About the Property
Located in the Languedoc region of Southern France and situated in a picturesque village, the property, originally a large stone-built vignerons house, dates from the early 1800’s.
From a distance the village skyline is punctuated by the spires of the chateau; Pouzolles offers an authentic taste of the Hérault, at its centre the tree-lined square provides shade and a venue for traditional social events in the summer whilst all generations enjoy games of boules/pétanque throughout the year.
The village has a Café Bar/Restaurant, Tabac/Presse, small grocer’s and Boulangerie all within a short walking distance of the property. Local announcements provide information on regular stallholders visiting the marketplace twice weekly bringing a variety of fresh foods. Other essential facilities include a post office and a primary school. The local Mairie promote various social clubs for all ages, as well as a small library and outdoor area dedicated to the needs of the younger generation. The village has its own website to sup- port all members of the community, with monthly newsletter and opportunities for participa- tion. The village has recently installed high-speed fibre optic broadband, which this property can benefit from (requiring a contract with the national provider).
The surrounding vineyards and country lanes offer photogenic walks within a few minutes of leaving the front door; cycling along these lanes it’s possible to reach other historic vil- lages such as Gabian, Margon and Abeilhan. The landscape is punctuated by several dis- tinctive Occitan puech, or prehistoric volcanoes which are walkable for great views across the surrounding countryside. The produce of the carefully-tended local vineyards is avail- able from the noted Domaine de l’Arjolle a few minutes walk from the property. Spending time in the village one can observe the changing seasons as the bare vines spring to life; Domain de l’Arjolle work to environmental principles to protect the local flora and fauna, thus strolling amongst the vineyards usually reveals many species of wild flowers, butter- flies and birds.
Pouzolles is a short drive from the historic towns of Pézenas (approx 15 mins) and Béziers (approx 25 mins). Both towns offer a wide range of shopping and eating as well as their atmospheric historic centres. The sandy beaches of the Mediterranean coast are around 35 mins drive. Montpellier is an hour’s drive on the autoroute, slightly longer taking the scenic route via the coastal town of Mèze. Famous for its ancient university, good tram connections within the city allow for enjoyable visits, including the Fabre Art Museum with its world-class collection of paintings and temporary exhibitions.
The closest regional airport is Béziers-Vias, around 25 mins drive from the property with connecting flights in the UK from Bristol, London Luton, Manchester and Edinburgh. The closest major airport is Montpellier with daily flights to London and other European cities. Travel by rail to Béziers from the UK is possible using Eurostar from central London, via Paris/Lille or Lyons.
Property details – (all room measurements are approximate):
The ground floor comprises:
Glazed and panelled wood front door leading to a terracotta tiled entrance hall –
A fully sound-proof air-conditioned studio control room of 23 sq mtrs. Both the control and live rooms were designed by White Mark Ltd.
A fully sound-proof air-conditioned live room of 13 sq mtrs.
The corridor opens to a small vocal booth (requires wall finishing upholstery), w.c with wash hand basin, general storage room, kitchenette and electric heater. Also within this area are located the racks for amplifiers and space for a UPS. The overall studio utility area measures 2.64m x 4.02m.
The corridor continues to the internal fire-resistant door leading to the double (tandem) garage of 10.9m x 3.66m, utility sink, plumbing for washing machine, 2 x electric hot water tanks plus ample storage space for bicycles etc.
Room 3: 3.01m x 4.05m
Office/reception/sitting room with original marble fireplace. Terracotta floor tiles. Electric heater. Original double window with shutters opening to front of property.
Door with stairs leading to 1st floor lobby and corridor –
Room 4: 7.76m x 4.02m
This room is split between an open-plan fitted kitchen and dining area. Kitchen consists of modern units with space for tall fridge freezer and dishwasher. Fitted Calor gas hob, elec- tric multi-function oven and air extractor. The end wall features a handmade “Smallbone” unit with solid wood surface, deep drawers and storage under, with matching wall-mounted plate rack. Some original pierre apparente stone walls, restored original shelving and fea- turing encaustic tiles. Terracotta floor tiles. 2 x electric heaters. Two circular double glazed opaque windows to rear.
Room 5: 3.96m x 5.0m
Atelier fitted with work bench. Open space for storage.
Room 6: 1.94m x 1.36m
Walk-in storage area with fitted wardrobes, separate shelving for dry and canned goods, drink etc.
Room 7: 4.47m x 3.87m
Currently used as a sitting room/TV room. 2 x original fitted wall cupboards. Wood burn- ing Godin stove. Original encaustic patterned floor tiles. Original roof beam. Electric heater. Original window with shutters opening to front of property.
Room 8: 3.69m x 4.32m
Double bedroom. Hand wash basin. Original encaustic patterned floor tiles. Some origi- nal pierre apparente exposed stone walls. Electric heater. Original window with shutters opening to front of property. Bedside lights.
Room 9: 3.6m x 3.65m
Double bedroom. Hand wash basin. Original encaustic patterned floor tiles. Electric heater. Original double French window with shutters opening to front of property and lead- ing on to a small ornate wrought-iron balcony. Bedside lights.
Small lobby leading to:
Bathroom 1 – 2.05m x 2.19m – Shower with sliding door, wash hand basin, washing ma- chine with storage shelves above. Electric wall fan heater.
Separate W.C. with wash hand basin.
Door with stairs leading to 2nd floor landing –
Bathroom 2 – 4.26m x 4.41m
Under-eaves bath with shower, wash hand basin, w.c., electric oil-filled towel rail. Original roof beams. Cupboard suitable for storage of garden furniture within under roof storage area. Large Velux roof light and small opening window to front. Original terracotta floor pavers.
Room 10: 4.26m x 4.31m
Under-eaves double bedroom. Velux roof light and small opening window to front. Origi- nal roof beams. Some original pierre apparente exposed stone walls. Electric heater. Original terracotta floor pavers.
Room 11: 4.13m x 4.85m
Under-eaves double bedroom. Some original pierre apparente exposed stone walls. Orig- inal encaustic patterned windowsill tiles. Original roof beams. Solid oak parquet flooring. Double-glazed window to roof garden. Velux roof light. Electric heater.
Room 12: 4.42m x 2.61m
Sitting room. Timber boarded ceiling. Original roof beam. Some original pierre apparente exposed stone walls. Original terracotta floor pavers. Electric heater.
Double-glazed door leading to roof garden 3.39m x 4.14m. Hose connector. Water butt. Outside wall light and power socket.
Double-glazed double door leading to:
Room 13: 3.59m x 5.25m
Multi purpose room currently used a writing room and sitting/TV area. Original roof beams. Pine boarded floor. Electric heating. Tall double-glazed double window opening onto roof garden.
Externally to the front of the property is the original full height double garage door entering onto the street.
Land footprint 143 square meters
Owners current Taxe d’ Habitation payment 2017 – €1090 Owners current Taxe Foncieres payment 2016/17 – €1266
The entire roof was re-tiled in 2005
The entire building was completely re-wired in 2006-07
Price now dropped from €340k to €294k euros