Spectacular! Utterly spectacular! Set in some of the most beautiful scenery that exists, in an area that majors in stunning views, this is one of the most beautiful properties.
Located between Mirepoix and Limoux it is right on the cusp of where the more Mediterranean climate of Limoux – very similar to Tuscany – and the gentler, more wooded, foothill country that surrounds Mirepoix meet. It benefits from the hotter Limoux climate, but it’s approximately 30+ hectares of land also takes in wooded hills as well a grazing pasture.
This sumptuous property with separate house and farm buildings, main building including a square tower. All the land that surrounds this property belongs to it.
There are some properties – not many – that are utterly heart lifting, where a perfect balance is achieved between beauty and function.
Renovated by four friends, the main Domaine building has been divided into 4 separate houses – 3 of them with 2 bedrooms and 1 of them with 4 bedrooms. The guiding light for this inspired design is an ex artist turned architect whose brilliant use of space and ability to combine old materials with every modern comfort filled us with admiration. Each house can be linked with the others, and there is the possibility to add a fifth to this building by completing the Tower transformation. The top of the Tower is open on all four sides, big enough to hold a serious party in and with views in all directions that take your breath away. On a practical note the materials for the renovation are on site and thus it could easily provide another 2 bedroomed unit. Last, but not least, is the currently renovated “5th” house, which has two bedrooms, two shower rooms and sits close to the stables, wonderfully tucked into the landscape. A generous terrace and barbecue area complete the ensemble.
All the houses have seriously generous rooms, all bedrooms are served by their own shower or bathrooms, all the kitchens are seriously well equipped and all the materials used are top quality. Each house has points of similarity yet each has its own particular character as the attention to detail is incredible. Each house is flooded with light and the views from each have to be seen to be believed – there is not an ugly view in any direction. The interior decoration is sophisticated country chic – clean lines – yet with large arched windows giving a chateau feel to the rear facade and curves and exposed stone walls maintaining the country heritage of this incredible property. Many floors are made of chestnut – most people would have used pine – but the chestnut gives a warmth and depth of colour that cannot be replicated, and where tiles are more practical – kitchens and bathrooms – they have been sourced from Italy and chosen to assure hard wear capacity as well as beauty.
To the exterior of the rear facade, green ” walls ” have been planted between the houses giving each a private terrace spilling down to the pastures below and to the intimate terrace that houses the swimming pool looking out over the Pyrenees. A little path leads to the separate house and the farm buildings – currently home to 14 very happy horses. The horses benefit from grazing land that has woods as its boundaries, there is water on the land and the woods give the horses shade in the height of summer. There are paddocks nearer to the main building where you could keep horses or other animals that you want to have close at hand. It is a paradise for animals as well as for people.
The property has a proven income stream as the four friends who own it have chosen to generate an income stream level that offsets running costs. Clearly this could be expanded and/or maximised. The land around the main building is ideal for corporate or private hospitality – the circular drive and adjacent land being close enough either to provide major parking or to serve as a statement entrance for weddings or other festivities. Equally, you could continue the pattern the current owners favour – providing income for running costs and running rental income in a low key way.
Majestic mountain views, woods and meadows. An excellent business opportunity or simply a wonderful new home. Contact us today to find out more.