A holiday residence that not only sounds like a poem but is also poetic in its appearance. The Château de Sibra in Lagarde in the south of France is a place full of aesthetics, set between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic amidst the foothills of the Pyrenees. Once the home of the Parisian couple Villary de Zajac, who created their own little Arcadia here 150 years ago, the extensively renovated château today offers enough space to say goodbye to everyday life for a while. For this purpose, the château, built in the troubadour style, offers its visitors a choice of five “chambres d’hôtes”, supplemented by three comfortable holiday flats and a complete holiday home in the two outbuildings. All three heritage units have been modernised and feature a respectful restoration that combines history of the property with contemporary elements.
Each of the five spacious rooms in the château has its own character/charm, sometimes with high stucco ceilings, sometimes with a blue salon or a noble wooden wardrobe, combined with modern furniture. The former farm buildings, the “Ecurie Sud”, have been transformed into three airy holiday apartments with whitewashed walls, old ceilings and flowing cement floors, leaving plenty of space for design, art and conviviality. In the “Maison du Métayer”, the former manager’s house, there is room for up to 14 people – whether rented as an entire holiday home or each of the five rooms individually. There is also a large communal kitchen, a lounge, a terrace and a garden bordering the château park. 15 hectares of park offer all guests plants from all over the world, Rocaille artworks and follies. For retreats, meetings or courses, there is also a small seminar room and a former granary suitable for workshops or celebrations.
What to do
Enjoy unspoilt nature, go for a leisurely stroll in the château park or be inspired by the numerous works of art, go for walks and hikes in the Pyrenees and to the Cathar castles, cycle, swim in the nearby river, visit Toulouse or Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as discover numerous medieval towns, visit markets, taste wines, cook and enjoy.
Why we like this house
From the natural and cultural experiences to the regular dinners at the long “table d’hôte”, the motto here is: savoir vivre!
This house is great for
Families, culture and nature enthusiasts, inspiration for artists, wine and food lovers, and people who want to combine travel and work.
|Region/Town||FR – France, Occitania, Lagarde|
|Name||Château et Dépendances de Sibra|
|Scenery||In the midst of unspoilt nature, surrounded by a 15-hectare romantic landscape park with spectacular views of the Pyrenees.|
|Number of guests||Max. 34: 10 guests in the Château; 14 guests in the cottage Maison du Métayer; 10 guests in 3 flats of different sizes;|
|Design||Sibylle Thomke, SPAX Architekten, Biel-Bienne (CH)|
|Published||10/09/2021 Das Ideale Heim; 05/11/2021 Encore; PROJECTS The Contract Book, Hors-Série Espace contemporains, Edition 2021; Fooding Guide 2022|
|Special Features||One apartment is barrier free.|
|Architecture||Listed building - old, Old & new|
|Accomodation||Apartment, B&B, House|
|Criteria||1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), 1-8 (house/apartment), 8+ (house/apartment), Rooms for 1-2 (hotel), Art, Family, Garden, Hiking, Lake/river, Pet-friendly, Wine, Workation, EV-charging station|
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