This is a beautiful country manor house dating back to the year 1800 which is currently used as an ‘apartment’ hotel. This is a concept which provides customers with self-contained rooms including en-suite bathrooms and a kitchenette. It allows the hotel to accept everyone from one-nighters to four-month long-stay guests. In this way the business works all year round.
Set in its own wooded grounds the estate lies just 500 metres west of the great Forest of Bouconne – Toulouse’s western lung as it were – giving it immediate and simple access to the airport, the Airbus HQ, Toulouse Conference Centre and numerous hi-tech companies without being too near (or on the flightpath). This exceptional location means that guests are not just drawn from urban refugees looking for peace and quiet but also from business folk on missions to one of the (numerous) aerospace companies in the area.
The manor house is divided into two sections: the owners’ private quarters on the ground floor of the southern wing: a fine kitchen with massive open fireplace and space to feed a dozen people comfortably, a lounge with open fireplace and terracotta flooring, 4 bedrooms and two bathrooms and a big veranda/enclosed patio. The rest of the house is divided into guest rooms of differing sizes and capacities – from a couple of single rooms to family rooms with 4 beds. The guests have access to a large games room (or meeting room) which has direct access to the gardens. The whole of the ground floor is heated by oil-fired central-heating (new boiler last year) and the guest rooms by electricity.
Outside there’s a nice little 10 metre pool in its own enclosed area and a vast barn which is used for storage and as a workshop. This building has planning for conversion into another dwelling. On one side of the house there is a large field suitable for horses (and currently home to 3 lawnmower sheep) and to the west the land falls away through charming woodland. There are a couple of neighbours but it’s a very quiet spot although only 15 minutes on foot from the village with all its amenities (chemist, café, bakery etc).
Buyers should not be fooled by the term ‘apartment hotel’. This is a regular hotel with all the authorisations but the current owners prefer to let the rooms as if they were apartments rather than laying on traditional hotel services: breakfasts, meals, drinks etc. In this way they can manage the business themselves without any outside employees and attain €135k+ turnover figures. We’ve had a good look around and can attest that the roof is good, the wiring, plumbing and drainage is all recent and the décor is …sober. It’s sold as a going-concern, equipped and furnished and ready to roll. Some buyers may be tempted to run it as a ‘very big gite’ and live in the (converted) barn; others may wish to transform it into a traditional hotel…. the options are many and varied. The location, the estate and the size of the manor house mean that the business will not stay on the market for long.