This spacious 3-4 bedroom village house is located in the heart of a very old village, CRUZY, well known for its museum and archeological artefacts, just ten minutes from CAPESTANG and ST. CHINIAN.
It has been our excellent holiday home for the past twelve years and is very attractive and quirky, with lots of living and sleeping space. It boasts a lovely good sized courtyard for outside dining, as well as a terrace on the first level for afternoon siestas and a further terrace on the top floor for watching the beautiful sunsets with a glass of local wine. It is unusual to find a central village house with outside space, let alone on all three levels. Furthermore, off the courtyard on the ground floor is another small courtyard, useful for storing wood and bikes and for reading in the shade of the Fig Tree.
It is very well situated being just a 30 minute drive from the nearest beach and a similar distance from the mountains. Cruzy is located on the edge of the Minervois region in the department of Herault, amid glorious vineyards and just a twenty minute drive from Beziers and Narbonne, both beautiful cities and ten minutes from the small towns of Capestang and St. Chinian where twice weekly markets are held and where good supermarkets are to be found.
The village of Cruzy is one hour from the mediaeval town of Carcasonne and airport, and similar time from Montpellier and Perpignan.
The famous Canal du Midi, featured on Rick Stein's French Odyssey (episode 8 shows this area) is just ten minutes away, and the excellent La Croisade Restaurant (where he dined). There is a good restaurant within walking distance, Le Terminus, and many other excellent restaurants in the near vicinity. Relais Chantovent at Minerve is a favourite, sitting on the terrace overlooking the Gorge du Brian, also Le Petit Nice at gorgeous Roquebrun, is just 30 minutes away.
River bathing is to be found in two or three locations within ten minutes, safe for children, and the lovely Lac de Jouarres at Homps is about 20 minutes. The beautiful Lac de la Raviege at Salvetat is one hour into the Tarn mountains, with picnicking areas, boating, etc.
Cruzy itself has a wonderful butcher, baker (I defy anyone to find a better croissant!), epicerie, post office, pharmacy, and tabac/bar. Also, a twice weekly market selling fruit and veg, cheeses, fish, charcuterie, etc. It is a lively, friendly village, holding an annual festival, vide grenier, and other entertainments. There is a superb large choir that performs regularly and other musical groups.
The house is medieval with thick stone walls which retain the heat from the two large woodburning stoves in the winter and afford valuable coolness in the heat of the Midi summers (very important). It sits on an incline and therefore will not flood (equally important). It is deceptively large, having been enlarged by its previous French owner, and extends right through to the next street. There is rear access which is valuable for taking out bikes, loading wood for the fire, etc.
On the top floor is a large self contained grenier (attic) with its own small terrace and kitchen corner. This is popular with family, a lovely, useful room. A third shower room could easily be installed here.
The house was renovated by the previous owner and has double glazing throughout and is extremely well insulated. There are fly screens to almost all the windows and a small one up, one down annexe which could be converted to a small pied a terre, should you wish. This has an excellent roof, double glazed windows and traditional staircase in red pamments.
The rooms are all of a good size but not one is totally square, which adds to the quirkiness of an old property.
On the ground floor the first room is a kitchen dining room of a good size with a Godin woodburner set into a typical Languedocian fireplace. There are heavy chestnut beams in this room to add to the character.
The kitchen leads into a central 'snug', which we use as a TV room, it is a decent sized room large enough for two sofas, etc.
This room leads into a lovely unusual spacious vaulted 'salon', which is lovely on hot summers' days for relaxing and reading. The outside 'cours' are off this room which lead to a rear passageway into the next street. The passage belongs to the house and is a very useful asset.
Lastly, from the Salon, is a small one up one down building which we use for storage, but which could be converted. It has a new roof and double glazed windows but is ripe for a 'project'.
There are three bedrooms and a shower room on the first floor, and the converted grenier is another bedroom with a kitchen corner. This room has a high ceiling and not the usual low ceilinged attics usually found. It is light and spacious.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO VIEW THIS HOUSE AS THE SIZE CANNOT BE SEEN AND APPRECIATED FROM THE FRONT ELEVATION.