Located in a lovely village, in the heart of the Minervois, this beautiful former wine grower’s domaine was lovingly created out of a series of barns with exposed stone walls, traditional wooden ceilings and beams, original floor tiles in many of the rooms and the warmth and charm of the sunny Languedoc. Only 20 minutes from Carcassonne and its airport, 45 minutes from the beaches of the Mediterranean and 35 minutes from the TGV in Narbonne, the location can’t be beat!
The property consists of 352 m2 of living space on three storeys in the main house, plus 36 m2 over two floors in a connected but independent guest house. The entire ensemble flows from one space to another so beautifully, that you can easily imagine living here, as the current owners do, as a single family home with guest apartment – OR you can see how a boutique chambre d’hotes could be created that would provide a series of luxurious suites or apartments plus plenty of outdoor space for every guest.
You enter the main house via a beautifully crafted custom wooden door that evokes the gorgeous woodwork of the beautiful maisons de maître of the period. Yet, with the surprise of a thoroughly modern design concept for the interior, this property seamlessly brings the outside in through huge windows and open spaces that make you feel as if you have stepped into your own private oasis. The professional, chef’s quality kitchen runs from front to back to the right of the entry – dinner parties must be especially wonderful here as the dining room table can accommodate a proper crowd … and if the glass doors are open onto the garden to the rear, the delightful smells and sounds of a party in full swing must spill onto the vine covered terrace space and make any who are invited feel utterly spoiled!
A cozy salon is located just off the kitchen and features wonderful modern sofas and a glowing wooden table scattered around a beautiful and efficient wood stove… cozy for when the winter evenings cool off and a place to snuggle up for the night is welcome. Upstairs from here are three generous bedrooms, a large bathroom with a gorgeous, tiled walk in shower and an office space that could become a fourth bedroom. Up again and you find a second salon area with two additional bedroom areas and a shower room and toilette – a teenager’s dream space for sure! At this level, you can connect into the first of two spaces that feel independent enough to be considered separate apartments. The first has a loft level that is currently laid out as a salon / office area with a fantastic roof terrace and orangerie that look out over the roofscape of the village yet remain utterly private. I thought of an artist or yoga studio immediately. Down the beautiful custom staircase from this loft area brings you to a large and bright bedroom with en suite overlooking the pool and garden areas to the rear. From here, cross an enclosed glass walkway that brings you to the third building in the ensemble – an entirely self contained apartment with salon/bedroom at this level and salon/kitchen and shower room at ground floor level. This apartment has its own separate entrance to the side street as well as its own entrance and private terrace to the garden side. Easily rentable as a gîte in this sought after tourist area, it could also make the most wonderful in-law apartment or guest suite. Any way you describe it, the lucky resident will be utterly charmed by the high end finishes and comfortable spaces.
There a number of very practical spaces at ground floor of the main building as well – a 43 m2 garage with automatic garage door, accessible from the living quarters through a workshop and a laundry room/pantry, which also includes a super practical toilette. The garden is accessed from the garage which makes for easy storage of patio furniture / bicycles and all kinds of hobby equipment that may be too dirty to bring in the main house.
The gardens are divided into two distinct areas by an old stone wall. The first area is accessed from the kitchen, as noted earlier, and the garage … the vine covered terrace as well as the more private covered dining terrace off the separate apartment are located in this section. Through a cut in the stone wall lies the pool area and lawn with a large attached pool house containing a sauna and a shower room and toilette. The pool house is large enough to also accommodate a summer kitchen if you wished to install one. The 12×3 meter concrete swimming pool has been recently renovated and equipped with a new electrolysis water treatment system. Behind the two walled garden areas is the fully fenced agricultural land that has an orchard area with a well. This land would be perfect for horses or for a very large potager… OR we could also envision a formal garden area that could be designed with weddings and family reunions in mind. There is ample room to park many cars, often a challenge for event spaces… and with clever landscaping that focused on the gorgeous unobstructed views of the Black Mountains across fields and vineyards that will never be built upon, you could create your own private enchanted garden!
The house has been renovated with professional companies since 2006 with new windows, an efficient wood stove, and new heating and insulation – most rooms have a heat pump/air-conditioner and the rest are equipped with electric radiators. Situated in a village with all services: a large supermarket, a DIY market, a public pool and spa centre, doctor, pharmacy, schools, library, café, restaurants… this “private oasis” is also conveniently located which make it an ideal for any tourist oriented business. Please visit and see why we are so pleased to be representing this special property!
DPE en cours *Agency Fees Included ** Taxe foncière €4195
- Chambre d'Hôtes Option
- Equestrian Potential
- Handicap Access
- Office space