exploited as very large luxury gite – sleeping 28
Pool – jacuzzi – bar: exceptional turnover figures
€978,000 * (ref 228)
Carcassonne – France’s most famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Canal du Midi – another UNESCO site, the vineyards of Minervois and the Châteaux Cathares of Lastours are all within 15 minutes of this magnificent property. That’s one of the many reasons that makes it a very special place … and a very successful business.
The property consists of a splendid 19th century manor house, a second more modest house with a separate entrance, a vast summer kitchen and sheltered outdoor dining area, a heated pool, a hot-tub and numerous shady nooks and crannies. In all, there are 16 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, a vast kitchen/dining room which can seat 28 people and a fully-equipped bar-cum-disco cellar!
The attraction of the business is that it can be run in a number of different ways:
1. as it is currently: the owners let out the whole premises as a stand-alone self-catering luxury gite. The tenants (groups of friends or three or four families) can opt to have a chef come in now and again and cook meals for the whole group. The owners are not on the premises.
2. The owners occupy the rear house (3 bedrooms) and let out the rest as a ‘very big gite’.
3. The finest 5 bedrooms (or suites of bedrooms) are designated as B&B rooms and the manor house is run as a upmarket guest house. The owners again live in the rear 3-bedroomed house.
… or it could be used as a rather lovely private home, far from Brexit or post-Trump America.
The manor house has been refurbished and decorated with taste and simplicity. Where possible, original flooring, marble fireplaces and wrought iron staircases have been kept and highlighted. Essential bathroom facilites that were unnecessary in the early nineteenth century have been cleverly and unobtrusively woven into the ancient fabric of the house.
Yes, the property is in a village and it does not have acres of lawns and fields around it demanding constant attention. On the other hand owners and visitors alike have the pleasure of strolling out the front door and shopping in traditional French boucherie, épicerie and boulangerie … before sitting at the terrasse of a café and watching the world go by, pastis en main! The countryside with numerous walks, vineyards and ancient chateaux starts at the manor house gate.
Behind the main house, the pool area is one of the focal points of the premises: heated by a sophisticated heat pump, the water temperature can be kept at an agreable 28°, even in winter.
Our opinion: As a rule of thumb, a decent gite complex should generate roughly 10% of the asking price in annual income. This gives a return on investment of around 8% net … rather more than one gets from leaving your money in the bank these days. This property follows this rule mainly because it is an extremely well-run, well-maintained and, frankly, perfect holiday accommodation. It is also a very nice place to live. At 15 minutes or so from the Citadel in Carcassonne it could do a lot better if marketed to Japanese and Chinese tourists who are now beginning to discover this region: its full potential has not yet been realised.
* agency fees included reference n°: 228
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- Ref n°: 228
- Summary: This is more a château than a classic gite business: it falls rather into the category "Very Big Luxury Gite" which could, if one so wanted, be run as an upmarket Guest House. In other words, with its 2 houses, 16 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, jacuzzi, heated pool and basement bar/club, there are umpteen possibilities.
- Address: Villemoustaussou, Occitanie
- Price: €978,000
- Commission: 3% (included in asking price)
- Bedrooms: 15
- Bathrooms: 12
- Pools: heated pool + spa
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.