Ariège villa: Gite business near Foix
3 bed bungalow plus three gites
5 minutes central Foix – on road to TdF climb (Mur de Péguère)
Price € 450,000 * (ref 235)
This property may not be to everyone’s taste as it is NOT a draughty old stone-built renovated barn in the middle of nowhere … but a rather ordinary bungalow plus 3 gites in the countryside on the outskirts of Foix. The point is that it works! It works rather well as a cheap and cheerful, clean and impeccably kept gite business ALL YEAR ROUND.
There are three elements to the property:
1. The owner’s house. This is what is called a ‘villa’ in France: a single-storey bungalow with big lounge (and excellent pellet-fired stove), a spacious kitchen, three bedrooms and a family bathroom. The master bedroom is ensuite. A further room has been added to the back terrace … it could be a kitchen or study or extra bedroom … depends on the buyer.
2. The main gite building. This has gite 1 on the ground floor and gite 2 on the upper floor. The gites are very similar: spacious kitchen/diner and lounge area, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
3. The third building houses the garage, the laundry room and the third gite: a studio apartment with kitchen corner, dining area and separate bathroom.
All the gites – and the owners’ house – have their own terrace with barbecue, outdoor furniture and so on. They are impeccably fitted out with shiny new kitchens and white goods, recent furniture and comfortable beds. Their rating of 9.7 on Booking speaks for itself.
There is a garden out the back – a sizeable lawn with children’s swings and trampoline and picnic tables. In every direction one just has to lift one’s head to marvel at the wild and beautiful mountain surroundings.
There is nothing much to be done with this property except continue to exploit it as it has been up to now. The owners are not going far so will be available to assist and advise. The challenge, if one so wanted, would be to put a pool in the garden and thus double the rental value of the gites for the period June-September. The other direction one could take would be to concentrate on road-cycling holidays as the property is on the road up to the fearsome Mur de Péguère, one of the Tour de France’s most dramatic climbs. The garage could be converted into a cycle shed/repair shop … or even into a cycling ‘dormitory’ for groups. Whatever way you approach it this property is a well-placed going-concern which can generate a living income from day 1.
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* agency fees included reference n°: 235
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- Ref n°: 235
- Summary: Pyrenees/Foix: 3-bedroomed villa plus 3 working gites in countryside just 5 minutes from Foix. Perfect location for cycling business. On the road to TdF climb Mur de Péguère
- Address: Saint-Pierre-de-Rivière, Occitanie
- Price: €450,000
- Bedrooms: 8
- Bathrooms: 4
Hautes Pyrénées - Haute Garonne - Ariège
South of Gascony and Toulouse, the area covered by the central Pyrenees is more or less the départements of Ariège, Haute Garonne and Hautes Pyrénées. This is where the Pyrenean range rises straight up like a wall with very little piedmont of foothill area, to a uniform height of over 3000 metres.
Seen from the plains below words like majestic and stunning are too feeble. The Pyrenees are everything one expects from a mountain range: impressive, high, easily accessible and covered in snow. Unlike the Alps they are home to a carpet of deciduous forest - beech, larch, elder - which make for real seasons as springtime green turns rich and dark in summer before fusing into reds and flame yellows in autumn.
The main cities in the region are Foix, Tarbes and Pau - all associated with ruling kings and dukes who protected their citizens from invaders and terrors both real and imaginary. Lourdes, the other big town of the region, is actually in the mountains, surrounded by towering peaks and steep valleys.
Obviously winter sports play a major role in local tourism with a number of resorts serving urbanites from Toulouse and Bordeaux as well as a smattering of foreigners. The other big attraction is spas, of which the region has many. Although some of these are 'medicalisé' (you need a prescription to take the waters), the trend is towards a more open approach with each spa town vying to provide well-being water products for the tourist.
Finally, we can't speak of the Pyrenees without mentioning cycling. The moment of truth in any Tour de France is when the riders attack mythical passes such as the Tourmalet, the Aubisque or the Port de Balès. Here, we are a few kms from the long and difficult climb up to the Plateau de Beille and the fearsome climb up to Ax-Trois-Domains.
On your bikes!