Created in 1886 by architect Louis Garros, Château Les Carrasses occupies a truly exceptional location. In addition to the château itself, the site is a series of intimate courtyards surrounded by the original buildings traditionally found on a Languedoc wine domaine; winery, cellars, wine-maker and grape-pickers lodgings, estate manager's house, gardener's cottage etc. Each of these buildings on the estate is being transformed with sensitivity and respect into what will become a unique property development.
To the south of the estate the formal gardens remains intact, with thriving specimen trees and shrubs, an elegant conservatory and an innovative irrigation system of wells, pumps and channels. These gardens are also being entirely restored, using the plans of the original landscape architect, recovered from their resting place in the château's eaves.
Life at Chateau Les Carrasses is all about what the French call "Art de Vivre". Browse the newspapers in the Salon. Take in a movie in the screening room. Share an impromptu meal in the main kitchen. Savor the view from the pool and hot tub, surrounded by aromatic flowers and herbs. Relax with a book in the olive grove, enjoying freshly picked figs from the orchard, washed down with a crisp Sauvignon. Challenge your neighbours to boules or tennis on the clay court. Enjoy an aperitif on the Grand Terrace overlooking the vineyards, perhaps followed by a barbecue at the outdoor grill. Grab a bike from the equipment shed for a cycle down the Canal Du Midi...
The château is just five minutes from the lively villages of Quarante and Capestang. Distinct in character, these traditional wine-making villages offer all the services and conveniences you could require - a dozen or so restaurants, cafés and bars between them, popular twice-weekly markets, supermarkets, doctors, and a very active community life comprising dozens of clubs and societies open to locals and visitors alike.
The immediate locality offers a huge range of recreational options. The golden beaches at Serignan (with their feet-in-the sand restaurants), are a 20-minute drive through the vineyards and villages of the Hérault. Coarse, fly and sea fishing abound. The area is a gastronome's paradise, with countless vineyards and markets offering the very best local produce. And on days when you feel like something a little more urban, your property at the château will be less than 20 minutes from the towns of Narbonne and Béziers, while Montpellier, dubbed 'France's most exciting city', can be reached in less than an hour.