4.5 hectare Estate with 5 gîtes/dwellings
heated pool, views, quality finish, possible restaurant
Secluded location near Montréal
€750,000 * (ref 138)
South West of Carcassonne are two important vineyards: the AOC Malepère and the famous AOC Blanquette de Limoux. The terrain becomes hilly, with forested hill-tops, patches of vines and expanses of sunflower fields. Long, low stone-built farmhouses lie in the folds of the hills, each one so placed as to afford views over the countryside and the distant snow-capped Pyrenees.
But civilization is only a few minutes distant: market towns like Montréal or Bram with their markets, chemists and medical practictioners, and administrative centres like Limoux or Carcassonne with their hospitals, hypermarkets and rail/road links. Carcassonne has an airport with direct flights to the UK, Ireland, Belgium and Portugal.
This property is a former farm which has been cleverly converted into five distinct dwellings, each with their own kitchen, bathrooms and reception rooms, which share the same gardens and heated pool. The current owners have even opened a restaurant in one part of the building where locals can eat at the weekend after receiving the week's menu by e-mail. It's that sort of region and that sort of community.
But the main purpose of the business is letting out the gites. The four main gites are:
- the main house with its vast open space loung/dining/kitchen area and four bedrooms, all recently refurbished in a blaze of Aegean white.
- two standard gites each boasting four bedrooms, large salon/kitchen areas and private terraces.
- a smaller two-bedroomed gite
and then where the owners currently live:
- the 'restaurant' gite with the downstairs lounge and kitchen used (at present) for the restauirant, and the upstairs as a private space (bedroom, bathroom, second bedroom to be finished)
In other words it's all very flexible. Sometimes the gites are let out, sometimes family members occupy some of them: sometimes the owners live in the main house, sometimes not.
The 4.5 hectares of land surround the house. There is an area of flower garden and rockery near the buildings, the rest is lawn and meadow. Suitable for horses. The 10 metre heated pool is set back from the gites and has a summer kitchen/bar building beside it.
Part of the land is wooded and provides more than enough firewood for all the houses.
Our opinion: One of those businesses where you can't really go wrong, thanks to the location (25 minutes to the airport), the superb setting (views, vines and sunflower fields) the high standard of the gites and ... the potential. Although the 'restaurant' has just been running for one season it is showing a lot of potential: in the hands of a professional cook (not the case at present) it could go much further. However, it is not an integral part of this property: if you don't want the restaurant part then it's of no consequence; the gite business runs very well without.
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* 3% agency fees included _______reference n°: 138/052015_____ DPE = 'C' and 'D'
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The département of the Aude, in the Languedoc, prides itself as being the home of the Cathar, a famed religious sect of the 12 and 13th century, who dared defy Rome with their brand of humble, scaled-down Christianity. They failed in the end, but their story of defiance, struggle and eventual extinction is etched into the landscape, villages and castles of the region.
Throughout the 12th century the Cathar faithful were slowly pushed out of the low-lying plains towards the hostile, mountainous uplands where they found refuge in fortified villages or in castles and keeps perched on the most inaccessible crags of the Corbières or the Pyrenean foothills. In the end the French State allied with Rome, sent Simon de Montfort to root out and kill the last 'heretics' in what was known as the 'Albigensian Crusade'.
In the western part of Languedoc the most notable feature is the Lac de St Ferréol, specially conceived by Riquet when building the Canal du Midi, and designed to supply water to the canal throughout the summer period. This it does by means of a mini-canal - 'le rigole' which carries water from the resevoir to the highest point of the canal on the watershed (between Atlantic and Mediterranean basins) near Avignonnet-Lauragais.
The Eastern part of the Aude département is wild and nearly uninhabited, a region of rough hills, maquis-clad outcrops and vines as far as the eye can see. This is the Corbières, renowned for its rough, strong red wines, olive groves and castles. The Corbières start just outside of Carcassonne where well-kept vineyards slowly give way to pine forest and more dramatic terrain.
- A going concern
- secluded hill-top environment
- 4 independent gites
- 4 bed family home
- 10m pool
- 4.5 hectares land
- 25 minutes Carcassonne airport.
other properties in region:
Watermill Carcassonne - €850k
Villa and 4 gites - €819k
Village house and gite - €450k
House with annex and pool - €338k
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