Utterly Classic and totally refurbished Maison de Maitre” – Built in 1907, and with a wealth of local evidence explaining the quality and style of this totally ” one off ” property. With its 8 large bedrooms and 4 en-suite bathrooms,this house offers great potential both as a spacious family home or a chambre d’hôtes.
Location: In one of the ” Best Kept Secrets ” villages in this region, truly a part of ” La France Profonde “, the “Real France ” …. Fougax- et Barrineuf…. A largely undiscovered village this Agency adores…tucked away in a sunny valley, with beautiful views onto pine covered mountains and a stream running through it that never floods.
Hardly touched by “progress’ ; peaceful, still living proof of the old values, and in one of the most beautiful parts of an area of outstanding natural beauty, Yet Fougax and Barrineuf is only minutes by car from larger villages, small towns….This gives you the best of both worlds.
I only came to know about his utter gem through friends….. Joseph had a head start – having grown up here – and it is a village we both adore…Do look it up on Google Earth… Look at the countryside around…then look at how close it is to Lavelenet and Chalabre.
And, as the ” icing on the cake ” – “la cerise sur le gateau ” – the Tour de France often comes through this village on its way to the high hill climb areas…. Where else could you find this mixture ?…….rural peace and quiet – with a dash of high excitement ? and easy access to bigger villages/ towns….and good air/road access too.
This property sits by a small river, with the original terrace forming the link between the ” Country Dining Kitchen ” , the ” Garden Room ” ( English Colonial feel – beautiful woodwork, doors leading to terrace ) , And leading down to the large garden with the little river forming the property’s rear boundary, which looks out over fields. This stream does not flood and never in the houses 113 years has it come close to flooding the house.
Above the terrace the stone balcony to the main suite looks out over the wooded pine hills opposite. It truly is a magical property. In a town or, ( worse ), a city, you would have to to add an awful lot of noughts to the price….here it is possible.
Built by the hugely successful local family who built and ran the local timber yard, ( which is still running ) it is a “Statement Property “… A celebration of their standing in the community.
It has all the original features it was built with – untouched by ” Architectural Hooliganism “….. Nothing has been ripped out , sold on , and the glorious design of this property is totally as it should be. There are marble fireplaces, classic” cement ” Languedocian, floor tiles, a wonderful ” rural chic ” feel to the country kitchen, and back kitchen – that the current owners have restored but respected. Seamlessly linking the best of the past to the practicalities of today.
They admit to being tempted to put a very “serious ” Range Cooker ” in the large cooker space in the kitchen …. But have decided ( as we all have our favorite Range Cookers .. ) to leave this choice to the future owners.
They have done one of the best renovations we, as an Agency, have seen . They have invested over 100,000 euros ( expenditure can be validated ) to bring this gem of a property back to the standard it deserves. This has been, in our opinion, a labour of love and commitment.
And so intelligently done – not, thank goodness, too many bedrooms and not enough bathrooms …. Each bedroom has excellent and luxurious ” bathroomage ” . They have also kept, and renovated, original bathroom features…. A shower base, with claw feet, ( that I, personally, would all but kill for )… And have updated decoration with a theme that fits totally with the age and ” Standing ” of this wonderful property. The ground floor bathroom/ cloakroom – providing space for outdoor country clothes as well as a hugely generous bathroom – utterly brilliant.
And all this in a virtually ” undiscovered ” village – yet with aa ideal little ” General Store ” – And only minutes by car from larger villages and also towns – views to the forested foothills – easy access by plane -” Occitanie – between the Mountains and the Sea ” – this is the essence of what we love about his region.
All the countryside activities – at all seasons – walking, riding, cycling, motorbiking, climbing, fishing, plus all the winter sports – from skiing, snowboarding, raquettes, – we have it all here.
And a wonderfully flexible property – Either a perfect, large family home – Which this property is at the moment – Or a totally amazing opportunity to run a business, either Chambre d’Hotes , or a mixture of Chambre d’Hotes plus a gite or two…..That could generate a very useful income stream.
This is a very large property… And so wonderfully renovated that you could ” Hit the ground running ” …. No need for renovations….. They’re already done….Unlike many properties.
Quite seriously, if you are considering a lifestyle change, this could be the perfect property….visit, then pack your suitcases, bring your favorite furniture, family things that really matter… And start a new life.
Compare the price of this amazing property to what you could buy in any major Northern European city……. And then start packing.
Any and all questions, please do not hesitate to contact either my colleague Joseph Allett – or me …. Lizzie Rees-Ryall…we have both lived out here for years … And we are here to help.
Fabulous property – already renovated to an excellent standard – 100,000 euros spent on renovation, outlay can be verified.
Priced to sell
Total ” One off ”
Flexible – Either gorgeous, seriously large,family home ( or group of friends ) … Or perfect for Chambre d’Hotes / Gite /s…. income stream plus main home
Wonderful ” unspoilt ” location – yet very near to all amenities and travel links… Carcassonne 1h15 away and Toulouse Blagnac 1h30
Joseph and I, Lizzie , recommend this property unreservedly.
- Central Heating - Oil
- Chambre d'Hôtes Option