This is an opportunity to acquire a piece of french history; a majestic estate dominating its' elevated position situated near the Tarn/Herault border in Languedoc-Rousillon; what more could you want than an historic chateau?
Well, there's much more; this is a potential dream for so many reasons: the estate set in its 5 hectares (13 acres) of parkland includes a charming and spacious guest/owners house with large living accommodation and 2 bedrooms plus two seperated gites -4 bedroomed and 2 bedroomed all served by private gardens and a generous pool.
The business potential is obvious as a holiday village, wedding venue, boutique hotel, conference centre or just a fantastic family seat (for several families or generations)
This 19th century chateau has been very sympathetically restored to reflect a bygone age; architecturally important and balanced with its turrets, its' interior decor unapologetically baronial in style, there's no IKEA here if that's what you seek, but a true reflection of gracious living.
Practical considerations have been addressed however with new roofing as an example. New kitchen and bathroom further proof.
All efforts have been made to preserve the original features of this impressive chateau including friezes, plasterwork, chandelabras, stuccos and frescoes, the bones of the building (stone, parquets floors, tiling, beautiful staircases and fireplaces) being timeless.
In practical terms the living space is naturally ridiculously spacious ,with 600m2 to choose from and room sizes/plans can be furnished on demand but once in the reception rooms which open onto the expansive terraces with their view to the southern vista ,you'll be seduced by this piece of history.
The owners house is spacious and charming in its' own right, reflecting the owners respect for traditional architecture as with the chateau; spacious and bright comfortable rooms overlooking beautifully landscaped & enclosed gardens and with spacious summer and winter terraces,the latter roofed over and all secluded by ancient stone walls with climbing roses.
Through a stone arch we find the further surprise of guest accommodation comprising 2 gites generously afforded their own garden areas and served by an equally generous swimming pool of 14X7m2
The first gite with 4 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms;
the second 2 bedrooms, 1 bath allowing diverse letting options according to demand.
It goes without saying that these gites have living space to match their sleeping capabilities.
Room sizes would be boring here , but are available on demand.
The 13- acre estate overlooks the valley below and is a mixture of woodland and prairie and there are several gated entrances to this estate; the northern entrance is walled from the road and double gates welcome us into the drive and beautifully landscaped area which serves the "business" side of the estate, first arriving at the gites, garages and then sweeping round to the main house left and opening up to the big surprise opposite: this magnificent chateau with a common garden area between all, complete with fountains and fishponds.
Only now do we get the full scale of this impressive and important estate, worth preserving at a very reasonable price, in this, one of the last affordable regions of the south of France.
An excellent investment opportunity for this charming and glamourous estate with panoramic views over the Montagne Noire, less than 1 hour to the sand beaches of the Med. Labastide-Rouairoux has a weekly market as does the nearby town of Saint Pons de Thomieres which is the capital of the beautiful Haut Languedoc regional nature reserve and whose settlement dates back to the Stone Age as proves its museum of Prehistory.
Labastide also boasts a textile museum having been the most important textile town in the region apparently because of the purity of its river water. A little further afield the vineyards of the Minervois can be reached within a half hours drive, and the Mediterranean beaches in an hour .
The property is equidistant from Carcassonne and Beziers airports at around the same amount of drive time, Toulouse and Montpellier airports being a little further (1h45mins)
The surroundings region deserves a visit. Mazamet and its Cathar museum and 59 years old golf course ,designed by two scottish architects, Castres and its Goya museum, Carcassonne and its walled mediaeval city, and also Minerve , the old Cathar fortress, are all within reasonable distance.
But for those who really want to get out, there is the beauty of the Montagne Noire and different lakes in the area. A great benefit of this property , is the fact that it is entangled with the 50 km long green trail (Passa Païs) which is enbedded in the old railway track from Mazamet in the Tarn to Bédarieux in the Hérault, only reserved for walking, cycling and horse riding.The necessary equipment can be rented at the station. Béziers airport is only 45 minutes drive with links to the UK and Brussels (Charleroi) , and by TGV to Montpellier, Paris/London, Lyon, Marseille and Barcelona.
- Property type
- Special class
- Guesthouse-bed & breakfast-gites
- Grounds 5-10 HA
- Plot size
- 53,000 m²
- Total living area
- 850 m²
- All bathrooms
- Swimming pool
- Caretaker cottage
- Broadband internet