Chateau Cesseras is a beautifully restored part of a village Chateau dating back to the 12th.Century. Situated in the Languedoc region of Southern France in a quiet and unspoilt village in the heart of the Minervois vineyards, close to Carcassonne, Narbonne and Beziers
The Chateau forms part of the principle building in the village and is almost 1000 years old. The double archway in the cellar of the house dates from the early 12th. Century and in the time of the Cathars formed part of the fortified walls of the village. At the time of the second crusade against the Cathar Heresy in 1210 the castle belonged to Richard Raymond Trencavel, the Count of Beziers, The watch tower was probably built sometime in the 16th. Century and the rest of the property has been remodelled and added to many times over the centuries.
Next to the Chateau is an unrestored dwelling that now has building consent for conversion into a separate 2 bedroom house. This includes a room in the base of the 16th century tower.
CHATEAU CESSERAS ACCOMMODATION
The house is entered through the DOUBLE GARAGE and via a flight of stone steps into the LARGE KITCHEN area, fully fitted with custom built kitchen units. Off the kitchen are a SEPARATE WC and a small UTILITY ROOM plumbed for a washing machine.
The kitchen leads into the beautiful LIVING ROOM/DINING ROOM room which has a large open fireplace, a Godin wood burning stove and built in storage space. The front of the house faces due South and the walls here are over a metre thick.
The whole property has exposed beams and retains many of the original architectural features from its long history.
The living room leads out onto the SOUTH FACING SUN TERRACE, which looks over the red, pan-tiled roofs of the village to the vineyards of Minervois and the Corbières.
Wooden stairs lead up to a landing with a door to the LARGE MASTER BEDROOM. This has a built in double bed and beautiful built in wardrobes. The large windows open due South with stunning views over the village rooftops and beyond. On clear days the mountains of the High Pyrenees are clearly visible on the horizon. Off the master bedroom is an additional SINGLE BEDROOM/DRESSING ROOM in the tower with further views from the window.
The upper floors of the house all have polished wood floors and traditional windows. A short corridor leads into the FAMILY BATHROOM with a WC and a large walk-in tiled bath/shower. At the end of the corridor is another LARGE DOUBLE BEDROOM with a window onto the quiet cul-de-sac and a Velux window in the sloping roof.
The stairs continue up to the top floor of the house and open out into a spectacular large second living room with exposed beams running the full length of the building, with uninterrupted views over the surrounding vineyards and to the Pyrenees beyond. A further TWIN BEDROOM/STUDY leads off this living room and a SECOND TOWER BEDROOM with a single bed is accessed by a short flight of tiled steps.
The double garage has built in storage cupboards and leads to the cellar that contains a 12th. century arch that once formed part of a mediaeval entrance to the village.
SECOND PROPERTY FOR DEVELOPMENT
Attached to the Chateau the 3 storey stone built house for conversion. It contains the base of the Chateau tower including a lovely tower room complete with arrow slit windows. We have building consent to convert this house into a separate dwelling. This will include an entry hall/utility room, a large double bedroom with en-suite bathroom in the tower, a second double bedroom and family bathroom and the third floor taken up by an open plan living room/dining room and kitchen.
The property has significant letting potential having generated average gross income of over 9,000 Euros a year for the past 5 years. This could be augmented by the conversion of the second property.
The village of Cesseras, one of the most sought after locations in the Minervois, is set against the backdrop of the foothills of the Montagne Noire, and looks out over the vineyards of Minervois to the Corbières and the peaks of the High Pyrenees beyond. Cesseras is a small, quiet village, and unusually for rural France, still retains a bar/café and a small general store. The village has a lovely Romanesque church and many winding, narrow streets
The area is in the heart of the ancient kingdom of Languedoc, that until the Middle Ages retained its own distinctive Occitan language (which is the derivation of the regional name of Languedoc). This is still reflected in the dialect of the local people and in many of the place names
THE SURROUNDING AREA
The town of Olonzac is 4 km. South of Cesseras and is the regional town of the Minervois. It has a full range of facilities, with a number of bar/cafes, restaurants and a weekly market. The Canal du Midi runs 2 km. South of Olonzac. This quiet and beautiful canal runs from Toulouse to the Mediterranean and is a World Heritage Site.
The famous Cathar village of Minerve is 6km. North of Cesseras. The village is built over a limestone gorge with the nearby river Cesse which runs under a series of natural arches in the rock. The high limestone Causses and canyons of this area are excellent for walking and observing the local wildlife.
There is excellent walking directly behind Cesseras, with many paths and small roads leading back into the foothills that are covered in Garrigue, the local Mediterranean shrub land.
Carcassonne is only 35 minutes away, a World Heritage Site, it is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Carcassonne new town has all the facilities you would expect of a regional capital including many of the major French Hypermarkets. Beziers and Narbonne are a similar distance and have many tourist attractions and all the facilities you would expect of Mediterranean cities.
The Mediterranean coastal resorts of Valras-Plage and Narbonne-Plage are within 45 minutes drive of Cesseras, as are the coastal Etangs and marshes with their bird life, including Flamingos.
The villages of Roquebrun and Cessenon on the River Orb are within 45 minutes and offer river swimming and rafting. The Montagne Noire are close by, reaching a height of over 1200 m., they can offer a welcome relief from the summer heat with walking in Chestnut and Oak forests.
The Pyrenees are 90 minutes South of Cesseras, the nearest Ski resorts just over 2 hours. Andorra is about two and half-hours away. Spain and the Costa Brava are 90 minutes and Barcelona is two and half-hours by motorway
Price 267,000 €uros