Outstanding contemporary home with garden and pool in busy village near Narbonne€699,000
Listing type: Sold
Plot Size 865 m²
Habitable Area 384 m²
Property type: Barn Conversion
Outstanding contemporary home, offering approximately 380m² of habitable space comprising 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and large open plan living area, set in a gated plot of over 850m² with a lovely Mediterranean garden, swimming pool and shared courtyard.
The property, which was formerly part of a 19th century wine domaine, was designed and transformed around 10 years ago by an award-winning British architect. Today, it is a contemporary high specification home on 3 levels, with high quality fittings and materials throughout, yet preserving the best original features of the building such as the impressive exposed beams and stone walls.
The house is set within a gated enclave of 3 high end properties, behind high wrought iron gates which open onto a shared courtyard with a feature water fountain in the middle. Large solid oak and glass doors open onto a spectacular open plan living room, with double height ceiling and three sets of bi-fold glass doors along the length of one side and another set at back of the room, giving the room a light and airy feel. It is divided into defined spaces by the layout of the furniture, with a reception area, a lounge area and a dining area. To one end of the room is a fully equipped contemporary kitchen with a utility room and a pantry. There is also a guest toilet and a trapdoor to a subterranean wine cellar at this end, whilst at the other there is a large storage room.
A central stairwell leads to a landing on a mezzanine floor, which overlooks the open plan living area and the pool and garden beyond. On one side of the landing is a tv room, whilst on the other there is the office/study. The staircase continues up to a modern minstrel’s gallery which again overlooks the living space.
On the top floor, there are 3 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and two more bedrooms that share a family bathroom. The master bedroom has a stunning bathroom with a feature bath tub, as well as a dressing room. All the rooms have balconies overlooking either the pool area or the courtyard.
The outside space is divided into several areas on different levels, each with its own charm. The bi-fold doors along the length of the side of the house open onto a stunning swimming pool terrace, with a concrete swimming pool of 11.5m x 4m, tiled surround and majestic stone pillars. A few steps lead down to a Mediterranean garden where there is a seating area. Another flight of stairs leads to a sunken ‘secret garden’. To the end of the living room, the bi-fold doors open onto a large dining terrace.
This extraordinary property is an exercise in elegant design and thoughtful restraint. It has been well maintained and is in immaculate condition throughout. Its location in a lively village and close proximity to Narbonne and Mediterranean beaches further adds to its desirability.
Open plan living room – 142.8m²
Storage room – 24m²
Pantry – 7.2m²
Utility room – 7.2m²
WC – 2m²
TV room – 24.5m²
Office/Study – 21m²
Bedroom 1(Master) – 40m²; en-suite -10m²; dressing room -4m²
Bedroom 2 – 31.5m²; en-suite – 5m²
Bedroom 3 – 20m²; en-suite – 5m²
Bedroom 4 – 16.8m²
Bedroom 5 – 20m²
Hallway – 20m²
Family Bathroom – 5m²
Village gas central heating
Double glazing throughout
Lutron ambient lighting system on ground floor
Pool with electrically operated cover
Tax Foncière approx. 5449€p.a
St. Marcel sur Aude – Lively village with all amenities including 2 supermarkets and restaurants – 2 minutes from one of the most beautiful Canal du Midi villages, 11 minutes from Narbonne, 25 minutes from Mediterranean beaches and 45 minutes from airports at Beziers, Carcassonne and Perpignan.