18th century Manor House
8 bedroom Guest house plus 5 gites and pool
Price: €975,000 *
* 7 guest bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
* heated pool & jacuzzi
* 5 gites in independent building
* 200m² garage/workshop to develop
* 5000m² of wooded gardens
* centre of the Minervois wine region
* impressive turnover figures
The Minervois wine-producing area of Languedoc stretches from the outskirts of Carcassonne to the mediaeval cité of Minerve, following the winding Canal du Midi as it seeks a path through the last southernmost rocky outcrops of the Massif Central. It is a region of clear blue skies, Mediterranean climate, vines and olive groves. A number of compact stone-built villages pepper the landscape: this is where vignerons live and stock their wine production.
The manor house belonged to a rich and powerful wine merchant of the 18th century. As well as a 200m² wine cellar there are stables out back which have been converted into cosy 2 person gites. The grounds are wooded and planted with palm trees and flowering shrubs and is completely walled. The whole estate is right in the centre of the Minervois' leading wine village... but it is completely cut off from the bustle outside the walls.
First and foremost this is a fine guest house, offering 5 guest rooms and two suites, comfortable lounge and dining room, terrace, gardens, jacuzzi and heated pool to its guests. It has a reputation stretching back many years. It could operate all year round but the current owners prefer to concentrate their efforts on a 8 month season.
the 12m heated pool and gite building
The gites are in the garden and accessed by a separate entrance. Simple two-storey units with living/dining section downstairs and a spacious bedroom and bathroom upstairs. All have been recently refurbished to a high standard. Gas-fired central heating.
A fine 12 metre heated pool is open to both gite and guest house guests as well as the 8-person jacuzzi. The heating means that the pool is used from April through to end October. The liner will be replaced this spring.
The owners live on the top floor of the manor house. Well, in fact they live in the whole of the manor house which they share with their guests, except for the four months when they receive no one.
The manor house has been restored with a lot of taste: essential elements like the tiled flooring and intricate woodwork of the staircase have been retained while new additions - like the built-in cupboards in the kitchen - have been done with flair and precision. The whole attic space is ready for conversion as is the enormous wine cellar beside the manor house: a two-storey shed of more than 200m² which could house another couple of gites. Plans have been drawn up for a flat plus vast roof terrace for this buidling.
This is a business: not a 'family home'. It is run as a serious business involving two people for 8 months of the year. The turnover - in excess of €120,000 - is witness to this devotion to the task. Nonetheless, there are ways of improving the turnover figures - most obviously by providing a table d'hôte - and by extending the season into the winter months. Given its position (in busy village with 3 cafés, shops, restaurants etc) it might be wise to offer intensive courses in winter: wine-tasting, cooking classes, cycling (we're on the Canal du Midi here) ..
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
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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
Here, we are on the border with the Hérault département and, more importantly, in the Minervois AOC. Again, the Canal-du-Midi is the lifeline that runs through the region.
- 30 minutes Carcassonne/Béziers
- In lively wine village
- central heating
- 7 guest rooms
- 5 independent gites
- heated pool and jacuzzi
- 200m² outhouses to convert
- 5000m² grounds
- Canal du Midi
- impressive turnover
- all services locally
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