The Abbey of St Sever-de-Rustan* dates back to the XIth century and is one of the architectural jewels of southern Gascony/northern Pyrenees. It includes gothic, classic and romanesque features as well as some rare sculptures. Lying in the Arros valley with the Jazz capital of France, Marciac, a few kilometres to the north, and Tarbes, Lourdes and the High Pyrenees to the south, the village is an excellent location for tourists and lifestyle-changers alike.
The property is on the edge of the village, away from the bustle of the main square, but just a minute’s stroll from the abbey and the local café/restaurant. It takes the form of a typical Gascony farmhouse, built out of brick and river pebbles in the traditional style. The farmhouse has been divided into three with the owner’s quarters in the centre (on two floors) and a gite on either side.
Each dwelling has been totally refurbished and brought up to 21st century standards. The gites are laid out in this way: Downstairs there is a spacious kitchen/dining/living space, fully equipped with dishwasher, cooker, fridge etc as well as a wood-burning stove. Upstairs there are two bedrooms and a Jack’n’Jill bathroom. Each gite has a separate fusebox, double glazing and outdoor space.
The owner’s part of the house is a bit more spacious with separate (and big) kitchen, living/dining room, downstairs bedroom and shower-room as well as a vast loft-space upstairs which can be used as a second bedroom or activities room.
Outside, the 3000m² garden includes a garage (with a new roof), a heated swimming pool, a well and plenty of open ground for kids to play in. The whole property is fenced.
This is a turnkey business: there is no further work to be done and buyers can expect to begin trading on day 1. The gites are sold fully-equipped and furnished. The proximity of Marciac with its world-famous Jazz Festival to the north and the ski resorts/Tour de France passes to the south, ensure a steady flow of tourists throughout the year. Not to mention the Abbey. The gites are of a standard size: two bedrooms and plenty of space, the easiest to let whatever the season. The heated pool helps enormously. Cycling holidays, yoga weekends, history seminars are only some of the ideas to ensure year-round occupancy. An excellent business in a charming location.
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