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Lot Valley Gite Business near St Cirq-Lapopie

Renovated farmhouse + 4 gites near St Cirq-Lapopie
Pool – gardens – views
going-concern – excellent turnover
€772,000 * (ref: 199)

The Lot département is associated with dozens of ‘most beautiful villages’, vineyards, prehistoric cave drawings and dense oak forest. But the thing that brings all this together is the river Lot, winding slowly through its steep-sided valley from east to west. This property is in that valley – a few kilometres downstream from St Cirq-Lapopie and Pech Merle – on a spur of land that dominates the valley and the forests beyond. In other words: in the middle of the action, where the tourists want to be.

The property itself is atypical: it marries traditional white-stoned Quercy architecture with modern purpose-built holiday accommodation. The setting is rural – surrounded by fields and forest – but on the outskirts of a village. The layout of houses and gites has been carefully studied to allow the owners complete privacy while permitting each guest family to enjoy their own space.

The owner occupies most of the old Quercy farmhouse at the entrance to the estate: 2 bedrooms, lounge, dining room kitchen and terrace. But it’s flexible – like all the buildings – in that she can extend into the ‘office space’ and artists studio if needed. The rest of this old building (early 19th century) is occupied by gite 1 with its two bedrooms, bathroom, lounge and kitchen. It boasts a big balcony which faces south … and on the northern side, there’s the artist’s studio and another, enclosed, terrace.

The 3 other gîtes are quite separate from the main house. They are housed in a two-storey new-build on the other side of the pool. They are fairly upmarket gites with two or three bedrooms – each with their own bathroom – as well as spacious living/dining room with fully-equipped kitchen. The fact that the rooms are en-suite means that they can be exploited as B&B rooms in the low season. The big gite on the ground floor has four bedrooms, again modifiable according to demand, and spacious reception and dining areas.

All the gites have access to the pool, a salt-water pool which can be completely covered for Spring and Autumn bathing.

The land – over 5000m² – stretches up to woodland at one end with an orchard, parking for each gite and plenty of greenery and fig trees. There is a garage complex with a laundry room and spare bedroom in a separate section.

The local village is at the end of the lane but it has nothing in the way of amenities: nearest shops, doctor, chemist etc at St Géry two kms down the road.

Our opinion:
You can’t get much better than this in terms of location. The main sights (St Cirq-Lapopie and the Pech Merle Caves) are a cycle ride away. The estate is perched above the river so that one gets 180° views. The gites are clean, insulated, heated and attractive: ready to let. Currently run by just one person the business turns over a modest €60k or so, but in its heyday they managed nearly €100k. By exploiting the gites as gites in the high season and as B&B rooms from October to March, one could easily boost this to over €150k pa.

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* agency fees included reference n°: 199

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  • Ref n°: 199 
  • Summary: LOT VALLEY gite complex: house, 4 gîtes, out-houses and land just a few minutes from St Cirq-Lapopie. Excellent turnover figures. 
  • Price: €772,000 
  • Commission: 3% (included in asking price) 
  • Bedrooms: 15 
  • Bathrooms:
  • Pools:
  • Location Description: South-West France is basically a low-lying sun-baked plateau bisected by deep river valleys running off the Massif Central to the Atlantic Ocean: the Tarn, the Aveyron, the Lot and the Dordogne. As elsewhere in France, the départements (or counties) are named after these river valleys and their catchment areas.

    The Lot valley is in the middle, sheltered and warm, and has long been home to some of the best vineyards of the region. The wealth created from the wine trade has contributed over the centuries to the construction of numerous magnificent chateaux and manor houses throughout the département.

    Well before this trade, prehistoric man thrived in these valleys, leaving traces in a number of caves . One of the most spectacular caves with rupestrian art is at Pech Merle, in the Lot valley East of Cahors and a few minutes from St-Cirq-Lapopie. 
  • DPE: energy rating: C,C