With the owner relocating to Scotland this winter, the house is Open To Reasonable Offers for a quick sale. The house will be empty and freshly painted in November and included in the sale are kitchen appliances (elec cooker, gas hob, fridge, freezer, washer and dryer) and light fittings.
This deceptively spacious 3 bedroom village house has the possibility to extend into the huge (40sqm) insulated, fully floored attic space. It would be the ideal holiday home, but is entirely suitable as a spacious, well served family home. Lacombe is a small commune of 5 hamlets in the Montagne Noire and only 15 minutes from the famous book village of Montolieu. Carcassonne and its well served airport is 30 minutes by car. Lacombe is situated in the National Park and Forest of Loubatiens - a mature forest of chestnut, pine and beech where there is a variety of animals, birds and wild flowers. There are many Cathar castles and ruins to explore in the area. The Montagne Noire is well known for its wild swimming, and residents all take advantage of the many lakes and rivers to walk, swim and fish. Trout fishing opportunities are numerous and a Grade A trout stream is within walking distance at La Galaube. The picturesque hamlet of La Galaube also offers the splendour of its huge lake and fairytale walk along the banks of the stream to the restaurant at the prise d'Alzeau and the beginning of the Rigole canal which feeds the Canal du Midi in the valley.
The house is in the hamlet of Cals. The village is friendly and welcoming to newcomers with many annual fetes and village dinners. There are many second home owners in the area.
In the villages of Fontièrs and St Dennis, both about five minutes away by car, there are bakeries, village shops, bars, restaurants, post offices, schools, garages and farm shops. Doctors, vets, dog kennels, etc. are about 15 mins away in neighbouring villages. Carcassonne and its airport is 30 mins away, and has a full range of facilities including administrative offices. Day skiing in the Pyrenees is possible as the ski resorts are about 1 1/2 hours away. The beaches of the Mediterranean are 1.15 hours away. And in the boiling heat of the summer, the Montagne Noire retains a mountain freshness without the humidity and pollution of the valley - many locals from Toulouse and Carcassonne traditionally own houses in this region.
There is a school bus which stops outside the door. Children are particularly well served by the environment and able to cycle on the roads and swim in lakes and rivers - enjoying a childhood now lost in the more traffic filled parts of Europe.
The house was converted from an old barn in 1986, and has been further modernised since. The upkeep of the house has been rigorously maintained - and so everything is in very good working order. On the street side the entrance is through the garage/cellar (40sqm) which occupies the basement. The oil tank, central heating boiler, hot water tank, gas bottle, washing machine and freezer are found here, with stairs leading to the ground floor. This garage area is large and useful too for log and cycle storage.
The main entrance is at the back of the house, with a courtyard facing south on to an open space suitable for parking with fields beyond. On this floor is a fully fitted kitchen with electric oven, gas hob and large refrigerator. There is ample room for a table and chairs. This opens on to a sitting room with double glazed windows. Behind the kitchen is a modern 4 piece bathroom, and a corridor leading to the stairs to the garage.
On the first floor there is a landing, three double bedrooms, one with built in cupboards, and a shower room with wash basin and Wc. The loft/attic is reached by a fixed folding ladder from the landing. The attic is 40sqm of space with good headroom and it extends the full area of the house. It is floored and fully insulated and could very easily be converted into additional bedrooms or living space.
Price € 95,000
Not including notarial fees, registration and land registration fees.
Price / sq metre: €/m² 1,187.50
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