Luxury Chateau For Sale in Languedoc Wine Region Of France

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Location: France
Price: 3,500,000.00 EUR
Square Area: 7,000 Sq. Ft (650 Sq. M)
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 3
Half Bathrooms: 2
Amenities:
General Features
» Controlled Access
» Security System
Home Features
» Deck/Patio
» Guest House
» Wine Cellar
Water
» Swimming Pool
Yard and Outdoors
» Gardens
» Mountain View
» Sprinkler System
» Terrace/Outdoor Space
Description
Secluded 11th Century Chateau in the South of France surrounded by vineyards- the views, the wines, the solitude, the history, the seasons, the food!

Tournou le Haut lies in the Languedoc wine region of Southern France, south of the historic Medieval town of Carcassonne, on a hilltop in the foothills of the Pyrennes. It has been lovingly restored and expanded into a modern year-round residence of 7,000 sq.ft, a massive wine cellar with climate control, a heated infinity pool overlooking the valley, a walled vegetable garden, a 0.8km private drive guarded by a massive iron gate. And the international airport at Toulouse is only 1hr 15min away.

The history of Tournou le Haut is also the history of the south of France. Earliest known records list a "fort" or "stronghold" belonging to the Duke of Mirepoix in the early 11th Century. Beginning in 1209 and lasting more than 100 years the Languedoc region witnessed the Catholic Crusades against the Cathar religion. It was here that the dreaded Inquisition began. It is estimated that over 1 million people died in the Languedoc during the Crusades, many burned at the stake. The ruggest foothills and mountains of the Pyrennes provided shelter and strongholds for the fleeing Cathar faithful. It is believed that Tournou le Haut was one of those strongholds.

Purchased in 1996 and extensively rennovated and expanded (using stone from the original quarry) over a 5 year period, Tournou le Haut is now a modern, 7,000 sq ft. year-round residence, family home, and secluded retreat from the bustle of the hectic world. Surronded by vineyards and in the center of the region best known for the sparkling, champagne-like wine, Blanquette de Limoux, the property sits atop a hill overlooking a large valley. Close by is the village of Limoux, and only 25km to the north lies the city of Carcassonne, with the largest walled medieval fortress in Europe. Throughout the summer Carcassonne hosts medieval jousting tournements as well as opera and classical music in its outdoor ampitheatre.

The region abounds in outstanding cuisine and is the home of the hearty Causoullet as well as a major producer of froix gras and numerous cheeses. Many noted wine critics site the Languedoc as one of the up and coming wine producing regions in the world, thanks to relatively cheap land and lots of sunshine. Recently the Rothschild estate has purchased a large plot of land near Limoux and is producing outstanding red wines.

Throughout the interior, modern furnishings abound, from the finest fabrics to handmade solid oak beds, wardrobes, tables and furniture. The "Great Room" has a huge fireplace, leather sofas and comfortable seating areas, all surronded by the warm natural stone of the original structure. The house consists of six bedrooms, two ensuite bathrooms, a large bathroom with tub and shower, two toilets, a massive modern kitchen with centre island, dining room with a custom made table that seats 12 comfortably, a family room with fireplace and entertainment system with satellite dishes, garage with electric door opener, large office and library with wet bar on the top floor, alarm system, secure wine cellar with climate control, workshop and wood storage.

The grounds have a heated infinity pool, a walled vegetable garden, terraced landscaping, children's play center, automatic lawn sprinkling system, garden lights, BBQ near the pool, large parking area and paved driveway.

See the attached link for further details:

Website: http://www.tournoulehaut.com

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