in the wing of a chateau, in the heart of a wooded park
The town is set on an outcrop, one of the last foothills of the Massif Central. It has a view over the banks of the Orb and the Canal du Midi, and is 12 km from the Mediterranean Sea, 50 km from the Haut-Languedoc low mountain range. Numerous essential shops and several weekly markets enliven and enhance local life.
Béziers is also a communication "hub", a crossroads, in addition to the waterways (of the Orb and the Canal du Midi), the A9 (Rhone Valley-Spain) and A75 (Massif Central motorway) motorways link the town to Toulouse (181 km), Montpellier (72 km), Marseille (232) and Bordeaux (423 km). It is served by the Béziers-Cap d'Agde airport, as well as the airports of Montpellier (40 min), Carcassonne and Perpignan (less than 1 hour). Its train station is on the Perpignan-Paris TGV line.
Opposite the entrance drive lies an old water reservoir, as well as an antique column standing on the property line.
The building was created in a rectangular wing of the chateau and is flanked by a four-storey tower, at the top of which part of the stone balustrades still remain. The old rendering of the tower reveals some of the dressed stone, contrasting with the more recent restoration of the house's facade. The roofs are mainly clad with Roman tiles, the northern side of the house is covered with fibre cement sheets.
A little further on, in the heart of the garden, lies the swimming pool with its deck. From there, a passageway leads to a wooden belvedere where you can enjoy a postcard view of the town and its cathedral.
The south-west facing house overlooks the garden and the neighbouring pine forest where the cicadas murmur in July.
The chateau, which has belonged to various owners since its construction in the 17th century, including an illustrious abbot, has been divided into several lodgings, where some of the heirs still live. It now forms a co-ownership property of five lots, each well isolated from its neighbours. The outbuildings were successively converted, including the tower and the south-western wing, located above the chapel of the chateau and making up the residence.
The dwelling comprises a partially buried basement, a ground floor opening onto the garden and a first floor. The tower with its small windows is currently used as a separate flat and could become part of the dwelling. It has five floors, the last three of which are connected to the house, and the first two belonging to the owner of the adjoining chateau, but are not overlooked as they are situated on a lower level.
Covering the entire surface area of the building (approximately 120 m2), it is accessed from either side of the house, under the entrance down a few steps or by a passageway from the garden by the pool. A glazed door to the south leads to a first room with storage space, which could easily be converted into a workshop, sports room or a studio flat. Follows a door opening onto a large room used for storage and technical equipment: boiler and water heater, oil tank, septic tank.
The garden level
From the terrace shaded by a pergola, a glass door opens onto a bright hallway with a painted terracotta floor. On the left, it leads to a vast living-dining room with a sober tuffeau stone fireplace, lit by four low-set windows facing south, other openings allow the sun to flood the room throughout the day. The entire floor on this level is laid with terracotta tiles.
This room opens onto the fully equipped dual-exposure kitchen, which is large enough to take meals with the family. To the rear, a laundry room has been judiciously installed on one side and on the other a charming larder tiled with shimmering multicoloured enamel tiles and an old stone sink.
Next, the corridor, with toilet and cupboard, leads to the master bedroom with large wardrobes. A French window gives direct access to the terrace. A bathroom with bath and shower situated at the back of the room completes this level.
From the drawing room, a terracotta tiled stonework staircase leads to the first floor.
The top floor of the main building is divided in two.
The staircase leads to a large landing under the roof which serves as an open office. A skylight provides overhead light, which is complemented by several windows adding brightness to the space. The floor is once again laid with terracotta tiles, which create a workshop atmosphere, as do the white beams and the large windows that serve as interior partitions. This glass "half-timbering" separates the landing area from a first bedroom, illuminated by a skylight, and a second bedroom, which has now been converted into a painting studio. At the rear, accessed from both bedrooms, there is a shared shower room with toilet.
the left of the landing, a door opens into a long corridor which leads to a toilet and two bedrooms with parquet floors and fitted wardrobes. A shared shower room has been installed between these bedrooms and can be reached from either side. At the end of the corridor, a door opens onto the tower flat.
Sitting alongside the dwelling, it can be accessed either by an independent staircase from the garden, or by passing through a door on the first floor of the house. The doors open onto a sitting room/kitchen opening onto a loggia with fireplace. Several windows, one of which is a recently created loophole, provide abundant light for this living room. The white paving and the light-coloured fitted kitchen also contribute to brighten up the space. On this level, there is a laundry room under the stairs followed by a toilet.
From the corridor, light-coloured wooden steps lead to the two upper levels. On the first floor, there is a bedroom open to the mezzanine with a parquet floor. A stonework balustrade enhanced by a simple square-sectioned metal railing adds a contemporary touch. A bathroom completes the floor. On the second level, a landing leads to two bedrooms and a bathroom with toilet. Exposed wooden beams, light-coloured walls and parquet floors in the bedrooms create the perfect combination for a relaxing atmosphere. The bathroom features bright walls, the washbasin and the wall base are clad with mosaics in different shades of grey. Small square openings enliven the walls, offering a view of the surrounding countryside and the foliage of the trees, particularly the nearby stone pine.
With a surface area of approximately 4,000 m2, it is flanked by a pine forest, ensuring protection from prying eyes on the edge of the property.
Surrounding the house, a garden dotted with flowering shrubs is planted with olive and deciduous trees. Avenues of oleanders, bamboo groves and other Mediterranean species enliven and colour this haven. The park is visible from the entrance hall and from every room in the house.
The terrace faces a lawned area where a barbecue promises delicious feasts for large gatherings in the summer. At the edge of the terrace, a small earthenware pool has been installed, allowing the occupants and their visitors to enjoy the murmur of water at any time. Further on, the swimming pool area is surrounded by dry stone walls, the typical restanques (terraced gardens) of the South of France; the surround alternates large travertine slabs and an exotic wood deck. From the nearby lean-to, a pathway to the teak belvedere offers a breathtaking view of the countryside, vineyards and city, with Béziers cathedral standing atop this picturesque landscape image.
Surrounded by a pine forest and a rich array of green species, lulled by the sound of singing insects in summer, the house is ideal for anyone who wants to live in the middle of a lush vegetation without having to isolate him/herself or give up the advantages of the city of Béziers. The city is as close as it is far, depending on your wishes and obligations.
Inspired by the south, right down to the materials used for its renovation, the residence, with its unobstructed view, has found a place of choice in the quiet and preserved area it extends over. The complex is particularly peaceful and bright, enhanced by a tasteful and high quality renovation.
Within this vast co-ownership property, shared exteriors and private rooms coexist for each occupant, creating separate spaces, respecting everyone’s privacy and giving everyone the space they need to fully enjoy their freedom.
|Land registry surface area||4378 m2|
|Main building surface area||367 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||8|
|Outbuilding surface area||20 m2|
Fabrice Delprat +33 1 42 84 80 85
NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.