Carcassonne Superb 18th C. Domain with Mansion and park, 3 gîtes, stables, outbuildings, swimming pool, paddocks on 107ha of grounds, quiet and very private, ideal for horses, tourism, farming ***exceptional property***

€2,250,000  £1,883,542
Region: Languedoc - Roussillon
Department: Aude
Location: Carcassonne
Bedrooms: 11
Bathrooms: 9
Plot Size (m2): 1073790
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Ref No: 88034
Type: Manor
Date Added: 01/08/2014
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This superb property is located in the nice countryside of Carcassonne, in Languedoc Roussillon, South of France, with a short drive to amenities. The main entrance through a large wrought iron gate leads to the Mansion which has its complete privacy. The huge agriculture buildings have their own entrance situated at the back. They are built in a U-shape around a very practical large courtyard. There are 3 further apartments, each totally independent. The Mansion has been entirely restored in 2007 with an architect, preserving its authenticity. There is a beautiful park with lots of varied species and a 'jardin à la française’ with the box hedges, giving the property a very special feel and a relaxing ambiance. There are 107ha of continuous land already farmed organically for more than 10 years and are crossed at its length of about 2km by a river.  The land is to about 1/3 in arable land with pasture and meadows with river access, partly in paddocks, and an olive orchard, 1/3 in forest and the remaining third in scrubland. The location is wonderful, in total peacefulness in its valley with views over the own fields and woodland. It’s a property with cachet and charm, only a visit will let you discover all the possibilities at this exceptional property!Description of the Buildings
Mansion  from 1750 and 19th Century
There are 480m² over 2 level, 5 en-suite bedrooms and a suite.
Ground floor:
  • Large entrance hall with sitting area and beautiful wooden staircase

  • to the left a large sitting room 40m² with original floor tiles, fireplace with a wonderful wooden service staircase, opening on the lovely terrace, shaded in the summer and sunny in the winter

  • another lounge or sitting room 22m² with beautiful original floor tiles and a marble fireplace, opening as well on 2 exterior sides

  • from the entrance to the right, there is a corridor leading to the various following rooms:

  • large fully fitted kitchen 27m² barbecue, eating corner, with access to another terrace

  • cloak room 7m², with WC

  • large dining room 55m² with an impressive fireplace, high ceilings, lovely high windows, having a second independent access through the tower

  • besides the kitchen is a pantry, laundry room, small room with a fireplace, large cave with technical installation
First floor:
nice landing with corridor going to the right and left, deserving 5 en-suite bedrooms and 1 suite:
  • bedroom 22m² with fireplace, en-suite bathroom 7.7m², separate WC

  • bedroom 15.5m² with en-suite shower room 4m², separate WC

  • suite with sitting room 22m² (or can be used as a bedroom too) with a wooden staircase leading to the bedroom 25m² with its bathroom 8m², separate WC, with a sloping roof

  • bedroom 19m² with en-suite shower room 5m², separate WC

  • bedroom 25m² with en-suite bathroom 11m², separate WC

  • tower bedroom 24m² with fireplace, en-suite shower room in the tower, separate WC, a staircase is leading up to a small sitting room at top level of the tower
Gîtes attached to the Mansion at the back
92m² single story
One large room 32m² with kitchen, dining and lounge area, with fireplace and visible beams, WC 2m², bedroom 17m² with en-suite bathroom 3.5m², bedroom 13m² with en-suite shower room 3m².

Gîtes 2, part of the farm building complex
90m² single story
Entrance, large room 46m² with kitchen, dining and lounge area, with fireplace, high ceiling, 3 bedrooms, shower room, WC.
En extension of about 100m² would be possible or to create a separate Gîtes.

Gîtes 3, part of the farm building complex
This Gîte of 77m² needs to be updated, kitchen, dining and lounge, 2 bedrooms, shower room, WC. It could be easily as well extended into a 3 bedroom Gîte.

Lovely swimming pool 10m x 5m with large surround, solar shower

Situated at the edge of the park
Greenhouse 25m²
Kennels
Water basin for more then 200m3 of water

Farm buildings built in an U-shape
  • 200m² wine cave with some concrete tanks and 4 grain silos on the ground floor, 200m² in one large room on the first floor

  • Stables 150m²

  • Another building with Garage 36m² and stables 150m² used partly for heating system on the ground floor, the whole first floor are just empty large spaces, partly former living space for employees

  • Other stables of 100m²

  •      In total there are 26 boxes in various distinct places. They all have automatic waterers and security doors.

  •      There are various possibilities to develop further accommodations.
Grounds
A property with 107ha in one piece in such a beautiful surround is quite unusual. The land is composed as following:
  • 2 ha of park and garden (6 redwood, palm, cedar, cypress, old arbutus, 800 years old green oak, ash, white oak, pin sprockets, maritime pine, truffle oak, poplar huge plane trees, rose chestnut etc.)

  • 36ha of arable land – 23ha of grassland, meadows of which 6 hectares are arable – there are 7 pastures with access to the river which are in paddocks (5 Horses)

  • Olive grove 7ha with about 1200 old trees, at the moment under rehabilitation

  • 38ha Forests, pine forest, coppice, copse

  • 3ha coniferous

  • 28ha scrub land
Besides a beautiful Mansion with its relaxing park, the domain offers plenty of features such as:
  • A river crosses the property at its length of about 2km.

  • More then 12kms of tracks on the property, ideal for the training of endurance horses - galloping on 2km

  • Wildlife and nature varied and preserved  

  • real garrigue with thyme and its herbs and bushes, totally unexpected here

  • a richer soil and vegetation compared to the area and altitude

  • pockets of sand with shells like on the seaside

  • the olive grove which has been abandoned for 50 years gives every year more and more oil with the label 'vierge extra qualité supérieure’

  • Water: There are 2 inexhaustible sources of which one is captured by a beautiful grotto. A well is feed by the river. Further the source is filling up a basin of more then 200m3. This water is used for the farming needs, so for the horses and irrigation.

  • The buildings benefit from town water. There are 3 septic tanks with partly in need of work.

  • Hunting on invitation
Just some ideas about development possibilities:
  • species such as thyme, rosemary, lavender aromatic and medicinal plants

  • Organic farming (vegetables, cereal etc.)

  • Wine as it was a winery

  • Truffle

  • Equestrian center with horse riding tours and on-site accommodation  

  • Gîtes and B&B

  • Events, weddings, seminars etc  
General condition
The property is in very good condition. The Mansion has been renovated in 2007 as well as the attached Gîte. All original features are still in place and in very good condition, such as lovely floor tiles, fireplaces, wooden panelling etc. The bedrooms have nice oak floors and some have marble fireplaces. All bedrooms dispose of a TV, phone connection and wifi with enough further sockets. Electric heating, wooden joinery simple glazed, wooden shutters.
The apartment attached to the Mansion has the same beautiful oak floors and the bedrooms propose the same standing as in the main dwelling. The 3 bed apartment is in good condition, but would benefit from an upgrade of the shower room and some repaint. The last apartment is just about habitable for urgencies, it needs total renovation. Those two apartments dispose of a central heating by wood which can be switched to fuel. There are solar panels for the hot water.
The agriculture buildings are all in very good condition and sound.

Comments
A charming property surrounded by lovely countryside. This domain is ideal for a lover of country life with an equestrian business, Gîtes and B&B, a farmer or just for a luxury private use without any commercial background. There are plenty of completely different development possibilities or a mixture of them. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to ask whether your project would fit this exceptional property.
Home Features: Agency fees included

Energy consumption: 102 kWh/m2/yr
102

Greenhouse Gas: 3 kg CO2/m2/yr
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