Carcassonne château and 3 gites
over 800m² of living space
Run as B&B and gite complex
vast wine cellars
new roof, extensive gardens
10 minutes Carcassonne airport
Price: €995,000 – ref n° 255
This is a former wine château set in grounds just west of Carcassonne in the Languedoc. The old farm buildings have been renovated and modernised to give this configuration today:
- the main château – run as an upmarket B&B – but retaining an independent “owner’s floor”
- three separate gites: 2 x 2 bedrooms and one with three bedrooms
- a massive wine cellar where wine was produced, stocked and aged
- a swimming pool
This configuration gives buyers great scope in planning their future project: the property can be used “as is” offering both B&B and gite accommodation or it could be tweaked towards a more commercial venture catering to wedding receptions and corporate retreats. Or simply used as a fine family home supplemented by a steady revenue stream from the three rental units (weekly or annual).
Carcassonne château and 3 gites
The château is more a rambling country manor house than stately home with numerous big, square, bright rooms and lots of nooks and crannies. The present owner lives on the ground floor with its two spacious (25m²+) bedrooms, living room, laundry room and a ‘farm kitchen’ which is bigger than most people’s entire apartment! This kitchen is, as it should be, the centre of activity with its grand open fireplace, space to seat a batallion of local farmers or urban guests and yet, equipped with everything a modern kitchen demands. The entire chateau is centrally heated.
Guests are lodged in the upper floor in six double bedrooms (one a suite); of which four have ensuite bathrooms. Again, the rooms are immense by normal standards and the bathrooms are of similar scale. Breakfast is served in a sunny breakfast room on the ground floor with optional space on the outdoor terrace.
The gites are currently let on annual leases: these generate around €2k per month. Two of the gites are simple 2-bedroomed holiday houses with kitchen, bathroom, lounge. The third is a top-of-the-range modernized house with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, split-level lounge and ultra-sophisticated kitchen. It has reversible air-conditioning. Gites in this region (10 minutes from Carcassonne airport and 20 minutes from the UNESCO sites of the Cité de Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi) let for around €1000 a week in the season.
We would be tempted to move into the third gite staight away and let out the two other gites and the château itself as a luxury ‘very big gite’. This sort of accommodation with its 8 bedrooms, reception rooms and what amounts to a private pool lets for over €5000 a week this near to Carcassonne. In this way the 10-week summer season generates €50k or so … allowing the owners to enjoy the whole estate for the rest of the year without stress. Another project would involve using the old wine cellars as a wedding venue with accommodation provided by the B&B and gites. Again, this sort of space lets for €5k for a 24 hour period in this part of Languedoc. Whatever your project, this property is so well placed that even a beginner would have no difficulty filling the rooms…
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- Ref n°: 255
- Summary: A chateau this near to Carcassonne is fairly rare. The fact that it is a fully-fledged B&B and can offer 3 gites as well makes it a "must see" property. Carcassonne Cité is the second most-visited tourist site in France ... and the airport has links to Ireland, UK and Belgium.
- Address: Caux-et-Sauzens, Occitanie
- Price: €995,000
- Commission: 3% (included in asking price)
- Surface Area: 1.3 hectares
- Bedrooms: 13
- Bathrooms: 8
- Pools: 1
Aude - Cathar Country
Carcassonne is the capital of the Aude département. It is made up of two towns: the 'old town' (or ville basse) which dates back to Roman times, and the 'Cité' or citadel, the Disneyesque castle which dominates the old town. This has become France's n° 1 tourist attraction after Mont St Michel. The old town is a beautiful maze of streets, and squares with plenty of sidewalk activity. The 'other' UNESCO World Heritage site is also found in Carcassonne - the 17th century Canal-du-Midi traverses the town from West to East.
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.