Tucked away in the foothills between Mirepoix and Limoux there is a tiny hamlet that looks out over countryside with stunning views in all directions. It is in the true countryside but its location means that you can dip into the far more lively atmosphere of Mirepoix – noted for its wonderful Monday Market and excellent and varied restaurants and pavement cafes surrounding what must be one of the prettiest market squares in France – or Limoux, famed for the production of Blanquette and also for the longest running Fete in this area, cafe life in central Limoux much like a small version of Paris and with some serious shops and restaurants. When you feel that rural calm calls, all you have to do is return swiftly home – about 10 minutes by car – and sit listening to the birdsong and relaxing in the total peace of being in the middle of nature. Definitely, but definitely the best of both worlds.
This detached property, with two charming stone buildings, has sat in this hamlet for hundreds of years, thick stone walls keeping the buildings cool in summer and easy to heat in winter. What sets this property apart from many hamlet properties is that, thanks to its owners, it has been lovingly restored by craftsmen and women who, while keeping the spirit of place, have chosen clean, modern lines but choosing to marry centuries old building techniques with all the modern comforts. The doors are handmade, the wood is chestnut and the current owners sourced iron door furniture that is in keeping with the age of the property – no shortcuts in this property – but a commitment to ensure that all materials are top class and that the woodworking skills that can make something like a staircase not merely functional, but also beautiful, have been given full rein. In the larger property, an open concept kitchen and salon area with a bedroom and bathroom complete the ground floor level. Upstairs are two additional bedrooms. The result is utterly fabulous visually and also delightfully and totally practical… restoration at its very, very best. Unusual too to find a hamlet property with a delightful wrap around garden. The larger house is surrounded on two sides by a series of garden ” rooms “, giving you the choice of shade or full sun, lovely views in all directions, and with mature planting defining the various areas. Given that Jennifer and I saw this property in mid winter, on a crisp sunny day with clear blue skies, the structure of the garden meant that, even without a mass of flowers, it was utterly charming – in summer we suspect that it would be breathtaking. The planting also gives the garden privacy and the ability to feel cocooned in your own private world – untouched by the everyday cares and hustle and bustle that are prone to being a part of modern living. Its proven success as a gite also means that, if a holiday home is your dream, this property could provide a healthy income stream to offset the running costs.
The second home has a charming garden to the front of the property and a covered open sided barn to one side. This part of the property is already a joy, but the huge bonus is the additional attached barn that could be incorporated to virtually double your living space – with a corresponding rise in value once completed. The current owners had intended to use part of the open sided barn as a vast terrace area at first floor linking to an enclosed upstairs living room ( one of the owners is an artist and the intelligent and imaginative use of space is brilliant ) giving inside / outside living space taking full advantage of the stunning views to the wooded hills beyond. The additional attached barn is ready to renovate and has the same lovely views of the hills beyond. This really is the embodiment of the dream of country living. The finished living space has been fully renovate with a charming open concept salon and kitchen / dining area at ground floor level. The shower room and toilet are beautifully designed with tile finishes and there is also a laundry at this level. Up the gorgeously designed custom staircase you find the two generous bedrooms with lovely views over the countryside. Both building have their own unique charm and potential.
Perfect as a full time home, equally as a holiday home – with or without the letting options – this is not only a very, very beautiful property but a seriously practical one. Jennifer and I adore it – it is priced to sell – and we feel that it is a splendid investment as well as being somewhere to love and enjoy. No work to do, just bring your suitcases, add furniture to your personal taste – some furniture can be purchased by private treaty if so desired – relax, listen to the lack of noise apart from birdsong – and step into a world that most of us thought had disappeared.
DPE en cours *Agency Fees Included * Taxe foncière for both €660
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