La Metairie is a large, spacious family home set in about four acres of meadow and deciduous woodland in spectacular French countryside on the outskirts of Cahuzac, a small village in the department of Aude and close to the historic bastide town of Mirepoix and to both Castelnaudary and Carcassonne.
Carcassonne Airport is about thirty minutes’ drive from La Metairie and regular, low-cost flights to London and to Manchester and other airports are available. Toulouse Blagnac airport, and the city of Toulouse itself, are just over an hour’s drive and, from here, connections to many other cities in the UK and around the world are available including flights to the South West of the UK with easyJet. Castelnaudary is close at hand with excellent connections to the motorway network and a train station.
Any of the towns within easy reach of La Metairie offer a full range of shops, supermarkets, doctors, dentists and vets. Schools are available in these towns too and in the larger adjacent villages.
Further afield and yet still within easy driving distance are the Mediterranean ports, cities and towns, ski-resorts in the Pyrenees and Monts D’Olmes and the principality of Andorra. Day trips across the border into Spain are possible with Barcelona being only about three hours away.
Carcassonne and Mirepoix are beautiful reflections of French history and feature spectacular architecture and charm that never fades. The Cathar (SPELLING) trail linking the hilltop ruins of castles such as Montsegur and Roquefixade await walkers, as does a network of beautiful, flat cycle paths passing through breathtaking countryside. The Canal du Midi is close at hand too.
La Metairie is a very impressive looking property styled along the general lines of Toulousiane. Sat under a recent clay pantile roof, with recent zinc guttering, the L shaped building nestles a lawned garden with two points of access. Foundation works for a small pool have been laid and the whole is surrounded by mature trees offering shade in the summer when temperatures are regularly in the upper 30s. There is an underground arched roof brick-built well in the garden which could easily be bought back into service.
The house provides comfortable and spacious characterful accommodation for a large family and much of the unoccupied part of the building is unimproved awaiting further development which would yield a much lager house, gites, or other guest accommodation.
Currently, the house comprises:
Flat parking area big enough for several cars leads to:
Entrance Hall a pleasant and reasonably sized hall with radiator and original tiled floor. Panelled door leading to:
Inner Hall Hallway with downstairs toilet. Oak stairs to upper floors of the main house. Tiled floor. Panelled door leading to:
Living Dining Room A large, L shaped room. Large shuttered windows with views to the formal garden. Large, stone and oak linteled fireplace with 17Kw Supra woodturning stove. Radiators connected to the oil burning central heating system. Tall ceilings and original tiled flooring. Large twin doors leading to garden. Small step and door leading to:
Kitchen Kitchen with ample workspace and a six-burner range (gas fuelled). Step down and double doors too garden. Further door to passageway with doors off leading to:
Utility Room With access to car parking area. Linoleum flooring. Access to central heating system and mains electricity distribution board. Sink with H&C running water. Door learning to:
Cave Mud floored insulated cave for wine storage – currently used as a store room.
Further doors from the passage to:
Downstairs Toilet – With radiator
Guest Room With views to the garden and door to unimproved area of the house.
Downstairs Bathroom With twin sink unit, shower with seat, bidet.
From the inner hall oak stairs lead to floor 1 hall. Doors to:
Bathroom 1 With shower, toiled and radiator. Views to the property’s woods and meadow and to the village beyond. Radiator and tiled floors and walls.
Bedroom 1 Twin aspect with views of a very small church and views to the gardens and to mountain ranges through the trees. Radiator. Original oak flooring. Panelled doors lead back to the hall, and to:
Study / Office / Bedroom 2
Currently used as a study with views to gardens and mountains. Ample room for a double bedroom. Radiator.
Bedroom 3 A large room with radiator and views to the church.
Toilet – A toilet is at the end of the hall.
Stairs leading to:
Attic Apartment with Bathroom
Approach with stairs from the hall, a very large attic apparent with Velux windows and small windows with views to the gardens and woodland. Small shower room with sink. An ideal studio.
From the formal gardens, the house provides shelter from winds and the trees welcome shade in the summer. The L shape is bordered with a cobble path bordering lawn. From this aspect, La Metairie offers other, as yet unimproved areas of the house:
Full Height Garden Barn
A very large space once planned for an indoor / outdoor pool sits in the corner of the L. This space is entered through a large arched doorway and would make a sensational family room that could be opened to the gardens. With ample space for a second floor it also provides access to:
Windowed Roof Space Above the kitchen and utility, apple room to convert to more bedroom or apparent space. Beautiful arched windows with views to gardens and mountains.
From the gardens a large door leads to:
Hallway An unimproved hall with staircase leading to the upper floor of the garden barn and to:
Garage Workshop A very large garage with concrete flooring and an inspection pit. Windows with views to garden. Very large sliding doors for vehicle access and drive leading to steel gates and road to village.
A further unimproved part of the property comprises an attached standing structure with its own courtyard. The structure has a roof and could be converted to an annex house or more accommodation.
From the upper car standing, a wall bordering. In the wall a gate with stair way leads to the property’s bordering woodland. Mature trees dominate with path leading to:
Meadow. The property is attached to its own meadow. With ample space for dog-walking or to keep horses, The meadow is gently sloping and bordered by fencing and woodland. Leading to:
Orchard Mature fruit bearing trees including Apples, Peaches, Plums, Cherry, Quinces etc. Hard standing area with small outbuildings for tools storage. Running water. There is an overgrown vegetable garden just waiting for the next owner to bring it back to life.
Sellers’ Situation With family having grown up and left the nest, La Metairie is too much to manage for the owners. There is no chain onward and the property could be vacated at reasonable notice.
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