Pyrenees – Authentic stone-built mountain B&B sold as going concern
B&B plus evening meals – auberge rustique
One hectare of organic veg garden
Totally renovated: wood-fired central-heating, double-glazing
4 ensuite guest rooms plus separate owners’ quarters
Price: €370,000 (includes agent’s fee)
This is a property which – par excellence – combines lifestyle-change with a serious business. It’s sold as a going-concern: buyers just have to open the door and start trading … and enjoying the carefree, noise-free, pollution-free lifestyle that goes with living in the French Pyrenees.
It is an old Bergerie – a sheep barn – now transformed into a massive stone-built house on the side of the valley facing south. It houses 4 guest bedrooms (all ensuite), a spacious guest lounge and dining-room, a big farm kitchen and downstairs toilets. Round the side – with its own private entrance – is where the owners live: a cosy two-storey house complete with kitchen/dining room, lounge, bedroom and bathroom.
The striking feature of the guest quarters is the attention to detail: the walls are all different colours and different techniques have been used: lots of lime wash with natural pigments, sand and clay renders and hand-crafted terracotta floor tiles. Doors are all original handmade locally-turned wood. This makes a huge difference to guests’ appreciation of the guest house which often leads to 7 to 10 day stays!
Stretching out in front of the house is a wooden deck and terrace where meals are taken in the summer months. The land then falls away to the vegetable garden. On either side there are meadows and orchards where sheep and pigs have been kept until recently. There’s a chicken run, a wood-working workshop and other out-houses scattered over the two and a half acres.
This is the perfect business for buyers who want to combine an ecological lifestyle with a tourist activity which attracts like-minded customers. This part of the Pyrenees is not that well-known (the Couserans) but it attracts hikers, nature-lovers and cyclists. It’s on the famous ‘route des cols‘ road which links all the main Tour de France passes. It is run as a B&B at present but could function equally well as a dedicated cycling centre. And don’t forget the organic farm side of things: the extensive vegetable garden provides a range of fresh food all year round. A lovely property and a good little business: highly recommended.
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- Ref n°: 259
- Summary: Mountain B&B for sale in the beautiful Bellelongue Valley of the French Pyrenees. Ensuite guest rooms, independent owners' quarters, extensive organic veg garden all combine to make this a special and successful business. As it is on the famous 'route des cols' it could work as a cycling centre.
- Address: 09800 Orgibet, France
- Price: €370,000
- Commission: 4% (included in asking price)
- Surface Area: 1 hectare
- Bedrooms: 5
- Bathrooms: 5
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 climb up to the Col de Portet d'Aspet and the Col de Menté before the descent into Luchon.
On your bikes!