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Unique 15 bedroom House for sale with countryside view in Carcassonne, Occitanie
Ref 249091
A wonderful opportunity to acquire a beautiful estate of properties nestling in over 92 acres of glorious land with gardens and pool, while enjoying far reaching countryside views from its peaceful...
1,908,000 EUR
Character 9 bedroom Chateau for sale in Narbonne, Occitanie
Ref 249047
Charming Nineteenth Century Chateau, located in the heart of a vibrant French village, just moments from Narbonne and a mere 22-minute drive to the Mediterranean shores. Conveniently situated for ...
750,000 EUR
Beautiful 3 bedroom Villa for sale with panoramic view in Lagrasse, Occitanie
Ref 249008
Absolutely exceptional 3 storey, 3 bedroom fully renovated villa with garden, enjoying scenic countryside views from its peaceful location near Lagrasse. Originally an old barn, the house was comp...
695,000 EUR
Stunning 4 bedroom House for sale with sea view in Peyriac de Mer, Occitanie
Ref 248883
Ideally located near all amenities in the picturesque village of Peyriac-de-Mer is this 4 bedroom luxury house with pool and garden, enjoying panoramic sea views. Situated on the Mediterranean coa...
1,225,000 EUR
7 bedroom Mill for sale with lake or river view with Income Potential in Cahuzac, Occitanie
Ref 248823
Recommended
Unique opportunity to acquire an absolutely beautiful 7 bedroom water mill, nestling in over 13 hectares of glorious land with fishing lake, located near all amenities in Cahuzac. This substantial...
1,875,000 EUR
Beautiful 4 bedroom House for sale in Lezignan Corbieres, Occitanie
Ref 248726
In excellent condition is this elegant and spacious 4 bedroom Maison de Maitre with courtyards, ideally located in a peaceful area near all amenities in Lezignan Corbieres. Situated in a charming ...
570,000 EUR
Inviting 5 bedroom Villa for sale with lake or river and panoramic views in Carcassonne, Occitanie
Ref 248602
Large Lousiana-style villa with spacious open-plan living areas and vast landscaped garden, with the possibility of installing a swimming pool with fabulous panoramic south-facing views over the la...
665,000 EUR
5 bedroom House for sale with countryside view with Income Potential in La Redorte, Occitanie
Ref 248357
In excellent condition is this superb 4 bedroom modern villa with independent one bedroom apartment, set in beautiful landscaped gardens with pool while enjoying uninterrupted panoramic views from ...
792,000 EUR
Authentic 3 bedroom Apartment for sale in Limoux, Occitanie
Ref 248356
Full of charm and character is this enchanting 3 bedroom historical duplex apartment, ideally located near all amenities in the heart of Limoux. Behind an imposing door dating from 1647 hides thi...
599,000 EUR
11 bedroom House for sale with countryside view with Income Potential in Castelnaudary, Occitanie
Ref 248197
Recommended
Wonderful opportunity to acquire a beautifully renovated 5 bedroom house with two independent cottages, outbuildings and equestrian facilities, nestling in over 17 hectares of glorious land with ma...
760,000 EUR
11 bedroom House for sale in Narbonne, Occitanie
Ref 248187
Recommended
Wonderful opportunity to acquire a charming 4 bedroom, 19th century house with indoor pool and 3 separate gites, set in a mature garden with fruit trees, ideally located near all amenities in the h...
640,000 EUR
Character 5 bedroom House for sale in Alet les Bains, Occitanie
Ref 247792
Situated inside the walled part of the medieval village of Alet les Bains, This beautiful 5 bedroom stone built house has a living area of 250m2 and is set on an easy to maintain garden of 505m2 wi...
549,000 EUR
Exclusive 10 bedroom Farmhouse for sale with countryside view in Bram, Languedoc-Roussillon
Ref 247627
In excellent condition throughout, this meticulously renovated 10 bedroom longere (farmhouse), spans an impressive 550m2 of living area and is ideally situated rigth in the heart of the captivating...
950,000 EUR
5 bedroom Property  for sale with panoramic view with Income Potential in Carcassonne, Languedoc-Roussillon
Ref 247356
Exciting opportunity to create a dream home with income stream in a great location looking out onto the fabulous city walls of Carcassonne. The 186m2 property is situated in a village with all a...
460,000 EUR
Refurbished 5 bedroom House for sale with lake or river view and countryside view in Puivert, Languedoc-Roussillon
Ref 247186
Beautifully presented 5 bedroom stone property, which has been totally restored whilst retaining all of its historic charm, beautifully tucked away in a private location, yet within walking distanc...
744,000 EUR
Grand 11 bedroom Chateau for sale with panoramic view in Castelnaudary, Languedoc-Roussillon
Ref 247042
Enchanting French chateau, full of character and history with spacious accommodation, a chapel and over 9 acres of mature landscaped grounds. At the heart of this pre-Napoleonic ensemble of buil...
1,768,000 EUR
Character 5 bedroom House for sale with countryside view and panoramic view in Pauligne, Languedoc-Roussillon
Ref 247041
Recommended
Bright, spacious and full of character and charm, this magnificent historical property is meticulously presented and situated in a small hamlet which was previously a wine domaine. This exquisite ...
750,000 EUR
Exclusive 8 bedroom House for sale in Rieux Minervois, Languedoc-Roussillon
Ref 246997
Enchanting 8 bedroom manor house, which is a true masterpiece, beautifully situated in the historic Rieux Minervois. This magnificent property, with its elegant stone walls, marble fireplaces and...
597,000 EUR
Quiet 7 bedroom House for sale with countryside view in Narbonne, Languedoc-Roussillon
Ref 246825
Spacious and beautifully presented, this superb 7 bedroom property boasts a range of modern conveniences, including double glazing throughout, electric shutters, reversible air conditioning, well-i...
1,263,000 EUR
Immaculate 10 bedroom House for sale with panoramic view and countryside view in Carcassonne, Languedoc-Roussillon
Ref 246665
Recommended
Grand and spacious, this superb 10 bedroom stone built former farmstead, with its origins dating back to the 17th Century, is set within 89 hectares of virgin countryside in absolute tranquility. ...
1,990,000 EUR
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Area Guide

Aude is a département in south-central France, which makes up one fifth of the Languedoc province. Located between the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees, this area is one of attractive, ever-changing landscapes. It has so much to offer and would be a fantastic location for a property. In fact, it is easy to see why Aude property is so highly sought after.

Each area of Aude has its own particular, interesting and unique natural landscape. With an Aude property to the East of the region, you will have beautiful lagoons and coastal lakes on your doorstep. Providing a beautiful natural barrier between land and sea, this area is home to pink flamingos and white stilts, which can be found wading and foraging for food. Further inland, this Eastern part of Aude changes dramatically to shrub and scrub land, with equally rich flora and fauna. Your Aude property could be located here, adjacent to beech groves, fir plantations, forests and mountains. Alternatively, how about an Aude property in ‘Black Mountain Country’? Here, in the north and west of Aude there is a largely wooded landscape, where forests of oak, beech, poplar and ash abound, and there are rare peat lands. The Corbières area in central Aude, is a stunning mixture of dissected plateaux, steep hills, hidden valleys, woodland and vineyards.

One of the most famous places in Aude is Carcassonne, home to the famous medieval walled city (La Cité), which dates back as far as the fifth century. The fortress here is a UNESCO world heritage site, and is spectacularly dramatic. A day trip from your Aude property is recommended! At Narbonne, you can view a series of first century Roman remains, including underground tunnels and Roman storage rooms. There is a rich history here, and there are many castles and fortresses to be found dotted around the countryside, often on dramatic rocky peaks. Good examples are those at Quéribus and Lastours, which are absolutely breath-taking. Aude has strong religious traditions, and is often referred to as ‘Cathar Country’, after the religious movement which flourished here in the 12th and 13th centuries. There are many abbeys, including Sainte-Hilaire, Sainte-Marie Lagrasse and Fontfroide. Fontfroide , a former Cisterian monastery, is now a working farm, bookstore and restaurant, and producer of wine of AOC Corbières quality.

In fact, this region is home to some fine wines, and Vineyards can be seen throughout the region. The chances are you’ll be able to see one from your Aude property! Viticulture is the main economic activity of Aude. The East is home to Corbières and la Clape; in the centre Minervois and Côtes de Malpeyre wines are made. In the south, Blanquette de Limoux is produced. This sparkling white wine is said to have been the forerunner of champagne and is very popular in the département. If you are more of a fan of liqueur, then local Cartagène may take your fancy. It is most pleasant with foie gras and Roquefort.

For gourmet-lovers an Aude property has much to offer. There is even a festival dedicated to food! “Toques et Clochers” takes place over the weekend of Palm Sunday celebrates the gastronomy of the area around Limoux. Local delicacies include fricassee of pork and cassoulet (white beans and sausage). In the area around the coast, make sure you sample borrida d’anguilles (eel stew), which is delicious! Gruissan and Leucate are famous for oysters and local olive oil can be found at markets. Incidentally, when you’re in Carcassonne, make sure you stop by the market in Place Carnot, which is held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. You are bound to find something just wonderful to cook in your new Aude property. After all, what is better than local, fresh produce?

The climate varies across Aude. If you have an Aude property in the East, the weather there is typically Mediterranean. In the mountainous areas of the north and south of Aude, the climate is slightly cooler, with some quite low temperatures in winter. In the west there is slightly more precipitation.

This striking rural region is certainly unique, and as you can see we have a beautiful selection of exclusive Aude property for your perusal. We are sure you’ll find something just perfect for you. Time to crack open the Blanquette de Limoux?

Buying a Property in France

1. Signing the Agreement (Compris)

On finding a property you wish to purchase you will need to negotiate the terms, price and conditions of the sale with the owner.

The next step, once you are in agreement, is to sign the preliminary contract (Compromis de Vente). This is a legal document and after ten days will be binding on both parties. Rules change frequently in France and it is best to consult with your notary about when this period starts. Generally the compris will be signed in France with the Agent.

Variants can be included in the compris, for example an Acte (clause) can be added if the name or names to go on the title deed have not been finalised. If a mortgage will be required to purchase the property, the details for this, including the name of the mortgage company, must be on the compris.

2. Paying the Deposit

Generally the deposit will be 10% of the agreed purchase price. This will normally be paid to the notaire. There are exceptions to this, if the agent holds a carte professionelle, is bonded and fully registered then you may pay them, but do not hand over the deposit to anyone else. If for some reason the purchase does not go through, for example, if you write to the notaire and the agent that you do not wish to go continue with the purchase before the contract is binding (within seven days of signing the compris), then your deposit would be repaid. This would also apply if a condition had not been met, or the mayor or S.A.F.E.R. (a government agency that has the right of first purchase on most rural property that comes onto the market in France) could oblige the purchaser to give way. If you decide after the seven days 'cooling off' period that you do not wish to complete the purchase and pull out of the sale you would lose your deposit. If however the vendor pulls out of the sale then you will receive your deposit back plus the same amount from the vendor.

3. On Completion

Generally it will take around two or three months to complete the purchase.

During this time the balance of the purchase money must be paid into the account of the notaire, this must be done well ahead of the completion date. The notaire will prepare the documents, check that the deed of sale (Acte de Vente) is in order and have the legal title ready to be signed over. It is possible to have someone sign on your behalf if you give them power of attorney. An interpreter may be of use at this point if your French is not very good and many Notaires will suggest (or insist) that an interpreter is with you.

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