This is the classic lifestyle-change property for buyers wishing to settle in the south of France into comfortable and interesting surroundings. The Minervois vineyards, the Canal-du-Midi and a typical mediaeval village are all in front of the door, while the UNESCO heritage site – the Cité de Carcassonne – is just 15 minutes away. The kilometre-long sandy beaches of the Mediterranean are less than an hour’s drive to the east and the Corbières to the south offer much more than sturdy wines and hilltop châteaux.
Formerly the property of a prosperous Wine-maker, the domain dominates a portion of the Canal-du-Midi and the vines stretching away to the Montagne Noire in the distance. The main house is a maison de maître: high ceilings, fine staircase, generous-sized rooms. With around 300m² of living space on two floors, it boasts 4 double bedrooms (one ensuite) and a family bathroom upstairs with a spacious kitchen/dining-room and lounge downstairs. Oil-fired central heating.
Separating the gite building from the owner’s house is the former chai, or wine cellar. This two-storey stone-built building functions as a garage/workshop on the ground floor and as a 75m² loft on the first floor. This living space (with its own toilet and shower-room) can be accessed from both the main house and the gites and used as overflow space … or as a games room, a meeting room or events space (think yoga or dancing classes).
The third building houses the two gites. These are back-to-back duplexes with two double bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor and lounge and kitchen/diner on the ground floor. Both have a spacious and private terrace with BBQ and outdoor furniture.
Outdoors there is the delightful garden with olive trees, Mediterranean shrubbery, a 10×5 metre heated pool with wooden decking (and a new liner!), trampoline and play area. The plot most distant from the house (with access to the road) is designated building land, should buyers wish to extend the business. A boathouse, car-park and well make up the different amenities on the estate.
There is something for everyone in this delightful, canal-side business. As a lifestyle-change property it offers a superb home with extensive grounds and 2 well-appointed gites to generate more than enough to cover costs. For more ambitious buyers wishing to extend the business there are numerous opportunities: the building land, the boathouse and access to the Canal-du-Midi all open up boundless possibilities – boat trips, cycling holidays, cycling hostel (enormous demand for overnights from cyclists ‘doing’ the canal) and low-season ‘theme’ holidays. Above all, the property is in perfect condition (and I mean PERFECT) without a leaf out of place. Must be visited …
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