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Mill Castres (81)

  • Surface 742 m2
  • Rooms 19 
  • Bedrooms 8 
  • Land 2.5 ha

A surprising property, with a mill, a caretaker’s cottage and 3 hectares, half in the country and half in the town of Castres.
On the east and Black Mountain side of the appealing, very busy town of Castres, it is surprising to find such a haven of peace adjoining all that our modern society can offer in terms of amenities, with even a shopping centre, that cannot be seen or heard from the property. Looking out over wonderful countryside, protected by neighbouring listed parklands, this property is 5 minutes from the town centre and 10 minutes from Castres-Mazamet airport, with its four daily flights to Paris-Orly and Charles-de-Gaulle.
The town has a wealth of shops, cultural activities (rugby is emblematic there) and its recent hospital has a very good reputation.
A motorway under construction will soon link Castres to Toulouse in 35 minutes.
This property could be seen as four heads of Janus crossing one another, with two on a north-south axis and the other two on an east-west axis. The countryside contrasts with the town whilst a 1940’s villa adjoins an old mill. Furthermore, invisible from the outside and sufficiently distant from a road, concealed by rows of trees, it is reached via a narrow little access road and a tarmacked country lane. It is literally protected by the presence of neighbouring parklands and an impressive 18th century large luxurious home which screen it from a shopping centre and a roundabout. At the start of the lane leading from the access road, a caretaker’s cottage marks the entrance to the estate. At the end of this lane, facing west, a bend leads to a gateway opening on to parklands enhanced with decoratively trimmed boxwood and yew trees, the entrance to the house and the old outbuildings. Facing east, a river with water rights once powered a mill which is but waiting to be rehabilitated. A waterfall, a little beach and a jetty are an invitation to go fishing, swimming or out in a boat. The water is now so clean that it is once again possible to catch trout. On the opposite bank, a vast stretch of grasslands is planted with trees over a hundred years old. These currently accommodate horses with horse loose boxes discreetly laid out.
(It would also be possible to purchase an old factory, once a part of the property, which is perfectly concealed by the outbuildings.)
The Maurice-Benne villa (1948)This house is the work of architect Maurice-Benne who also designed Saint-Joseph-de-Laden church in Castres (1968). His plans date from 1948. The various sections and roof of this house reflect a style of architecture to be found in the south of France, where different units adjoin and protrude from one another, creating a unique building every time. Another aspect of this style is that the various sections, of miscellaneous sizes and heights, adjoin a main building, higher than the rest, this being determined in this instance by the height of the old mill so as to create harmonious continuity. The soberness of the straight lines dominates and the roof over the top section, covered with Roman tiles, is almost flat; those of the lower sections being marked by steeper slopes. This feature enlivens the building in a simple, balanced manner. The very modern classicism of the traditional architecture from the south-east regions is enhanced here by several modernist effects such as the layout and proportions of certain openings as, for example, that set in the south-west corner on the top floor of the main section. The stylistic base of the architecture, almost Palladian in its simplicity, makes it possible to give way to whims which can but be in good taste: these will clearly take the form of a wide variety of ornaments. The tone is set. The architect had no reason to hesitate when defining his style as it was a question of adjoining a modern building to the structure of an …

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Advertiser reference: 141690 - Le Figaro Properties reference: 22277791

In detail

    • Surface 742 m2
    • Rooms 19
    • Bedrooms 8
    • Land 2.5 ha
    • Construction N/A*
    • Parking N/A*
    • Bathrooms 3
    • Shower rooms 3
    • Toilets N/A*
    • Exposure N/A*
    • Heating N/A*
    • Kitchen N/A*
  • Energy Performance Certificate

    in KWhPE/m²/year

    E (232)
    • A ≤ 50
    • B 51 to 90
    • C 91 to 150
    • D 151 to 230
    • E 231 to 330
    • F 331 to 450
    • G > 451

    GreenHouse Gas emission

    in CO2eqkg/m²/year

    D (34)
    • A ≤ 5
    • B 6 to 10
    • C 11 to 20
    • D 21 to 35
    • E 36 to 55
    • F 56 to 80
    • G > 80

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