city centre family home
3-bedroomed gite in separate house - garden
2 minutes Canal du Midi - 5 minutes town centre
€399,000 * - ref 167
Carcassonne is the main tourist attraction in the whole of Southern France. The 13th century citadel - now a UNESCO World Heritage Site - attracts nearly as many visitors as the Mont St Michel. The Canal du Midi - another UNESCO site - traverses the town. Accommodation is at a premium with a clutch of hotels clustered around the gates of the Cité ... and not much else. Hence the demand for well-placed gite accommodation. This property is in the old town, very close to the Canal du Midi and a few minutes walk from the Place Carnot.
The property consists of two houses at the end of a cul-de-sac. No through traffic and remarkably quiet for a city centre location. The family home, which dates back to late Victorian times, has been thoroughly modernised and renovated: underfloor heating, double-glazing and excellent insulation have all been installed while original features such as turn-of-the-century floor tiling have been kept. There are three bedrooms, bathroom, study, spacious lounge and good kitchen covering some 150m². Roofspace (with headroom) of 75m² has yet to be developed. Although the central heating is most effective, they have two wood-burners installed in kitchen and lounge for that 'special' heat that only comes from wood.
The family home gives on to a secluded, landscaped garden with an array of Mediterranean shrubs, bamboo and a vegetable patch. It would be possible to put a modest pool into the garden. (8x3 metres). The garden is watered by automatic underground hosing using run-off rainwater.
A large garage lies between the family home and the gite. It covers 56m² and can be accessed directly from the street as well as from the garden.
The gite is in a separate building, facing the family home on the other side of the impasse. The ground floor is one large open space - originally a hotel garage - and now cleared out and ready to renovate. Plans include two dormitories for cycling guests (we are 180 metres from the Canal) as well as the existing toilet, shower, kitchen area.
Upstairs is the gite: a simple three bedroomed apartment with two double rooms with ensuite shower and wc, a smaller bedroom, a bathroom, lounge (with balcony) and a kitchen. Central-heating is by brand new gas-fired boiler. Again, as in the main house, there is unconverted roof space yet to be developed.
Very much an urban property with an urban gite. However, given the fact that Carcassonne is a high-demand destination with a year-round need for tourist accommodation, this sort of property is much sought after. Better still, its location near the Canal du Midi makes it an obvious choice for creating a cycling hostel. Carcassonne is not only the 13th century citadel: the 'old town' which dates back to Roman times, is a vibrant and beautiful warren of tiny streets, markets, tree-lined squares and pavement cafés. Throughout the season free electric buses tansfer visitors from city centre to the citadel. The property is on the main bus line to the airport - about 8 mintes away. OK, it's not an ancient stone-built farm on 10 hectares of land ... but it is a much surer bet if you're looking for a year-round income. The 'gite' could double as B&B accommodation in the low season as the rooms are all en-suite.
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* agency fees included ____________reference n°:167
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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 southern part of the département meets the Pyrenees and boasts a wealth of whitewater rivers, trekking trails and ski resorts.
- family home
- 2 separate houses
- 3 bedroomed gite
- big garage
- city centre location
- 200m Canal du Midi
- 8 minutes airport.
- no pool but 'piscinable'
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