First Three Hamlets Ready by Summer 2017

 

We are delighted to announce that the first three hamlets consisting of 17 homes in phase one are nearing completion and will be ready and available by the end of June for sale or rent.

 

The homes in this phase benefit from being the closest to our beautiful belle époque Chateau with its Country Club facilities, which will be completed in 2018/9. It is here that residents, guests and local ‘members’ will come together during the day and into the evening to drink, dine and enjoy everything from courses and events to concerts.  Facilities will include a library, bistro-bar, barbecue terrace and gardens, 20 metre indoor swimming pool, state of the art spa, tennis courts and croquet lawn.

 

Completed homes include one and two-storey, detached, luxury homes with private gardens and integrated pools, set within the estate’s landscaped gardens in clusters with shared courtyards. Each hamlet contains a mix of house styles to provide a diverse and authentic French village feel. The homes are built using local materials and traditional design cues of this part of south western France. Some are faced in warm stone, some rendered in earthy tones of traditional render.

 

The homes in this phase are built on a gentle south facing slope, and many enjoy a stunning view of rolling vineyards and dense oak forests for miles around. Residents can relax on their own terrace or alternatively spend time socialising with neighbours in their own courtyard.

 

The interiors of the homes are designed to make the most of the region’s fresh air and light, with high ceilings of oak beams, open-plan living rooms that open out onto spacious verandas and terraces via floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors.

 

Pools are integrated into the design of each home, and so can be seen and accessed directly from your living space. These design features provide a connection with nature, offering views across water and through verdant private gardens to the undulating woodlands of the estate beyond.

 

Inbuilt fireplaces or wood burners, soft coloured limestone floors and exposed wood beams help to make the homes feel cosy, especially in winter. The country homes have the latest in modern comforts with cleverly designed kitchens brimming with the latest appliances and cool quartz worktops;  bathrooms with cool, clean lines, and room-by-room temperature-controlled reversible air conditioning.

 

Owners can use their property privately or opt for a combination of both investment and private use.  La Durantie provides a safe buy-to-rent option which can be tailored to meet individuals’ lifestyle requirements through the French Leaseback system, with the opportunity to reclaim 20% VAT from the French Government backed scheme on the purchase price and receive a guaranteed rental income.

 

Homes are maintained in the owner’s absence ensuring this is a truly hassle-free holiday home.

 

Homes range from 1-5 bed and priced from €275,000 (approx. £237,000) to €777, 530 (approx. £661,761).  *All prices are nett (after VAT refund).

 

To arrange a viewing please contact Jeanne Boden,  Tel +33 (0)58 1026106,
Email enquiries@durantie.com


Visit Our Show Homes

 

We now have two show homes that are fully furnished and ready to view. As you can see from the photos the homes are spacious and light, blending the best of local materials such as stone, terracotta, limestone and wood with all the modern conveniences and features of a luxury home.

 

 

 

 

Photos by Stephen Foote of Blue Water Films.

Please contact us at enquiries@durantie.com  if you’d like to arrange a viewing.


Winter sunshine means it’s full steam ahead with construction

Pool being fitted in La Durantie

 

As winter starts in The Tarn significant progress is being made at La Durantie, thanks to a spell of good weather and winter sunshine. With numerous projects commencing onsite, the team are working hard to complete ‘La Cour Braucol’ in December. Houses in the mini-hamlets are now being fitted with pools which are integrated into the house design. Homeowners that have opted for a pool will soon be able to enjoy a view from their living area over the sparkling water. Alternatively, owners can choose to have additional paving and planters which can be used to fill the space.

 

A third of what is produced in construction that is visible  overground is in fact going on underground.  An entire new network  of drains, fresh water, and rain water, electric  cabling and fibre optic  is being created, built in an efficient environmentally respectful way.

 

The team are also hard at work with the underground wet utility pipeline installation, ensuring a clean and safe water system is readily available to all homeowners at La Durantie.

 

A harmony of colours, stone rendering on the exterior walls of homes at La Durantie

 

A view of the development of the third hamlet La Cour Pruneland underway

 

Plot seven in La Cour Gamay with completed stone rendering

 

Layering tiles onto plot thirteen in La Cour Pruneland

 

Homeowners at La Durantie will soon be able to enjoy cooking in their own bespoke modern Pyram kitchens, brimming with the latest Bosche appliances and stone granite or quartz worktops. Designed by UK based kitchen designer Keith Brisley, the kitchens have a sense of space and light which make cooking in them a delight. Every kitchen is personalised, and so owners are also given the opportunity to add their own personal touches and can choose from a range of designs, materials and textures. By reserving their villas whilst they are being built, homeowners can really benefit from this opportunity.

 

Le Corduries 2-bedroom home with fitted kitchen

 

The build at La Durantie is progressing rapidly, with the completion of the first hamlet ‘La Cour Braucol’ planned for December and the second hamlet ‘La Cour Gamay’ due for completion in March 2017. The works on the third hamlet, ‘La Cour Prunelard’ are also well underway, scheduled for completion at the end of May 2017.

 

As the countryside in La Durantie turns to stunning shades of gold and brown, the locals delight in a local tradition – the mushroom season. From mid November to mid December, the mushroom gathering season is an important part of the calendar, which brings with it great excitement. With almost all generations taking part in the mushroom-gathering, this national pastime is the perfect activity for all the family. Searching for mushrooms in the nearby forests requires good local knowledge and can be exhausting, but the rewards are most certainly worth it. The ‘trompette de mort mushrooms’ and ‘pied de mouton’ mushrooms can be found in the Grésigne forest just nearby La Durantie. Favourite recipes with the wild-mushrooms include risottos, sauces and soups but a cêpe omelette is perhaps the best way of savouring the flavour, a simple yet delicious dish.

 

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Trompettes de mort mushrooms picked from the Grésigne forest.

 

Wild mushroom risotto

 

Ingredients

50g pied de mouton

1 onion finely chopped

1 vegetable stock cube

2 tbsp olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

2 garlic clove, finely chopped

250g Trompettes de mort mushrooms

300g risotto rice, such as Arborio

1 x 175ml glass white wine

25g butter

Handful parsley leaves, chopped

50g parmesan or grana Padano, freshly grated

 

Recipe from BBC Good Food, see here


First homes sold at La Durantie

Happy homeowner of plot one

 

As temperatures begin to cool in the Tarn, there is an exciting progression in the development of houses and communal areas in La Durantie. With the completion of 10 houses in the mini-hamlets that make up ‘La Cour Braucol’ and ‘La Cour Gamay’ and with three completed sales, a real sense of progress is emerging… The other hamlets in La Durantie are also developing rapidly with the foundations of La Cour Pruneland in place and awaiting completion.

 

One happy homeowner comments ‘I grew up in the Tarn, and I am thrilled to have this opportunity of a second home where I spent a lot of my childhood. It’s a beautiful area, and I am looking forward to meeting the other new homeowners.’

 

To complement the harmonious community, homeowners are offered the luxury of designing their own homes with a selection of colours that ensure a sense of space, light and a connection with nature. They also have the opportunity to choose from a range of designs, materials, and textures to furnish the interior and exterior of their new homes.

 

Shutters in duck egg blue

 

First completed kitchen with quartz work top

 

Two modern Pyram kitchens have also now been installed with the latest Bosche appliances, owners can also choose from a wide range of colours and work surfaces to suit their individual tastes.

 

Living area fitted with travertine flooring

 

With landscaping now underway, the workers are busy creating a sanctuary where owners can escape from the busy city and enjoy a glass of wine, a good book or spend time with family and friends in the outdoor area of their luxury holiday home.

 

Landscaping prior to planting

 

Owning a home in La Durantie features maximum flexibility, even when it comes to the outdoor space. Homeowners will have control over how their garden looks and can select from a wide range of accessories – everything from furniture, statues and pots to gazebos and arches along with water features and decorative supports. They can also have a choice in the lighting, irrigation systems, decking and additional planting.

 

Jeanne hard at work digging her way through to your luxury holiday home

 

Water retaining tanks 80 cubic metres which will be pumped up from the lakes to water plants

 

Limestone facing the adjoining walls to the villas

 

As you can see there are lots of exciting developments going on at La Durantie. The first two hamlets are completed. La Cour Prunelard is scheduled for completion in April 2017 and the next hamlet due for the following summer. With planning and construction well on schedule, the first seventeen homes will be available for rental from the 1st July 2017.

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First homes taking shape at La Durantie

As the Tarn basked in scorching temperatures as high as 32°C this month, significant progress was made at La Durantie. The first homes are almost complete with the installation of interior fittings now well underway. All the houses at La Durantie are grouped into mini-hamlets named after different wine varieties grown in the nearby area. The five houses making up ‘La Cour Braucol’ are now almost finished, with their completion anticipated by September.

 

Plot one in La Cour Braucol almost complete, with stone rendering and duck egg blue shutters now in place. Owners can choose from a selection of colours for the shutters.

 

Stone rendering complete of plot one and two in La Cour Braucol.

 

Plot seven in La Cour Gamay prior to stone rendering.

 

Roof of plot 10 in La Cour Gamay going on.

 

Kitchen fitted in the Castlenau model.

 

Kitchen units with integrated washing machine and dishwasher

 

Bath / shower rooms fitted in plot one and two. Owners can choose form an attractive pallet of ceramic tiles.

 

La Durantie offers owners the maximum level of flexibility when it comes to furnishing their new homes, whilst making the process as easy as possible. Owners can pick and choose from a wide range of high-quality, attractive furniture and appliances, with different options available ranging from double and single beds to office space with desk and sofa bed.

 

In conjunction with UK based kitchen designer Keith Brisley, owners can also choose their own kitchen colours and work tops made out of either granite or quartz composites.  The furniture packages will compliment these.

 

Planning is underway for the landscaping which will be carried out during the autumn’s cooler weather.  A large retention lake has been installed on the perimeter of the domain to ensure that rainwater drains away naturally, without disrupting nearby flora and fauna. This water is then pumped back up the hill to the site to be used for watering purposes.

 

The first two sales will be completed by the end of this month. Keep checking our blog for exciting news at La Durantie and in The Tarn or follow us on Twitter @ChateauDurantie and like our Facebook page La Durantie.


All hands on deck at La Durantie!

Stone pillars on the terrace in similar style to the 17th Century farm buildings

 

As temperatures reached thirty degrees in The Tarn this month, all hands were on deck to ensure the completion of the first houses at La Durantie.  Workmen are on site to complete a variety of different tasks, ranging from earthworks to plastering and painting. Significant progress was achieved on the first two houses, which saw the completion of the stone rendering on the external walls, the laying of the travertine flooring and the installation of the internal fittings well underway.

 

Installation of the elegant travertine flooring

 

Tiles added to the bathroom walls

 

Final checks before shower installation

 

First kitchen going in, Corduries model

 

Build is also progressing rapidly on the other hamlets at La Durantie, including La Cour Braucol, with the external walls and terracotta roofs of these houses now fitted. Work will start on the foundations and walls of La Cour Gamay and the foundations of La Cour Prunelard next week.  

 

Houses at La Cour Braucoul prior to stone rendering

 

La Durantie – Phase 1

 

The houses and communal areas at La Durantie will harmoniously bring together three different periods in history, each separated by two hundred years. From the 17th century stone turreted farm buildings to the 19th century belle époque chateau and the 21st century hamlets, La Durantie is an architectural wonder of history. Two hundred years later, La Durantie sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, resulting in the perfect mixture of history and nature with huge expanses of flaura and fauna right on its doorstep. Every element of the development will harmonise and bring together these three periods of history including colours, designs, materials, textures, red clay soil, oak beams, and the locally quarried limestone and sandstone. The shallow pitched terracotta roofs correspond to the same angles in the region blending seamlessly into the style of the farm buildings found in the local area.

 

Roses on the 17th century stone turreted tower at La Durantie

 

Shutters of the 21st century houses replicating the colour found on the 19th century Belle Époque chateau

 

As you can see there are lots of exciting developments going on at La Durantie. The first two houses are due for completion at the end of July with the remaining houses in La Cour Braucol anticipated by September.  La Cour Gamay is scheduled for completion in December and the next hamlet the following spring.

 

Keep checking our blog for news on La Durantie and The Tarn or follow us on Twitter @ChateauDurantie and like our Facebook page La Durantie.


Homes in one of the sunniest regions in France

Sunflowers along the road to La Durantie

 

La Durantie is situated in the Midi-Pyrénées, one of the sunniest regions in France and has numerous natural lakes right on its doorstep. The region enjoys an average of 2,000 hours of sunshine a year, with the average maximum temperatures ranging from 16 to 24°C during spring, and from 26°C to 28°C during the summer months. Autumn is also often blessed with a gentle Indian summer, with maximum temperatures reaching between 21°C to 25°C. From mid to late summer the rolling hills of the Tarn will be covered in a blanket of sunflowers for all residents and visitors to enjoy.

 

With La Durantie located just 600 metres away from La base de Loisirs Vère-Grésigne, a natural waterpark, residents at La Durantie can access a variety of water-based activities with ease. It features three natural lakes – a swimming lake with a large waterslide and life guard ideal for families with young children, a boating lake with pedalos and canoes, and a fishing lake. It also features a sandy beach perfect for some much needed relaxation in the sunshine.

 

The nearby area offers an array of outdoor activities for every generation, from gentle pursuits such as fishing in the many rivers and lakes in the area, to rambling or cycling through the wonderful gorges and valleys whilst taking in views of the surrounding medieval bastide towns. Water sports in the area include kayaking, canyoning, sailing, windsurfing and even stand up paddle boarding, now one of the fastest growing water sports in the world! Canoes can be rented from Variation, just outside the village of Penne, located 18km from La Durantie, with prices starting from €30 for a half day for two adults and one child. Here, residents can canoe down the dramatic Aveyron gorges, featuring sheer white cliffs and exuberant vegetation.

 

© Le Tarn Tourisme | tourisme-tarn.com

 

La Durantie sits adjacent to the Grésigne forest, one of the largest oak forests in Europe boasting 3600 hectares of outstanding natural beauty. Home to its own stables, riders at la Durantie will be able to delve deep amongst this unspoilt, hilly woodland. Situated 500 metres from La Durantie’s chateau, there will be 18 boxes for horses, one riding court and one lunging ring, laid out on a 30 hectare site comprising fields and woodland. Alternatively, there are a number of stables located within the forest offering horse riding.

 

© Le Tarn Tourisme | tourisme-tarn.com

 

Hiking is also one of the best ways to explore this beautiful area of South-West France. Miles of marked hiking paths by the ‘Fédération Française de Randonnée Pédestre’ make it easy to navigate through The Tarn’s unspoilt landscape and lush greenery. Popular trails include the vineyards of Gaillac, the hilltop bastide villages, the Vère Valley and the Aveyron Gorges.

 

© Le Tarn Tourisme | tourisme-tarn.com

 

As you can see The Tarn offers a wealth of pursuits during the summer time. Keep checking our blog for news on The Tarn and exciting developments at La Durantie or follow us on Twitter @ChateauDurantie and like our Facebook page La Durantie.


Vineyard homes in the largest wine producing region in the world

 

Following the announcement of the new Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées region, La Durantie is situated in the largest wine producing region in the world, in terms of surface area. Made up of 273,000 hectares, the area produces around 15 million hectolitres per year, under the wine labels Appelation d’Origine Protégée (AOP) and Indication Géographique Protégée (IGP).  Promoted under the umbrella brands Sud de France and Vins du Sud-Ouest, exports of these regional wines are growing rapidly, enjoyed in countries as far as China and The United States of America. See link to infographic here

 

This bodes well for home owners at La Durantie wishing to rent out their home for part of the year as the Midi-Pyrénées continues to grow in popularity among Britons seeking a holiday home overseas. Rightmove Overseas Search Trends illustrate that the Midi-Pyrénées has experienced a year-on-year increase from November 2015 – February 2016, in November (15.6%), December (29.8%), January (19.2%) and February (31.2%).  Similarly, the beautiful bastide village of Cordes sur Ciel , sitting on a rocky outcrop overlooking vineyards and rolling hills, was among the top ten most searched locations in France on aplaceinthesun.com (in Spring 2016).

 

 

La Durantie sits on a wine domain, overlooking undulating vineyards and miles of oak forest, boasting its own wine label and discounts for home owners. Gaillac, just 10km away, is one of France’s première wine regions, covering around 2,000 hectares, with the first vine plantations dating back to Roman times. In 1983 the vineyards were among the first to be accorded the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée, a French certification granted to certain French geographical indications for wines, cheeses and other agricultural products. The geographical area of Gaillac is so varied, resulting in two very distinct vine-growing areas.  The left bank of The Tarn River tends to be planted with red varietals, whilst the right bank contains a higher proportion of limestone and granite, making it more favourable to white varietals.

 

The area offers an array of possibilities for wine enthusiasts, including tastings at Chateau de Mayragues or cycling through the expansive vineyards. One way to get around as many vignerons as possible is to drive or cycle the Route des Vins, with 112 vignerons producing Gaillac wine (AOC), including the Gaillac Fraîcheur Perlée, a semi-sparkling dry white wine, or the Gaillac Primeur red, known for its distinctive fruity taste.

 

As you can see The Tarn is an attractive region for wine lovers. Keep checking our blog for news on The Tarn and exciting developments at La Durantie or follow us on Twitter @ChateauDurantie and like our Facebook page La Durantie.


Spring Renovation, Construction & Living

 

Renovation…

 

As The Tarn prepares for the sun basking spring months, the renovation of the belle époque chateau at La Durantie is  underway. In order to achieve the desired elegant interior design, some unwanted aspects of the chateau are currently being removed to open-up the bar area and entrance to the chateau. The cellar will then be damp proofed by digging around the whole exterior of the chateau and replacing the front steps with new stone steps.

 

The building will preserve its original parquet flooring, conserving the high-quality design found in many other French chateaus of this Belle Époque period. In order to keep the flooring intact the ceilings underneath will be removed and then reinforced.  Additionally, in certain areas of the chateau the flooring will need to be reinforced to accommodate for the number of people expected to make use of the chateau’s facilities.

 

The chateau will be the heart of La Durantie’s country club, drawing in residents and members from the surrounding area to share stories over a meal, attend courses and events, and simply relax in a friendly atmosphere. The spring months will call people outside for walks through the Country Club’s wildflower meadows and winding pathways, or to share an aperitif on the chateau’s very own terraces.

 

 

Construction…

 

In the chateau grounds, the first two houses have walls up and roofs on with with just the terracotta tiles to be added. The dry sunny weather has made working conditions more pleasant, whilst the environmental agencies are continuously working hard to conserve the area’s biodiversity, removing any stray frogs from the site and re-housing where necessary.

 

Irises in full bloom at La Durantie

 

Living…

 

With an average of 2,000 hours of sunshine per year, the Midi-Pyrénées is one of the sunniest regions in France. Spring comes particularly early to the Tarn, offering abundant sunshine and double figure temperatures from mid-March onwards.  The rolling hillsides of The Tarn will soon be covered in a blanket of fuchsia pink and purple blossom, providing the perfect opportunity for walks and cycling through the many bastide villages and vineyards of the Tarn.

 

With the arrival of better weather and longer days, The Tarn will soon be exuberant with village festivals and other spring events. The ‘omelette festival’ in the nearby village Larroque took place on Easter Monday and is a fun annual local event if you like to try something different! An annual flower show is also taking place on the 15th May in Sorèze called ‘Art et passion au jardin’, showcasing a variety of small flowers, rosebushes and aromatic plants. The town of Sorèze sits between the Canal du Midi and the Montagne Noire, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside at this time of year. Whilst there, make sure to visit the magnificent “Abbaye-école”, a former royal military school under Louis XVI which once welcomed some very prestigious names.

 

Aerial view of Sorèze, © tourisme-tarn.com

 

Another exciting event taking place in May is the Toulouse International Art Festival, a completely free festival, bringing you the very best of the contemporary creative art scene from France and abroad. Painting, sculpture, photography, video, performances, choreography and silent films with musical accompaniment will take place in some twenty locations around the centre of Toulouse. The venues can also be visited at night, guided by the beautiful city lights.

 

La Place du Capitole at night, Toulouse

 

As you can see The Tarn has plenty to offer during the spring months. Keep checking our blog for upcoming events and exciting developments at La Durantie or follow us on Twitter @ChateauDurantie and like our Facebook page La Durantie.


First terracotta rooftop homes in progress

 

The first hamlet of four to six vernacular holiday homes is currently taking shape at La Durantie. The hamlets have been designed to draw neighbours outside to share an evening drink or meal on their spacious homes during the many sunny days in the Mediterranean. With the slabs now laid on five houses, the foundations are well underway for the first mini hamlet. The walls and roofs are due to be added in March, and the overall completion of the first five houses anticipated in May.

 

The homes at La Durantie will be crafted out of a blend of the best local materials such as stone, terracotta, limestone and wood. Each owner has selected from the choice of three colours of terracotta tiles, giving hamlets the varied tone seen in the nearby villages of Castelanu de Montmiral and Cordes-sur-ciel. The houses are to be built on different levels, terraced into the gentle rising hill in order to create a cascading rooftop effect. This will give privacy and views of the surrounding area to individual properties as much as possible, allowing residents to enjoy uninterrupted views across rolling hills, vineyards and expansive woodland.

 

 

As build of the first five houses continues, the excavation of the brasserie on the ground floor of the chateau is also in progress. Additionally, the developers at La Durantie have been working with two top local chefs to ensure spaces and appliances in the restaurant’s kitchen are fully functional, within the necessary constraints of a 19th century Chateau. Residents will be able to dine on the large outdoor terrace overlooking the pool and gardens, or at a unique glass table through which they can peer down into what was once the château’s well. Here, they can sample some of the best and most inventive dishes from local chefs in the Tarn region accompanied with fine wines from France and beyond, including wine from La Durantie’s own vineyard.

 

 

The houses at La Durantie will also come with efficient rainwater management. Natural practices will minimise the risk of storm events like those seen in the UK in recent months and provide superb water quality for residents. A system of natural ditches connected to the development and a nearby retention lake will allow rainwater to soak away at a natural rate rather than impacting the new homes and leaving the nearby flora unaffected. Unlike other residential developments La Durantie will not have any deep boreholes which often take surface water pollutants into the aquifers. Instead there will be three wells on site with superb water quality and the water quality in connecting rivers will also be carefully monitored.

 

With all in-hand owners can rediscover ‘L’Art de Vivre’ and appreciate why France is still the world’s top holiday destination. Keep checking our blog to keep track of the exciting developments at La Durantie, or follow us on Twitter @ChateauDurantie and like our Facebook page La Durantie.