Farmhouse with 5 working gites
No near neighbours - views in every direction
pool, gardens, central heating, parking
€870,000 * (ref 230)
Carcassonne - France's second tourist attraction after Mont St Michel - lies in the plain along with its historic neighbour, Castelnaudary. Most holiday-makers prefer to rent (or live) either north or south of the city in the hilly regions, surrounded by woodland or vineyards. This property is mid-way between Castelnaudary and Carcassonne, on a raised terrace with views both south to the Pyrenees and north to the Montagne Noire.This property is a traditional stone-built Lauragais farmhouse, set on a rise with fields falling away from every side. It is reached by a 100 metre driveway from a quiet country road. There are no near neighbours, no main road: no noise. Like many of the farmhouses in the region, the original property dates back to the 17th century and has been added to by successive generations. It now boasts five two-bedroomed gites as well as the comfortable and spacious main house.
Each gite is equipped with a kitchen/dining area, two double/twin bedrooms, toilet and a bathroom. They each let for between €500 and €1000 per week (low/high season). They are all in excellent condition: there is no further work to be done.
The main house has been lovingly refurbished by French artisans who have painstakingly kept the original features of the house, integrating them into a more modern framework and retaining the character of the property. In this way portions of the original stonework have been kept, nearly all the terracotta floor tiles and many of the exposed beams. A feature of the house is the living room with its mezzanine floor in warm honey-coloured wood. Central-heating throughout.
Outside, the garden is spacious enough to permit each gite to have their own private patio space as well as a large private garden for the owners. The 11 metre pool is shared by the guests: it is safety-fenced as per French security norms.
Our opinion: A lovely property that ticks a lot of boxes for most people seeking a radical lifestyle change: no near neighbours, comfortable character farmhouse, 5 gites generating a decent income, nice pool, views... it's all there. OK, there is no old barn to soak up the rest of your life's savings or a lot of 'must-do' repairs to take up your time. The property can be exploited as a serious gite business generating good money all year round ... or as a very pleasant place to live with the gites providing enough to cover all costs by letting just two months a year. Your decision...
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* 3% agency fees included _______reference n°: 230_____
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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 environment: no near neighbours
- 5 independent gites
- 3 bed family home
- 5000m² garden
- 30 minutes Carcassonne airport.
- 8 minutes motorway access
- nearest village 6 minutes drive
other similar properties in this region:
Manor House + 6 gîtes - €619k
Villa and 4 gites - €815k
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