Auberge de campagne
Villa avec restaurant – gites – B&B
€550,000 * ref 244
An unusual property in one of France’s most beautiful regions. This is a modern, purpose-built restaurant and accommodation complex – an auberge – on the outskirts of a wine village in the Corbières. It comprises two buildings: an 80-cover restaurant with kitchens and cloakrooms and a villa with two gites, 3 guest rooms and the owner’s quarters. There’s a pool, gardens and a plot of building land.
This is not a part-time ‘amateur’ business: it’s a professional restaurant run by professionals producing good French cuisine for tourists and locals alike. And it has the turnover figures to prove it!
The gites and B&B rooms are there to back up the restaurant: the three guest rooms all have ensuite bathrooms and give on to the main terrace and swimming pool. Upstairs, the two gites provide simple, clean and comfortable accommodation: living/dining room with kitchen, 2 bedrooms sharing a Jack’n’Jill bathroom. And each gite has a massive 70m² terrace over-looking the pool. Both buildings are equipped with reversible heating/air-conditioning.
On the other side of the villa there is a plot of land of about 1000m². This may be built on or used for vegetables, olive grove or just left as it is. No one else may build beyond this plot – leaving the panorama of vines, rocky outcrops and maquis intact.
Our opinion: Many of our customers will not even consider this business as it’s a new-build and not a draughty old leaky property, crumbling in a dusty field somewhere. They would be ill-advised to do so! This is a well-run and lucrative business, bringing in more than enough to live on for the couple who run it. The building land out back provides space for development, if wanted. It is mid-way between Carcassonne and the Mediterranean beaches: ideal tourist territory. It would be hard to find a cheaper (or better) restaurant for sale at this price in the region.
* agency fees included reference n°: 244
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- Ref n°: 244
- Summary: A country auberge complete with 40/80 cover restaurant, villa with 2 gites and 3 B&B rooms, big pool and a plot of building land. Right in the heart of the Corbières wine region between Carcassonne and the Med.
- Address: Saint-Laurent-de-la-Cabrerisse, Occitanie
- Price: €550,000
- Commission: 3% (included in asking price)
- Bedrooms: 9
- Bathrooms: 6
- 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.