Carcassonne – UNESCO World Heritage Site
B&B with 5 guest bedrooms
Garden and pool
10 minutes from the Cité de Carcassonne
10 minutes from the airport
Price: €580,000 * – ref n° 256
Bed and Breakfasts in Carcassonne are much in demand as they are more or less sure to be busy all year round. A quick glance around the Cité de Carcassonne in January reveals groups of Japanese tourists; in February there’s a wave of Chinese …and that’s just the start of the season as people from all over the world pile in. As the second most visited tourist site (after the Mont St Michel) the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Cité and the Canal du Midi ensure 12 months a year occupancy.
Of course you must have the accommodation to match … and this property has all the necessary assets: 5 spacious ensuite bedrooms each decorated with taste and style, comfortable reception rooms – lounge and dining-room – outdoor terraces and patios and, of course, a pool. To top it all off there’s gas-fired central heating and double (even triple) glazing. The whole place oozes professionalism and, more prosaically, constant maintenance.
It’s a big, square stone-built house dating back to the early 18th century located in one of those typical ‘hamlets’ that surround the borough of Carcassonne and have been nearly swallowed up by it. The advantage of the location is immediately clear to guests: there is free on-site parking, a rare commodity in Carcassonne today. The slightly excentric location also means that guests can reach the airport (direct flights from Dublin, Stansted, Edinburgh, Brussels, Frankfurt) in less than 10 minutes in one direction and the Cité in a similar time in the other.
The owners have their own two bedroom/bathroom apartment on the top floor. They also have a spacious garage/storage unit out the back gate which is included in the sale.
Carcassonne is the place to be if you want to make money with a B&B in the South of France. Either right up against the city walls (convenience but no parking) or, like here, on the outskirts but within easy reach of the airport, the motorway and the sights. This business has a lot going for it: excellent reputation (4.5 on Tripadvisor), 5 generously-sized ensuite guest rooms, property in perfect condition (no work needed at all) and a lovely garden and pool. Buyers can slip into the business seamlessly and start trading on day 1. The owners have been here 15 years and can help at the beginning. This is an opportunity not to be missed.
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- Ref n°: 256
- Summary: Carcassonne is the place to be if you really want to make money from a B&B. Tourists pour into the town all year round to visit the famous Cité and the Canal du Midi, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. This impeccable property boasts 5 double ensuite bedrooms and a lovely pool between the Cité and the airport: great location.
- Address: 11000 Carcassonne, France
- Price: €580,000
- Commission: 3% (included in asking price)
- Bedrooms: 7
- Bathrooms: 6
- Pools: 1
The département of the Aude, in the Languedoc, prides itself as being the home of the Cathar, a famed religious sect of the 12 and 13th century, who dared defy Rome with their brand of humble, scaled-down Christianity. They failed in the end, but their story of defiance, struggle and eventual extinction is etched into the landscape, villages and castles of the region.
Throughout the 12th century the Cathar faithful were slowly pushed out of the low-lying plains towards the hostile, mountainous uplands where they found refuge in fortified villages or in castles and keeps perched on the most inaccessible crags of the Corbières or the Pyrenean foothills. In the end the French State allied with Rome, sent Simon de Montfort to root out and kill the last 'heretics' in what was known as the 'Albigensian Crusade'.
In the western part of Languedoc the most notable feature is the Lac de St Ferréol, specially conceived by Riquet when building the Canal du Midi, and designed to supply water to the canal throughout the summer period. This it does by means of a mini-canal - 'le rigole' which carries water from the resevoir to the highest point of the canal on the watershed (between Atlantic and Mediterranean basins) near Avignonnet-Lauragais.
The Eastern part of the Aude département is wild and nearly uninhabited, a region of rough hills, maquis-clad outcrops and vines as far as the eye can see. This is the Corbières, renowned for its rough, strong red wines, olive groves and castles. The Corbières start just outside of Carcassonne where well-kept vineyards slowly give way to pine forest and more dramatic terrain.