Ev­ery so of­ten we come across a prop­erty that knocks us for six. This month Stephanie Shel­drake dreams of sun­ning her­self in the gar­dens of this el­e­gant mai­son de maître in Aude

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Stephanie Shel­drake re­veals why a mai­son de maître in sunny Aude is her dream buy

As we be­gin to reach the end of win­ter, I’m all too of­ten re­minded just how much I yearn for the feel of the warm sum­mer sun on my skin. And when I saw this beau­ti­ful mai­son de maître for sale in the south of France with an out­side eat­ing area and heated pool glint­ing in the bright sum­mer sun, my yearn­ing for a new life in France seemed to reach fever pitch.

As a con­sum­mate day­dreamer, it wasn’t hard for me to lie back and imag­ine a new life in this el­e­gant 19th-cen­tury prop­erty sit­u­ated close to Car­cas­sonne. The house seems to ooze charm – from the ivy-clad ex­te­rior to the par­quet floors, mar­ble fire­places, ceil­ing cor­nices and cast-iron ra­di­a­tors that grace the in­side; it’s clear that this home has been lov­ingly re­stored. Even the new dou­ble-glazed win­dows are hand­made repli­cas of the orig­i­nal wood win­dows, with the orig­i­nal fit­tings and shut­ters to en­sure that the house’s pe­riod feel is kept well and truly in­tact.

There’s no short­age of space here, ei­ther. With eight bed­rooms and five bath­rooms, there is plenty of room for friends and fam­ily. There is an ad­di­tional three-bed­room villa, as well as a large barn, which has po­ten­tial for con­ver­sion, an in­de­pen­dent of­fice/con­fer­ence space, garage and sum­mer kitchen, as well as half an acre of south- and west-fac­ing gar­dens.

The prop­erty is cur­rently used as a fam­ily home, but there is def­i­nite po­ten­tial here for run­ning a cham­bres d’hôtes/ gîte busi­ness. With the Pyrénées, the Mediter­ranean coast­line and Toulouse in easy reach, this is an ideal lo­ca­tion for it.


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