Tarn - Brassac/Lacaune - Parc Naturel
4-bedroomed former monastery - 3 bedroomed gite
wood-fired central heating - outhouses and cellar space
€419,000 * ref: 166
The Monts de Lacaune and the Parc Naturel du Haut-Languedoc are located in the north-western corner of the Tarn département - a wild and forested region of the Massif Central rich in wildlife, folklore and tradition. Streams, rivers and lakes, rich in trout and freshwater crayfish, tumble down the slopes to become the slow-moving rivers which have given their names to the départements of SW France: Tarn, Aveyron, Tarn et Garonne ...
The forests on the southern slopes of these hills are dotted with tiny hamlets and villages, each boasting rich histories dominated by religious leanings, the rise and fall of cottage industries and the heavy tribute of men and boys to the great war.
This property is a former monastery which has been claimed and lost and re-claimed by Huguenots and Catholics over the past 400 years. It lies in its own wooded estate just outside a quiet hamlet. The regional centre of Brassac is about 7 minutes away.
The main house (pictured above) is a four-bedroomed house on two levels that has been painstakingly renovated and transformed into a spacious and very comfortable family home. It has two (!) central-heating systems, wood and oil-fired, but the oil is used just for emergencies, such is the abundance of wood in the area. Downstairs there is a sun room, a big kitchen with separate pantry and storage rooms, a very spacious lounge area with an open fire; Upstairs we find the four bedrooms and bathroom.
Across the yard from the main building is the stone-built gite. Like all the stuctures on the estate this has 1 metre thick walls and was built to withstand centuries of weather, religious strife and even climate change. The rooms are all on one level and include a large dining/living area, a separate kitchen, 3 double bedrooms and a bathroom.
There is a wine cellar and storage space of over 80m² in the basement area of this building. A two-car garage has been artfully built on to one end: this could be used for extra accommodation.
About 8000m² of gardens surround the premises: this is fenced with three gateways, one of which is automatic. Beyond the perimeter are a maze of hiking trails which lead through the woods to the river, the local lakes and the hamlet. Game, wild animals, Spanish chestnuts and mushrooms abound.
This business has been renovated to a very high standard by a perfectionist. Not only does he know the historic details of the property for the past 400 years but he is a dab hand at roofing, plumbing, tiling and a lot more. There is no more work to be done - apart from changing the décor perhaps - before moving in and creating a gite business. For this property has not been run as such before now: the 'gite' was used to accommodate friends and family; But it is fully equipped and furnished and ready to go. In this region there is a strong demand from nature-lovers throughout the year for this sort of accommodation.
The property can be visited by appointment only.
* agency fees included ____________reference n°: 166
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The Tarn is a fairly big département stretching from the rugged heights of the Massif Central at Lacaune in the north-east to the balmy flood plain of the Tarn river green with vines in the south-east.
The major towns are all completely different. Albi is the administrative centre and was the seat of the church's power in the region since the 11th century. It is home to the region's largest fortified cathedral (and the world's biggest brick building) and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.
Castres and Mazamet are more industrial: Castres had a weaving industry and Mazamet a thriving tanning and leather goods industry right up to the end of the 20th century. Both used the abundant timber and water resources from the nearby hills. There is also an important outcrop of granite in the hills above Castres in the Sidobre area: this is a tourist attraction as well as a source of raw materials for the building industry.
Gaillac, on the River Tarn, is a wine centre ... and has been since the Romans first planted vines here over two thousand years ago.
- former monastery building
- 4-bed family home
- 3-bed gite
- no near neighbours
- Well for water
- 8000m² land
- 30 mins Castres: 7 mins Brassac
- 2 septic tanks in good condition
- no pool
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