Experience what the French called the joie de vivre at this 16th century walk-to-town villa in southern France. Limoux, an enchanting town within Languedoc, is located just steps from your private, gated villa which boasts views over the river Aude. Four couples or a large family will enjoy the spacious layout, and the private pool. Have a glass of Blanquette in the town’s main square or visit Carcassonne for a day, less than a half an hour away.
(1,200 m2/12,916 ft2)
The villa is in the center of town but located off of the street on the river Aude. It is a large, enclosed independent villa behind 3 Gothic-arched doorways located on a street of attached houses. A 16th century "hotel particulier", it is situated around a private, central Renaissance stone courtyard, shaded with a fountain and caryatid sculptures. The private, hedged and walled garden is raised above the River Aude with a terrace, a pergola, lawns and a slightly raised basin-style private pool with an alarm (12 m x 3 m; open all year). On the terrace is a Weber gas BBQ, outdoor dining table seating 8, lawn loungers and chairs, and umbrellas. There is a doorway down to a vaulted wine cave and a passage leading from the courtyard to the garden. Entrance to the property is on a paved one-way town street. There is a private garage for one car as well as on-street parking.
Ground Floor: The living room with painted ceilings has a hand-carved stone wood-burning fireplace, and French doors leading to the terrace, garden and courtyard. It is furnished with sofas and club chairs. The dining room has windows overlooking the garden, a Murano glass chandelier and French doors leading to the courtyard. It is open to the fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel bar and counters, red laminate Italian cabinets, gas cook-top, stainless range hood, oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge and freezer. A raised office area with painted ceilings has a desk, a computer and WiFi and French doors and a Juliet balcony overlooking the garden and pool. Additionally, there is a coat and utility closet and a guest bathroom with a toilet.
First Floor: An original stone staircase leads to the first floor and a hallway with painted ceiling with large multi-paned windows overlooking the courtyard. There are three bedrooms each with ensuite bathroom: Bedroom 1 has two twin beds (90 cm), which can be combined to form a king-size bed upon prior request, with ancient frescos and windows on two sides with ensuite toilet, shower (overhead and hand-held) and hand-basin. Bedroom 2 has a king-size bed (180 cm) with ensuite toilet, shower (overhead and hand-held), freestanding tub with hand-held shower and double sink hand-basin. Bedroom 3 has a king-sized bed (180 cm) with painted ceilings, ancient Murano glass chandelier, antique bathtub with hand-held shower, ensuite toilet, shower (overhead and hand-held) and marble double faucet basin with stone walls and an antique Murano mirror. There is a laundry nook with Miele washer and dryer.
Second Floor: A curved, open iron staircase leads to a spacious loft living room with a peaked beamed ceiling. It has a flat screen TV with English satellite free view and Orange Livebox with French and international channels. There is a DVD player and panoramic views over the river, garden and mediaeval cathedral and bridge, beautifully illuminated at night. There is a covered roof terrace with southern river and town views. Bedroom 4 has a queen-size bed (160 cm), with windows overlooking the courtyard and loft living room. A separate bathroom has a shower (hand-held with a wall mount) and pedestal sink. There is a separate toilet.
Air conditioning is available on the second floor, only. There are five heating/cooling units on the 2nd floor: 2 in the living room, 1 in the hall, 1 in the bathroom and 1 in the bedroom.