Minervois gite business
Big gîte and superb garden house
wine and olive oil village between Carcassonne and the coast
€299,000 * (ref 153)
Bize-Minervois is an ancient and extensive commune on the Aude/Hérault border known for both its wines and its olive oil. Although fairly near the Canal du Midi which traverses most of the Minervois, the local waterway is the Cesse river, an exceptionally clean stream which has its source in the Massif Central and provides river bathing opportunities just a few metres from this property.
Yes, the property is in a village ... with all the advantages that this confers: cafés, bakery, chemists and, above all, mains drainage!
The Minervois is a wine-producing area between (roughly) Carcassonne and Béziers on the Mediterranean coast. To the north are the first foothills of the Massif Central, to the south the Canal du Midi and the Corbières. The region is dotted with ancient villages, among which the village of Minerve is probably the best known. Tourists come to the region because of the wine (it's very good), the olive oil, the sun, the Canal du Midi and Carcassonne and the nearby Med beaches. Access is facilitated by lowcost airline bases at Carcassonne and Béziers linking the region to most of Europe.
The property itself is a solid two-storey townhouse on a quiet side street near the Mairie. At the back there's a courtyard, over-flowing with greenery, and a second house - a totally renovated barn. The 5 bedroomed townhouse is let out as a gite: the two-bedroomed chartreuse is where the owner lives. Depending on their family circumstances and wishes, buyers could reverse this arrangement.
The gite is probably a former winemakers house with functional, square rooms and some nice original features: marble fireplaces and 19th century floor tiles. It has been renovated and decorated to a reasonable standard not at all out-of-keeping with the surroundings: pastel shades, rustic wallpaper but comfortable bedding. There are 5 double bedrooms in all, a big kitchen, an upstairs lounge, 2 shower rooms and, best of all, a covered balcony from which guests can take their apéro and contemplate the setting sun. The attic is huge but has not yet been renovated.
Gite guests have access to a small section of the courtyard.
At the back of the courtyard the second house (a chartreuse in local parlance) is radically different from the gite. It is bright, modern, double-glazed ... and yet manages to fit into the green-draped courtyard in a timeless manner. A front terrace slides seamlessly into the house: a first floor balcony runs the length of the building and affords views over the village. Vast open-space kitchen/dining/living area downstairs and two en-suite double bedrooms upstairs. Reversable air-con/heating throughout.
Our opinion: Once buyers have been convinced that village houses are not the 'poor cousins' of French lifestyle properties and that often the advantages outweigh the disadvantages then this property is an excellent buy indeed. Not only has it got a thriving (although not fully exploited) gite business but it also has a superb living space for buyers intent on getting the most from French life: just a few metres from the local cafés and bakeries, school and markets where the language and culture can be assimilated at minimum effort. Good solid business at an excellent price.
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* agency fees included ____________reference n°: 153
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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
- in a vibrant wine/olive oil village
- 5 bedroom gite
- two-bedroomed owner's house
- terraces and courtyard
- river bathing
- 35 minutes Carcassonne airport.
- 30 minutes Mediterranean beaches
no pool ... but river bathing
other properties in region:
Watermill Carcassonne - €680k
Village house and gite - €450k
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