An 18th-Century Gascony Estate Celebrates Art, Design & Gastronomy

Chateau EnGalin, Mauvezin, Gascony, France
Chateau EnGalin, Gascony, France |
History Combined With Contemporary Luxuries

Set amid the picturesque rolling hills of Gascony, this historic property in France tells a unique story. Restored and shaped over a ten-year period by current owners; aesthete and former London restaurateur Marwan Badran and business entrepreneur Jeremy Grose, the beautiful 18th-century structures couldn’t be more opposed in function or style, but were reimagined to highlight their individual beauty as a destination celebrating art, architecture and gastronomy.

Originally constructed during medieval times and concentrated around South West France, the muscular but elegant forms of traditional Bastides were built especially for defense, while remaining beautiful representations of fortified architecture. 

The façades of the chateau have been restored to their original stone walls, while the interiors have been stripped to create vast open living spaces and intimate suites with a colorful and eclectic fusion of historic and contemporary style, and a fascinating art collection culminating in a towering interior structure. 

Across the courtyard, the original barn has been converted into an elegant and rustic set of suites, creating an extra large compound that is perfectly suited for holding events and parties celebrating togetherness.

The chateau is surrounded by lawns and terraces ideal for convivial outdoor dining and large gatherings. It offers gastronomic terroir-fusion cuisine for all occasions.

Description

Built in the 18th century and redesigned by restaurateur and entrepreneur Marwan Badran and his husband, this unique property in France combines history and contemporary luxury with playful hints of the unexpected. 

Surrounded by over 30 acres of meadowland bordered by fields of sunflowers and pastures, it takes its name from Galin, the stream that runs through the grounds feeding the picturesque pond below before encircling the quarry that provided the original stone to build it. 

The main chateau was part of an original bastide, and features elegant reception rooms, a spacious main hall and sitting room with a fireplace and a grand piano, and a fully equipped gourmet kitchen. The stairway leads to six graceful suites on the upper floor.

The adjacent barn was transformed into five unique suites and includes a dining terrace with expansive views of the park and a massive hall (where the livestock once lived) for events. The grounds feature expansive lawns and terraces ideal for convivial outdoor dining and large gatherings, with a swimming pool and bar offering views across the entire estate. 

This quiet corner of the French countryside is the perfect setting to escape from the stresses of urban life as well as enjoy endless activities for groups of friends, families or businesses and the perfect venue for a wedding, party or yoga retreat. 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Wifi throughout, media projector, kitchen and bath essentials including luxury linens, laundry facilities, private parking.

AROUND

Situated in the south west corner of France, the little village of Mauvezin is located just an hour west of Toulouse and is ideally situated to discover the great cultural  treasures of Gascony. Set within rolling countryside with picturesque villages and backed by the snow capped Pyrenees, the area is rural and peaceful but close to Gascony’s historic cities including Auch, Tarbes, and Carcassonne.

Capital of the Viscounty of Fezensaguet, the small medieval town has a fascinating 14th century covered market hall surrounded by old arcade houses in its main square with a bustling market on Monday mornings.

The Gers department is also home to five of the country’s “Plus Beaux Villages”, of Larrensingle, Montreal, Fourcès and Lavardens, all within under an hour’s drive.

Steeped in history and dramatic scenery and dotted with Cathar castles and medieval villages, the area is also renowned for outstanding food and wine.   

France’s fourth-largest metropolis and university town, Toulouse has a youthful energy and a vibrant street scene with teeming food markets and an enchanting old town. 

There are several beautiful nearby lakes for sailing and endless trails and paths through the countryside for peaceful walks among the sunflowers and haystacks.

LOCATION

Mauvezin, Gascony, France. Nearest Airport: Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (60km, 45 minutes)

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring through Fall

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Info & Rates
Property TypeChateau with adjacent barn
Type of EventsWeddings, parties, retreats
Capacity120 guests for ceremonies and receptions. Sleeps 24 adults in 12 bedrooms.
FacilitiesIn-house catering and bar, late license until 2am, disabled facilities
Amenities and ServicesNot licensed for marriages
Rates€12,000 for 3 nights accommodation rental, with €2,000 per additional night (when available). Minimum spend: €24,000 (for rental, plus food and drink)
Minimum Stay3 Nights
InternetWifi throughout
Kid FriendlyNo
Pet FriendlyNo
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