15 person gite/guest house
At the foot of the spectacular Château de Peyrepertuse
€385,000 * - ref 161
The southern part of the Aude département is where the maquis-covered Corbières region - known for its rough red wines - meets the foothills of the Pyrenees. It is in this remote, rocky region - historically the last part of France before the realm of Majorca and Catalonia - that we find a string of mountain-top castles that are known collectively as the 'Châteaux Cathares'. This is where the persecuted Cathar sect sought their last refuge in the 13th century. Quéribus, Peyrepertuse, Puilaurens, Puivert and Montségur are the 'must-see' Cathar Castles in the region.
This property is in the village below the towering mass of Château de Peyrepertuse. The village of Rouffiac is one of a line of pretty villages, lively and busy, that mark the southern edge of the Aude: Soulatge, Duilhac, Cucugnan, with the domineering Pic de Bugarach at the western end. They are all part of a Cathar Tourist trail followed by tourists from all over the world intent on visiting the famous castles, drinking the local wines and enjoying the 300 days of sunshine that the region offers. All these villages have restaurants, cafés and bakeries as well as basic administrative facilities.
On high ground over-looking the village, the property consists of a large three-story building set in grounds that are used as terraces, pool area, veg patch, car-park and flower garden.
The ground floor (street side) is a vast garage/wine cellar space of around 100m² where the central-heating boiler (oil-fired) is housed. There is space for about 4 camper vans here ... or any sort of activity that needs square metres. The next floor (which is the ground floor on the garden side) is devoted to a large living/dining space with a fully-equipped kitchen to one side. Off to one side are three ensuite bedrooms and a WC. Out back there is the main terrace and pool area: to the front there's a terrace which overlooks the village.
Upstairs again there are another three bedrooms, all ensuite. Finally, on the top floor, a splendid self-contained loft with shower room and wc.
Part of the property used to belong to the local hotel: hence the ensuite rooms.
The pool is an above-ground basin, cleverly integrated into the hillside and fully decked and protected from errant children. A heat-pump, hidden in the maquis, ensures that the temperature hovers around the 29° mark - April to end October.
Our opinion: There are three ways of running this business:
- as it is currently - as a big, 7 bedroom gite - at a distance with a local person coming in to do the change-overs every week. Rental income €2200 per week.
- as a 6-bedroomed gite with the owners/manager living in the loft. Rental income: €1600 pw
- as a B&B with 5 guest rooms and a table d'hôte
The 'garage' space downstairs opens up all sorts of possibilities: an independent apartment, a gallery, an artist's studio ... The key word here is flexilibity: the property is in an excellent location and can be exploited in a number of ways: gite, B&B, family home ... whatever suits your project best.
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* agency fees included ____________reference n°:161
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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.
- successful large gite
- 7 ensuite bedrooms
- in the village
- café/restaurant/baker in village
- 40 minutes Perpignan airport.
- ski resort at 45 mins
- very good price
- no distinct 'owners quarters'
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