UNIQUE CONVERTED BARN IN VILLESPASSANS 34360 HERAULT
Villepassans is in the south west of the Herault department(34), close to the boundary with the Aude (11), and now comes under the blanket of the new Occitanie region. Quite apart from being a beautiful place to live, it offers unrivalled access to the rest of the south of France and beyond. The motorways linking Italy and Spain and that from Toulouse and Paris meet at Narbonne which is a delightful city, thirty minutes away. Also within thirty minutes are the ancient city of Beziers and about twenty miles of Mediterranean beaches with the choice of several resorts or just sea and sand.
Further afield to the south, Perpignan and its airport are within the hour and a further fifteen minutes takes you to the Spanish border. To the north, the”Venice of the Mediterranean “Sète and vibrant Montpellier are within seventy five minutes. Another thirty minutes takes you into deepest Provence. Going the other way up towards Paris, Carcassonne with the famous “Cite” and airport are an hour, and the great city of Toulouse another hour.
This is one of the biggest wine producing regions in the world. We are on the boundary of the St Chinian and Minervois appellations and but a short drive from Corbiere, Fitou and Fougeres, so it’s a bit like living in a sweet shop for anyone interested in good wine, as most of the producers are only too pleased to allow you to sample their wares.
Villespassans is situated overlooking the coastal plain at a height of around 250m, so avoids a lot of the muggy weather in the summer. It is an area of rolling hills, often of quite stunning beauty, interspersed with dramatic limestone crags and a perfect base for cycling and walking. It is a small, quiet place, dedicated primarily to the production of St Chinian wine and to a lesser extent, truffles. There are a number of exceptional producers in and around the village and their wines enjoy a fine reputation. The immediate area around the village was the site of Iron Age settlements and numerous beehive shaped dwellings are dotted about, which are carefully preserved by enthusiasts.
There is only one small convenience shop, but It is only a few minutes drive to St Chinian, which has supermarkets, banks etc.etc. and was recently nominated as one of the best places to live in France, due to the quality and availability of medical and educational services, cost of living and the sheer beauty of the surroundings. There is a great street market on Thursdays and Sundays. The gourmet village of Assignan is just down the road.
Originally built as a wine producer’s barn, with a simple living area on the first floor, it has ground floor access via massive double doors at the front and street level access to the first floor at the rear. There are fine views from the front to the hills of the Corbiere and the Pyrenees, and while it would be pushing it a bit to say that we had sea views, the salt water lagoon(etang de Bages) is clearly visible and beyond that, the glint of the Mediterranean and then the hills of the Spanish border.
On the ground floor there is a garage/workshop, accessed by the double doors, with a concrete floor, water and power. The rest of the ground floor is tiled in good quality grey stone/porcelain, a lobby leads to bedroom 1 with window facing the view, a built in wardrobe and exposed stonework, bedroom 2 with access to a small wine cellar and a bathroom with shower over the bath, also to the airing cupboard and the utility room, which was converted from the old wine settling tank and is equipped with work top, sink and shelving. It also houses the washing machine and gas bottles. The original decorative barrel front has been retained as a feature. A tiled concrete staircase with a wide half landing leads to the first floor.
There is a terrace spanning the front of the building taking advantage of the view, tiled in grey with power and water to the original stone sink, which has been retained. This leads back via two double aluminium sliding patio doors, to the living/ dining area with wood burning stove and kitchen area, with custom made shaker style units and professional dual fuel range, also to bedroom3 with built in wardrobe and en suite shower room. An enclosed interior porch leads to the street via double oak doors. Floors are oiled pine boards.
The mezzanine is accessed by a hardwood staircase and is lit by “Velux” roof windows which offer an even better view to the south. It is currently used as an office/ music room and library but would be fine as an occasional bedroom. There is a substantial wooden balustrade and oiled pine floors.
The building has been restored from top to bottom, new drains were fitted and connected to the mains, the new concrete floor was laid on a damp proof membrane and all the suspended floors and the roof were renewed with the exception of main beams which were cleaned up, treated and retained for aesthetic reasons. The electrical and plumbing installations were carried out by reputable local artisans, all the windows are double glazed and the building was insulated to a high degree. Secondary heating is by way of high efficiency electric radiators.
Garage/workshop 27 m
Bedroom 1 14m
Bedroom 3/ en s. 14m
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