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Cenne–La Filature
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🏬#137 🏅62%   €140k • historic • hamlet • 700m² mini-hub • 16👤26👥imposing old factory building in good condition, with a garden; could be a lovely space in its semi-rural location with good towns, and potential to linkup with local associations and producers; if adventurous environment/activities
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southern France: Castelnaudry, Carcassonne, (Narbonne, Toulouse)
☃️3mo 10–17°🌧17☀️4 • 🍂3mo 13–25°🌧16☀️5
GOOD  🔨 effort
DODGY  💰 cost
BAD  🚌 transport
GOOD  ✈️ access
DODGY  🛒 shops
GOOD  🏙 towns
OKAY  🧗 activities
DODGY  ☀️ climate
OKAY  ⛰️ nature
GOOD  🌷 garden
GOOD  🏠 building
OKAY  🏘 hood
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Environment ✧ edge of valley and rolling hills with mixed agriculture/vineyards/scrubland; simple paths on doorstep, river/canal 15mins bike; coast/mountains 1h15

Services ✧ minimarket 30mins bike; town 20mins drive

Access ✧ airport 30mins drive; station 20mins drive: Toulouse 40mins, Barcelona 2h30 direct, Paris 5h30 changing or night direct

Notes ✧ compare with #149 which is an easy acquisition, trading little outdoor space for much better trails
✦ doesn't appear to have sold, but the owner has removed and may have simply rented to an artist
✦ the village has a history of mills (flour and wool), and there's a huge but more recent empty one just below which hosts a circus festival and regular art exhibitions; someone runs living food courses; there is actually a very very basic community-run shop/bar another village about 15mins drive hosts a museum of book arts and crafts plus an old factory now with many artist's studios, also a good cafe and restaurant
✦ a larger village just about reasonable biking distance has a bakery, minimarket, pizzeira (and dance school)
✦ there's three good towns Carcassone (with its medival fort), Castelnaudry and Revel, 20–30mins drive or an easy and pleasant bike along the canal du midi for a half-day out; Mirepoix is 40mins
✦ this location thus despite being quite tame and rather lacking notable countryside is still rural and very much accessible, balancing pastoral wooded hills for walks (climbing to 650m), a good variety of surrounding ruins, villages, and towns, against an inward-work focus with potential for workshops and events using the factory — arguably a better setting for longer city escapes rather than for adventures
✦ given the slightly distant services, in addition to a minibus, at least one Citroen Ami would be useful (a 2-seat electric car that doesn't require a licence so good for anyone to pop about in) probably with first hour free to pop and get croissants, then a small contribution; could also be available to the village
✦ there's a resevoir for swimming 15 mins walk, no activities other than hiking, biking and horse riding wthout going farther afield
✦ good 1200m2 garden with a couple of trees sitting mostly above the village and looking out over rooftops; large enough to host a marquee for events
✦ the garden frontage is oriented south-west and could thus have a winter conservatory, whilst opening directly onto it in summer; the street frontage is open over some trees and the little valley; the facade with its buttresses would be a great canvas for streetart and making the building uniquely recognisable
✦ easy access year-round to the local Carcassonne airport with Ryanair from Portugal, the UK, Belgium and Netherlands, or night train from Paris; plus Toulouse, Beziers, Montpellier and Perpignan airports by train
✦ would operate on a 4–4–4 season; the long somewhat dreary and chilly winter could be nicely offset with the big windows, garden view and some big fireplaces for anyone focussing on a project
✦ roof, floors and structure in good condition; interior could just leave walls as they are, even floors, similarly for roof though insulation ultimately required for winter use
✦ 42 large windows required but some are okay during works, still less than similar properties and all same spec; each floor has 15 windows along its length, some would be blocked
✦ two 275m2 floors 8m50 deep, 32m long, plus a 120m2 cave with some small windows below garden
✦ almost all rooms would have good outlooks, some with 2 large windows, onto garden and surroundings or valley; many could have mezzanines shares for one month ~€2700 standard (ensuite), €1800 pod; dedicated microstudio ~€26k
✦ ~14 units, 6 ensuite, 5 basic, 4 microstudios (13–19m2 +ensuite +mezzanine), 1 dorm with 8 pods; possible a few more might be sqezzed in as 13m2+mezz is quite generous diverse common spaces: small casual coworking, small focus workspace/snug, kitchen/dining, plus cinema/auditorium/library and overflow workspace in cave; could be opened to village and locals if operated with public use
✦ fibre is underway to be available in a year or so, already 4km away, doesn't have an exchange so only bad ADSL; nearest mobile/4G antenna is 2km unobstructed; fixed LTE is also being rolled out but about 7km away
✦ future upgrades could include a swimming pool; ideally an extension would be built seperating the small adjoining property, and providing a larger casual coworking directly in the garden whilst freeing the entrance to become a bigger more participatory cafe-style kitchen-dining space
✦ owner also has the adjoining building with 230m2 of land which is too expensive to be useful but might be good to build an extra wing
✦ requires sewer connection but right outside, and internal plumbing is no issue with the wooden floors
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