Tarn – small isolated hamlet for sale
3 dwellings – workshop – garage
9 hectares land – own water and wood supply
€395,000 * ref: 093
The Monts de Lacaune and the Parc Naturel du Haut-Languedoc are located in the north-western corner of the Tarn département – a wild and forested region of the Massif Central rich in wildlife, folklore and tradition. This is where persecuted Protestants lived humbly and frugally while their brethern were chased from the cities in 16th and 17th centuries.
This property is not secluded: it’s frankly isolated. At the end of a 2.2 km forester’s track, surrounded by forest, the nearest neighbour is over 1 km distant …. as the crow flies. But there is the local village of Viane which has shops, tobacconist, doctor and chemist about 10 minutes away by car. The state school system ensures that children get picked up at the end of lane and taken to the local primary or secondary school. Telephone and broadband connections ensure that although one is isolated, one is never excluded from the world!
The business is run more as an artists’ retreat than a gite complex. The three dwellings are interchangeable and can be used according to the visitors and their purpose: art seminars, Buddhist get-togethers, intensive English courses.
The three dwelling houses:
Gite 1: two-bedroomed independent house on two floors. Downstairs large living/dining area with bay windows opening on to private terrace. Kitchen and bathroom on this floor too. Upstairs, two double bedrooms, one with access to balcony. Gas-fired central-heating throughout. There is a basement with the gas boiler and storage space.
Gite 2: a vast open space with fireplace with one bedroom. Unrenovated storage and cellar space for possible kitchen/bathroom extension. Central-heating. Shares bathroom with gite 3. Under this gite there is another basement area which used to house animals. Private terrace space and views.
Gite 3: this is where the owner currently lives. Again, a vast vaulted space with wood-burning stoves at each end. Mezzanine bedroom. Bathroom and toilet. Fitted kithcen.
Water is from a well on the land. It is filtered and used as is … as it has been for centuries. Electrics and plumbing fairly recent. Roofing is in traditional slate lauzes and in good condition.
Outhouses: the workshop is a solid building of about 50m² which could be converted into living quarters. Idem for the garage. There is a cattle shed with original mangers under the terraces which could house horses. An area of about 200m² has been used as a vegetable patch for centuries and is full of rich, fertile earth. There’s a greenhouse and a fox-secure henhouse beside it.
This property might suit a couple of families who wanted to get away from the world and experiment in communal living. But we think it has more potential as a genuine retreat – ecological, meditative, artistic – with its plethora of outhouses, cellars, houses and barns; its streams and river-bathing spots, its forests and vistas, wild flowers and mushrooms. It’s a fairly magical place that should be visited.
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- Ref n°: 93
- Summary: Small isolated hamlet in the forests of northern Tarn. 3 dwellings surrounded by 9 hectares of land, mostly wooded. Water is from a spring, mains electricity and gas central-heating provide comfort and the lack of near neighbours make this a perfect place to retreat from the world. Price reduced for a quick sale.
- Address: Gijounet, Occitanie
- Price: €350,000
- Commission: 4% (included in asking price)
- Surface Area: 90000
- Bedrooms: 5
- Bathrooms: 2
The Tarn is a fairly big département stretching from the rugged heights of the Massif Central at Lacaune in the north-east to the balmy flood plain of the Tarn river green with vines in the south-east.
The major towns are all completely different. Albi is the administrative centre and was the seat of the church's power in the region since the 11th century. It is home to the region's largest fortified cathedral (and the world's biggest brick building) and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.
Castres and Mazamet are more industrial: Castres had a weaving industry and Mazamet a thriving tanning and leather goods industry right up to the end of the 20th century. Both used the abundant timber and water resources from the nearby hills. There is also an important outcrop of granite in the hills above Castres in the Sidobre area: this is a tourist attraction as well as a source of raw materials for the building industry.
Gaillac, on the River Tarn, is a wine centre ... and has been since the Romans first planted vines here over two thousand years ago.