In the hills south of Carcassonne – 15 minutes or so from the airport and the famous walled Cité de Carcassonne – this breath-taking estate has it all. Firstly, the views: north to Carcassonne, the Cité and beyond to the Pic de Nore and the Montagne Noire. South to the Corbières, the snow-capped Pyrénées as far as the Canigou, in Catalonia and nary a building in sight.
But views are useless if there’s a motorway running through the garden. Not here. The main buildings are surrounded by 90 hectares (about 220 acres) of forest and meadows, ensuring not just pure air but an intense calm. The land has been untouched for decades meaning that a true biodiversity, unknown in many parts of Europe, exists: birds, animals and plants thrive in untouched nature.
The main buildings – based on an 18th century farmhouse – have been transformed into an upmarket complex comprising a sophisticated Guest House with five en-suite guest bedrooms and a suite, the owners’ living quarters, a vast professional kitchen, dining-rooms, reception rooms, a ballroom, a wine-cellar, a laundry room and much more. Over 800m² of living space, renovated and refurbished to a very high standard. And there’s another 400m² of out-buildings and lofts that await redevelopment.
The 18 metre (heated) pool is located on the south-facing terrace, sheltered from the wind and affording spectacular views over the domaine, the Corbières hills and the distant Pyrenees. More energetic guests can descend the slope to the full-size tennis court: others will prefer the hot-tub overlooking the pool.
The estate has been used over the years as a simple B&B, a gastronomic restaurant, a much sought-after wedding venue … and a combination of all three. Buyers can choose exactly how they intend to run the place as all the elements are in place. We would favour concentrating on the wedding venue aspect as it has had enormous success in the past due to that first and foremost asset: location. Get in touch today to book a viewing and find out why this property is an absolute bargain at this price.