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Vineyard gite business with potential bnear Carcassonne

Carcassonne area – vineyard gite business

  • Carcassonne region

  • Gite business with guest rooms

  • 500m² of outhouses to be converted

  • Surrounded by vines – in the Razès area

  • €495,000 * (ref 202)

The Aude is one of France’s most varied départements. To the East we have the Mediterranean coast – sandy beaches galore – inland we find Carcassonne and dozens of castles and châteaux, and in the background, the snow-capped Pyrenees. And more or less everywhere… vines, vineyards and good wine.

South of Carcassonne (the region’s capital and only airport) lie the Limoux and Malepère wine regions. This property is a former winery in the AOC Malepère vineyard. Although still surrounded by vines (some of which belong to French actor Gérard Depardieu) there are no vines included in the sale.

This property is a bit of a work in progress. Time and old age has caught up on the owners and dealt their project a few low blows. Much of what they set out to do is in place… but quite a bit remains to be done.

Two big buildings – parallel to each other – face south. The bigger building is the original 18th century farmhouse which has been divided up thus:

– the family home with kitchen, lounge, three bedrooms, pigeon loft.

– a ‘B&B’ area with a kitchen, a splendid guest room with en-suite bathroom, and a communal lounge.

– a gite with spacious ground floor living/dining space and one big bedroom with ensuite bathroom upstairs.

– a second gite with a similar layout.

– a barn

– a garage

All these structures are in working order and ready to let/be lived in.

Across a courtyard, full of colour and charm, we find the second building. The ground floor consists of a number of very large spaces with basic windows, electrics, concrete flooring. Upstairs they have made a two bedroomed flat/gite, currently used as a jewellery workshop. At one end of the building there is a big garage and the original winery, complete with wine-press and vats.

Outside, there are 2.5 hectares of land: orchard, veg garden, a zone with trees and a 10 metre pool and a vast 1.5 hectare meadow (with organic status) used currently for horses. There is a well beside this field for market-gardening or permaculture projects.

To summarize: family home, 2 gites, guest room, flat used a workshop (but possible 3rd gite) and over 450m² of out-buildings to convert. Pool, veg patch, orchard and 2.5 hectares of land. Near a beautiful hill-top village and only 2.5 kms from shops, post office, bakery, café etc.

Our opinion: This is more than just a gite ‘project’: it’s an up-and-running business, albeit small and in its infancy – but with a bit of work it can get there. Cycling holidays, cooking courses, pottery or some sort of art courses/workshops are all possible here. In short: this is a €850k property going for half that price.

* agency fees included reference n°: 202

more information or to arrange a viewing – email


Entire Hamlet for sale Tarn Valley

Entire hamlet: 4 houses – 2 barns – 6 acres land
no near neighbours – Tarn river valley – secluded location
€350,000 * ref: 176 – direct sale by owner

A rare and beautiful property just a few miles from the Tarn river in the Aveyron département: secluded, yes, but still less than an hour from Albi, 90 minutes from Toulouse and the Med coast. It is a real hamlet – with its own name – and comprises 4 houses, two barns, 2.5 hectares of land and a stream.

As a lifestyle property this has it all. As a gite or B&B business … there is still a bit of work to be done. It is not a going-concern and is being sold simply as a hamlet with loads of potential.

Here’s a run-down on the various buildings:

The main farmhouse. Originally a Vigneron’s house (the valley was full of vines in the past) the basement floor is a vast wine cellar with vaulted roof and thick stone walls. The first floor (or ground floor from the street-side) has two very large reception rooms, a big farm kitchen, a maze of pantries and back kitchens as well as a bathroom and toilet. Upstairs there are 8 double bedrooms and a wash room. On the third floor – the roofspace – is a vast loft area with more than enough headroom to convert into living space. There is oil-fired central heating with a big boiler in the basement and radiators on the kitchen/reception floor.

Gite 1: This is a small two-storey cottage with a fine terrace out front, south-facing and over-looking the valley. Walls and roof in good shape but the interior needs total renovation.

Gite 2 is a much bigger building. It’s really just a shell with good roof but everything to do inside.

Gite 3 is a small house with living space above a cow byre. As yet unrenovated.

The big barn opposite the main house is a beauty. Made of the same red stone typical of southern Aveyron, it has a most unusual roof with stone vaulting giving it a vaguely ecclesiastical look … as well as a fabulous space for any amount of activities. The basement covers the same surface area and is used for animals.

The second, open barn – more a hangar – is used as a garage and storage for hay, farm machinery etc.

The 6 acres of land stretch away in front of the hamlet to a stream below and northwards, behind the hamlet to a wood. Most is meadow which a local farmer cuts for hay. Land is cheap around here and extra woodland, for instance, could be bought fairly easily. There is an extensive vegetable garden and orchard beside the main house and a spring-fed water reserve.

There is a road which runs right through the hamlet. Only one other farm uses this road so its more a link to the outside world than a nuisance. The whole hamlet is within the Parc Naturel des Grands Causses.

Our opinion:
There are hamlets and hamlets but this one ticks a lot of the boxes for hamlet lovers: no near neighbours, land all around it, 4 or 5 separate dwellings, barns to renovate/convert, veg garden and orchard … OK, there is renovation work to be done although the current owners live quite comfortably in the big house. It’s the sort of property that could be done up bit by bit. First, get the main house running as a B&B (there are 8 bedrooms and a loft!) then get gite 1 sorted out before moving on to the others. The big, vaulted barn could quickly become an events room/gym/hall for meetings, activities or wine-tasting. It’s secluded but not far off the beaten track: The Roquefort caves and the Millau viaduct, the lakes at Villefranche-de-Panat and the hiking region to the south are all within easy reach.

The property can be visited by appointment only.

* no agency fees – direct sale by owner – reference n°: 176

Contact the owner for more information or to arrange a viewing – email