Wonderful Estate with family home and 6 gites in Carcassonne France.
Wonderful Estate with family home and 6 gites in Carcassonne France Euroresales Property ID – 9823959 Property information: Located just north of Carcassonne, on the southern flank of the Montagne Noire, we find a region of vineyards, forests and mountain streams teeming with trout. The rivers are often host to old watermills which nourished cottage industries of weaving and spinning in the nineteenth century and beyond. This property is one such mill, in a self-contained hamlet of dwellings, on the banks of a trout stream a couple of kilometres from a busy and lively village. The estate is self-contained, secluded, with no near neighbours. As well as the main four-bedroomed house, there are six independent gites (self-catering holiday houses), a 15 metre pool, a trout stream and 1.78 hectares of land. Currently the business is run as a Gite complex for about 6 months of the year: April through to the end of October. However, given the location and amenities, buyers might want to use the structure in other ways: B&B, residential courses, retreats, and holiday camp ... whatever. There are four main buildings: the main house, the mill, the stables and the annex. The main house is on three storeys: a fine square building with a robust slate roof. The owners live on the first two floors where they have a large kitchen/dining room, a lounge with wood-burner and four bedrooms and a bathroom. The kitchen gives on to a wide terrace which overlooks the stream. Gas-fired central heating throughout. The top floor is used as a two-bedroomed Gite complete with living room, kitchen and bathroom. It has its own separate entrance from the top laneway and its own gas-fired water heater and radiators. The mill dates back to the 17th century and is divided into two gites, one with two bedrooms, and the other with four, bathroom, kitchen and living-room. Lots of charm with exposed beams, irregular shapes and windows with views of the river and forest. The Stables have been converted into a split-level two-bedroomed Gite with plenty of space and a large private garden area. Finally, the annex is a simple single-storeyed building with two studio gites: much beloved by couples who appreciate the comfort and the reasonable pricing of these cosy gites. The estate occupies the floor and sides of a wooded valley. On either side of the stream there is flat land and this is used for a games area, gardens, car-park and pool. This splendid 15 x 8 metre swimming pool is set back from the houses and meets all safety and health regulations with its anti-child wall, double-filtration system and annual DASS inspection. Part of the land is wooded and provides more than enough firewood for all the houses. Additional information: This self-contained holiday centre offers a maximum of possibilities to buyers willing to think outside the box. It could be run as it is at the moment: letting out the 6 gites for the April-Oct period while enjoying a lifestyle change in the main house. Or introducing an element of B&B activity in the low season. Or developing the estate as a centre for something more specific: yoga retreats, cooking classes, art centre... Finally, one could approach the purchase in a purely business manner and treat it as an investment: put in a manager to run the place (from the annex) and let out all the other dwellings for as much of the year as possible. About the area: Carcassonne, a hilltop town in southern France’s Languedoc area, is famous for its medieval citadel, La Cité, with numerous watchtowers and double-walled fortifications. The first walls were built in Gallo-Roman times, with major additions made in the 13th and 14th centuries. Château Comtal, a 12th-century castle within the Cité, offers archaeological exhibits and a tour of the inner ramparts.