8-gite complex in old wine co-op
Stand-alone gite complex on outskirts of village
3-bedroom owner’s quarters
1 hectare of land
€580,000 * ref 224b
The Corbières is the wine region south of Carcassonne and Narbonne: to the East lie the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean, to the South the Pyrenees and to the West the upper Aude valley and the Limoux wine appellation. It’s a land of rugged and rocky outcrops, tiny vineyards wedged in between expanses of maquis and rock canyons with very very few isolated houses. The few habitations there are are grouped in tight, stone-built villages.
This property is a former wine co-operative, a massive stone-built edifice designed to transform local vignerons’ grapes into wine, bottle it and dispatch the cases to the 4 corners of the world. It was a victim of over-production in the Seventies when farmers were paid to tear up vines.
A clever conversion of the original building has integrated most of the old wine vats into the new schema: 8 independent gites ranging from cosy one-bedroom studios to bigger three-room flats. Each has its own outdoor terrace and, of course, access to the swimming pool.
The owners have created their own quarters out of the monumental entrance hall of the winery: a huge open space with 8m high ceilings, three bedrooms on a first-floor mezzanine and extensive kitchens and store rooms on the ground floor.
Even better, they have created a large meeting room/events space at the front of the building with its own kitchen/scullery where meals for up to 30 participants can be cooked.
The whole property is surrounded by over a hectare of land – grass mainly with some maquis. The village is just 300 metres down the road.
Our opinion: This property has enormous potential. Not only is it a going-concern, very well-known among the hiking fraternity and in numerous guidebooks about the Corbières, but it has unexploited potential in a number of fields:
1. a further gite could be created out of the last remaining wine vats
2. the ‘events’ space could be used out of season for wine seminars and tastings
3. the surrounding fields would lend themselves either to equine events … or simply to a bit of ‘camping à la ferme’. .
Our mandate for this property has now elapsed. Please contact the owner for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
more information or to arrange a viewing directly with the owner – phone: 04 68 70 08 80 – email
- Ref n°: 224b
- Summary: House and 8 gites. Unusual property with a lot of potential. It's a former wine co-operative cleverly transformed into a home with 8 gites. There's a pool and a functions room and over one hectare of grounds. The way forward would be to create a wine-tasting centre with year-round activities.
- Address: Massac, Occitanie
- Price: €580,000
- Commission: no comm: direct sale
- Surface Area: 1 hectare
- Phone Number: 0468700880
- Bedrooms: 12
- Bathrooms: 9
- Pools: yes, one
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.