Unique eclectic house in grounds of over 6800m², offering approximatively 325m² of habitable space comprising 8 bedrooms including 6 with ensuite, a separate gite, a pool/jacuzzi area and exceptional open views all round.
This grand atypical house, re-designed in part by a student of Le Corbusier in the 1950s and until recently, run as a Bed & Breakfast, is thoughtfully divided to provide both comfortable private living space and discreet rentable accommodation.
Built on a hillside over 5 floors, the house is filled with bespoke features such as a grand oak staircase with a wonderfully carved finial and a wall-to-wall oak bookshelf, and original features such as its windows and doors made of hard wood.
The property has two accesses – upper and lower. The upper is marked by a big iron gate leading onto the gardens. It is the most used because of its access to the car parking spaces and the entrance door leading to the guests’ accommodation and private quarters. The lower entrance has a large wooden gate opening onto a walled courtyard with its ornamental magnolia tree. There is a garage and a cave at this level and also an independent one-bedroom suite which is currently used as a comfortable office space.
Stone stairs wind round the side of the house and lead to a terrace with great views and a veranda once used as a guest’s breakfast-room. It is presently used as an art studio and a coat-room. The front door is off this space which opens onto the Le Corbusier-designed large open living area with high ceilings, a central fireplace and black and white tiled floor. Behind is a professionally-equipped back kitchen, a laundry room, a cellar, wood storage and a shower room on the same level.
Guest accommodations, one floor up include 4 large bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms and glorious views over the surrounding countryside. The bigger bedroom also has plenty of storage space and a small child bedroom in annex. There is a door leading to the garden at this level and a separate access going up to the owner’s private quarters.
The owners’ quarters are on the next two floors and consist of one large living room with a fireplace and a bespoke bookshelf, a master suite, an additional bathroom and access to the attic floor partly finished as a bedroom. The living room and master bedroom lead onto a large balcony with splendid views.
The house is situated on the outskirts of a famous village, on the lower section a sloping plot of over 6800m². The upper section is covered with indigenous trees such as olives, cypresses, pine and cedar and several other buildings. Two of these are one-bedroom chalets connected by a terrace and sharing a bathroom and small kitchen. Another one just by the swimming pool houses a jacuzzi, a shower room, and a toilet. Services have already been roughed-in on the property for more chalets (subject to planning permission).
This very unique property in the midst of vineyards and olive groves is a haven of peace, making it ideal for a remarkable hospitality business, a retreat centre or as a spacious large family home.
Bedroom suite – 21 m²
Garage – 37 m²
Cave – 5 m²
Courtyard garden with magnolia tree
Veranda – 25 m²
Open plan living space – 73 m²
Back kitchen – 10 m²
Cellar – 11 m²
Laundry room – 8 m²
Shower room – 3 m²
Wood storage – 5.6 m²
Bedroom 2 – 28 m² with annex bedroom (9 m²) and shower room (4m²) and separate WC
Bedroom 3 – 18 m² including shower room and separate WC
Bedroom 4 – 19 m² including shower room and separate WC
Bedroom 5 – 22 m² including shower room and separate WC
Hallway – 19 m²
Bedroom 6 – 28 m² with shower room (6 m²)
Living room/library – 38 m²
Dressing and shower room – 10 m²
Balcony – 20 m²
Attic room – 8m² (head height)
Swimming pool – 6m x 3m
Chalets and other outbuildings
Multiple terraces and view points
Windows – single glazed
Two fireplaces with heat recuperation points
Reversible A/C in the master bedroom
Automatic lighting in grounds
Tax foncière – 4200€ p.a (approx.)
Villeneuve Minervois – Vibrant historical village renowned for its truffles, with all amenities including 3 restaurants, 15 minutes from Carcassonne and motorways, 40 minutes from Narbonne, 1.5 hours from Toulouse and 55 minutes from beaches
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