Carcassonne - Cathar village of Laurac
stone gite with garden and pool
€225,000 * (ref: 068)
The Cathar village of Laurac, in the Carcassonne hinterland, is a perfectly preserved circular village dating back to before the Cathar heretics and the Albigensian Crusade.
This property is at the entrance to the village, a few yards from the Mairie. It is the old village forge, a stone building dating back a few centuries, now renovated and used as a second home and income-producing gite.
The house has a surface area of over 100m² - some of which are under the eaves - and comprises a large living/dining and kitchen area, a small lounge (with 2 person sofabed) and three bedrooms. There are two bathrooms. Heating is by centrally-located wood burning stove and electric convectors.
There is an outdoor patio - semi-covered against the summer sun - with vines and a barbecue, a large garden with flowerbeds and fruit trees with a 8X4m pool. A workshop/garage building covering 40m² (and with over 3.5m elevation) make up the specifications. The roof is recent and in perfect condition; the electrics and plumbing are all recent and meet all the norms. Mains water and drainage.
Our opinion: We would just continue to use this property as a bijou holiday home - 30 mins from Carcassonne airport, 50 mins from Toulouse - and continue to let it out as a 8-person gite in summer (€1250 per week). The current owners can put buyers in touch with local people who will look after changeovers and maintenance.
What's for sale?
A second home/holiday house: 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 shower room, large living kitchen, living room with fold-out sofabed. Patio with barbecue, garden, orchard, 8x4m pool and a 40m² garage workshop on approx 950m² of land.
NB: This property is sold as a going-concern. All the furniture, fixtures and fittings are included in the sale.
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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.
- 30 minutes Carcassonne
- Near the village but secluded
- Sleeps 8
- covered patio
- 10 X 5 metre pool
- 25 minutes Carcassonne airport.
- lets for €1250 a week
- no bakery in village
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