Historic vineyard estate transformed into a luxurious boutique residential development
Of all properties to buy in south of France, Chateau Les Carrasses in represent a rare opportunity to purchase a luxury villa, townhouse or apartment. This superb development with only 28 residences will see the renovation of an exceptional 19th century wine Domaine on a magnificent elevated site, boasting panoramic views of vineyards, the Canal Du Midi and the Pyrénées beyond
This is the quintessential South of France – a landscape of rolling hills fringed with Cypress, ancient forests of oak and chestnut, and the famous vineyards and olive groves which carpet the landscape from the hills to the blue shores of the Mediterranean.
Each of the 28 luxury residences, designed by renowned architect Francois Thoulouze, is fashioned from the existing buildings on the estate. Combining authenticity and traditional character with natural materials and contemporary use of space and light, each residence will make the most of the impressive stone facades, exposed beams, extra-high ceilings and spectacular views. The end result will be homes of unique style and refinement.
The centerpiece of the development will be the winery which was abandoned some twenty years ago. The fully refurbished winery will once more produce quality boutique wines. All founding property owners will be benefitting from a share of the annual yield, estimated at around 40-50 cases per annum per property.
Properties will be sold fully furnished with a full management service in place including letting, concierge, gardens and pool maintenance, chefs, chauffeurs and other guest services – to ensure you get the most out of your property.
Chateau Les Carrasses represents a rare opportunity to purchase a unique, exceptional property in one of the world’s most stable economies – a sound property investment in south of France and a source of pleasure for many generations to come.
Why Chateau Les Carrasses
• An exceptional 19th century wine estate
• Boutique development with 28 one-of-a-kind residences
• Breathtaking elevated position with panoramic views of the vineyards, Canal Du Midi and the Pyrenees.
• Stunning residences, combining authentic character with contemporary luxury
• Working winery with all owners benefitting from a share of the annual yield – estimated at 40-50 cases per annum per property
• Each owner will benefit from private wine cellaring
• The residences are furnished to the last detail – from linen to state-of-the-art entertainment systems to chic French tableware.
• Hassle free ownership with full suite of property management and letting services
• From reservations to chefs and chauffeurs, concierge facilities will be available from the on-site team
• Great access with 8 international airports connecting to Languedoc
• Excellent value, highly competitive pricing
• Financing will be available – up to 90% loan to value for qualifying purchasers.
• Highly sought after location in the world’s #1 tourist destination
• Languedoc was named as one of the 10 best destinations for 2009 – the Lonely Planet’s annual list of emerging destinations
Surrounded by vines and scented with rosemary and lavender, the Languedoc is a historic and unspoilt region of blue skies and dramatic landscapes nestled along a 300 kilometre stretch of golden beaches from the Côte d’Azur to the Spanish border.
The region basks in a perfect Mediterranean climate with over 300 days of sunshine annually and is easy to reach with eight international airports connecting Languedoc to every major European city.
Fast being discovered by holiday makers and property buyers alike, the Languedoc offers tremendous diversity; sandy beaches, wooded mountains, ancient market towns and thriving fishing villages, vineyards of international renown, and a cuisine to revitalise even the most jaded palate. With fiestas and other local events taking place seemingly every other day, the vibrancy of Languedoc life is tempered only by devotion to an unhurried pace of life that is quintessentially Mediterranean
In October 2008 the Languedoc was named as one of the 10 best destinations for 2009 – the Lonely Planet’s annual list of emerging destinations.
Chateau Les Carrasses is sitting on a truly exceptional elevated site, with panoramic views of vineyards, the Canal Du Midi and the Pyrenees beyond. Tranquil and discreet, Chateau Les Carrasses is nevertheless only 5 minutes from the charming French villages of Quarante and Capestang.
The immediate locality offers a huge range of recreational facilities. The golden beaches at Serignan are a 20 minutes drive through the vineyards and picturesque villages of Herault. Coarse, fly and sea fishing abound and the area is a gastronome’s paradise with countless vineyards and restaurants to explore and the local markets offer the very best produce.
Chateau Les Carrasses is less than 20 minutes from the towns of Narbonne and Beziers, while Montpellier – named as ‘France’s most exciting city’ – can be reached in less than an hour.
There will be only 28 luxury residences in total; all designed by the renowned architect Francois Thoulouze. Using the traditional stone facades, exposed beams and other original features of the old buildings traditionally found on an important Domaine such as the Château, the Winery, the Winemaker’s house and Grape picker’s lodgings, no two of the French luxury vineyard villas, townhouses and apartments are alike.
The interior design will take its cues from both the aristocratic and agricultural heritage of the Estate. Period features will integrate seamlessly with natural material and high-spec kitchen, luxurious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and superb fixtures and fittings throughout.
The residences are furnished to the last detail – from linen to state-of-the-art entertainment systems to chic French tableware. Almost all of the properties enjoy private terraces and gardens with Mediterranean trees, shrubs and aromatic herbs, in many cases complemented by a private hot tub or pool.
In addition, each owner will benefit from private wine cellaring, which upon purchase will be fully stocked with a complimentary discovery selection with which to start your private wine collection.
Bespoke modifications to meet founding owner’s exact specification and personal style will be available.
Languedoc is the world’s largest wine producing region dating back to Roman times. The last harvest at Chateau Les Carrasses took place in 1988, since when the Caves have been empty. Being fully refurbished under the watchful eye of winemaker David Alcaraz the domain will produce an elegant range of quality boutique wines. As a founding member, you will receive a share of the yield – estimated at around 40-50 cases per property.
Along with its working winery, dedicated tasting room and wine shop, you will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the winemaking process.
An impressive range of amenities and services will also be available for residence owners including
• Screening room
• Large communal kitchen/salon/library/lounge of 200m² (above the winery), which will be a large area with a number of different “zones” for the owners to use.
• Swimming pool with integrated hot tub
• Boule court
• Clay tennis court
• Grand terrace overlooking the vineyards
• Bikes at owners’ disposal
From reservations to chefs and chauffeurs, concierge facilities will be available from the on-site team to ensure you get the most out of your property.
A complete range of property management services are available including letting, gardens and pool maintenance. With its superb location, quality accommodation and excellent facilities, there will be a high level of demand for lettings, and owners who chose to rent their properties for the majority of the high season can anticipate a net rental yield in the region of 4%.
There will be no restrictions on usage. Freehold ownership.