Luxury houses for sale in Languedoc
La Baraquette is a collection of new luxury vineyard properties in an authentic seafront vineyard estate in Languedoc, South of France.
The estate will stretch across 6.2 hectares of prime seafront land and the gradual slope will ensure that most of the Languedoc properties for sale will share the panoramic views over the Thau Lagoon. Between the elegant properties of the estate, vineyards will weave their way into the daily life of the resort and from your in the evening, you will be able to watch fishing boats darting between the oyster tables and in the distance the lights of Sète.
Unlike most new developments, La Baraquette is not a gated estate that is separated from ‘real’ life. Instead, all houses have been built as an integrated extension of Marseillan, a lively port-village.
The location of the villas in a working vineyard will give you a unique insight into life as a wine maker and France’s best oysters are grown right in front of the estate and can be tasted in the resort’s oyster bar. And as part of the village of Marseillan, the estate ensures the bustle of bars, bakeries and fêtes are only a short stroll away.
As an owner of one of the luxury Languedoc villas you will have access to all services and amenities offered by the estate and the 5 star hotel that will be part of the vineyard development.
Luxury Languedoc villas
Light, spacious, natural, local – four words that perfectly sums up the luxurious wine estate homes in Languedoc. The villas feature local stone and wood and they all let in plenty of warm, Mediterranean light and all homes enjoy state-of-the-art kitchen appliances, luxury bathroom fittings and remote-controlled air-conditioning and lighting. Innovative ‘outside-in’ glass doors that disappear into walls when opened create a seamless indoor / outdoor living – and they do not take any space.
The result are exclusive homes that combine traditional French elegance with sleek, modern comfort.
Gardens, courtyards and terraces ensure you make the most of Languedoc’s 300 days of sunshine. Outside spaces will be tastefully landscaped with indigenous plants such as lavender, rosemary, oleanders, rocket pines and olive trees.
Owning a property is completely hassle-free. The management company will ensure your garden will be watered and tendered, your home maintained and kept looking good, and you have the option of renting your property through the professional rental management team when not using your villa yourself.
La Baraquette Waterfront villas
The waterfront villas for sale at La Baraquette offer 650m2 of luxurious comfort and style along with unrestricted views overlooking vines and the lagoon. Each villa comes with a 15.5m x 4.3m infinity pool, six ensuite bedrooms, garden and underground parking.
The waterfront Languedoc villas are equipped with the latest high-tech lighting, sound, air-conditioning and wi-fi systems.
If you come by car, you’ll park in one of your four parking spaces in your private garage that also has space for motorcycles and bikes. From the garage you come in to the villa’s large basement. However, the word basement does not do this remarkable space justice. Here you will find your private home cinema, pool table, a private wine cave, sauna with shower room and storage and laundry spaces.
A staircase takes you up to the ground floor, where you enter into a spacious living room with floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening out to the terrace, garden and pool and beyond to the lagoon. The ‘outside-in’ glass walls have been designed to disappear into the walls, allowing the villa to be opened up completely, thus merging indoor and outdoor spaces bringing light, scents and sounds of the Mediterranean into your home in south of France.
Next to the sitting room is a large and modern kitchen-dining room which also benefits from ‘outside-in’. Also on the ground floor is one of the ensuite bedrooms with ensuite shower or bathroom. All rooms on the ground floor, including the kitchen, open out on to a huge wood-decked terrace, the garden, and to the infinity pool.
On the next floor you will find the remaining ensuite bedrooms, each offering stunning views and all but one have direct access onto a wood-decked terrace.
The Languedoc waterfront villas are surrounded by lush gardens with Mediterranean plants; the perfect spot to sunbath by. There is an elegant infinity pool and a few steps further you will find the an outdoor lounge area with central fire place. The large pool measures 15.5m x 4.3m and sports a counter-current jet for your morning exercises and jacuzzi jets to sooth body and mind on warm summer evenings. The pool features a submerged deck that, when lifted, hides the pool completely giving you extra room for big garden parties.
Optional Rental management
At La Baraquette, you’ll be free to spend as much or as little time as you want in your new Languedoc property. However, you also have the option to rent your villa through the estate’s professional rental team when you are not using your Languedoc home yourself. And there’s even a dedicated ‘owners closet’ for you to store your personal belongings when renting your property out.
The management team will handle all the marketing, correspondence, processing of payments, cleaning and changing of linen, cleaning of the property, and even repairs and replacements of lost of damaged objects.
The deal is that you keep 50% of net rental revenues and the management company the remaining 50% as compensation for their services.
Modern French Mediterranean architecture
‘Authenticity’ has been the guiding principle when designing La Baraquette and the integration of the residences with the wine estate and the village is a main component in making the homes part of the ‘real’ France. Authenticity is further reinforced by the architecture and how the estate connects to the local culture and natural environment. Instead of the ‘generic international’ or ‘local pastiche’ approach to design that many resorts opt for, the architects behind the design of La Baraquette, award-winning ‘Slow Life Architecture’ of Barcelona, have brought together the very best of traditional southern French style with the sleek lines and open spaces of contemporary modern spaces.
The result is ‘Modern French Mediterranean’ - airy, spacious and technologically advanced homes with the latest fittings and appliances. The residences combine sandstone and basalt from local quarries with intricate wrought iron railings, and mix the elegant proportions of French ‘maisons bourgeoises’ with the timeless palate of the Mediterranean - sun-bleached blue, deep wine red, warm terracotta and earthy ochre - to create comfortable homes that sit seamlessly with the local village and landscape around them.
Environmental sustainability is another key consideration. While designing and planning the estate, every effort has been made to minimise the use of water and electricity. Solar panels and heat-exchange heating and airconditioning system will help reduce the carbon footprint. And to create a more human, relaxing environment on the estate, massive underground car parks will be built to ‘hide’ the cars. All properties will have at least one dedicated parking space.
The hotel - 5-star authenticity
The estate’s 5-star Hotel provides an oasis of luxury and refinement firmly rooted in the authentic South of France. In the 5-star hotel, a sumptuous spa will offer all manner of massages and treatments, using local olive and almond oils, ’Garrigue’ herbs and Camargue salts.
At the hotel restaurant, you will be able to enjoy 5-star cuisine under a million-star sky, and the best of the lagoon’s oysters, prawns and other seafood prepared using twists on age-old southern French recipes.
As an owner of one of the villas or apartments, you will have private access the VIP Club. Also in the hotel you will find a gym with everything from exercise classes to free weights.
The hotel itself will offer 5-star luxury at every turn, making it the perfect place for your friends and family to stay should you prefer to not have them staying in your apartment or villa. The hotel’s huge horizon pool, looking out over the oyster tables, will provide one of the focal points of the estate, where you can relax with friends at the pool bar and enjoy small plates of local ‘French tapas’.
As an owner of a property at La Baraquett, you are invited to get involved in any way you wish - from picking grapes during the annual harvest to tasting the wines before anyone else at private events. You will also receive two cases of six bottles from the estate each year which you can store in your own private wine cellar built beneath the estate’s Concierge. Your wine cellar will hold up to 200 bottles at the perfect temperature, and have space for private tastings.
The vineyard at La Baraquette will be managed by the winemakers at the Seigneurie de Peyrat. The Seigneurie de Peyrat estate has produced fine wines for hundreds of years from vineyards that stretch for miles around an elegant 17th century château.
The Location – Marseillan and the Etang de Thau
The Etang de Thau is a veritable playground of activities and adventure. On the lagoon itself or in the sea just beyond, you can sail, windsurf or sea kayak to your heart’s content. Mile upon mile of beach, dotted with chic bars and clubs, lines the entire coastline of this part of France. And in the villages and towns on the lagoon, Mèze, Bouzigues and Sète, you’ll find some of France’s finest seafood.
Just in from the coast, a Mediterranean landscape of rolling vines punctuated by towering rocket pines and village spires stretches from the Rhône river down to the Pyrénées and the Spanish border. Here you can spend a day floating down the languid Canal du Midi, clambering over medieval castles, or getting lost in the hubbub of lively local markets. You’ll find chic boutiques and restaurants in Montpellier, Roman ruins in Nîmes, and superb art and Catalan charm in Perpignan. And the entire region is easy and inexpensive to get to - with five international airports within an hour’s drive.
The plot upon which La Baraquette is being built was hotly contested by developers for years, and for good reason - the land rises gently up from the sea, providing some of the most spectacular views in all the Mediterranean.
Situated on the northern edge of Marseillan, a charming and bustling port-village, the villas, apartments and 5-star hotel of the La Baraquette development will occupy land once carpeted in vines. Sitting in your garden or terrace with a glass of rosé, you’ll see the oyster tables stretching across the still, pearlescent waters of the ‘Etang de Thau’ (a salt-water lagoon).
Beyond them the twinkling lights of the port-town of Sète rise from the sea and up the hill of Mont St Claire. Further along the coast lie the pretty villages of Mèze and Bouzigues, both famed for their delicious seafood. And directly across the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon stretch mile upon mile of sandy beaches, peppered with chic beach clubs serving superb food and evening cocktails.
The La Baraquette estate is being developed by a well known company with extensive experience from creating and managing 'authentic luxury' developments in the south of France. The company has transformed some of the most beautiful 19th century châteaux, medieval abbeys and traditional vineyard estates into stylish resorts - each firmly rooted in the history, communities and landscapes in which they have been created.