South facing , stunning mountain views, spacious bio-climatic house in stone and wood, plus self contained studio and shepherds hut . 3h of fields, woodland , organic gardens, orchard, 2 sources, solar panels, reed bed system .possible to install water turbine. Ariege, Pyrenees, France.
Asking price: 420,000 euros
A fabulous place to live with business potential.
The wooden house was constructed in 2009, above an old stone barn , by a professional builder of ecological houses .The building is 96m2 on three levels.
The ground floor has been converted into a retreat studio or a space for activities such as yoga, meditation, courses, music, artwork .The stone walls are lined with hemp and lime, a chestnut floor, and oak shelving and cupboard spaces. There is a shower room and WC. with a ‘separate’ compost toilet.
A separate entrance to the ground floor utility room, with a 300l water tank, solar heating, pressure pump . Useful shelving and a compost toilet . A chestnut staircase leads to the first floor.
There is an outside staircase , to the verandah which spans the entire length of the house facing south .
Entrance to the spacious living /kitchen /office space. Three of the walls have windows providing light and wonderful views across the valley facing south .
The flooring is low glazed tiles on a layer of sand and lime, heated by the winter sun , and keeping the floor cool in the summer. The entire house is heated by a double combustion wood burning stove.
Stairs lead to 3 good sized bedrooms a large bathroom with a shower and bath and bidet. All the wooden walls and ceilings are painted in natural earth paints.
There are several useful outbuildings around the house, garden shed, tool shed, an outside kitchen, meditation “den ” , outside bathtub nest .
There is over a hectare of mature woodland with 2 sources . And a beautifully constructed wooden shepherds hut is situated surrounded by wildflowers and trees. Charmingly kitted out, with natural materials, bed and kitchen area, a floor to ceiling window with lovely views. Heated by a special wood burning stove and lighting by solar panels.
Nearby is a wooden hut containing a ‘long drop ‘ compost toilet and solar shower .
In the woodland area are two natural water sources . One from and underground spring , providing good quality crystal clear water , fed into a 3000l tank with piping to the house . The other is gathered from several over and underground springs, filtered 3 times and piped to the shepherds hut. There have been two surveys to estimate if this water could be used to drive a turbine , with positive results. Someone with the expertise or money to invest could then have a property totally off grid.
The gardens are completely ‘organic’ and very productive… with a large mature orchard with old varieties of fruit trees, fenced vegetable garden with soft fruit , peach trees, fig ,compost bins , raised beds . The area has been designated as a nature reserve.
Waste water from the house is treated via a reed bed system in three basins. There is a separate compost for the compost toilet waste.
There is a tarred road to the property , with parking for at least 6 vehicles.
The house is surrounded by its own land , but also has nearby neighbours and a 10 minute walk to a bakery . A 10 minute drive to the local large alternative village which has all amenities including a school , medical center and wholefood shop .
The property has been used as a family home and a small retreat center , but has earning potential for many more projects . Ariege is a forgotten gem , now a national park ,and much appreciated as a place to reconnect with nature .
House Construction: Stone and wood … pitch pine, chestnut and oak .
Roof Construction: slates
House-insulation: treated sheeps fleece , wood fibre
Roof-insulation: thermolaine … from sheeps fleece
Window-construction: wood ….. 2 windows pvc
Heating-house:Jotul double combustion woodburning stove
Heating-water:Solar with emersion heater
Cooking method:gas hob , electric oven
Electricity:mains, with a water source sufficient to install a turbine
Water:2 sources :spring water from an underground source. second spring from a mixture of sources for irrigation , possible to create a natural pool.
Already installed an outside bath .
Food-production:Mature and old varieties of apple, pear, cherry , apricot, peaches.
Raspberries, blackcurrants , strawberries , hazlenuts, walnuts.
Fully productive organic terraced gardens, some raised beds, three large cold frames. Teaching garden .
Food-production-%:At least half veg. consumption and self sufficient in fruit .
Income possibilities:Already functioning as a retreat center for 3 … could be expanded, more B&B , walking tours, mountain bike holidays, plant sales, seed , land for grazing sheep, donkeys, hens, geese .
Owners opinion on sustainable features:Could be completely self sufficient, with the fields and woodland. Feasibility estimate for a water turbine , could make a small lake, and water flow for permaculture garden.
Other:This is a unique mountain property with land surrounding the house, giving privacy and potential for future development.