We always really look forward to reading the George East articles in one of the many French publications that we devour every month, as his observations amuse and more often than not, resonate with us.
This month was certainly no exception and to find that his particular affliction/affection for old wrecks has been given a name by his wife, really made us laugh. She refers to it as ‘French Ruin Constipation’ – meaning that George finds it very hard to pass one.
Oh we know that feeling incredibly well! Also our problem (or delight) in running a business advertising Languedoc properties, means we are, on a daily basis, seeing details about what could be ‘our next project’!
The latest property to land on our desk really got our imagination going and I’m sure it would be right up George’s street too. It’s a cluster of three lovely stone built buildings, set on a 1,000m2 plot with the stunning backdrop of a 12th century castle.
These properties would be fabulous turned into a little gite complex, especially because of their location on the Cathar Trail. Most of the hard work; the clearing out of the rubbish and detritus of centuries of living that wasn’t worth keeping or incorporating into the project, have been cleared out.
What you are now left with is a stunning character proposition and blank canvas in the shadow of a 12th century Cathar castle.
Knowing what we know now and if we were ever to move back to the South of France, we would turn one building into our home with the added benefit of your own garden away from your guests.
We would also turn one, the atelier (workshop) into a family games room and the other property would make fantastic family and friends guest accommodation, complete with washing machine, so they can do their own laundry! But that’s just us, what would you do? There is certainly the opportunity for a decent live in business or you could let all three buildings, utilising local management services.
With 1,000 square metres of garden there is also room for a pool, boules court and summer kitchen with a built in barbecue and pizza oven. There is plenty of room left over for terracing for dining on and all under the shade of a century old walnut tree; perfect cover from the heat of the Mediterranean sun.
These are beautifully framed buildings for you to create your own masterpiece – whatever that might be. Have a look and let your imagination run wild – as we did and we’re having trouble letting it pass!