Gascony gite complex
farmhouse (owners’ home) with 3 bedrooms
5 gîtes (1 to 4 bedrooms)
13 metre pool
near Jazz village of Marciac
€420,000* – ref n° 250
This going concern has been professionally run for a number of years. The proximity of the villages of Marciac (with its world-renowned Jazz festival) and Mirande (which boasts a busy Country Festival) mean that demand for simple, two or three-bedroomed accommodation is strong throughout the 12 summer weeks. Family reunions or special-interest groups take up the slack in the off-season.
With a good website and some agile marketing, this gîte complex could reach a turnover of over 70,000 euros per annum.
The owner’s house is a Gascon farmhouse with fine, square rooms and thick-walled solidity. It shares a communal garden and pool access with the gites but has its own lawns, vegetable patch and chicken run at the back – out of sight and earshot of the guests. The whole farm is surrounded by fields of maize and sunflower with views of the snow-capped Pyrenees. Oil-fired central heating.
It’s difficult to find a business of this size for under €500k in Gascony today. It’s a fairly compact estate but this means it is very easy to maintain with no great expanses of lawn to mow or forest to clear. The gites have been looked after well with frequent renovations and change of furniture. In short, it is run by professionals who are now, reluctantly, handing it over to the next generation. We have no hesitation in recommending this property to serious buyers looking to take on a well-run and well-kept business in beautiful surroundings.
What’s for sale?
Gascony gite complex: farmhouse, 5 gites and a 13 metre pool – sold as a going concern 10 minutes from Marciac
– the house: fine Gascon house with thick stone walls and good roof. Ground floor: two large, square reception rooms, spacious kitchen, very bright and airy living room giving on to private terrace and garden, laundry room, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and French windows to garden. Upstairs there are two more spacious bedrooms
– Gites 1 and 2: downstairs: very spacious living area with kitchen corner and French windows giving on to private terrace. Upstairs, bathroom, three bedrooms. Furnished.
– Gites 3 and 4: downstairs: spacious kitchen and living area, bathroom, French windows to private terrace. Upstairs: two bedrooms, shower room, toilet.
– Gite 5: downstairs: spacious kitchen/living area, French windows on to lawn and pool, bathroom. Upstairs: one big bedroom with plenty of light and views.
– 13 metre pool. With a winter/cool season ‘roof’ and safety device.
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* 3% agency fees included – reference n°: 250
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- Ref n°: 250
- Summary: You won't find an easier gite complex to run than this one. The owners' farmhouse is a solid Gascon farmhouse, independent of the 5 varied gites, sitting in mature gardens with a superb 13 metre pool. Just down the road from Marciac, France's 'Jazz' village in one direction and the Pyrenees in the other. Could make an excellent cycling centre or just run as a laid-back gite complex.
- Address: Saint-Justin, Occitanie
- Price: €420,000
- Commission: 4% (included in asking price)
- Bedrooms: 16
- Bathrooms: 10
- Pools: 13 metre pool
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!