luxury Guest House
5 bedroomed former convent plus 2 separate apartments
conference room, pool, gardens and outhouses
€645,000 – ref 188
The rolling countryside of Gascony and the Gers département start at the western edge of the Toulouse urban area. Within minutes one is in rich farmland dotted with tiny villages, each with views southward to the snow-capped Pyrenees.
This property is located in one of these villages, just 30 minutes or so from Toulouse’s airport at Blagnac. It is a former convent, dating back to the 14th century, built of local stone. The village itself is a gem of little houses, some half-timbered, with a remarkable market hall and an imposing 14th century church. The village is a ‘bastide’ or ‘new town’, built in 1284 on the site of the original Roman settlement.
Now a reputable guest house with five en-suite bedrooms decorated and fitted out with taste and discretion, this property is for sale as a going-concern. But there is much more for sale than the 5 B&B rooms: there is also the 4-bedroom owner’s private quarters and an independent 1 bedroom gite, extensive dining rooms, kitchens, 2 living rooms, an office and a vast reception/seminar room (looks like a former ballroom .. but this was a convent). And that’s just what’s in the convent building (728m²): outside there’s a modest garden with pool and solarium and another – unexploited – building on two floors with unlimited potential.
Not only is this a well-finished conversion job which has transformed an old building into a beautiful guest house but it is also a tremendous business opportunity because of its proximity to Toulouse and the aerospace complex at Blagnac… where Airbus have their headquarters. Discreet, upmarket accommodation like this is highly-prized by visiting executives and potential Airbus customers.
The seminar space is an added extra which should be promoted. For buyers wanting expansion potential, there is the 200m² building out back which could be converted into an independent 4 bedroom gite or proprietor’s house.
Finally, the incredibly efficient wood-pellet central-heating sytem makes this property excellent value for money.
What’s for sale?
– A 14th century former convent in a bastide village near Toulouse:
* a large stone house with a guest area comprising 5 ensuite B&B bedrooms, an office, large living/dining area with open fireplace, spacious fully-equipped kitchen with separate veg prep/wash-up and sitting for 8, storage room, seminar hall, second sitting room/library.
* outside terrace
* garden with lawn and trees
* 3×6 metre pool
* boilerhouse with wood-pellet-fired boiler and storage for 20 tons of pellets
* conference room with bar facilities
* 4-bedroomed private owner’s flat with separate entrance. 2 bathrooms, dressing rooms and very large living room
* 1-bedroom gite (holiday flat) with kitchen/dining area, bathroom etc. 2 other bedrooms also on the second floor.
* large garage/workshop on two floors with separate entrance. For renovation/conversion to more accommodation
contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* agency fees included reference n°: 188
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- Ref n°: 188
- Summary: Gascony: just west of Toulouse within 30 mins of airport and Airbus HQ, this former convent houses 5 ensuite guest rooms, gite, 4-bed owner's quarters, garden, pool and outhouses. Big turnover - all year round activity in charming mediaeval village.
- Address: L'Isle-Jourdain, Occitanie
- Price: €645,000
- Commission: 3% (included in asking price)
- Surface Area: 700 square metres living surface
- Bedrooms: 11
- Bathrooms: 8
- Pools: 1
Gascony in South West France covers most of the area to the south west of a line joining Bordeaux, Agen and Toulouse, that is, the western part of the Midi Pyrenees region, and the coastal section of Aquitaine.
It is one of the least inhabited regions of France, which contributes to its charm, the landscape features gentle river valleys, mixed woodland and rich farmland producing maize and sunflowers. Majestic views of the Pyrenees etch the horizon.
Pretty medieval villages of mellow stone nestle in the green rolling hills, many of them with arcaded central squares, perfect for a long lunch on a warm afternoon. Auch, the historical centre of Gascony, (and the town of D’Artagnan), boasts a magnificent cathedral, several museums, and a maze of attractive pedestrianised streets.
The climate is mild and warm and the wines of the region offer variety and quality, from the spicy red Madiran, the tannic Tursan, through to the elegant sweet Pacherenc which teams perfectly with foie gras. Then there is Armagnac, the digestif of the region, whose unique ageing process allows layers of subtle flavours to develop, and, its enthusiasts will explain, protects against heart disease and obesity.
Generally speaking, a liking for duck is useful when eating in Gascony, but there is much else besides foie gras, confit, magret de canard, and all the other iterations of that humble bird. The ‘jambon du pays’ is excellent and teams perfectly with the famed melons from Lectoure, whose fragrant juicy flesh bears no relation to their pale cousins beloved of the supermarkets. Local markets offer a vast array of excellent fresh fruit and vegetables.
The inhabitants of the area are amongst the most long lived in France, they attribute this to the high quality of their local produce, and they could be correct!