This very attractive property is located in the estate of an 18th century château south of Marciac in the rolling Gascon countryside just north of the Pyrenees. The château has fallen into disrepair but has been saved from further dilapadation by the current owners who have put on a brand new roof. The gite business is quite separate from the chateau but buyers have the option of ignoring it completely … or taking up the challenge of bringing it back to life.
There are three key elements to this business: the excellent location, the high quality of the accommodation, and the chateau and its estate.
LOCATION: Marciac is France’s Jazz capital: its festival in July/August attracts over 250,000 visitors, most of whom seek self-catering accommodation in the area. But the town also hosts jazz events throughout the year, attracting a steady stream of visitors. The complex occupies a 2-hectare estate on a hilltop ridge with views in every direction, especially spectacular are those to the south of a nearby lake with the snow-capped Pyrenees as backdrop. Finally, there is a 18-hole golf course just 4 minutes away …
QUALITY ACCOMMODATION: The old farm buildings which make up the heart of this gite complex are fashioned from the same champagne-coloured stone as the chateau: solid well-proportioned houses which have been cleverly refurbished to meet 21st century standards. As well as the owner’s three-bedroomed (two bath) house there are 5 working gites: four of these are two-bedroomed self-catering units and the fifth has four bedrooms and sleeps 9 guests. Each gite has its own private terrace and barbecue. Even the smallest gites are generously spacious – between 53m² and 65m². The large gite occupies over 90m². Guests share the big 12×6 metre pool and the childrens’ play area.
CHATEAU: As we say above, buyers do not have to concern themselves with this building. However, with its new roof and intact original staircase, more ambitious buyers may be tempted to create something special …
Gascony becomes more rugged and spectacular as one moves south towards the Pyrenees. This business occupies a key position in this wooded, rolling landscape… and that is probably the reason for its success. Guests want fresh air, views and silence – of which there is plenty – as well as access to a pool, local sites (Marciac, Golf Course) and decent restaurants. This business has it all. We would try and develop the low season activites: weddings, seminars, yoga classes and other group activities. No hesitation: visit as soon as you can before it’s sold!