Dordogne – Montignac – Lascaux 4
gite business: cottage and 3 gites
Riverside location – pool – 6 hectares land
Going concern with good turnover and development potential
€665,600 – agency fees included* (ref: 284)
Dordogne – Montignac – Lascaux 4: these are the only three keywords needed to let out the three fine gites on this estate. They are snapped up for the summer months as this is where tourists – from all over the world – want to be. They come in the summer for the Dordogne (châteaux and forests, rivers and water activities) and the whole year round for the pre-history sites: Lascaux, of course, but all the other ones in the Valley of the Vézère, capital of European pre-history.
It helps, of course, that the gites are stone-built, authentic Perigordine buildings with double-glazing, exposed stonework and oak beams. The exceptional location beside the river Vézère – with no near neighbours – surrounded with walnut orchards and well-tended fields does help too.
The property is founded on an old farm, parts of which date back to mediaeval times. The main house has been transformed into a big gite with 6 bedrooms (sleeps 15) and spacious lounge, dining and kitchen areas. A number of the bedrooms are en-suite which means that they can be used as B&B rooms in the low season.
Across the courtyard we find gite n°2 which boasts 4 bedrooms (one of which is en-suite) and a superb dining/lounge space on the ground floor. This gite sleeps 8 guests comfortably.
Gite n°3 is next to this: again, in an independent house, with views over the river and the orchards. It has two bedrooms and is often used just for couple out of season.
Separate owners’ accommodation
The owners live in a dinky little cottage outside of the main farmstead. It’s a very old building which has been renovated with taste and style into a cosy dwelling: large living space downsttairs and two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. Wood-burning stove.
If that was all most people would be happy. But there is more. Three vast barns – two of which are open on one side and serve as alfresco dining spaces, ping-pong areas or wine-tasting workshops. The third barn is as yet undeveloped but represents over 400m² of living space – perfect for conversion into a large reception hall for weddings and special events, workshops or seminars, sports hall or exercise/yoga centre or hammam. Finally, there is a little Bergerie which is half Wendy-House, half teenager hideaway.
We haven’t even touched on the marvellous riverside location – 500 metres or so of prime banks for fishing – the orchard with walnut, cherry, apple, persimmon and quince trees or the pool (fenced and alarmed in conformity with the law).
All the ingredients are here: the location, the gites, the owners’ house, the pool, the extensive estate (6 hectares) and the development potential. The current owners run a tight ship and make sure that the premises are well maintained and in perfect shape to receive guests … at any time of year. We would suggest that buyers continue to run it as it is for a year or so before turning their hand to developing some of the out-buildings. The close proximity to the Lascaux caves means that “pre-history holidays” in the off-season could be sold to discerning guests from all over the world. An excellent business and a good investment. Highly recommended.
* 3% agency fees