TWO FOR ONE
Inland from Narbonne, towards the ancient city of Carcassonne, is the village of Aigues-vives, in a beautiful rural area in the Minervois and Haut-languedoc regional park. Aigues-vives has a shop, school, bakery, two restaurants and a wine-tasting cellar, and there are wonderful markets nearby at St-chinian and Olonzac. Just 3km away on the edge of a small hamlet (whose origins date back to Roman times), a pair of stone country houses are on the market. Currently with five bedrooms and three bathrooms, this property offers potential to make it your ideal French home – it has already been partially renovated. The main house has large living/dining areas and a kitchen as well as an ensuite bedroom with wonderful views out over open countryside and the River Cessière with its vineyards and garrigue. At first-floor level there’s a bathroom and large roof space with impressive timbers – room for four more bedrooms and bathrooms. You could even create a roof terrace to maximise those views. The wine barn next door occupies the same floor area as the house, and its windows too have wonderful valley views.