This is one of the most beautifully restored properties we have ever seen! Located in the historic village of Belesta, on the route to the medieval cathar castle of Montsegur, this barn conversion is warm and inviting in winter and in summer it simply glows as the covered terrace becomes your private outdoor living room. The owners clearly love their home and this is evident down to the smallest detail – charming garden nooks, a lovely juliet balcony, a master suite tucked lovingly under the gorgeous exposed beams and views of the private garden from every room!
As you approach the property, the immaculate exterior hints at the quality within. A drive to the side brings you inside the garden gates and opens onto the lovely outdoor covered terrace. It was almost tempting to forgo the entire tour indoors simply to sit under the lovely wooden rafters and sip a cup of tea as the butterflies fluttered from flower to flower… you could spend days on this terrace… not to mention evenings with a cocktail and the stars above. We tore ourselves away from the magic and when we entered the light and bright open concept kitchen, we were not disappointed – beautifully crafted with custom cabinetry and a large center island, working here would be a dream as you look out over the gardens beyond. Fully fitted, it’s a perfect “cook ” kitchen – plenty of space and work surfaces, yet designed so that the cook can still be part of a conversation.
Every detail has been considered and well planned. There is a small hall behind the center staircase that hides a toilette and a laundry area from main view but which remain perfectly convenient. On the other side of the stairs is the cozy salon with chimney and wood stove that heat the entire home. The chimney was made of stones collected throughout the property and it was fitted so lovingly into the space that it feels as if it has always been there.
The lovely wooden stairs were designed so cleverly that you can access the first step from several angles. Made so beautifully that the staircase is yet again a lovely design detail thoughtfully planned by the owners. The upstairs landing glows as light floods across the rich wood floors. It is easy to imagine spending an afternoon with a good book tucked into a corner on this landing area with the garden view to one side and the warm wooden floors and soaring vaulted ceiling to the other. There are a total of four generous bedrooms in the house. Two of these share a jack and jill bath between them. The master suite was created to take advantage of the vaulted ceiling and runs from front to back on one side of the center landing area. You enter the master suite via a charming sitting area that overlooks the garden. Up another lovely wooden staircase to the roomy bedroom loft area above. The luxurious master bath is located under this sleeping loft and is finished with a gorgeous roll top bathtub, a generous walk in shower and beautiful vanity area. The fourth bedroom is generous in size and could easily be turned into a second suite by opening up the wall into the immaculate storage room with exposed stones walls and exposed beams… easy to image another glorious en suite! Everything has been thought of to make living here a total pleasure.
Behind the kitchen is an unfinished space that runs the length of the house. This area could easily become another bedroom with sitting room and en suite, as there is plumbing already in place to accommodate a bathroom. But, just as easily, this could become a fully equipped gîte and give the new owner a convenient income stream for years to come.
Located up a small path to the rear of the property is the entrance to a 2500 sqm parcel of land that is designated a buildable plot by the Mairie. There are no building permissions in place, but this parcel could be sold separately at some time in the future. Or, it could simply provide more garden space for a potager, for chickens, or even for a horse or two! Whatever you can imagine….
In sum, this property offers the new owner the assurance of a newly built home, yet with the warmth and charm of a true character home! Room to expand and a potential income stream add to the value this property represents. Please visit and join us on the summer terrace… you won’t be disappointed!
DPE en cours *Agency Fees Included ** Taxe foncière €800