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
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