Estate with family home and 6 gites
15 metre swimming pool
Secluded location in wooded valley with trout stream
€721,000 * (ref 129)
Just north of Carcassonne, on the southern flank of the Montagne Noire, we find a region of vineyards, forests and mountain streams teeming with trout. The rivers are often host to old watermills which nourished cottage industries of weaving and spinning in the nineteenth century and beyond.
This property is one such mill, in a self-contained hamlet of dwellings, on the banks of a trout stream a couple of kilometres from a busy and lively village. The estate is self-contained, secluded, with no near neighbours. As well as the main four-bedroomed house, there are six independent gites (self-catering holiday houses), a 15 metre pool, a trout stream and 1.78 hectares of land.
Currently the business is run as a gite complex for about 6 months of the year: April through to the end of October. However, given the location and amenities, buyers might want to use the structure in other ways: B&B, residential courses, retreats, holiday camp ... whatever.
There are four main buildings: the main house, the mill, the stables and the annex.
The main house is on three storeys: a fine square building with a robust slate roof. The owners live on the first two floors where they have a large kitchen/dining room, a lounge with wood-burner and four bedrooms and a bathroom. The kitchen gives on to a wide terrace which overlooks the stream. Gas-fired central heating throughout. The top floor is used as a two-bedroomed gite complete with living room, kitchen and bathroom. It has its own separate entrance from the top laneway and its own gas-fired water heater and radiators.
The mill dates back to the 17th century and is divided into two gites, one with two bedrooms, the other with four, bathroom, kitchen and living-room. Lots of charm with exposed beams, irregular shapes and windows with views of the river and forest.
The Stables have been converted into a split-level two-bedroomed gite with plenty of space and a large private garden area.
Finally, the annex is a simple single-storeyed building with two studio gites: much beloved by couples who appreciate the comfort and the reasonable pricing of these cosy gites.
The estate occupies the floor and sides of a wooded valley. On either side of the stream there is flat land and this is used for a games area, gardens, car-park and pool. This splendid 15 x 8 metre swimming pool is set back from the houses and meets all safety and health regs with its anti-child wall, double-filtration system and annual DASS inspection.
Part of the land is wooded and provides more than enough firewood for all the houses.
Our opinion: This self-contained holiday centre offers a maximum of possibilities to buyers willing to think outside the box. It could be run as it is at the moment: letting out the 6 gites for the April-Oct period while enjoying a lifestyle change in the main house. Or introducing an element of B&B activity in the low season. Or developing the estate as a centre for something more specific: yoga retreats, cooking classes, art centre... Finally, one could approach the purchase in a purely business manner and treat it as an investment: put in a manager to run the place (from the annex) and let out all the other dwellings for as much of the year as possible. This sort of complex could easily turn over more than €100k pa: not a bad ROI in these times of negative interest rates...
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* 3% agency fees included _______reference n°: 129______ DPE = 'E' and 'F'
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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 forest environment
- 6 independent gites
- 4 bed family home
- 15 x 8m pool
- football pitch (well, nearly)
- 25 minutes Carcassonne airport.
other properties in region:
Watermill Carcassonne - €690k
Villa and 4 gites - €819k
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