Pyrenees – guest house for sale
Completely refurbished, insulated and sold as going concern. In the high mountains. 10 mins ski resort
Summer and winter seasons : turnover of €40k+
Price reduced: € 280,000 (no commission: direct sale)
This is a 5 bedroom 3-star guesthouse in a village at the end of one of those valleys in the Pyrenees which seems to snake into the heart of the high mountains. But its only 75 minutes from Toulouse (and Andorra) with easy, snow-free access to major highways.
The Vicdessos valley is one of the most exciting of the Pyrenees: winding up towards the 3000 metre peaks around Montcalm from Tarascon, it is home to a number of important prehistoric sites including the astonishing Grotte de Niaux with its paintings of bison and deer. There is a ski resort – Goulier Neige – perched on a north-facing slope and numerous trails and footpaths leading up to the high peaks on the border with Andorra. The upper stretches of the valley are often used by the Tour de France as the riders head for Massat and the fearsome Mur de Péguère by way of the Port de Lhers or on to Aulus-les-Bains and the Col de Core.
The guest house is bang in the centre of this valley – facing Montcalm – and at the foot of the climb up to the Lhers pass. This perfect location means that it can operate more or less all year round. In summer the climbing schools and the Via Ferrata attract a lot of people but for the most part it is families who enjoy hiking in the mountains. Out of season there are cyclists testing themselves against the stiff climbs, hunters looking for the abundant game in the beech forests and weekenders seeking peace and quiet from Toulouse. The winter season is short – December to February – but the presence of snow-cannon in the local ski resort means that there is a steady stream of visitors.
The house itself is one of two built in the 1930’s for the chief engineers at the local aluminium plant (since closed and dismantled). The company spared no expense on the construction of fine, three-storey houses with solid staircases and well-worked wooden doors and fittings. As befitted their status, the houses are on their own grounds above the village looking south to the high peaks.
The present owner has completely refurbished the house to modern standards – insulation, double-glazing, wiring, heating have all been overhauled – and put in a nice 10 metre pool. Each guest room has an ensuite bathroom. The main living and dining areas are spacious and well equipped, as is the kitchen. Water is heated by solar tubes on the south-facing roof. A massive soapstone wood-burner heats the entire ground floor … very cheaply.
The local village has a bakery, chemist, doctor and supermarket. Primary and secondary education are within 10 minutes. Train station is in Tarascon (12 minutes) and the nearest airports are Toulouse (75 mins) and Carcassonne (90 mins).
In 2017 the B&B managed over 491 bednights and nearly as many table d’hôte meals resulting in a gross turnover of almost €40k.
This property is sold as a going concern. There is also the possibility of buying the ‘sister’ house next door (fitted out as gites rather than B&B … for a further €295k). The positive elements – recently refurbished, good location, pool – mean that a new owner can take over with little or no risk. Development potential? We would encourage cyclists to use the B&B by putting a storage/workshop space at their disposal (in the basement). We would also build links to the local ‘high performance’ sports centre for top athletes (built on the former aluminium site) to ensure a steady flow of tenants throughout the off-season.
What’s For sale?
Renovated stone-built house – four levels
5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, living room, dining room with soapstone woodburner, kitchen. Basement with three (unused) rooms
wood-fired soapstone woodburner and water heating by solar
10 metre swimming pool
* no agency fees – direct sale – contact the owner Christian BRISSARD – email – 05 61 64 55 51