Maison de Maître
4.5 hectares of land: meadow, orchard and woodland
Events space of 175m²
Renovated property with central-heating and double-glazing.
30 minutes Carcassonne airport
In the rolling hills stretching away to the Pyrenees south of Carcassonne we find a land of vineyards, woodland and hill-top villages reminiscent of Tuscany. It is dotted with farms, manor houses and châteaux – witnesses to a rich history of wine-making in the region.
This property is such a Maison de Maître: a fine manor house sitting atop a ridge looking south toward the snow-capped Pyrenees. It comes with all the trimmings: outhouses galore, stables, workshops, hangars ….. as well as a four-bedroomed independent gite. This complex of buildings is located in a tiny hamlet (one other family) a few minutes from the main towns of the area: Fanjeaux, Belvès and Limoux.
The main house is a fine mid-19th century structure on three floors with spacious reception rooms and kitchens on the ground floor and five bedrooms and three bathrooms on the upper floors. It has been totally insulated, double-glazed and heated with radiators in every room. As well as this oil-fired central heating there are a number of wood-burning stoves and fireplaces for more ambience.
Attached to the manor house are converted byres and stables which have been adapted for use as a 175m² events space on the upper floor and as workshops and garages on the lower floor. The building is topped off at the eastern end by a typical Languedocienne pigeon loft.
On the other side of the courtyard we find the gite building: a four-bedroomed two-storey stone-built house – recently refurbished with brand new electrics, plumbing and flooring. There is room for a second gite in the neighbouring hangar/barn.
There are over 4 hectares of land associated with the sale: a fine field of about 1 hectare sloping south from the main house with pockets of veg patch and fruit trees. A small stream runs through the bottom of this field and separates it from the three hectares of woodland: pure unspolit nature.
This is a classic ‘lifestyle-change’ property as opposed to a thriving business. The emphasis here is on good, comfortable living (the manor house) with a possibility to generate enough income to cover all costs (the gite). For buyers looking for a challenge there are any number of outhouses that could be turned into more accommodation. There is no pool … but plenty of space to place one. At just 30 minutes from Carcassonne airport with its regular flights to Dublin, Stansted and Brussels this property could easily be transformed into a B&B, a gite complex, a wedding venue … or just simply enjoyed for what it is: a splendid place to live close to nature.