in a vine-growing village north of Béziers
In Occitania, in the midst of an area labelled “Pays d’Art et d’Histoire du Haut-Languedoc et Vignobles”, in a village with a panoramic view over the hillsides, renowned for its vintages and its vine-growing lands.
The area can be accessed via Béziers and Montpellier airports. Béziers TGV train station, with its 4-hour links to Paris, is 30 minutes away by road, as are the slip roads for the A9 and A75 motorways. Montpellier is 60 minutes away. The town of art of Pézenas is 20 minutes away by car. It is also possible to roam the Monts-d’Orb or the picturesque sites of Mourèze Cirque and Salagou Lake, just a short distance away, as well as to laze on the Mediterranean beaches, just a 30-minute drive away
The stone walls are rendered and the roofs covered with local Roman tiles. The facade features four French windows with small balconies on the first floor and four windows with railings on the second floor. Most of the double-glazed windows are protected from the summer sun by electric rolling shutters or by slatted metal shutters.
Facing the house from the other side of the street, a large, stone shed stands next to the car parking area, enhanced with an olive tree. It spans approx. 270 m² over three levels and was once used for making wine.
The rear of the property is adjoined by a polygonal plot of land, spanning approx. 390 m².
The vinegrower’s cottage
Spanning a surface area of approx. 372 m², it provides tangible proof of the exceptional development of the Languedoc region’s vineyards which transformed the morphology of villages and local architecture. The advent of wine-making resulted in radical changes to an urban and architectural structure of the towns that was inherited from the Middle-Ages. The reconstruction of rural buildings was undertaken between the second half of the 19th century and the beginning of the First World War. This urban remodelling gave way to a new type of housing: the Languedoc vinegrower’s cottage, with cellar, home and attic all under the same roof.
The house is accessed from the street via a wooden front door. A door opens into an old wine-tasting room where a grand piano takes pride of place. This room also has direct access to the street. Adjoining it are two old wine-making and maturing cellars, still in their original condition, each featuring a set of large doors opening on to the street. Also on this level, a door under the stairway provides access to a boiler room, laid out behind the old wine-tasting room.
The entrance hall, with terracotta floor tiles, houses the stone stairway going up to the floor above. A glazed door, in the middle of the landing, opens on to the garden.
This level is divided into two sections: on one side of the stairway are the living rooms of current owners’ main home; on the other is a flat, separated by a door and once used by the grandparents. This could be reintegrated into the rest of the house. This floor has the particularity of being on a level with the garden. The section currently lived in comprises a through dining room, a fitted kitchen, a lounge and a study with a superb view of the garden. A toilet. The lounge is enhanced with a stone fireplace. The floors are laid with terracotta tiles, with the exception of the study where parquet has been laid, the extension being more recent. A door opens into the old flat. A corridor provides access to a kitchen and a lounge-dining room overlooking the street, with two bedrooms, a shower room as well as a toilet on the garden side. A door at the end of the corridor leads to a terrace, spanning approx. 10 m².
The stone stairway goes up to the top floor where, on one side of the landing, a main bedroom has been laid out in the old hayloft. To the rear, a shower room and toilet complete this suite. A door on the other side of the landing opens into a corridor which leads to three bedrooms, overlooking the street. On the garden side are a dressing room, an attic with a very high ceiling, a shower room and a toilet.
A wrought iron and glass door, followed by a few steps, leads from the vestibule adjoining the lounge to the garden. A laundry room and a summer lounge, with an open-plan kitchen, laid out around the lawn, have recently been added to the house. A spa bath has also been installed under the atrium roof of the room opening on to the outside. These areas surrounding the garden further include a guest bedroom, with a shower room and toilet.
Spanning a surface area of approx. 1,100 m², this garden is enhanced with numerous Mediterranean plants. Palm and olive trees as well as cycas rival with cypress trees laid out around the garden and flanking the doors. The garden can be reached not only from the lounge, but also from the adjoining courtyard via wrought iron gates. The view over the surrounding scrubland is unobstructed. This property spans a total land registry surface area of approx. 2,400 m².
A 390 m², polygonal plot of land adjoins the rear of the outdoor kitchen-summer lounge wall and the garden, making it possible to extend the latter or to retain a little more privacy.
Large, black metal gates open off the street into a courtyard, spanning approx. 700 m². The latter is bordered by miscellaneous areas given over to storage and parking purposes. A covered lean-to. The buildings surround the courtyard, planted with some trees.
Constructed for producing the estate’s vintages, this shed spans a total floor surface area of approx. 270 m² over three levels. It is built from exposed stone and topped with a gable roof, covered with tiles. It is accessed via two sets of wooden doors. A first set, on the lower level next to the private car parking area, leads to an old barrel storehouse, laid with gravel and spanning a surface area of approx. 100 m². The second set of doors, on the upper level, open on to the street in front of the house. They provide access to a large shed, spanning a similar floor surface area. It is topped with a mezzanine, spanning approx. 70 m². Plans for conversion into a flat are available.
The landscapes in this land, to the west of the French department of Hérault, are like the accent of its inhabitants, cutting and lilting all at the same time. They resemble a balcony looking out over the Mediterranean Sea, where vines have long taken root in its history and its culture, with appellations that alone create the decor: Languedoc, Minervois, Saint-Chinian, Roquebrun.
This vinegrower’s cottage and its outbuildings would be ideal for having various projects all on the same property. Living there and working from home would be a novel way of life. A setting with provincial charm, in the best sense of the term. An invitation to explore an art of living that can but belong to the Languedoc region, where the sun sheds golden light on the villages and where the mildness of the Mediterranean contrasts with the force of the mountain.
|Land registry surface area||2790 m2|
|Main building surface area||362 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||7|
|Outbuilding surface area||450 m2|
|including refurbished area||79.5 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.