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Pyrenees – mountain hostel and farmhouse

 

PYRENEES MOUNTAIN HOSTEL

Successful mountain bike hostel in Vallée d’Oueil
Potential for expanding the business
€362,000 * (ref 195)

Mountain biking is a big sport in the Pyrenees and there are any number of spectacular signed trails. This mountain hostel (or big ‘gîte de groupe’) caters for VTT enthusiasts as well as hikers and skiers. There is more and more demand from road-cyclists … because of the extraordinary location: in the Vallée d’Oueil, between the terrifying Port de Balès and the infamous Col de Peyresourde.

The property consists of:
– a traditional Pyrenean farmhouse
– a fully-renovated 12-bed gîte de groupe
– two two-storey barns (stone-built: good condition)
– wood-sheds, gateway, courtyard and a bit of land with veg patch

Pyrenees mountain hostel

It is located on the edge of a small mountain village with a restaurant: between the ski resort of Bourg d’Oueil and the spa town of Bagnères-de-Luchon. The big ski resort of Peyragudes is 15 minutes drive and Spain is a half-hour drive away over the Col de Portillon.

The 18th century farmhouse – where the owners live – has been refurbished with care. Nearly all the original features have been retained (doors, floorboards, staircase, bread oven) while plumbing, electrics, insulation and heating have all been brought up to date. Above all they have installed a superb wood-burning furnace, fed by either logs or wood pellets, which heats all the water and radiators in the house and the gite. Big farm kitchen and Godin range (French equivalent of an Aga) downstairs, two big bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. The attic is ready to convert into more accommodation.

The gite. This is a 120m² barn that has been completely gutted and refurbished as a 12-person gite d’étape on two floors. The upper floor (access from the street) is a vast kitchen/dining/lounge area. Downstairs there are three big bedroom/dormitories each sleeping 4 guests and each equipped with a shower room and wc. Access directly into the farm courtyard.

The out-houses. The farm (the biggest in the village) had space for any amount of cows and ewes. The two traditional barns were designed to house animals on the ground floor and to store hay on the upper floor. The current owners had plans to convert both barns into independent two-bedroom gites, so they have kept them dry and maintained, with good slate roofing. There is both electricity and water on site … and mains drainage!

Our opinion:
This is a year-round business catering for summer mountain-bikers, hikers and families and, in winter, for skiers. The location is exceptional – between two of the Tour de France’s mythical climbs, beside a family ski resort, at the heart of a web of mountain bike trails … and only a few minutes from the Pyrenees top spa town, Bagnères-de-Luchon. The gîte d’étape is in perfect condition and just needs more marketing know-how to fill it 12/12.
The challenge is in the barns. These are solid stone-built buildings that are crying out for tasteful conversion into 2 more gites.
Above all, the demand for road-cycling accommodation and support is immense in the Pyrenees: this property could be converted into THE Luchon-area cycling centre.

Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.

* agency fees included reference n°: 195

more information or to arrange a viewing – email

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Dordogne – Domme – Gite business: 3 gites + 3 pools

investment property
3 independent gites with 3 pools
€550,000 * (ref: 101)

This investment property consists of three top quality gites, each with its own private garden and pool, on 3500m² of land over-looking the mediæval bastide village of Domme, on the Dordogne river.

The gites are let from May through to October and generate a sizeable income. Total running costs come to under €5000 pa.

Domme is one of those special villages clinging to the rocky sides of the Dordogne river gorge. It attracts huge amounts of tourists who explore the village, the caves, the surrounding region and who enjoy water sports in the river itself. Demand for accommodation is high but planning laws make it almost impossible to build or even to modify existing buildings. Everyone has to submit to the stringent rules laid down and enforced by the ‘Bâtiments de France’. This estate has been through all these hoops to emerge with a beautiful, discreet and lucrative business within 800m of the village in green and forested surroundings.

There are three gites, set in 3500m of gardens. Each gite has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen/lounge area. Outside there is a private terrace, garden space and a private 8 metre pool. And private parking for 2 cars at each house – parking is at a premium in the village.

The gites are built in the local style but benefit from the latest techology as regards insulation, damp-proofing and double-glazing. Interiors are in wood which reduces the maintenance and redecoration costs. Exteriors resemble traditional Dordogne tobacco-drying barns and are painted in discreet (and Bâtiment de France-approved) colours. The result is that the gites could be let all year round if one so desired.

As with most of our properties, these gites are being sold fully furnished and include all furniture, fixtures and fittings.

Our opinion:
This is a simple gite business sold as a going-concern. It’s essentially an investment project as there is no real living quarters for ‘lifestyle’ changers. One would have to live already in the region or to use one of the gites in the short term. Given the steady turnover figures and the low maintenance costs (essentially taxe foncière, water and electricity) we can only advise to keep the business running as it is. The return on investment is a lot more than you’d get from putting your money in the bank (and a lot safer than investing in the stock market).

contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.

* agency fees included reference n°: 101

more information or to arrange a viewing – email

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Dordogne – entire hamlet with 6 gites and manor house

Dordogne: hamlet with 6 gites, farmhouse and out-buildings
Between Monpazier and Belvès
€985,000 * (ref: 070)

What used to be a thriving hamlet with three or four working farms has been transformed into a very special holiday gite complex. The old Perigord stone houses have been converted into comfortable self-catering holiday dwellings – nothing fancy: just good well-equipped rural accommodation.

There are 6 gites in al as well as the owner’s house and barn. Lying to one side of the estate is a very large stone property dating back to the 16th century which has now begun to be renovated. The new roof is on (all the timber has been replaced) and the interior remains to be finished. The communal pool area lies in the centre of all these buildings: a superb 18 metre heated pool and a smaller paddling pool.

Pool with pool bar

Of course this hamlet is secluded; that’s the whole point! Surrounded by forest and pasture there is total peace and tranquility. But the local village – Belvès – is only 10 minutes away with St Cyprien and the Dordogne river another 15. To the south the bijou village of Monpazier is a twenty minute spin.

There are 6 gites in all: some are based in the old farmhouse with its low beams and wide fireplaces, others are more modern with central heating and sophisticated kitchens. They range in size from a spacious 8-person, 3 bed, 2 bath affair to a simple studio with bathroom for 2 people.

Apart from the gites there is the owner’s accommodation: a house with 3 bedrooms, kitchen, living-room, 2 bathrooms. They have a barn too with 150m² of storage room. Then there is the events room: a large purpose-built hall with space for 120 people, long tables, fireplace and a professional kitchen (fully equipped and with regulation personnel shower and wc). This facility is highly appreciated by groups who can book out the whole complex and use the hall for seminars, weddings, family reunions – whatever.

There is another communal building for all the guests: a sort of café/summer kitchen where they can buy drinks, watch TV or just play cards and get to know each other.

Finally, there is the ‘old’ manor house: probably the first building on the site in the early 16th century, this fine stone Dordogne mansion covers 200m² of suface on the ground floor. There are three floors. The roof has been completely renewed: timber, beams, tiles, guttering. It remains a work in progress…

Our opinion:
There is always a demand for a ‘get-away-from-it-all’ retreat in a secluded part of the Dordogne … and this is it. It’s at the end of the road and no one is going to bother you. We would keep the business ticking over as is while we renovate the old ‘mansion’. This is the place for the owners to live! Wonderful house slightly apart from the rest of the hamlet. This would then free up another gite. The events room could then be used for serious, out of season activities.

What’s for sale?

a 2 hectare estate in central Dordogne south of Belvès
– 1 x 8-person gites
– 3 x 6-person gites
– 1 x 5-person gite
– 1 x 2/4 person gite

owner’s house: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large living/dining area, kitchen, central heating, private terrace and patio
events hall with professional kitchen
18 metre pool – heated and fully secured. Paddling pool
Summer kitchen/café area for bathers
outhouses: over 350m² of solid outbuildings which could be converted
workshop
car park for over 20 vehicles
play area with sandpit, swings, slide,
septic tanks

Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.

* 3% agency fees included reference n°: 070

more information or to arrange a viewing – EMAIL

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