Estate with B&B (5 rooms) and 3 gites
3 kms from the Cité de Carcassonne
Secluded location in vineyards and pine forests
€740,000 * (ref 121)
Carcassonne is not just the home to one of Europe’s largest and best-kept mediaeval fortresses, it’s also the regional capital whose airport boasts links with a number of UK, Irish and Belgian airports. On the main train-line and motorway linking Toulouse to Montpellier and the Mediterranean coast, Carcassonne is a strategic tourist hub combining old-world charm with modern services and a lively café culture.
But what first-time tourists want as soon as they arrive in Carcassonne is to visit the Disney-perfect Citadel, with its towers and turrets, watchtowers and keeps (pictures below).
This property is a secluded estate just 3 kms (5 minutes) from the Citadel. The perfect location, in other words, for anyone running a tourist business in Languedoc. And the 950 m² of surface area offers the whole gamut of accommodation possibilities: 5 B&B en-suite guest rooms, 3 independent gites, a restaurant with professional kitchen … and a five-bedroomed ‘owners’ house. There’s quite a few garages, store-rooms, cellars and outhouses too if any potential buyer wants to add to the accommodation.
On one side of the estate is the Cité of Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi (also a UNESCO World heritage Site) and on the other … the wilds of the Corbières: a wilderness of maquis and pine forest, criss-crossed with hiking trails, riding paths and cylcing pistes. This is what many guests really come for: a day in the Citadel and then 6 days exploring the Corbières.
What’s for sale?
– a 1.6 hectare estate comprising horse paddock, gardens, car-park, pool
– over 950 m² of living space
– east wing first floor: 5 en-suite guest rooms
– east wing ground floor: wine cellar, storage room, boiler room, atelier/garage
– west wing: 3 duplex gites (2-4 person capacity)
– west wing: owner’s quarters: 5 bedrooms, kitchen, living-room, bathrooms
– restaurant plus pro kitchen with terrace and summer kitchen
The local village (before you get to Carcassonne) has shops, café and baker plus a doctor and a chemists.
Our opinion: This property ticks most of any serious client’s boxes: location, going concern, B&B and gites, secluded but by no means isolated, surrounded by land, local vineyards… Add to that good turnover figures and much potential (the owner has not yet exploited the UK market) in both clientele and outhouses etc and you have a winner on your hands. It’s not cheap …. but then, this sort of property in this sort of location is gold dust.
* agency fees included reference n°: 121
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- Ref n°: 121
- Summary: Location is everything here. Just 3 minutes from the Citadel of Carcassonne - France's second most visited tourist attraction - and yet in rural and green surroundings, this estate must tick all of buyers' boxes. Needs some work on décor and the pool isn't great but well worth a viewing.
- Address: Cazilhac, Occitanie
- Price: €740,000
- Commission: 3% (included in asking price)
- Surface Area: 1.6 hectares
- Bedrooms: 13
- Bathrooms: 10
- Pools: 1
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.