This property ticks most of the boxes for buyers seeking a lifestyle-change move to the south of France. It’s a complex of three dwellings based on a stone-built farmhouse from the 19th century. Currently, the owner lives in one of the dwellings and lets out the other two as summer gites. The income thus generated more than covers the costs. Buyers can choose to live in the bigger house (3 bedrooms) or one of the smaller gites depending on their family circumstances … and whether they want to promote the business side of things or the lifestyle side.
The big gite: Fine farm kitchen with space for dining. It has these amazing original murals on two walls by the Russian emigré Nicolaï Greschny who lived here during the war. There’s a lounge and a downstairs bedroom/study. Upstairs there are three bedrooms and a fine family bathroom.
The small gite: Beautiful living/dining room with exposed stonework and wood-burning stove with an integrated kitchen. Gives on to the terrace and garden. Upstairs there’s two big bedrooms and a bijou bathroom. Downstairs and upstairs WC.
The atelier: This is where the current owner elects to live. It is a fromer workshop built above the garage and laundry room. It boasts two vast living spaces: the bedroom with its bathroom and the open kitchen living space which gives on to a private terrace over-looking the garden.
The grounds: the garden stretches away from the buildings – past wells, flower-beds, cherry and walnut trees to the pool area. Here, as well as the heated pool, they have constructed a sizeable outdoor dining space (roofed – against the sun) and a playroom/events room where children or adults can participate in activities.
The out-buildings: The property is based on the old village forge and so there is an extensive workshop/hangar with the old fireplace. Roughly 120m² of floorspace to exploit as you like.
Garages: there are two garages with space for up to 4 vehicles.
The property is in a village. There are neighbours. But it’s a tiny village with a strong community spirit (numerous different European inhabitants) and … a bakery! The local attractions include the hill-top village of Cordes-sur-Ciel and the UNESCO heritage site of Albi. There is no problem whatsoever in filling the gites for the summer season. Buyers wishing to expand the business could exploit the out-buildings as events spaces to attract guests all year round: yoga classes; painting, wine-tasting etc. This is an excellent property which should find a buyer quickly: it certainly has everything in place.
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