Valley of the Hérault
Villa with 4 gites, 14m pool, olive grove
25 minutes Béziers - Montpellier and Med beaches
€1,339,000 * ref: 143
* Contemporary Mediterranean villa - 200m²
* 4 gîtes
* 14 x 6m infinity pool
* 1 hectare of land: gardens, veg, olive grove
* views over the maquis to the Rocher des deux Vierges
* edge of lively village with basic amenities
The Mediterranean coast from Montpellier to Perpignan is flat, sandy and pretty dull. The housing is recent and favours concrete over stone. But retreat inland 20 minutes or so and you are in the real Mediterranean hinterland: a region of vineyards, olive groves and maquis-covered hillsides. The properties here are old winegrowers houses and caves, grouped in hamlets or tightly-knit villages surrounded by vines.
However, France is no museum and people have to live and work as they wish and this region - what used to be called the Midi, with Montpellier as its hub - attracts more and more sun-seekers. Village councils have had to manage their territories to allow new housing. This is what has happened here: the village of St Jean de Blaquière allotted a swathe of land to new housing about 25 years ago, stipulating that each plot should be one half or one entire hectare. This property is at the furthest limit of this building land: beyond is pristine maquis and olive groves which will never be built on.
This means that the 200m² villa, plus the 'wing' incorporating the four gites (another 200m²), is in the centre of the 1 hectare plot. There is even a right to build on another part of the land near the road. From every part of the estate and from practically every window one has uninterrupted views over olive groves, maquis and woodland to the first hills of the Cevennes.
The buildings are in an 'L'-shape with the pool featured in the crux. On one side the architect-designed villa with its plethora of open spaces, exposed beams, balconies, terraces and solarium on two floors, and running south from it the four gites.
3 of the gites sleep four guests and the fourth one is devoted to couples. Each has a surface area of around 58m² and are fully equipped and ready to let.
The villa has a vast open space dining area, lounge and library, a big spacious kitchen, one downstairs en-suite bedroom and two upstairs bedrooms with bathroom. Heating is by gas-fired underfloor heating. There is a garage and a four-car car-port. The chicken-run is an extensive affair with a neighbouring vegetable patch and orchard.
This property offers the charm of rural French life - village café and baker just a stroll away - without the downside: major repair work, leaky roof, septic tank disorders.... Once you have opted for a contemporary building then you can't get much better in terms of environment or location than this. Set back from the (teeming) coast, near to tourist attractions like the Salagou Lake or St Guilhem-le-Désert, and only half an hour from the airports of Montpellier and Béziers (gateway to Scandinavia), the current owners have no problem filling their gites. The village is on the 'Arles' variation Camino footpath which means a steady stream, of upmarket pilgrims as well as classic holiday-makers.
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* 3% agency fees included ____________reference n°: 143
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The Languedoc coastline of the Mediterranean is a long sandy strip running from the Rhone delta (Arles - la Camargue) to the rocky outcrop where the Pyrenees crash into the sea at Collioure.
Until relatively recently this was a moquito-infested swamp with few dwellings apart from fishermen's cabins. A few ports pepper the coast ranging from the Greek settlement at Cap d'Agde through Sète to the more recent industrial port at Port La Nouvelle. Narbonne was a major port in Roman times but the sea-level has receded since then leaving the city some 10 kms inland.
After the second world war the swampland was cleared and treated with DDT. The coastline was haphazardly developed with - mainly - low-rise appartment blocks, little estates of 'fisherman cabins' and rows of tacky seafood restaurants and pizzerias. Narbonne Plage, Leucate and Baccarès are good examples of thiese sixties and seventies developments.
However, just 20 kms inland one finds the real Mediterranean feel: olive groves, vineyards, tightly-knit villages and plenty of space. The St Chinian, Minervois and Corbières and 'Côteaux de Languedoc' (including AOC Pic St Loup) wine regions occupy these open spaces.
- 25 minutes Béziers and Montpellier (A75)
- contemporary villa
- underfloor central heating
- 14 metre pool
- 4 independent gites
- one hectare gardens, olive groves, chicken run
- walking distance to village centre/café etc
- healthy turnover figures
- building plot included
- on the 'Camino'
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