Rural estate with 5-bedroomed family home – 2 gites – lake – pool
Room for development and campsite
€875,000 * (ref 212)
Mirepoix is a much appreciated mediaeval town at the foot of the Pyrenees. Between Mirepoix and Carcassonne – the main tourist draw and airport in the region – is a beautiful area of rolling sunflower-covered hills, vineyards and forest dotted with tiny villages and ancient churches.
This property is in the centre of this region: a secluded estate on the outskirts of a village with no visible neighbours.
As the above picture shows, the main buildings form a large square with elegant arcades sheltering the main house – a 5 bedroom family home – which gives on to a courtyard flanked by two barns. The big four-bedroomed gite is in the building opposite the main house. The second gite – the cottage – is at one end of the main house complex.
Behind the buildings the land falls away in a series of wooded terraces (which were used many years ago as a campsite housing caravans and tents) to a beautiful lake. There are three hectares of land in all.
The main house is a recently-renovated five-bedroomed family home. The ground floor is given over to a vast open-space kitchen/dining/living area and another more intimate lounge and billiard room. Upstairs there are five double bedrooms and three bathrooms. One of the features of this building is the balcony running the length of the first floor, accessible to all the bedrooms. Oil-fired central heating, a massive wood-burner, double-glazing and good insulation ensure that there is a high level of comfort.
The big gite is comprised of a large kitchen/diner on the ground floor plus one double bedroom and a bathroom. Upstairs there are three more bedrooms and a bathroom. One of the features of this house is the ‘sun parlour’ on the south-facing part of the gite which affords superb views over the forest and mountains beyond.
Gite n° 2 is at one end of the main house and is a simple lounge/kitchen downstairs and two double/twin rooms upstairs with bathroom. It has its own separate entrance and patio/terrace.
The pool is located on a discreet terrace below the main buildings on the southern side.
The rest of the premises is made up of two enormous barns: one is open on three sides and is used for parking. The other is a long structure on two floors with two vast surfaces of about 250m² each. These have been variously earmarked as possible concert venues, gyms, yoga workshops or conference centres … but the obvious use is for two more gites AND an events/meeting room.
Finally, the three hectares of land is mainly wooded but some has been given over to a serious vegetable garden and orchard, chicken run and mobile home for family and friends. There used to be ’emplacements’ for 35 such structures and water/electricity points still exist. The lake is teeming with carp and bream and gives guests the chance to paddle about a bit and to enjoy the small beach area.
Our opinion: This is a going concern located in a much sought-after region, which includes a fully-finished family home and two gites. No further work needed. However, for buyers keen on increasing the turnover there is enormous potential for development. The big barn offers scope for more accommodation and some sort of communal space: gym, meeting room, workshop. The fact that the estate was – in the past – used as a campsite makes one think that an upmarket glamping installation could be the way forward. A top-quality business in a great location: no hesitation.
* agency fees included reference n°: 212
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- Ref n°: 212
- Summary: Formerly a 36-plot campsite (mainly caravans and mobile homes) this large estate has now opted for the gite approach. There is a 4-bedrooùmed gite and a two-bedroomed gite as well as the massive 5-bedroomed main house. Loads of outhouses crying out for development and a very nice vegetable garden and chicken run. The lake is a big attraction as it can be fished and used for leasure activities.
- Address: Gaja-la-Selve, Occitanie
- Price: €875,000
- Commission: 3% (included in asking price)
- Surface Area: 3 hectares land
- Bedrooms: 11
- Bathrooms: 6
- Pools: 1
AUDE - Cathar Country
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.