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    "One of the most unspoiled ports in France. Marseillan is probably how St Tropez looked before Brigitte Bardot" - Sunday Times

    La Baraquette, in the Languedoc region of the South of France, is the Mediterranean's most exciting new property development. The location of the land is unsurpassed, with magnificent views over the Thau Lagoon and the Mediterranean beyond. Set beside La Baraquette, a beautifully landscaped parkwill create a green oasis of peace and tranquility.A 5-star hotel will offer 5-star facilities and 5-star cuisine. Unlike 'gated' communities, La Baraquette has been built as a very integrated extension of a lively port-village. And between the elegant modern villas of the estate,vineyards will weave their way into the daily life of the resort, and produce delicious wines. 

    Authentique - A very integrated extension of a lively port-village

    A working vineyard will give you a unique insight into life as a wine maker. It will be planted and managed by the Seigneurie de Peyrat, one of the region's most respected wine estates. France's best oysters, grown in the calm waters right in front of the estate, can be tasted and debated in the resort's restaurant. Built as an extension of the southern French village of Marseillan, the estate ensures the bustle of bars, bakeries, fêtes and ferias are always only a short stroll away. And our Concierge staff have been briefed to do all they can to keep you off the 'path well trodden' and instead ensure you experience a more authentic South of France - be it securing tickets to the wine harvest festival or sending you on a private tour of the oyster tables.It is La Baraquette's location that makes this intimate connection with the local culture and natural environment possible. Only in theLanguedoc-Roussillon region, with its still-working wine villages and fishing ports and vast areas of untouched natural beauty, could we transport owners away from the stresses of modern life and take them back to a very French, very Mediterranean approach to living, where people take time to appreciate the simpler things. 

    Unique - A view you'll never tire of

    Perched on the edge of the beautiful Etang de Thau (a salt-water lagoon), La Baraquette offers truly jaw-dropping views past the vines of the estate and across the pearlescent waters of the lagoon. In the evening, sitting by your pool with a chilled glass of wine, you'll watch the fishing boats darting between the oyster tables that fan out across the water, with the twinkling lights of Sète in the distance. To the south are the undulating terracotta rooves of the village. To the north, endless vineyards stretch out along the coast.  

    Exceptionnel - For those who expect the very best

    After a day of wine tasting in a château or relaxing with friends in one of the many beach clubs along the coast, you'll come home to a place of calm and luxury. In the 5-star hotel, take an afternoon dip in the roof-top horizon pool or ease those worries away with a massage in the spa. Enjoy a delicious seafood meal at the hotel's restaurant, served up with those amazing views. Or, as an owner at La Baraquette, slip in to the VIP lounge for cocktails and local home-made tapas, and enjoy membership of the estate's Wine Academy and Nautical Club. The estate will also feature a 'Central Rendez-Vous' of boutiques, a café, restaurant, art gallery and large wine-tasting cellar. This 'village within a village' will showcase the best of the local area - everything from oysters and wines to artworks and fashion.

    "One of the best developments I have seen in years" - Charles Weston Baker, Director of International Property, Savills

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    Thau Lagoon & Sète

    The best of the south of France - right on your doorstep

    The 'Etang de Thau' is the largest of a string of salt-water lagoons that stretch down the Languedoc coast. Ten metres deep in places, these crystal clear waters are home to flocks of pink flamingos and white herons, sea bream and sea bass, and of course millions of oysters grown on chains hanging from thousands of oyster tables. In fact, these 'Bouzigues Oysters', as they are known, are said to be the very best in France. The Tarbouriech family in particular, who run the St Barth restaurant just up the road from La Baraquette, have won awards for their crop. There's nothing quite so magical as sitting on their pontoon on a warm evening, with a glass chilled Picpoul wine, the oyster beds fanning out towards Sète in the distance.

    The lagoon offers no end of activities, too - from horse riding along its shores, to fishing for crabs and shrimps in its shallows, wind surfing and sailing, or simply soaking up the sun on one of the huge beaches that separate it from the Mediterranean. In fact the 25 kilometres of beach that stretches from Cap d'Agde to Sète, known as 'The Lido', is one of the longest stretches of sand in France. Along it, stylish beach clubs offer good food and comfortable sunbeds, where you can work on your tan and down iced mojitos. In the evening the party-goers hit the beach clubs for a night of dancing and cocktails.

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    Marseillan

    The jewel of the lagoon

    Along with Collioure in the south, Marseillan has to be Languedoc's most sophisticated seaside village. A mid-sized port in Phoenician, Greek and Roman times, it benefited along with the rest of the region from the 'wine boom' of the late 19th century, its elegant houses testament to the wealth of the time.

    Today, Marseillan is a favourite place to come for a meal by the sea, whether it be the gourmet creations at the swish Château du Port, simple and light traditional food at one of the port's many other restaurants, or slightly more funky fare at the retro Delicatessen restaurant in the heart of the town.

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    Languedoc

    Welcome to the real south of France

    he Languedoc-Roussillon region stretches from the Spanish border and the towering Pyrénées in the south to the Camargue region of Provence and the mighty Rhône river in the north. It's a huge crescent-shaped area of almost uninterrupted vines, massive sandy beaches, inland lagoons and traditional wine-making villages, criss-crossed by rivers that ensure the area is always green and lush.

    The region has always been an important cross-roads, for the Romans based in Nîmes and Narbonne to medieval knights sandwiched between a growing France to the north and the kingdoms of Spain to the south. As a result, Languedoc is blessed with some of France's most spectacular historical sights, such as the fairytale splendour of Carcassonne castle, the eerie and atmospheric Cathar ruins perched on rocky outcrops, and countless châteaux built during the wine boom. In Nîmes, there's the gorgeous Maison Carée Roman temple, Les Arènes - a smaller version of Rome's Colosseum, and the Pont du Gard, the world's most spectacular Roman aqueduct.

    Languedoc's past is perhaps most evident in its vineyards. Once the world's largest wine-producing region, wine-makers here have cut production in recent years in order to improve quality, and with spectacularly successful results. Languedoc is currently viewed by many as the world's most exciting wine-growing region, with wine-makers from northern France and the New World pouring in to develop innovative new methods of growing and blending in an area that offers plenty of sun, superb 'schiste' soils and relative creative freedom compared to France's other wine regions.

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    'Authenticity' is the guiding principle behind La Baraquette, borne out by the estate's integration with a working village, its vineyard, 'Experiences Desk' Concierge and its central 'Village' of shops and galleries that showcase the best of local culture. But architecture, too, is an important way in which the estate connects its residents to the local culture and natural environment. Instead of the 'generic international' or 'local pastiche' approach to design that many resorts opt for, the designers at La Baraquette, award-winning Slow Life Architecture of Barcelona, have sought to meld a distillation of the very best of traditional southern French style with the sleek lines and open spaces of contemporary modern spaces.

    The result is what you might call 'Modern French Mediterranean' in style - airy, spacious homes brimming with technology and the latest fittings - that combine sandstone and basalt from local quarries with intricate wrought iron railings, and mix the elegant proportions of French 'maisons bourgeoises' with the timeless palate of the Mediterranean - sun-bleached blue, deep wine red, warm terracotta and earthy ochre - to create homes that sit seamlessly with the local village and landscape around them.

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    Simple. Transparent.

    Having built and managed several high-end property developments in the south of France, Propriétés & Co have learned that the best approach to the provision of property management is to keep everything as simple and transparent as possible. To that end, the management charge paid by owners will cover maintenance of your property and all of the common areas of the estate - general upkeep, the gardens, pathways, communal pools, buildings, will be covered by a charge of €40 (excluding VAT) per square meter of habitable area of the property. Private pool maintenance will be charged at a fixed fee cost of €3000.00 (excluding VAT) per annum.

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    Rental Income

    Unlike some developments, at La Baraquette you'll be free to spend as much or as little time as you want in your new property. However, when you're not there, we'd be happy to rent your property out to other holiday-makers for you. We'll handle all the marketing, correspondence, processing of payments, cleaning and changing of linen, cleaning of the property, and even repairs and replacements of lost of damaged objects. So you'll not have to lift a finger, and you'll never know anyone was ever there. For this service, we'll charge 50% of the net rental revenue, with no other added costs to you.

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    Discovering the south of France starts right here
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    On days where you don't fancy climbing up Cathar castles, skiing in the Pyrénées or sailing the Med in a catamaran, you'll find plenty to do right here at La Baraquette. Being a vineyard estate, there will be regular wine-related events happening, from hosted wine tasting sessions in the Owners' Wine Cellar, to helping pick grapes with friends during the annual grape harvest (or 'vandange').

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    Wind down...or up...
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    In the hotel's spa, you can spend the day being pampered and beautified with a wide range of treatments, or simply sink into a warm Jacuzzi with a glass of bubbly and admire the sea view. For the more active, head for the gym - for a spinning class or torture session with the weights.

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    Where cars disappear
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    To create a more human, relaxing environment on the estate, massive underground car parks will be built to 'hide' the cars. All properties will have at least one dedicated parking space (sometimes more), and every villa and apartment will come with a free open-top electric Citroen Méhari 'buggy' (first launched in the Côte d'Azur in 1968) or an electric bike - to help you get around.

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    Wines, cheeses, charcuterie and oysters...
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    With food such an integral part of the culture of this area of France, we'll be running regular 'tastings' of more than just wine. We'll be exploring local cheeses such as chèvre and roquefort (introduced by a local expert), as well as olive oils from the region, all manner of 'charcuterie' and of course, opportunities to compare the different oysters farmed just in front of the estate. There will also be demonstrations by top chefs in the area - showing you how to prepare traditional and modern dishes using local ingredients.

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    Become a Wine Maker
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    If you've ever dreamt of being a wine maker, now's your chance. The vines that tumble into the sea at the La Baraquette estate will be part of a large, working vineyard. Managed by the Seigneurie de Peyrat wine domain, one of the region's top wine makers, the La Baraquette vineyard will grow local Picpoul and Terret grapes and produce a high-end sparking wine as well as a crisp and delicious Picpoul white wine. Wine has been produced in the Languedoc region of France since Roman times, and the vineyard at La Baraquette will connect all who stay there with the seasonal rhythms and bustle of local 'viniculture'.

    Owners will be invited to get involved in any way they wish - from picking grapes during the annual 'vendange' harvest to sampling the wines before anyone else at private tastings. You'll also be invited to a number of wine workshops and talks throughout the year that track the production process. Each property will receive two cases of six bottles from the estate each year, which you can share with friends in your own private wine cellar build beneath the estate's Concierge. Your wine cellar will hold up to 200 bottles at the perfect temperature, and have space for private tastings.

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    An Organic Community
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    The guiding philosophy of the La Baraquette estate is to create a community that is full-integrated into the local culture and natural environment. Rather than a top-down imposition, we've design the estate to grow organically out of the land and the village. To this end, environmental sustainability has been a priority, with every effort made to minimise the use of water and electricity, and not just main but encourage the natural habitats of indigenous birds and other animals.

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    The hottest location - in an up-and-coming region

    The plot upon which La Baraquette is being built was hotly contested by developers for years, and for good reason - the land rises gently up from the sea, providing some of the most spectacular views in all the Mediterranean.

    Situated on the northern edge of Marseillan, a charming and bustling port-village, the villas, apartments and 5-star hotel of the La Baraquette development will occupy land once carpeted in vines. Sitting in your garden or terrace with a glass of rosé, you'll see the oyster tables stretching across the still, pearlescent waters of the 'Etang de Thau' (a salt-water lagoon).

    Beyond them the twinkling lights of the port-town of Sète rise from the sea and up the hill of Mont St Claire. Further along the coast lie the pretty villages of Mèze and Bouzigues, both famed for their delicious seafood. And directly across the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon stretch mile upon mile of sandy beaches, peppered with chic beach clubs serving superb food and evening cocktails.

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Domaine de la Baraquette 1 Chemin de l'abattoir 34 340 Marseillan

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Tel: 03339 391184

Nearest Airports*

  • Méditerranée (International), 43.1 miles
  • Nîmes (Garons) (International), 83.6 miles
  • Perpignan (Rivesaltes) (International), 88.5 miles
  • Carcassonne (International), 99.8 miles

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      Europe's Luxury Resort Pioneers

      In 2004, the founder of Propriétés & Co, Miguel Espada, developed a bold idea - to reconvert the best of the crumbling châteaux, abbeys, monasteries and other heritage buildings lining the Mediterranean, and transform them into luxury seaview and vineyard estates.

      Braving regulatory hurdles and the challenges of building in southern Europe, Miguel and his passionate team of architects, artisans, designers and builders have since achieved something that no one had dared attempt before - to bring some of Europe's most elegant historic properties back to life while transforming them in to tasteful boutique residences and 'spa resorts'.

      This pioneering approach, which we call 'authentic development', combines the best of modern sustainability, convenience and luxury with the elegance of a by-gone age, to create upmarket estates that have been carefully integrated into the local culture and natural environment.

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