3 Bed Country House for sale

Puivert, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

£243,947

 [€270,000]

Property Details

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2

Features

  • Roof Terrace,Garden,Outdoor Terrace,Views

Full Description

This lovely Barn conversion is set in a tiny hamlet snuggled in the foothills above the Cathar Castle of Puivert, right in the Heart of Cathar Country. The owner was a furniture builder when he and his wife lived in the UK and his love affair with wood clearly continues ... The result is stunning, doors, fittings – even the stairs – have been hand made and they have created a truly magical home…
Drive up the little winding lane with woods on either side of you and the views get better and better as you approach the hamlet. There is a large parking area to the front of the property, easily spacious enough for four or five cars, accessed by the tiny lane that runs only to the last house in the hamlet higher up.


THE ACCOMMODATION

Enter by imposing double doors, especially designed – and handmade – to fit the original broad, arched barn entrance; above the doors are glassed, made to measure, windows to fill in the arch and bring extra light to the interior. The 90 sqm ground floor is almost all open plan – with areas carefully thought out for relaxing, dining, letter writing, playing music, whatever you want…

One of the main design features is the kitchen; - a single step down from the main living area – but separated by a generous bar top and looking out over the gardens beyond. Fully fitted, it’s a perfect “chef's” kitchen with bags of space and work surfaces, yet designed so that the cook can still be part of the party! And it's clever too – the step down and the height of the bar top mean that the inevitable plates, saucepans and so on, are hidden from the view of people in the main living area!
Every detail in this property has been carefully planned, is top quality, generous and beautifully finished. There is a large closet on the opposite side of the kitchen flank wall which helps frame a reading area with double French windows that lead out onto the garden and terrace space. Opposite the closet wall is a “full” bathroom with a gorgeous claw footed, roll top bath, a shower, and a one metre hand basin plus toilet.

The generous dining room features a long wall of exposed original stone and exposed ceiling beams. The central living area is spacious and light filled, with room enough for several comfortable sofas and chairs arranged around a state of the art HUNTER woodburning stove which also runs the central heating radiators and could run hot water too if required. This make of stove is of the highest quality – beautiful to look at and to live with – it has the huge benefit of being extremely cost effective – efficient, ecologically sound, dry heat – it is the traditional heating source in the region.
The stairs again handmade, gentle steps curving up along the old stones of the barn wall; painstakingly, lovingly, re-mortared with lime plaster, throwing back the glow of the wood, detailed newel posts. The upstairs landing glows as light floods across the beautiful wood floors. So lovely, in fact, that the owners have conveniently tucked an armchair in front of the window for sneaking a quick read when one should be doing something else entirely!

There are three bedrooms and a full bathroom on this level – all with the original stone walls of the barn exposed and lovingly restored. The highlight at this level is a hidden terrace area which two of the bedrooms lead to with a view of the countryside. The view is gorgeous, from the fresh washed greens of Spring to the Autumnal golds and reds… framed by the way the terrace wall dips to catch the best of it … everything has been thought of to make living here a total pleasure.

OUTSIDE
As you approach the house, the property begins at a triangular piece of land (that could be further developed), before the parking area, with steps leading down to a small orchard. The steps are swathed in blackberries and the wall with moss, there are daffodils between the old trees – fig trees line the access lane it has a finished surface – but feels as though it has been there for ever….

In Spring, Summer and Autumn the terrace area has tables, chairs, possibly the BBQ if eating with the seriously nice neighbours, who if grazing land was needed, would possibly be able to help!

Spilling over with flowers, it leads to the gardens to the rear of the property with mature trees and three additional terraces are waiting for the owners’ son to come with his digger and push the huge rocks into position…. which, now that Spring has arrived is imminent.

THE AREA AND ACCESS

Puivert is home to one of the oldest Cathar Castles - the origin of the Troubadours in fact. The village has a shop and several restaurants as well as the Brasserie du Quercorb which has live music events and special dinners year round in its brewery. Puivert has good airport access either to Carcassonne or Toulouse, less than an hour to the ski slopes and about one and a half hours to the Mediterranean beaches. Spain is about 3 hours away and Andorra – for tax free shopping – about and hour and a half.

Known for its lakes, mountains, winding country roads and excellent weather, the frontier between the Aude and the Ariège departments has been a vacation heaven for years! Biking, hiking, skiing, boating, and beach access are all within easy striking distance -

1 hour to airport in Carcassonne and 1 hour to skiing
1.5 hours to airport in Toulouse
1.5 hours to the beaches of the Mediterranean
Lovely village setting just on the edge of the village and 5 minutes to Chalabre
10 minutes to Lac de Montbel
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