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Chateau Canal du Midi

Château on Canal du Midi

  • Canal du Midi

  • Château – estate with 3 gites

  • between Toulouse and Carcassonne

  • €1,475,000 * (ref 123)

The Canal du Midi – a 17th century engineering masterpiece – links Toulouse to the Mediterranean sea. It is now a tourist waterway with small boats, barges as well as cyclists and walkers using its water and towpath. There are practically no B&Bs or tourist accommodation near the Canal.

A former military fortress transformed into a Palladian-style chateau by an Italian architect, this property goes back a long way. Luckily the present owners have made great efforts to bring the chateau up to modern-day standards without compromising on the authenticity of the materials or décor. In other words, there is no IKEA furniture cluttering up early 18th century drawing rooms.

As befits a chateau of this standing, the property is completely surrounded by its 5.8 hectares of grounds with no near neighbours. A broad swathe of lawn drops down from the chateau to the Canal du Midi. This part of the canal is relatively quiet – between Castelnaudary and Villefranche-de-Lauragais – but there is a steady traffic of pleasure boats, a sprinkling of cyclists and some walkers in summer.

Château on the Canal du Midi

The chateau has three storeys covering roughly 420m² each. Ground floor comprises the vast entrance hall, large lounge, dining-room, kitchen, study, artist’s studio and diverse pantries and cloakrooms. The second floor has a billiard room (which could double as a ball-room), four bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, at least 3 servants’ bedrooms and a warren of corridors, secret passages and service stairs. The top floor is attic space with headroom for giants, split into about 6 very big spaces.

The grounds are a mix of woodland and lawn, French-style garden and horse paddocks. They include a 3 bedroomed cottage near the canal of around 120 m². The other two gites are in the west wing of the chateau. There’s also an old forge and a bakery (with a bread oven). In other words a selection of accommodation which could be used to generate a bit of income.

The local village has shops, café, restaurant and post office. Castelnaudary (with all services – even a hospital) is only 4 kms distant.

Our opinion: Since the Canal du Midi has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there has been a mini-boom in property prices along its banks. As the canal itself is owned by a Govt organ – the VNF – Voies Navigables Françaises – which does not allow any building or commerce within 6 metres either side of the canal, you can appreciate the value of this sort of property. We would rig it out as a luxury Guest House (using the existing 4 en-suite bedrooms) and offer a table d’hôte befitting the status of the place. The gites could be re-decorated and let at once. The cottage could serve as living quarters for the owners while the servants’ quarters were turned into a comfortable manager’s flat. The whole chateau could be let to groups or wedding parties. There is no limit to what could be done.

* agency fees included reference n°: 123

more information or to arrange a viewing – email

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Haute Garonne – Watermill gite business

Watermill and 3 gites on 7 hectares
indoor pool and sauna – riverside activities
Between Toulouse and the Pyrenees
€495,000 * (ref 150)

The region south of Toulouse – home to France’s booming aerospace industry – is a bit of an insiders’ secret: it is very rural with rolling hills dotted with tiny villages and farms. Small chateaux and massive watermills testify to the discreet rural wealth generated in this fertile land at the foot of the Pyrenees. For from every hilltop one glimpses the range of snow-capped mountains which make this region so rich … in water, in arable land and in tourist attractions.

The property is a massive watermill which, although dating back to the Middle Ages, has been knocked down and re-built so often over the past few centuries that it contains features from a number of distinct periods. For present purposes, the essential thing is that the roof is recent and in very good condition.

The building houses:
– gite 1: a two-bedroomed gite on two floors with separate entrance, terrace and garden
– gite 2: a more modest two-bedroom apartment with views over the river
– gite 3: a very spacious 100m²+ 3-bedroomed gite on the second floor
– the owner’s quarters: big kitchen, pantry, vast lounge, dining room, shower room and two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs
– the wheel room: the water wheel (in perfect working order) can be plunged into the mill-race (which passes under the house) where it turns as it did for centuries. Or it can be hoisted out of the water and admired from a small deck within the (enormous) wheel room.

In a separate building at the back of the mill we find the indoor swimming-pool and spa: a delightful space where clients can relax around the pool practically all year round.

The mill is on a river (obviously) and the area between the mill-race and the river forms a sort of island: a magic place filled with greenery, wild orchids, exotic trees and lots of wildlife. This is what makes this property fairly unique: the sheer space available to guests who want to get away from it all for a few days before a spot of hiking in the hills or searching out a good restaurant (of which there are plenty: we are on the Gascony border here and excellent cuisine is the norm). The local village is just a 3 minute cycle ride up the road.

Our opinion:
There’s something terribly romantic about an old mill: the river-side location, the wisteria-covered façade, the water-wheel and the sound of running water; This property has all this and more: it’s in a beautiful region of France as yet unspolit by ex-pats and mass tourism. The ski slopes are less than an hour, the famous Tour de France routes pass in front of the estate… and yet we are less than an hour from a major international airport (esayJet, BA etc). The gites are in excellent condition, furnished and equipped and ready to go! No hesitation: a sound business propostion.

contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.

* 3% agency fees included reference n°: 150

more information or to arrange a viewing – EMAIL

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