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€530 000 (FAI)**
|Surface||289 M2*||Plot Size||2634 M2|
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This gorgeous property, formerly a wine warehouse, recently renovated is situated at the edge of the Canal du Midi, facing the port of Le Somail. The home offers a huge volume of 289sq.m living space on two storeys. The ground floor encompasses a large living room with fully equipped, open plan kitchen, generous dining space opening onto the terrace through two French windows, and a large lounge all arranged around a central enclosed log-burning fireplace; also, a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and WC, and from the hallway, a separate WC, study and utility room. Stairs to the first floor lead to a large mezzanine with seating area, two large bedrooms, a bathroom and WC. Accessible directly from the hallway through French windows is a walled courtyard garden with pergola and workshop. The two-and-a-half acre Mediterranean garden has two separate entrance gates and planning permission for a 3-bedroom guest house of 100sq.m living space, leaving plenty of room for a large swimming pool. This is a desirable location for further development and excellent resale value.
Before becoming a tourist spot, Le Somail was an important port for trade and travellers during the 17th to 19th centuries. The Canal du Midi and Le Somail are now UNESCO Heritage Sites. The hamlet, population 600, is served by shops and services within 1.5km in St. Marcel d’Aude. It is surrounded by vineyards, olives and soft fruits with views of the Pyrenees and Black Mountains. This area enjoys the cleanest air in France and 300+ days of sunshine a year. It is a 20-minute drive to the historic Roman town of Narbonne, 25 minutes to miles of fabulous beaches and an hour and a quarter to Spain. Local transport links include airports at Beziers (30minutes away), and Carcassonne (60 minutes). A fast train service operates from Narbonne to Montpellier 25 min., Paris, Barcelona, London, Brussels and Amsterdam.
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The Aude lies in the Languedoc-Roussillon on the edge of the Pyrenees, and as usual within France, such a diverse country, there are a wide variety of landscapes. Vast areas are devoted to wheat fields and vineyards, and mountains and vast forests are scattered throughout the area. The department also has around 50km of Mediterranean coastline, which is always appealing!
The city of Carcassonne is the Aude's most proud possession. The medieval town, which was the inspiration for 'The Sleeping Beauty', boasts an incredible 52 towers and 2 enormous ramparts. A stroll around the city's old town reveals many memorable views, and even form the autoroute, when lit up at night, it looks sensational. The historical city of Narbonne, not far from Carcassone, is another favourite.
The Aude has a large number of castles, reminiscent of its Cathar history. The most impressive citadel is Peyrepertuse, which has 2.5km of ramparts.
The Midi Canal, which flows through the department, is an incredible feat of construction. It took 12,000 men working for 14 years to complete it in the 17th century, and it runs from Toulouse to Thau, passing through Carcassonne. The canal is an incredible 240km in length nowadays, it is used most by the tourist industry and is a great way to explore the region whilst admiring the landscape at a leisurely pace.
The area is proud of its customs and local cuisine, including the world famous cassoulet. Castelnaudary is considered the world capital of this particular dish. There are very strict rules over what constitutes a cassoulet - most importantly, all the ingredients must come from the Aude!
Carcassonne has its own international airport with regular flights to the UK and other European destinations, as well as a TGV train station, so travelling to the Aude is easy.
The french property prices in the Aude tend to be slightly cheaper than the average within the Languedoc Roussillon, but the major cities naturally attract higher property values, particularly Carcassonne.