Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Chateau les Carrasses

In the pristine Languedoc area of south-western France, considered by many to be more desirable and less touristy than Provence, midway between the towns of Montpelier and Perpignan lies a beautiful wine-growing estate. Nestled amidst nature, the Château Les Les Carrasses welcomes you into a holiday home where modernity meets tradition.

Steeped in history, the Château was built in 1886 by well Bordelaisarchitect Louis Garros on the foundations of a rest stop on the pilgrimage route of Saint-Jacques de Compostela.

The properties has it’s authentic character, contemporary design
centred around a series of courtyards connected by an avenue lined with shady trees. The chateau, winery and cellars, houses farm workers, forge, stables, the granary, the mansion and the gardener's cottage.

Each of these buildings have been transformed into individual private residences in keeping with their original design, proportions and textures, most with private gardens and many with swimming pools as well.

8 acres of gardens, woods and ‘garrigue’ await discovery - a treasure trove that includes enormous palms and other thriving specimen trees and shrubs, a gorgeous basin that is home to sleepy koi, an orchard, vegetable garden and olive grove. Dotted throughout the estate are surprising features – a loveseat hanging from a tree, a flash of contemporary art, nesting boxes and the Château’s “secret gardens”.

Images: lescarrasses.com

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