms, soon to be seven. There are currently three bath/shower rooms with another two planned. Downstairs there are two very large reception rooms and a large dining kitchen. The newly installed kitchen has a range cooker with gas hob, a dishwasher and an american style fridge with ice maker.

The whole house will comfortably accommodate ten people currently and 14-16 on completion.  There is a swimming pool and wifi with internet ports in three of the bedrooms.

The property sub-divides into two so there will be occasions where you can rent a three or four bedroom “cottage”.

The rooms

The Salon

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The Carlton Salon is a large cosy room with a door to the courtyard and a staircase to two bedrooms and a bathroom.

It’s adjacent to the large kitchen dining room. There’s TV with Apple TV connected and local French channels via an internal aerial.

The room can sit eight people comfortably.

Kitchen Dining Room

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The kitchen is the heart of the house. The floor has the original ‘tomettes ancienne rouge’ tiles, there are huge oak beams and stone walls. There’s a large restored cupboard with a priest hole (now inaccessible to priests, due to new shelving).

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There’s a large gas and electric steel range cooker and granite work surfaces. There are no eye level kitchen units to ensure the beauty of the walls remains unobscured. The kitchen has a large wood burning stove, essential in the cooler months. The double door American style fridge freezer has filtered water and an ice maker, essential in the hotter months.

Entrance Hall

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Not really a separate room to the kitchen but divided from it by a staircase and a peninsular unit. It also has a different flooring, with limestone ‘travertin’ tiles. The original floor was damaged when it was dug up to lay the waste water pipes. Some of the tiles were recovered to restore the kitchen floor which had been previously been patched up with concrete in a couple of places.

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The different floor adds to the feeling that the hall is a distinct room. Opposite the front door there’s a corner cabinet bought fom the local charity shop and Louis XV style chairs bought from the monthly brocantes fair, at nearby Fourcès. It’s got an old masculine feel and as it’s where we keep our Armagnac, so it’s known as Cognac Corner (well Armagnac Corner doesn’t alliterate, does it?).

Downstairs WC

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Anna, who’s been coming to Village Cannes in the summer for over 20 years, describes this as her favourite loo in all the world. It’s a recovered wine store with a new doorway (off the Salon).  The floor also had to be built up with concrete to be level with the room it opens onto. The house is on a slope so different bits are a different levels.  It’s a big room for a loo and quite an odd shape with a small sink built into an alcove. It’s very white and brightly lit. I found the picture on the wall in a second hand shop in Condom. My mother had a much larger identical print hanging (I think in her kitchen) for many years.  I’ve just found out it’s called Young Girl Reading, by a French artist called Jean Honoré Fragonard (1732 – 1806).

Because we have three staircases and we wanted to make the bedrooms and bathrooms as large as possible the upstairs divides into three sections. Bedroom 1 and bathroom 1 have their own staircase. The same applies to bedrooms two and three and bathroom two. It’s a slightly odd arrangement but it works and provides privacy for those that want it.

Bedroom 1

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Bedroom 2

 

Bedroom 3

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Bedroom 4

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Bedroom 5

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Bathroom 1

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Bathroom 2

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Get in touch

Get in touch and we will provide any further information that you’d like. Check the box if you want to know when the property is available to rent.

Getting there

Gascony is an ancient region in the far south west of France. The tiny hamlet of Cannes, sits in the canton of Baïse-Armagnac in the Gers department. It is near the small town of Condom.

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It is best reached by flying to Toulouse and then driving for 90 minutes. You can also fly to Bordeaux airport which is under two hours away. That’s a total journey time of little more than five hours from any UK airport with a direct flight (Manchester, London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Bristol fly to Toulouse at the time of writing). If you want to travel by train, you can get the TGV to Agen from where it’s a 35 minute drive. 

If you are driving from Calais break the journey as it will take ten hours.