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Chateau in Pyrenees

Château in Ariège foothills – B&B or ‘grand gîte’

  • Pyrenees – Ariège chateau in the  foothills

  • Property with two gites (or B&B)

  • 16th century château as 6 bedroomed gite

  • Cycling on the voie verte (Foix-St Girons)

  • Price € 435,000 * (ref 171)

There is a marvellous road which runs the length of the Pyrenean mountain range from Perpignan to Biarritz, through the foothills and piedmont, linking the key villages and towns: Estagel, Quillan, Foix, St Girons, St Gaudens, Lourdes and so on to the Atlantic. There used to be a railway line running along paralell to a lot of this road in the Ariège, now, alas abandoned. However a stretch has been brought back to life by local authorities and transformed into a voie verte – a pathway for cyclists, walkers and runners who want to keep off the main roads.

This Ariège chateau  is – literally – on the portion of the voie verte which runs from Foix to St Girons. Cyclists and hikers just have to crawl 5 yards from the pathway to the gite’s front door!

What is for sale is the 16th century château/manor house (transformed into two gites)  surrounded by 3500m² of gardens, veg patch, chicken run and sheep pasture.

Ariège chateau

The manor house – which dates back to 1591 – has been renovated from top to bottom by a French Artisan. A carpenter by trade, he has crafted a beautiful six-bedroomed gite out of the top two floors and a cosy two-bedroomed gite on the lower floor. The owners currently let the two gites together as a – much sought-after – ‘very large gite’ which can accommodate 20 guests.

As well as the quality of the woodwork, the house boasts an infinite variety of plasterwork, hand-made double-glazed windows, handmade parquet flooring and an excellent wood-fired central-heating system. In the main gite there are 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a vast kichen with seating for 16 people, an enclosed balcony, a spacious living room and various nooks and crannies. There is even a tower which has yet to be finished: the idea is to put a jacuzzi on each floor!

The second gite on the lower floor is a cosy two-bedroomed apartment, each bedroom having its own bathroom. The kitchen is simple but functional.

The Mont Valier dominates the region – one of the few 3000m peaks in the Ariège  – a ‘must climb’ for the guests

There is no pool (this is mountainous country: guests are more interested in nature pursuits than lounging around) but a big space with a children’s playground, Wendy House, ping-pong etc. There are plenty of chickens and a few sheep to keep children amused.

The local village is a couple of hundred metres away: village with services less than 4 kms. St Girons, Ariège’s commercial capital – with its supermarkets, street market, hospital etc is just 9 kms.

Our opinion:

The location couldn’t be better for anyone wishing to exploit the wave of tourists who use the voie verte every year. One would be tempted even to open a summer café ….

It has taken 13 years for the owners to convert a ruined mediaeval manor into a stunning upmarket gite. As a rare gite which takes 20 guests it is alreadypartially-booked for the 2020 summer season … at €2300 pw. And this is with only French guests as they do no marketing abroad. In other words plenty of scope to better these figures and, by using the rooms as B&B rooms out of season, doubling the already hefty turnover figures. It is also ecologically sound (wood-fired heating, double-glazed) and has cheap property tax. No hesitation: a very good deal.

* agency fees included reference n°: 171

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Hamlet in Dordogne – Monbazillac – 7 gites

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Monbazillac: Hamlet / gite complex: 7 gites
Owner’s house – 2 pools – 1.2 hectares
10 minutes Bergerac airport
€666,000 * (ref: 204) – direct sale by owner

Southern Dordogne – the area around Bergerac – is where the Dordogne river slows down and prepares to join the Garonne in the estuary at Bordeaux. A few miles downstream are the St Emilion vineyards: this little hamlet is located on the continuation of these vineyards – the AOC Monbazillac appellation – on the slopes over-looking the Dordogne valley.

This is a simple ‘What you see is what you get’ gite business based on a compact hamlet in the vines between Saussignac and Monbazillac on the left bank. It comprises four big 4-bedroom gites, two smaller 2-bedroom gites and a 2-bedroom cottage. The owners have their own two-bedroom house and garden. There are two swimming pools, car park and roughly 1.2 hectares of land (flat).

The location is ideal for a number of reasons: right in the vines (organic – untreated), in a commune with two imposing chateaux, off the main road but on the ‘route des vins’, 15 minutes from Bergerac and only 10 minutes from Bergerac airport (direct flights to UK and Holland).

The property is composed of three main buildings (see image below) on both sides of a tiny country road which leads to one other dwelling. The make up is as follows:
– Four large four-bedroom gites on two floors with fitted kitchens, lounge and three bath/shower rooms.
– Two smaller gites with two ensuite bedrooms, lounge, kitchen and private terrace.
– An independent cottage with two bedrooms, kitchen/living area and bathroom.

The owners live in a two-bedroomed home with spacious lounge/dining area with powerful wood-burning stove and fitted kitchen; they have their own carpark and private garden. Undeveloped space upstairs.
The two swimming-pools are located at each end of the hamlet and conform to all safety regs.
A large car-park at the entrance to the hamlet ensures that the gite village remains car-free.
There is an unused section between the owners’ house and small gite building which has been ear-marked for development into some sort of communal space – for meetings, courses, etc or as a gym.

Our opinion:
Even in a post-Brexit world the Dordogne has lost none of its attractiveness for both buyers of gite businesses and guests who wish to rent in the region. This property is particularly attractive as it lies just 10 minutes from the region’s biggest gateway: Bergerac airport. Add to this the proximity of Dordogne’s finest vineyards, the historic town of Bergerac and a hamlet of up-and-running gites and you are in business. Currently run by an aging French couple, the business could be taken to the next level by a dynamic ownership with a more international outlook.

 

* no agency fees – direct sale – contact the owner: M. Durand – email –  Tel 05 53 23 46 58

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