Mountain holiday centre in the Pyrenees
Suitable as hostel or cycling centre
1500m² of living space on a 2 hectare estate
Fully operational with all health & safety authorisations
Capacity of 80 guests … plus manager’s flat
Dramatic location – wooded grounds – sports area
8 minutes to ski resort – cycling routes start at doorstep
Price: €576,000 – agent’s fees included
Exceptional opportunity to purchase a working holiday centre in the French Pyrenees. This is a working “colonie de vacances” owned and run by an urban commune near Toulouse. It is used to provide summer holidays for children essentially but it is also let out to groups of adults (cyclists, skiers, hikers) in the low season.
The property is essentially four big, modern buildings built on the side of a mountain overlooking the village of Belcaire in the Aude département.
The accommodation and activities block: a 900m² building on three storeys with activity rooms/meeting rooms and cloakrooms on the ground floor . The two upper floors are devoted to accommodation with a dozen small dormitories (6-bed), some supervisor/nurse bedrooms, toilets and shower rooms. Heated by gas-fired central heating.
An administration building which includes a three-bedroomed manager’s flat
The refectory building: two floors with extensive professional kitchens and storage on the ground floor and a vast canteen/dining area on the first floor.
An accommodation block for small groups with 4-bed and 2-bed bedrooms, showers and toilets.
Mountain holiday centre
The grounds include parking for a dozen cars and a couple of coaches, a sports area with basketball hoops, a camping area, a henhouse and chicken run and a wooded area. There is no pool but there’s a lake at the end of the lane with a bathing beach.
Local attractions: Col du Chioula (TdF climb), ski resort of Camurac, Montségur château, countless hiking trails and mountain bike runs.
There are hundreds of old ‘Colonies de vacances‘ scattered throughout France. Most of them are grim 19th century workhouses or austere concrete blocks from the fifties. This property is quite different: it dates back to the seventies, it is well-built and has been very well maintained. New roof in 2010, new heating system in 2012 and so on. Above all it is a going-concern with a certicate of conformity (fire and safety) issued by the local authority. Most buyers, however, will not be interested in running it as a vacation centre for kids. We think that the premises could easily be tweaked to create either a hostel for hikers, skiers and cyclists or as a dedicated centre for road cyclists and mountain bikers. The 6-bed dormitories could be turned into spacious twin rooms, the refectory into a dining area for 30 or so guests and the grounds planted with flowers and shrubs. Finally, the price is right: €384 per m² – you won’t find cheaper for a fully equipped, centrally-heated, recently refurbished property.
Viewing by appointment only. Price includes agent’s 3% commission. Contact us now for more information and to book a viewing.
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- Summary: Exceptional opportunity to buy an operational holiday centre in the French Pyrenees. Accommodating up to 80 guests it is the perfect location for a serious road-cycling centre for indivuals and groups. Four separate buildings on a two-hectare estate with dedicated kitchens and restaurant, meeting rooms and sports ground.
- Address: Belcaire, Occitanie
- Price: €576,000
- Commission: 3% (included in asking price)
- Surface Area: 20000
- Phone Number: 0675665518
- Bedrooms: 18
- Bathrooms: 8
Hautes Pyrénées - Haute Garonne - Ariège - Aude
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 actually at the foot of the climb up to the Col de Chioula before descending into the valley and attacking the long and difficult climb up to the Plateau de Beille and the fearsome climb up to Ax-Trois-Domains.
On your bikes!