Price: From EUR 465,000
New luxury vineyard apartments for sale in Languedoc
These new vineyard apartments for sale in Languedoc are located on a wine estate overlooking the beautiful Etang de Thau on the Mediterranean coast, South of France.
The estate will stretch across 6.2 hectares of prime seafront land and the gradual slope will ensure that most apartments will be able to enjoy the stunning views over the Thau Lagoon and between the elegant properties of the estate, vineyards will weave their way into the daily life of the resort.
Apart from the exclusive properties and the wine estate, some truly world-class facilities will be on hand for owners including a five star hotel with bars and restaurants and a dedicated VIP lounge for property owners. The working vineyard will give you a unique insight into life as a wine maker and the best oysters in France are grown right in front of the estate and can be tasted in the resort’s oyster bar. Built as a natural extension of the village of Marseillan, the estate ensures the bustle of bars, bakeries and fêtes only a short stroll away.
Unlike most new developments, this is not a gated estate that is separated from ‘real’ life. Instead, all properties have been planned so they are a natural extension of the lively port-village of Marseillan.
The vineyard apartments will be absolutely gorgeous but there are also some exceptional Languedoc villas for sale on the estate –
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The vineyard apartments
The exclusive vineyard village apartments in Languedoc will range from 60m² to 80m² in size.
Ground floor apartments come with private gardens of 50m² to 80m² which are ideal for al fresco dining. And if you choose a first or second floor apartment, the spacious living area opens out to a large balcony on which you can create a dining and lounging area. There is also a second, smaller balcony off the lounge is perfect for sitting with a morning coffee and many bedrooms open out to private balconies – some of which form large half-in-half-out ‘loggias’. The majority of the apartments will offer stunning views of the lagoon, oyster tables, Sète and the sea beyond.
Each of the elegant Languedoc apartments are designed around a core open-plan kitchen, dining area and lounge making them light and spacious. A range of ‘interior furnishing collections’ mean you can move straight into an apartment that is as stylish as it is comfortable. Fabrics and styling will follow the spirit of this part of the south of France, and much of the furniture will be sourced from local artisans.
All apartments feature the same top-notch kitchen appliances, bathroom fittings and hi-tech equipment as the waterfront and patio villas. Each apartment also comes with a dedicated parking space.
Optional Rental management
You will be able to spend as much or as little time as you want in your new Languedoc home so there are no restrictions. However, when you are not using your Languedoc home, you have the option to let the estate’s professional team rent your property to holiday-makers for you. 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 main key-word for the architects behind the new wine estate homes and an important part is the integration of the residences with the wine estate and the village. And the architecture itself obviously plays an important part of how the estate connects to the local culture and natural environment. The easy, but unsuccessful, route to creating authenticity is the ‘local pastiche’ approach to design that many resorts opt for. The architects behind these vineyard apartments and the estate, award-winning ‘Slow Life Architecture’ of Barcelona, have taken the difficult but rewarding route and 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 homes equipped with the latest fittings, appliances and technologies. The luxury apartments combine sandstone and basalt from local quarries with intricate wrought iron railings, and mix the elegant proportions of French ‘maisons bourgeoises’ with the timeless colours of the Mediterranean – sun-bleached blue, deep wine red, warm terracotta and earthy ochre – to create comfortable elegant homes that sit seamlessly with the local village and the surrounding landscape.
A sustainable environment
Another aspect of the architecture and the design is that every effort has been made to minimise the use of water and electricity. An example is that only Mediterranean plants will be used in the properties’ gardens and around the estate. Banks of lavender, trailing rosemary, olive trees, rocket pines and Mediterranean oak will be used to create cool, verdant spaces that help the estate blend seamlessly into the Mediterranean ‘garrigue’ around it. Rainwater will also be collected – from all the roads, pavements and outside spaces within the estate, and stored in massive underground tanks to be used to water gardens.
Other examples are the use of solar panels, ultra-efficient ‘heat-exchange’ heating and air-conditioning systems and high-tech LED lighting.
Environmentally friendly construction materials will help to further reduce the estate’s 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.
As an owner of one the vineyard apartments, you can be as involved in the vineyard as you wish – from picking grapes during the annual harvest to the first sampling of the wines. Each property will receive two cases of six bottles from the estate each year which can be stored in your own private wine cellar. Your wine cellar will hold up to 200 bottles at the perfect temperature. The cave also have space for private tastings and you will also be invited to wine workshops and talks.
The vineyard at La Baraquette will be managed by the winemakers at the Seigneurie de Peyrat who have produced fine wines for hundreds of years from vineyards that stretch for miles around an elegant 17th century château.
The hotel will offer 5-star luxury at every turn. 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’.
A sumptuous spa will offer all manner of massages and treatments, using local olive and almond oils, ’Garrigue’ herbs and Camargue salts. Also in the hotel you will find a gym with everything from exercise classes to free weights and there will be several bars and restaurants to choose from.
As an owner of one of the villas or apartments, you will also have private access the VIP Club.
The Location – Marseillan and the Etang de Thau
The Etang de Thau offers a range if activities and adventure. On the lagoon itself or in the sea just beyond, you can sail, windsurf or sea kayak. Mile upon mile of beach, dotted with chic bars and clubs, lines the entire coastline of this part of France. And in the picturesque 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 picturesque villages stretches from the Rhône river down to the Pyrénées and the Spanish border. 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 to get to with five international airports within an hour’s drive.
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.