in Cocagne Country at the foot of the Black Mountain
This residence is set in Occitania, midway between the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenean mountain range, 15 minutes from Castres airport (daily flights to Paris) and not far from motorway and rail links. 3 minutes from the village shops; 20 minutes from the historic district of the town of Castres and its houses constructed on the banks of the river Agout.
The “Pink City” of Toulouse, famous for the pink brick used for its housing, is but an hour’s drive through undulating countryside.
Some 350 m² of outbuildings, facing the main house, are partially used for accommodation purposes. They are topped with a square tower.
A covered swimming pool, shaded by cedar trees, and a lake provide much-appreciated coolness in the summer months. This property has two separate entrances.
The main building and the outbuilding standing facing it, partially covered with ampelopsis, were both constructed in a classical manner. The annexe building spans two levels, whilst the house has an extra floor at each of its ends. A bow window on the corner of the first floor protrudes from the facade next to the main entrance. Numerous windows and French windows let in copious amounts of light and look out over the natural surroundings. A square, raised section, once a dovecote, rises above the building, creating the effect of a tower. The traditional roofs, with their wooden roofing framework supported on overhanging cornices, are covered with Roman tiles.
A through vestibule leads to a gravel terrace which runs the length of the facade. It provides access, on one side, to a kitchen as well as its pantry and, on the other, to a dining room. A corridor leads to a large lounge with a fireplace. This level has terracotta and floor tiles throughout. With the exception of the toilet, all the rooms have a view of the parklands. A first self-contained flat, with a lounge, a fireplace and a shower room can be accessed at the back of the house via the parklands.
A wooden stairway, bearing the patina of time, goes up to the bedrooms. All five of the bedrooms on this level have their own bath or shower room with a toilet. With between one and three windows per bedroom, they are all very bright and have views of the parklands. At the end of a long corridor, laid with parquet flooring, is a lounge with a mezzanine library. French windows open on to a contemporary, metal stairway going down to the garden.
A last flight of stairs leads to four rooms in use as private bedrooms and/or studies as well as a shower room. Each room is illuminated via one or two windows with a view over the treetops. The adjoining attic space has been converted into a fifth bedroom with a shower room.
Spanning a surface area of 2.5 ha, the parklands surrounding the property alternate meadows (where daffodils bloom in the spring and wild cyclamen flower in the autumn) with various species of trees, hundreds of years old (conifer, lime, cedar, oak, etc.). Here, a bench made of the local Sidobre granite has been set out on an islet emerging from the lake; there, a copse of rhododendron.
Near to the swimming pool, in a building constructed from exotic wood, metal and glass, is an exercise room and an area given over to relaxing massages. It is also used as a storage area for the garden furniture during the winter months.
Facing the main house is a first, 2-storey building. In the first square tower, a self-contained flat comprises a lounge on the ground floor; a bedroom and a shower room upstairs. An old greenhouse is still used for housing the plants come winter. A garden shed. Miscellaneous storage and utility areas (a laundry room, a boiler room and a staffroom). A bedroom and a shower room are all on a level. At the end of the building is an old garage, a large room awaiting conversion, a stairway provides access upstairs. This immense, completely bare area has been raised and partially rehabilitated.
Vestiges of a henhouse and a pigsty are to be found at the entrance, near the carpark.
The proximity of leisure activities, mountain lakes, picturesque villages and shops, whilst standing in open countryside, are all part of this property’s appeal. This large, 1830’s house has been redesigned and can reign once more over the surrounding farmland. The sunflower field landscape is accompanied with the sound of crickets in the summer. This property has always been lived in and very well maintained. Future owners can envisage moving in straightaway, relaxing in the parklands and gazing at the stars during the warm summer evenings. Several configurations could be contemplated. Whatever the chosen project, whether a family home or a professional activity, it will remain a delight.
|Land registry surface area||2 ha 54 a 97 ca|
|Main building surface area||800 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||350 m2|
Fabrice Delprat +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.