Fabulous Farm property with views set in 9.7 ha of land, Aude, Occitanie
This incredible property, dating back 800 years and sitting in the middle of 9.7 Hectares of fields and woodland, is currently home to three charming horses… and what sweethearts they are too! But even if you have no interest in horses or other large animals, this is a property to fall totally and utterly in love with ... The plateau in the middle of the property, where a building has stood for over 800 hundred years, is home to a totally renovated farmhouse – hugely thick walls – stone built – which the current owners have adapted to maximize the views in every direction. Two salons, with a beautiful double sided fireplace, a fully equipped modern kitchen with one of the best views for your morning coffee, plus 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and an office and laundry. Central heating as well.
The farmhouse kitchen is stunning, a good mixture of modern, clean lines, utterly top end furniture and appliances and – of course – those views, a classic 'cook’s kitchen' but warm and welcoming too. The rest of the house has the same ambiance of space, comfort, gorgeous design, utter quality throughout – the showers alone are enough to make a person happy… spacious, well thought out arrangements and, in the master suite, a dressing room that gladdened our hearts ….. and all this without compromising the 'feel' of the old building. The middle section of the classic 'longhouse' property is arranged as 6 chambres d’hotes rooms with en suite baths arranged around a center atrium that is open on one end and enclosed by an enormous glass wall at the other. The views off each side are spectacular! These rooms are large enough to easily be converted to gîtes if you prefer. Beyond this section is a workshop of 100 sq.m on each of 2 levels and a large hangar of 500 sq.m.
THE ACCOMMODATION The ground floor
salon salon office kitchen salle de bain laundry
The first floor
bedroom bedroom salle de bain dressing
THE CHAMBRES D'HOTES
6 bedrooms with en suite baths, large central atrium with views of Pyrenees to south and Black Mountains to north
The current owners adore their horses – who are clearly family members – friendly, no wonder they are happy… the 500 sqm hangar has every need supplied… and to the same high quality as the rest of the property. Stabling, feed stores, tack rooms, a well equipped workshop, and all sheltered by a purpose built open sided barn… details like an on site water supply organized conveniently to hand. If you did want to keep horses, your horses would be ecstatic to be living here ….if not, you would have enough parking for a fleet of vehicles plus a giant play are in all weathers for children.
BBQ area Riding arena Fenced areas for horses
second stone barn on two levels to renovate - gite?
THE AREA AND ACCESS
The approach to this property is stunning, drive through the double wrought iron gates and you have arrived at what feels like the top of the world. The most beautiful views we have seen stretch away in every direction – 360 degrees of breathtaking beauty – the Black Mountains in one direction, the more Mediterranean landscape heading down to Limoux in another, towards Chalabre there are views of the Pyrenees to take your breath away…. and this property sits in the middle; untroubled by neighbours, cocooned in its own land.
9.7 Hectares may sound an awful lot – but it doesn’t feel like it at all. You would indeed need more than a hand mower, but a few decorative sheep to act as mobile lawnmowers would be one solution or you could let a local farmer graze some animals there and do all the work. It doesn’t feel big, simply a lovely, lovely balance of open fields and woodland.
It is situated in a fabulous tourist location being 45 minutes to Carcassonne trains and airport, 1.5 hours to Toulouse, 1.5 hours to beaches, 1 hour to skiing and Pyrenees, 2 hours to Andorra, 3 hours to Barcelona.
This property is scrumptious yet hugely flexible and, importantly, at a realistic price, especially in this setting with the land.