House and 4 gites on 3 hectares
Carcassonne-Mazamet area – Montagne Noire
€815,000 * ref n° 056
The Massif Central streches down the centre of France right down to the gates of Carcassonne in the Languedoc. The last piece in this jigsaw of ancient mountain ranges (many are pre-cambrian – some are of recent volcanic activity) is the Black Mountain – la Montagne Noire – which straddles the Tarn and Aude départements.
Wooded and fairly high, this wild and beautiful area provides shade and cool in the summer months in what is a fairly hot part of France. Just a few kilometres north of the scorched summer earth around Carcassonne the green pastures of the Montagne Noire are a refreshment to the eyes and the soul.
This mature gite business is on the Tarn side of the Mountain, a few kilometres out of Mazamet, the regional capital. The 3 hectare estate includes meadows, gardens, forest and a stream. Horses have been kept here in the past. A few hundred metres away there is a lake where bathing and water-based activities are permitted.
The complex is comprised of the main 10-room house – where the current owners live – and two independent houses each divided into two gites: 4 gites in all. Each house is separated from the others by gardens with borders rich in azalea and rhododendron as well as the pool. To the south, all the houses look out over fields and distant hills.
The main house is a fairly modern (50’s) mansion with over 10 rooms on three floors. Tardis-like, it is much bigger inside than would appear. The ground floor has a spacious kitchen, a very large living-room with bay windows, open fireplace and dining area as well as three other reception/bedrooms, bathroom and toilets. The second floor hosts 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and quite a few dressing rooms. The basement – used for storage and workshops at present, covers the whole area of the house, some 150m².
The gites are housed in two separate, independent buildings. To the north a modern, blue shuttered house is divided into 2 identical gites with downstairs living room and kitchen and upstairs two bedrooms and bathroom. Each gite has a private terrace and garden out the back.
To the south, behind a thick growth of rhododendron, is the second house, again with 2 gites. One has the standard two bedrooms, the other three (and two bathrooms).
The business has been run at half speed over the past year: the gites are only let for the two summer months. This ensures enough income to cover all the estate’s running costs.
Our opinion: It’s rare to find such a big gite complex in this region. 4 gites – plus a very big main house – means that one can run a real business with turnover in excess of €100k. How? By transforming the main house into a comfortable B&B for a start: there’s plenty of room for the host family as well as 3 or 4 guest rooms. Secondly, one could expand the letting season for the gites dramatically by using modern internet marketing techniques so that they were humming from April to September. Finally, with the towns of Mazamet and Castres so close, one could develop out-of-season activities for local urban dwellers.
We would also suggest putting a spa in the basement: there’s plenty of room and a lot of local demand
What’s for sale?
– Main 6/8 bedroomed house on 3 levels
comprising: a large kitchen, dining/living room with open fire, five bedrooms, 2 extra living-rooms/bedrooms, study/library, five bathrooms, two dressing rooms. Oil-fired central heating throughout. Basement with 150m² of workshops and storage.
– an independent house divided into tow 2-bedroomed gites. Each with private patio and garden. Electric heating.
– a second independent house divided into two gites: one with two bedrooms/1 bathroom, the other with three bedrooms/2 bathrooms.spacious garage.
– pool with secure child-proof wall
– 3 hectares of grounds: woodland, fields and stream.
DPE – underway
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* agency fees included reference n°: 056
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