Bed & Breakfast
year-round activity – centre of lively small town
cycling and sports centre potential
€349,000 * ref 193
At the southern tip of Gascony, where the three départements meet – Gers, Haute Garonne and Hautes Pyrénées – there is a little-known Lake District. With the Pyrenean mountain range rising steeply to the South and with forest-clad hillsides surrounding long stretches of water to the North, this region is perfect for quiet getaways, cycling holidays and relaxation … if you like unspoilt countryside, quiet rural roads, picturesque villages and access to mountains and lakes.
The property is a fine guest house sold as a going concern complete with its reputation, furnishings and unbeatable location on the main square of the town. For over 12 years the business has been catering to tourists, family groups, wedding guests and house-hunters … in a town which has no hotel.
The layout is fairly classic for this type of guest house:
ground floor: reception and guest lounge – guest dining room (up to 15 diners) – kitchen – private lounge and office – laundry room – cellar and pantry – courtyard with outdoor dining
first floor: one wing is private: 3 bedrooms and three bathrooms for the owners. The rest of this floor, in the other wing, houses four ensuite guest bedrooms.
second floor: the fifth guest room (60m²) which is practically an independent flat on one side and empty attic space on the other (may be converted into more accommodation).
Access to the upper floors is by a fine staircase dating back to the early 19th century. The whole house is double-glazed and centrally-heated (oil).
The garden – a peaceful space of shade and greenery covering more than 900 m², is just accross a laneway at the side of the house. There is a small vegetable garden, toolshed and seating.
Rural hotels have more or less disappeared from the French landscape, victims of over-zealous health & safety regs. In their place we find Maison d’Hôtes – B&Bs – which are slowly gaining traction with the French public, unused to the concept. This one is in a prime location – on the market square – and has no problem attracting guests all year round. It would lend itself to activities such as cooking classes (participants just have to open the front door to buy their fresh produce) and cycling holidays (traffic-free roads and proximity to the Pyrenees). Bonus points are the big owner’s section (3 bedrooms), the scope for expansion (attic and cellar) and the overall comfort (double-glazing and central heating). An excellent business at a realistic price.
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* agency fees included reference n°: 193
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- Ref n°: 193
- Summary: Gascony Lake District: Lovely old guest house in small market town. 5 ensuite guest rooms, 3-bed owner's quarters, garden. Suit cooking school or cycling centre. Going concern.
- Address: Boulogne-sur-Gesse, Occitanie
- Price: €349,000
- Commission: 3% (included in asking price)
- Bedrooms: 9
- Bathrooms: 6
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!