Type: Maison de Maitre
Price: 650,000 EUR
Habitable Space 370 m²
Land space 6,500 m²
Elegant professionally restored period house. This beautiful, large ‘Maison de Maitre’ was built in about 1860 and stands in landscaped gardens and woodland. 5/6 bedrooms. Swimming pool. Gas fired central heating. Orientated towards south and west
Located in a village 450m above sea level in the unspoilt countryside of the Aude. The house is located in a village that lies about 20km north-west of Carcassonne. It is a beautiful village with its old stone houses ranged on the hillsides above the church and the 800-year-old ruined Cathar castle, partly restored. There are many lakes in the area and these are wonderful places for swimming and picnics. Perpignan and Narbonne, and the beaches of the Mediterranean, are within easy reach of the village, as are the ski resorts of the Pyrenees. Spain is under 2 hours away. The village has all amenities including a baker, 2 grocery shops (one with motor fuel pumps), a butcher, a hairdresser, hardware/garden supplies shop, pharmacy, two doctors, physiotherapist, nurses and two vets. There are infant and primary schools, a sports stadium, sports hall, 3 restaurants, a bar and a tea/wine bar. There is a vehicle repair shop at the edge of the village. Other restaurants are within a 15 minute drive. The house was completely restored in the 1990s to a high specification. It has magnificent panoramic views of the Pyrenees. Nearly all windows are double-glazed and there is a fully programmable gas fired central heating system. There are two large paved and shaded terraces and numerous places for sitting out in the garden. There is good broadband connection with download speed 14.04 Mbps and upload speed 0,85 Mbps.
On the main floor, is the impressive panelled reception room (8.90m x 7.90m). It has a large marble fireplace with working chimney, the original decorated floor tiles, corner cupboards with curved doors, a secret door and huge 19th century oil paintings on canvas fixed to the walls. From it, a door leads to the orangerie (4.70m x 3.10m) and double doors lead to the main south and west facing terrace which has stunning views of the garden, village and mountains, and a shady wisteria covered wrought iron pergola.
Also on this floor is a fully fitted kitchen (4.30m x 3.00m) a back kitchen with original stone sink, a cellar, boiler room, breakfast room (3.90m x 3.70m), bedroom 1 (3.90m x 3.70m), bathroom 1 (3.70 x 3.00m)with white bath, WC, bidet and basin, tiled floor and trompe-l’oeil decoration.
On the lower floor is a dining room (7.80m x 4.70m) with terracotta tiled floor, a working fireplace with insert wood burning fire, three pairs of french windows leading to a west facing, wisteria covered terrace with balustrade. A second room (5.80m x 3.50m) has a tiled floor and door to the terrace and leads to a laundry room (3.3m x 1.8m) with tiled floor, sink and plumbing for a washer. There is also a wine store and a storeroom/workroom.
Note: This floor could be converted into a self-contained, two bedroomed gite or granny flat.
On the first floor is a library (5.8m x 4.7m) with marble fireplace and inset wood-burning fire. Study/bedroom 2 (4.9m x 3.8m) with marble fireplace. Bedroom 3 (3.6m x 3.0m) with marble fireplace. Shower room (2.4m x 2 2m) with white WC, bidet, basin and shower. Inner hall. Bedroom 4 (4.4m x 4.3m) marble fireplace, parquet floor, french windows to balcony with views over village and mountains. Bedroom 5 (4.3m x 3.7m) with marble fireplace, parquet floor, french windows to balcony also with views over village to the Pyrenees. Bedroom 6 (4.4m x 3.5m) currently used as a dressing room, with marble fireplace and parquet floor. Bathroom 2 (3.7m x 2.6m) with white bath, basin, WC and bidet and trompe-l’oeil decoration.
Stairs lead up to an attic (9.1m x 7.4m) which is fully insulated, heated and floored, and has a triple window overlooking the village and mountains.
Outside: Two-car garage with electrically operated up and over door. Swimming pool (9.8m x 4.0m) including roman steps and with a paved terrace. Summerhouse (5.5m x 2.1m). Workshop/garden store (4.80x 2.5m).
Garden: The house is set in around 6500m2 of land with many trees: chestnut, fig, walnut, magnolia and two magnificent centuries-old cedars. About one half is landscaped garden planted with rosemary, lavender, thyme, roses, hydrangeas, magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons. The other half, which is on a slope, has been left as natural woodland. The garden contains a 19th century grotto, a waterfall, an irrigation canal (free water for the garden, very important!), four fishponds, a disused aviary (could be made into a vegetable garden) and outside lighting.