Villardonnel (11600), France. Department 11, Aude, is in Languedoc Roussillon, which is France's most southerly region. Set on the gently descending southern slopes of La Montagne Noire, Villardonnel has, on a clear day, a commanding 150km-plus view south across the Aude Plain into the seemingly never-ending Pyrenees mountain range which marks the border with Spain. The D118 main road passes 1km from the village, so we have a quick road link to Carcassonne (18km) and the airport and autoroute (about 22km). From here by road you can be at Mediterranean beaches – Narbonne Plage and Gruissan – within about an hour, and in Toulouse in about one and a half hours.

The Chalet has mains electricity with its own bank on the primary board and a secondary panel within, and mains water and drainage connections shared with the house. An electric immersion heater feeds the shower and sinks. With well-sealed double glazing and shutters it's easy to heat in winter, whilst also maintainable at an acceptable temperature in summer.

With a different aspect and its own outdoor parking and relaxation space, the Chalet has privacy from the Bergerie. It offers income potential as a residential let or self catering holiday rental for a single person or couple, or could alternatively be used with the house to make a total sleeping capacity of up to of 9. We use it as a quiet office space, and the bedrooms are occupied when we have a full house. However you use it, it adds great flexibility to the property.