6-bedroomed farmhouse with two gites
Village setting in mature gardens with views
pool, functions room, outhouses, parking
€484,000 * (ref 243)
Carcassonne – France’s second tourist attraction after Mont St Michel – lies in the plain along with its historic neighbour, Castelnaudary. Most holiday-makers prefer to rent (or live) either north or south of the city in the hilly regions, surrounded by woodland or vineyards. This property is in a tiny village south of Carcassonne, on a raised terrace with views both south to the Pyrenees and north to the Montagne Noire.
This property is what the Irish would call ‘the Big House’ of the village. Not the château but the ‘other’ most imposing property belonging to the biggest landowner, or in this case, vigneron. For this is a wine village, perched on a hill-top and surrounded by a sea of vines. As befits the biggest house in the village it commands extensive views to the south – to the snow-capped Pyrenees – and enjoys probably the biggest garden too.
Although the main house has been used as a guest house in the past, the property is being sold as a private dwelling with two gites, one of which is operational. With the numerous outhouses however, the potential is there for someone with ideas to create a beautiful home and enough gites to generate a healthy income.
THE MAIN HOUSE
The main house is vast: there are three big reception rooms plus a spacious kitchen on the ground floor and six ensuite bedrooms on the upper floor. A bit of re-decoration work and the rooms would be ready to receive guests again in no time at all. The house is littered with original features to delight and intrigue guests: a fine 19th century staircase, marble fireplaces in many of the rooms, original terracotta flooring in the upper stories…
The big gite is adjacent to the main house: kitchen plus lounge downstairs and three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the upper floors.
The small gite – closed for renovation at the moment – is a simple two-person gite with kitchen/diner, mezzanine bedroom and bathroom.
One of the features of this property is the splendid salle des fêtes which occupies one of bigger out-houses. This was the venue for concerts, exhibitions and parties over the past 20 years … and with a bit of redecoration could become again. It has toilets, lighting and access to a wide covered terrace.
The other usuable outhouse offers over 200m² of living space.
The pool and barbecue area is set back from the houses in its own space over-looking the vineyards and mountains. There is parking for a dozen cars in the enclosed, walled domaine.
Our opinion: We’ve been quite open about this property: it needs re-invigorating, re-decorating and re-thinking. But it is NOT a renovation property. The work has been done: good quality bathrooms, new roofing, mains drainage, electrics are all in place. What’s needed is a dynamic couple to re-think the concept: guest house or gite complex? Wine-tasting courses or yoga school? Whatever your plans, buyers should reckon on investing around €80k to get the premises in shape again. But at less than €750k all-in, this is a bargain for a fine property only 20 minutes from Carcassonne airport.
* agency fees included reference n°: 243 similar property in the region: Winegrower’s home and gite