its wood, its spring and almost 3 ha, in Occitania’s Pastel Country
This property is 40 minutes from Toulouse and Carcassonne (A61 motorway), a medieval town classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. It is set in the midst of Lauragais or “Pastel” Country, a land with an air of Tuscany.
Near to the Midi Canal and a lake with its nautical centre, between two villages and their shops. An hour from the Mediterranean beaches and the Pyrenean ski resorts. On the outskirts of the land of the Cathars, Malepère and Limoux vineyards as well as many other heritage gems.
Constructed in the middle of the 18th century, redesigned in the 19th century and then renovated from top to bottom in 2017, this chateau spans four levels. It is enhanced with four turrets, two of which have corbelling, flanking its four corners. The slate, gable roof on the main building is new.
A few stone steps go up to old, oak wood, double doors providing access to a corridor. Illuminated via two large windows, it leads to a reception lounge via three sets of double French windows, from where there is a view of a large, 145 m² terrace, paved with local stone. The latter, on the north side, dominates the valley and the infinity swimming pool on a lower level. A semi-professional kitchen is reached via a little wooden door opening into the lounge. An adjoining pantry, followed by an office in the turret, with a view over the parklands, complete this level. At the end of the corridor is a wooden stairway with a wooden handrail and cast-iron railings. A toilet and a storage cupboard have been added under the stairs. Economic and comfortable underfloor heating has been installed under the Marfil marble flooring.
A wide landing, still with its original terracotta floor tiles, provides access to two large bedrooms, including a master suite. On the south side, behind double doors, a bedroom is enhanced with a marble fireplace. Its walls are lined with non-woven, red and gold wallpaper. With a bath set in the south turret facing the tall cedar tree, its bathroom is preceded by a shower room with two wash-hand basins, a walk-in shower as well as a toilet. The main suite, on the north side, comprises two bedrooms separated by a vestibule with cupboards. Two shower rooms, with walk-in showers and toilets, are laid out at the end, providing perfect privacy. The high ceilings, the wide windows, the marble fireplace topped with a large mirror and the non-woven wallpaper are all outstanding.
Set on the stairway between the floors, a linen room laid out in the turret can be reached via a concealed oak wood door. The second-floor landing continues as a through corridor and a landing which leads to a bedroom in the turret. Three large bedrooms, with their own shower rooms and toilets, each have a fireplace, floors covered with their original terracotta tiles and unobstructed views over the parklands.
The attic space, (110 m²) under a cathedral roofing framework (with a 6.20 m high ridge) and featuring natural-coloured chipboard flooring, awaits completion in keeping with the requirements of the new owners: a meeting room, a dormitory, a self-contained flat. This attic space is reached via a wooden stairway going up through a shaft from the second-floor corridor. Numerous, little, half-moon shaped, double-glazed windows are on a level with the floor. A large, east-facing, sliding window lets in sunlight. Four small rooms laid out in the towers in the four corners of the surface area are used as storage areas, two of which house hot water heaters.
The three holiday rental accommodation units
The three holiday rental accommodation units, recently renovated from top to bottom, have a total of seven bedrooms. They include a combination of old features such as terracotta and stoneware floor tiles, parquet flooring, original exposed beams and stone walls as well as modern features including reversible air-conditioning, double-glazed windows, shower rooms with walk-in showers and glass wool insulation of the walls and roofs. Large, unoverlooked terraces look out over the woods, fields and the swimming pool.
This house, opening on to the chateau courtyard, spans a total floor surface area of approx. 140 m² over two levels. The ground floor comprises two large bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and toilet. A stairway goes up to a 75 m² living room, with a sloping ceiling and parquet flooring, composed of a vast lounge and a fitted kitchen. A wide, west-facing sliding window opens on to a wooden terrace, supported on piles, with metal railings, resembling a ship’s rails. The three large, half-moon shaped windows on a level with the floor and the height of the ridge for the exposed roofing framework in the living room provide this area with a luminosity and a modernity in keeping with the architectural codes of the old orangery.
This house spans a total floor surface area of 120 m² over two levels. The front door opens directly into a 40 m² living room. Illuminated via a wide, double-glazed, sliding picture window, this room opens on to a wooden terrace, supported on piles and surrounded by railing resembling a ship’s rails. A ground floor bedroom is designed to accommodate disabled persons.
Upstairs, in the attic space, are two bedrooms with painted parquet flooring and just as many shower rooms and toilets.
Spanning a total floor surface area of 80 m² over two levels, this through holiday rental accommodation unit flanks the side of the chateau. It opens on to the courtyard on the south side and on to the large terrace on the north side. A fitted kitchen opens into the living room. Upstairs, in the attic space with sloping ceilings, are two bedrooms and their shower room and toilet, all with parquet flooring.
An outstanding tree, a three-hundred-year-old Atlas cedar, stands majestically on the lawn facing the chateau. The wood, spanning a hectare, is planted with miscellaneous species such as oak and ash trees. On either side of the chateau are lawns, planted with copses, shrubs and other young trees. Discreet streetlights illuminate the entrance driveway up to the gravel esplanade, facing the porch.
A spring rises on the edge of the wood.
The swimming pool
This 12x6 m, heated, infinity swimming pool, with its chlorine filtration system, is surrounded on three sides by a wide exotic wood deck. Its pool-house, home to the machinery, is extended by a long canopy. A wooden jetty, spanning approx. 20 m² and following on from the deck, is laid on the grass in the shade of the tall trees.
This chateau and its holiday rental accommodation units, renovated from top to bottom, are all of a reasonable size and extremely comfortable. Already up and running, the hotel and catering activity (seven bedrooms spread throughout the three holiday rental accommodation units and six guest bedrooms in the chateau), including rental for functions (birthdays, weddings), can be further developed: once the conversion of the attic space has been completed, it could be used for company conferences or courses linked to well-being and meditation, in keeping with the new owners projects. Tranquillity, luxury and pleasure are the pillars of this property, ready to be appreciated to the full.
|Land registry surface area||2 ha 65 a|
|Main building surface area||500 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||350 m2|
Elodie Bessé +33 1 42 84 80 85
NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.