The department of the Aude offers a magical and varied scenery. In the east is a series of coastal lakes. These brackish waters are home to exotic birdlife including white stilts and pink flamingos.
Further inland the dry scrublands host many species of wild orchid, Pyrénéen lilies and numerous wild mushrooms.
To the north and west, the black hills are covered with oak and beech forests. Hot dry summers favour vines and olive trees.
The Aude is Cathar country with the magnificent fortified city of Carcassonne at its heart. The city is well worth a visit and is a Unesco World Heritage Site.
This 200 year old stone village house is 5kms from Homps and has been lovingly and beautifully renovated to cope with modern living.
6 double bedrooms including a master bedroom with en suite and a dressing room and also including a fabulous guest suite with it's own sitting room, shower room and mezzanine bedroom. There are 4 other double bedrooms plus a playroom that could easily be converted to another bedroom or an extra guest suite. The sympathetic renovations have been completed with quality materials. The ground floor has gas underfloor heating and a wonderful insert and chimney in the sitting room for those cosy winter evenings. On the first floor there are 2 rooms with underfloor heating and the others have gas radiators and reversible air conditioning.
The garden is low maintenance with professionally installed artificial grass, shrubs, trees and paths. The heated swimming pool is fully enclosed by a safety metal fence. A superb summer kitchen of 40m2 offers plenty of space for table and chairs and includes a sink, dishwasher, fridge, gas hob, plancha, BBQ and a pizza oven. Add to all of this, a laundry, storage area, wine cave, garage and a large attached barn of 326m2 which can be used for storage, a garage or renovated to offer more accommodation.
It is located in a lively village with plenty of amenities including a grocery shop, pharmacy, restaurant, bakers, theatre and a park.
Price including agency fees: €695.000
Price excluding agency fees: €655.661
Buyer commission included: 6%