Renovated 5 level south-facing stone house in Ceps on river Orb In Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Languedoc
Le village Ceps on river Orb
L'Orb; Ceps to N
Le village Ceps_L'Orb
Le Pont de Ceps
Entrance to house (white) from street
Living room W
Living Room SE
Living room E
Kitchen & Terrace
Shower room 1
Terrace view S to river
Stairs to top-floor bedroom
View to river from top-floor bedroom window
Shower room 2
Down steps to alleyway to river
Entrance from alleyway to river
House Section from SE
Floor Plan_Level 0
Floor Plan_Level 1
Floor Plan_Levels 1 & 2
Floor Plan_Level -2
L'Ayrolle hill; Ceps to right; Mt. Caroux beyond to N
L'Orb 1.5 km N of Ceps
Mt. Caroux 10 km N of Ceps; Vieussan in centre
View S from Mt. Caroux
Snow on Pyrenees (> 100 km) at Easter; view S from Mt. CarouxView Carousel
€165,000excluding notaires fees
Advert Reference: IFPC40954
For Sale By Owner (FSBO)For Sale Privately
|€165,000 is approximately:|
- Type: Residential (House), Maison Ancienne
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bath/ Shower Rooms: 2
- Habitable Size: 100 m²
- Land Size: 155 m²
- On hillside, 100 m from Orb river offering swimming and canoeing
- Quaint village of < 100 properties with fine views and walks through countryside and vineyards; 5 km to Roquebrun
- Old house with 3 levels above street level and 2 below, in heart of village surrounded by vineyards on banks of river
- 155 square metre 'garden' adjacent to river L'Orb
- 10 km south of 1000 m high Mt. Caroux from which the Pyrenees are visible > 100 km to south
- Attic / Loft
- Broadband Internet
- Cellar / Wine Cellar
- Countryside View
- Covered Terrace
- Double Glazing
- Furnished / Part Furnished
- Mains Drainage
- Mains Electricity
- Mains Water
- Off-Street Parking
- Renovated / Restored
- Rental / Gîte Potential
- Roof Terrace
- Terrace / Patio
- Woodburner Stove
An old, renovated, low maintenance, three bedroom house built of river stone over 5 levels. Located in Ceps, a village of < 100 properties on a hillside, overlooking the river Orb, surrounded by vineyards and beautiful wooded countryside in the Haut-Languedoc Regional Natural Park, bordering the foothills of the Cevennes. There is a separate 155 m^2 garden bordering the river 150 m from the house, which has been our holiday home for > 30 years.
Furniture and contents of the house could be sold separately.
Ceps is ca. 34 km NW of Beziers, the nearest city, and ca. 50 km from the Mediterranean sea. The house is located in the centre of the village, with its imposing arched bridge over the beautiful River Orb, known for its fishing, swimming and canoeing, and running south from Mt. Caroux (> 1000 m) and the Gorge d'Heric, ca. 10 km N.
The evolution and layout of old stone villages resulted in the house being embedded within others, but providing secure, quiet and private accommodation with access to light and extensive views of the valley.
To access the village, ca. 5 km NW of Roquebrun, leave the D14 from Béziers to Tarassac, on a steep descent to cross the river over the single-carriageway stone bridge over the river Orb. Parking is available near the bridge, by the cemetery, and there are some individual public spaces in the village, one of which as almost opposite the front of the house.
Travel by Air: Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) flies to/from the airports of Béziers, 48 km SE of Ceps; Carcassonne, ca. 90 km SW; Perpignan, ca. 125 km S; EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) flies to/from Montpellier, ca. 105 km SE, and Toulouse, ca. 160 km W.
Travel by Train: Béziers station (35 km) is on the SNCF rail network (ww.sncf.com/en/passengers).
From street level, the front door provides access to the beamed living room with traditional stone floor and a wood burning stove. Three steps lead up from the living room to the kitchen / dining room, equipped with a gas hob, multi-function electric oven / microwave, larder fridge, dishwasher. Sliding double-glazed doors open to a small terrace.
From the living room, a traditional winding staircase leads up to the first floor, with two small, beamed bedrooms with double beds, one with a fitted wardrobe. From the 1st floor landing, an open wooden staircase leads to up a third, double aspect beamed bedroom with a double bed, double futon sofa bed, wardrobe, a sitting area and an air conditioning unit. The window to the south has views to the river and valley, that to the north faces the wooded hillside, which also can be viewed from the 2 double-glazed Velux roof windows, with roller shutters. The highly insulated tiled roof was replaced in 2012.
At the rear of the kitchen is the main shower room, equipped with shower, basin, WC, bidet and electric heater. An open wooden staircase leads down to a utility room, housing an electrically heated 200 litre hot water tank, a washing machine and a freezer and additional fridge; on the same level, there is a second shower room and a tool room below the living room, connected via steps and a trap door. From the utility room, a door leads to external stone steps down to a shared alleyway leading to the lower part of the village and the river beyond. From the bottom of the steps, a doorway leads to the cave, where firewood and a 5 m canoe are stored.
The stone walls are > 0.6 m thick, ensuring the house remains relatively cool in the summer and retains heat in winter. As well as a wood burning stove with insulated double-walled stainless steel flue through the rooms above to the roof, there are electric heaters in all rooms. Ground floor and terrace doors are double glazed. All 3 bedroom windows have net roller insect blinds, with traditional or roller shutters, including to the double glazed Velux roof windows, for privacy and insulation against heat loss/gain.
The house’s mortared stone walls are painted white. Its narrow street level elevation and recessed front door belies the space beyond, benefitting security. From the 1st floor landing, 3 steps lead up to double-glazed door and a 7 m x 3.5 m tiled terrace beyond, with an open tiled roofed area (2.5 m x 3.5 m), with views down to the river (ca. 100 m) and the wooded hillside beyond. The 155 m^2 garden bordering the river is ca. 150 m from the house.
Ceps is 5 km NW of Roquebrun, where there is a small supermarket, bakery, post office, bars, 3 restaurants plus pizza outlets, an estate agent, and the Mairie. In the summer, canoes can be rented for river descents.
Ceps benefits from a micro-climate. The elevation (ca. 150 m above sea level) and proximity to the mountains moderate summer heat compared to the coastal plain.
The local area has many beautiful (round Le Cayre and L’Ayrolle hills behind Ceps) and dramatic walks through the wooded hillsides of Mt. Caroux and the Gorge d'Heric. The Mediterranean garrigue vegetation of evergreen holm oak, chestnut and Mediterranean flowers means the hillsides are always green. Wild boar are hunted in the woodland; polecats, kingfishers, herons and egrets are to be seen by the river, and eagles and vultures soar over the hilltops.
Cleanliness and temperature (usually > 20 C in summer) of the river is tested regularly (https://www.roquebrun.fr/ceps), so it is safe for swimming. Whilst there is direct access to wild countryside, sandy beaches are less than an hour away. Beziers, on the Orb River, is a thriving city with pre Cathars history, the Unesco locks site on the Canal du Midi, beautiful architecture, and Michelin recommended restaurants. There is a 9 hole golf course at Lamalou ca. 22 km NE of Ceps.
Many local vignerons sell wines directly. Wines from the 20 villages of the St. Chinian appellation, which includes Ceps/Roquebrun, are highly regarded internationally, as are many independently produced wines.
Fibre internet is available in the village and there is excellent mobile network coverage.
€165,000excluding notaires fees
|€165,000 is approximately:|