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An extraordinary country residence, transformed from an ancient wine barn, on 120 acres of one of the most beautiful valleys of the French Languedoc. The house and garden wing have been decorated exquisitely, providing a holiday location of the highest standards. Perfect for extended families and friends.

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An extraordinary country residence, a former wine cellar and adjoining garden wing, in the heart of the Corbieres. Available for exclusive rentals year round, with the hot sun in summer and nearby Pyrenees in winter, it is the equivalent to your very own boutique hotel. The house has been transformed from an ancient wine barn, on 120 acres of one of the most beautiful valleys of the French Languedoc. The house and garden wing have been decorated exquisitely, providing a holiday location of the highest standards. The property benefits from a charming live-in couple who can help with everything from housekeeping to concierge.

Inside

The living space in the main house runs the length of the building, from the grandeur of the salle des fetes and the intimacy of the bar, to the twin islands of the open plan, professional kitchen and the comfort of the fumoir cinema space. The contemporary feel of the ground floor is complemented by 18th century fireplaces and the ancient wine tanks. While the living areas of the main house are open plan for a wonderful social feel, there are also smaller salons and sitting areas for cosy, calm, self indulgent moments. With three open fires and underfloor heating, the house feels warm and inviting even during the autumn and winter months.

The kitchen has been designed for those who love to cook and those who love to be cooked for.

The ground floor and garden wing have direct access to the gardens, pool area, courtyard and tennis court.

The large windows and doors help to bring the outside in during the balmy summer days and evenings. The garden wing has a less formal sitting and games room (the salle des jeux); a luxurious, casual snug and play area to get away from the crowd.

Bedrooms

6 double bedrooms and separate two-bedroom staff quarters. In the main house, there are 4 bedrooms on the first floor with beamed ceilings and en suite marble bathrooms. 2 have baths and all have walk in showers. The bedrooms are situated around a dramatic atrium, from which the staircase sweeps to the main floor living space.

The other 2 bedrooms are located in the garden wing which leads directly off the first floor and are situated on either side of the large sitting room, the salle des jeux. Both overlook the swimming pool and garden. Both enjoy walk-in showers.

Outside

The courtyard benefits from an outside kitchen and an 18th century fireplace for barbecues and long summer nights. From every window and terrace, the house offers excellent views of the valley and mountainsides.

Swim in the 15 metre swimming pool which has an electric cover and a thermal exchange heating system (not required in summertime). There are also landscaped gardens, a tennis court and a sheltered courtyard garden which, with the variety of other terraces surrounding the house, provides plenty of options for outdoor living and dining.

Location

11 km to Lagrasse, one of “les Plus Beaux Villages de France”.

Air

26 km west to Carcassonne Airport, 90 km south east to Perpignan Airport, 119 km north west to Toulouse Airport, 138 km north east to Montpellier Airport.

Staff & Dining

Should you wish to have some help preparing your meals, or a chef to do the job for you, arrangements can easily be made.

There are many excellent wineries in the region which include the AOCs of Corbieres , Fitou and Minervois. Many of them are beautifully situated. Within 20 mins of the house, there are several chateaux that produce popular export quality wines. There is a wide choice of restaurants in the area addressing every level of sophistication.

A live-in couple for daily housekeeping and cleaning.  Additional services such as extra housekeeping, chef, butler and driver are available upon request, as are transfers from airports in the South of France.

 

Things to Do

There are a number of excellent beaches within easy reach, such as La Franqui and Leucate-plage, that still retain a certain charm and offer excellent white sand as well as wind and kite surfing. Further south, there are nice beaches from Collioure towards the Spanish border with local villages of great character and charm.

There are many places nearby where you can swim. One above the village of Labastide is a pristine lake surrounded by trees and short grass. Also at Ribaute you can swim in the waterfalls under the medieval bridge. The hill sides are covered with easy trails from which to enjoy the splendid scenery and explore the ancient ruins that dot the area.

This is a 150 mile long canal from Toulouse to the Mediterranean. Beautiful and languid, it is lined on both sides by plane trees. You can rent a barge and cruise along through dappled light.

There is an international standard golf course in Carcassone with great views of the old city.