Fanjeaux - Carcassonne
6-bedroomed family home - 2 gites - pool - land
Rural setting but 30 minutes Carcassonne airport
Solar panels for electricity production - panels for hot water
€625,000 * (ref 217)
Fanjeaux is a mediaeval village perched on the Lauragais hills overlooking the Aude plain. Important Christian settlement for 2000 years and birthplace of the Dominican order, it is now a must-see tourist stop for visitors to Carcassonne and the Languedoc.
This property is located in rolling country a few minutes from Fanjeaux: a secluded estate with its own pond/lake, pool and gardens. It's a typical 'lifestyle change' property with the emphasis put on the large and comfortable main house which looks out over mature gardens to the distant Pyrenees. The two gites are well-appointed and comfortable, attracting repeat custom year after year and generating more than enough income to cover costs.
Like many Lauragais farmhouses this property is a long structure with the main house in the centre flanked by the two gites. There is also a barn which houses a workshop and games area. Behind the house the land falls away to a small lake/large pond before rising in a tangled web of untamed woodland into the hills.
The main house is a fully-renovated six-bedroomed family home. The ground floor houses a series of reception rooms: summer lounge, sun lounge, dining room, spacious kitchen, study, boiler room and laundry room. Upstairs there are six double bedrooms of which the master bedroom is ensuite and a spacious family bathroom. Then there is a small gym and a vast, comfortable 'winter' lounge with wood-burning stove.
The whole house is heated by oil-fired central-heating ... but given the efficiency of the two wood-burners, this is rarely used. Hot water is supplied by solar heating.
The big gite is comprised of a large kitchen/diner on the ground floor plus a utility and laundry room. Upstairs there are three bedrooms and a family bathroom. This is a 100m² gite with its own private terrace.
Gite n° 2 is at the other end of the main house and is a simple lounge/kitchen downstairs and two double/twin rooms upstairs with bathroom. It has its own separate entrance and patio/terrace.
The pool is located on in a paved area to the west of the main building. It measures 10m x 5m and can be heated by heat pump - taking the temperature up to 28/29°C for early or late season guests.
The rest of the premises is made up of a large barn which houses an extensive workshop and games room. There is room for development here as well as in the open part of the barn.
Finally, the three hectares of land is mainly wooded but the lake is an interesting feature as are the orchard of cherry and walnut trees.
Our opinion: Sold as a going concern the property is essentially a lifetstyle property with a couple of excellent gites. However, for more ambitious buyers the main house with its six bedrooms throws up some interesting possibilities. One could, for example, let the main house as a 'very big gite' ... very much in demand ... and live in one of the gites. Or, again using the six bedrooms, one could make a very decent guest house out of the main house. A table d'hôte using products from the surrounding farms would go down a storm. A feature of the property is the photovoltaic panels on the roof which ensure enough tax-free income to cover all electricity costs. With these factors in mind - as well as a possible third gite in the workshop/barn - we consider this property as very good value for money.
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* 3% agency fees included _______reference n°: 217
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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
- 6-bedroomed family home
- 2-bed gites
- 3-bed gite
- terrace with pool
- vegetable garden
- 3.4 hectares land
- 30 minutes Carcassonne airport.
- in the country: not in a village
- in the country: not in a village
other properties in the region:
- Villa and 4 gites - €815k
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