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Gite business Limoux_Carcassonne

Farmhouse + gites + outhouses in wine village near Carcassonne

  • Carcassonne region

  • 6-bedroomed farmhouse with two gites

  • Village setting in mature gardens with views

  • pool, functions room, outhouses, parking

  • €650,000 * (ref 243)

Gite business Limoux_Carcassonne

Carcassonne – France’s second tourist attraction after Mont St Michel – lies in the plain along with its historic neighbour, Castelnaudary. Most holiday-makers prefer to rent (or live) either north or south of the city in the hilly regions, surrounded by woodland or vineyards. This property is in a tiny village south of Carcassonne, on a raised terrace with views both south to the Pyrenees and north to the Montagne Noire.

This property is what the Irish would call ‘the Big House’ of the village. Not the château but the ‘other’ most imposing property belonging to the biggest landowner, or in this case, vigneron. For this is a wine village, perched on a hill-top and surrounded by a sea of vines. As befits the biggest house in the village it commands extensive views to the south – to the snow-capped Pyrenees – and enjoys probably the biggest garden too.

Although the main house has been used as a guest house in the past, the property is being sold as a private dwelling with two gites, one of which is operational. With the numerous outhouses however, the potential is there for someone with ideas to create a beautiful home and enough gites to generate a healthy income.

THE MAIN HOUSE

The main house is vast: there are three big reception rooms plus a spacious kitchen on the ground floor and six ensuite bedrooms on the upper floor. A bit of re-decoration work and the rooms would be ready to receive guests again in no time at all. The house is littered with original features to delight and intrigue guests: a fine 19th century staircase, marble fireplaces in many of the rooms, original terracotta flooring in the upper stories…

THE GITES

The big gite is adjacent to the main house: kitchen plus lounge downstairs and three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the upper floors.

The small gite – closed for renovation at the moment – is a simple two-person gite with kitchen/diner, mezzanine bedroom and bathroom.

FUNCTION ROOM

One of the features of this property is the splendid salle des fêtes which occupies one of bigger out-houses. This was the venue for concerts, exhibitions and parties over the past 20 years … and with a bit of redecoration could become again. It has toilets, lighting and access to a wide covered terrace.

The other usuable outhouse offers over 200m² of living space.

The pool and barbecue area is set back from the houses in its own space over-looking the vineyards and mountains. There is parking for a dozen cars in the enclosed, walled domaine.

Our opinion: We’ve been quite open about this property: it needs re-invigorating, re-decorating and re-thinking. But it is NOT a renovation property. The work has been done: good quality bathrooms, new roofing, mains drainage, electrics are all in place. What’s needed is a dynamic couple to re-think the concept: guest house or gite complex? Wine-tasting courses or yoga school? Whatever your plans, buyers should reckon on investing around €80k to get the premises in shape again. But at less than €750k all-in, this is a bargain for a fine property only 20 minutes from Carcassonne airport.

* agency fees included reference n°: 243                                                              similar property in the region: 202 Farm with gites

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campsite for sale near Toulouse

Campsite, gite and market-gardening business

  • Campsite for sale – 25 minutes Toulouse

  • Camp-site – chalets, caravans and tents

  • Farmhouse + market-garden business

  • 4 hectares – lake, pool, orchard

  • going concern – all-year-round income

  • Between Toulouse and Carcassonne

  • €1.235.000 * ref 231

The campsite is quite separate from the rest of the estate

Buyers are getting more than just a farmhouse with a few chalets here: this is a thriving campsite business which has been built up over the past 30 years turning over in excess of €80k. There are permanent chalets, a pool, plots for caravans, motor-homes and tents and, as an exotic extra, a cabin-cruiser on the lake for romantic weekends.

But that’s not all! The owners, who live on the other side of the lake in a traditional Lauragais farmhouse, have developed a market-gardening business growing aparagus, melons, tomatoes, aubergines etc in 6 huge tunnels which they sell on site and to local outlets. This business turns over more than €150k.

The farmhouse is a traditional 18th century house made of local pink brick with more than 300m² of living surface. About 100m² of this has yet to be fully renovated. But there are four bedrooms, two bathrooms and room for another two rooms at least. A section of the house is devoted to the market garden business with a cold-room and mushroom production.

There is a large barn opposite the farmhouse which is used to house machinery and stock seed, plants and garden material.

Campsite for sale

The campsite is quite independent of the farm and market-garden. It comprises 6 permanent chalets (sleep 5/6 guests), an ‘events’ room which is equipped with a kitchen and can accommodate 30 guests, a gym/shower room beside the pool as well as the pool itself. There are 5 plots for caravans – equipped with water and electricity points – a camper-van stop, again with water and electricity, and a number of simple plots for tents. The owner has set aside an area of about 5000m² adjacent to the campsite for an eventual enlargement of the business: there is space for another 6 chalets.

The lake is an immense attraction and it has been well-stocked with fish. It belongs exclusively to the estate and the water ids used to irrigate the market-garden business and to keep the campsite green and fresh in summer. There is now a cabin cruiser on the lake which clients can rent for €70 the night … and experience a nautical evening.

Our opinion: Campsites are very difficult to create in France. You have to buy into an existing structure. That’s why this property is both unusual and fairly expensive: however, there is space to more than double the capacity. Then there is the market gardening business which is extremely lucrative. Not all buyers may be keen/capable of running this side of things but it could be subcontracted out to local people or turned into a more leisurely organic set-up. Finally, there is another 33 hectares of land that goes with the estate – agricultural land – should anyone be tempted to do a bit of real farming!

* agency fees included reference n°: 231

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Tree-house business – Quercy blanc

  • Quercy blanc

  • Farmhouse and tree-house business

  • 3 hectares of woodland – pool – outhouses

  • €695,000 * – ref 206

 

Deep in the Quercy Blanc – the region between the Lot and Garonne river valleys – this astonishing complex of tree-houses hidden in a century-old oak forest is the work of a young couple who have accomplished their dream.

Monsieur is an artisan of the highest calibre who knows and respects the forest. Each little hobbit-like tree house has been fashioned from local wood and attached to living trees in such a way as to evolve with the tree. Each little dwelling has water, electricity, bathroom and toilet. Some have integrated kitchens, others separate. All have their own private jacuzzi! Above all, they are totally secure and have been certified by the local authority.

For this is what counts: many buyers dream of creating tree-houses but few manage to cross the multitude of administrative hurdles that this entails: health and safety, of course, but also local land-use regulations, water treatment, environmental rules and so on. With this property all this has been done: buyers are getting the finished product without the hassle of four years of admistrative nightmare.

each tree-house has its spa room … with a view

The property comprises a lovely old Quercy farmhouse (dating back to the 16th century) completely restored with respect to the original architecture, three tree-house complexes (each with bedroom, bathroom, wc, kitchen, terrace and jacuzzi). The biggest complex has two cabins (one for the kids) and the others can accommodate a couple and two children.

Each tree-house complex is a hundred metres or so from the others and cannot be seen. Each has its own septic tank. They are let out all year round and have no trouble finding takers for a January weekend or an August fortnight, such is their unique appeal.

The owners live in their beautifully restored white-stone farmhouse, heated by a specially made wood oven (there is also oil-fired central heating), with three big bedrooms, two bathrooms and a superb open dining/kitchen area with access to a terrace over-looking the wooded estate.

There’s a big above-ground pool, a childrens’ play area, an orchard and a kitchen garden beside the farmhouse. Further afield, the couple have a tunnel where they grow organic veg for sale locally and a field where they keep goats. The whole estate is dotted with ancient wells indicating that quite a community lived off the land in the past.

Finally, next to the house there is a garage/out-house which the owners have started converting into another house/gite.

Our opinion

This is a unique and unusual property. The tree-houses have been created with style and taste. The importance of the administrative authorisation that goes with the business cannot be over-estimated. The owner’s house on its own is a thing of beauty where many a lifestyler would be happy to live – with or without the tree-gites … and there’s potential for expansion. On the revenue side one can get an idea of the income stream: each gite rents for around €175 the night – even in winter.

This is a unique property that will not stay long on the market: contact us today.

* agency fees included reference n°: 206

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Chateau Canal du Midi

Château on Canal du Midi

  • Canal du Midi

  • Château – estate with 3 gites

  • between Toulouse and Carcassonne

  • €1,475,000 * (ref 123)

The Canal du Midi – a 17th century engineering masterpiece – links Toulouse to the Mediterranean sea. It is now a tourist waterway with small boats, barges as well as cyclists and walkers using its water and towpath. There are practically no B&Bs or tourist accommodation near the Canal.

A former military fortress transformed into a Palladian-style chateau by an Italian architect, this property goes back a long way. Luckily the present owners have made great efforts to bring the chateau up to modern-day standards without compromising on the authenticity of the materials or décor. In other words, there is no IKEA furniture cluttering up early 18th century drawing rooms.

As befits a chateau of this standing, the property is completely surrounded by its 5.8 hectares of grounds with no near neighbours. A broad swathe of lawn drops down from the chateau to the Canal du Midi. This part of the canal is relatively quiet – between Castelnaudary and Villefranche-de-Lauragais – but there is a steady traffic of pleasure boats, a sprinkling of cyclists and some walkers in summer.

Château on the Canal du Midi

The chateau has three storeys covering roughly 420m² each. Ground floor comprises the vast entrance hall, large lounge, dining-room, kitchen, study, artist’s studio and diverse pantries and cloakrooms. The second floor has a billiard room (which could double as a ball-room), four bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, at least 3 servants’ bedrooms and a warren of corridors, secret passages and service stairs. The top floor is attic space with headroom for giants, split into about 6 very big spaces.

The grounds are a mix of woodland and lawn, French-style garden and horse paddocks. They include a 3 bedroomed cottage near the canal of around 120 m². The other two gites are in the west wing of the chateau. There’s also an old forge and a bakery (with a bread oven). In other words a selection of accommodation which could be used to generate a bit of income.

The local village has shops, café, restaurant and post office. Castelnaudary (with all services – even a hospital) is only 4 kms distant.

Our opinion: Since the Canal du Midi has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there has been a mini-boom in property prices along its banks. As the canal itself is owned by a Govt organ – the VNF – Voies Navigables Françaises – which does not allow any building or commerce within 6 metres either side of the canal, you can appreciate the value of this sort of property. We would rig it out as a luxury Guest House (using the existing 4 en-suite bedrooms) and offer a table d’hôte befitting the status of the place. The gites could be re-decorated and let at once. The cottage could serve as living quarters for the owners while the servants’ quarters were turned into a comfortable manager’s flat. The whole chateau could be let to groups or wedding parties. There is no limit to what could be done.

* agency fees included reference n°: 123

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The Citadel at Carcassonne

Carcassonne B&B for sale with 3 gites

  • Carcassonne B&B for sale

  • Estate with B&B (5 rooms) and 3 gites

  • 3 kms from the Cité de Carcassonne

  • Secluded location in vineyards and pine forests

  • €740,000 * (ref 121)

Carcassonne is not just the home to one of Europe’s largest and best-kept mediaeval fortresses, it’s also the regional capital whose airport boasts links with a number of UK, Irish and Belgian airports. On the main train-line and motorway linking Toulouse to Montpellier and the Mediterranean coast, Carcassonne is a strategic tourist hub combining old-world charm with modern services and a lively café culture.

But what first-time tourists want as soon as they arrive in Carcassonne is to visit the Disney-perfect Citadel, with its towers and turrets, watchtowers and keeps (pictures below).

This property is a secluded estate just 3 kms (5 minutes) from the Citadel. The perfect location, in other words, for anyone running a tourist business in Languedoc. And the 950 m² of surface area offers the whole gamut of accommodation possibilities: 5 B&B en-suite guest rooms, 3 independent gites, a restaurant with professional kitchen … and a five-bedroomed ‘owners’ house. There’s quite a few garages, store-rooms, cellars and outhouses too if any potential buyer wants to add to the accommodation.

On one side of the estate is the Cité of Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi (also a UNESCO World heritage Site) and on the other … the wilds of the Corbières: a wilderness of maquis and pine forest, criss-crossed with hiking trails, riding paths and cylcing pistes. This is what many guests really come for: a day in the Citadel and then 6 days exploring the Corbières.

What’s for sale?

– a 1.6 hectare estate comprising horse paddock, gardens, car-park, pool

– over 950 m² of living space

– east wing first floor: 5 en-suite guest rooms

– east wing ground floor: wine cellar, storage room, boiler room, atelier/garage

– west wing: 3 duplex gites (2-4 person capacity)

– west wing: owner’s quarters: 5 bedrooms, kitchen, living-room, bathrooms

– restaurant plus pro kitchen with terrace and summer kitchen

The local village (before you get to Carcassonne) has shops, café and baker plus a doctor and a chemists.

Our opinion: This property ticks most of any serious client’s boxes: location, going concern, B&B and gites, secluded but by no means isolated, surrounded by land, local vineyards… Add to that good turnover figures and much potential (the owner has not yet exploited the UK market) in both clientele and outhouses etc and you have a winner on your hands. It’s not cheap …. but then, this sort of property in this sort of location is gold dust.

* agency fees included reference n°: 121

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Corbières Gite business

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  • 8-gite complex in old wine co-op

  • Stand-alone gite complex on outskirts of village

  • 3-bedroom owner’s quarters

  • swimming pool

  • 1 hectare of land

  • €625,000 * ref 224b

 

The Corbières is the wine region south of Carcassonne and Narbonne: to the East lie the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean, to the South the Pyrenees and to the West the upper Aude valley and the Limoux wine appellation. It’s a land of rugged and rocky outcrops, tiny vineyards wedged in between expanses of maquis and rock canyons with very very few isolated houses. The few habitations there are are grouped in tight, stone-built villages.

This property is a former wine co-operative, a massive stone-built edifice designed to transform local vignerons’ grapes into wine, bottle it and dispatch the cases to the 4 corners of the world. It was a victim of over-production in the Seventies when farmers were paid to tear up vines.

A clever conversion of the original building has integrated most of the old wine vats into the new schema: 8 independent gites ranging from cosy one-bedroom studios to bigger three-room flats. Each has its own outdoor terrace and, of course, access to the swimming pool.

The owners have created their own quarters out of the monumental entrance hall of the winery: a huge open space with 8m high ceilings, three bedrooms on a first-floor mezzanine and extensive kitchens and store rooms on the ground floor.

Even better, they have created a large meeting room/events space at the front of the building with its own kitchen/scullery where meals for up to 30 participants can be cooked.

The whole property is surrounded by over a hectare of land – grass mainly with some maquis. The village is just 300 metres down the road.

Our opinion: This property has enormous potential. Not only is it a going-concern, very well-known among the hiking fraternity and in numerous guidebooks about the Corbières, but it has unexploited potential in a number of fields:
1. a further gite could be created out of the last remaining wine vats
2. the ‘events’ space could be used out of season for wine seminars and tastings
3. the surrounding fields would lend themselves either to equine events … or simply to a bit of ‘camping à la ferme’. .

Our mandate for this property has now elapsed. Please contact the owner for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.

more information or to arrange a viewing directly with the owner – phone: 04 68 70 08 80  – email 

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Pyrenees – Gite business in prime location – cycling and climbing

6-bedroomed chalet plus 2 gites
pool, river access
Possible cycling centre with B&B
Price € 399,000 * (ref 169)

The main road from Paris to Andorra is the A20/N20. After Foix, capital of the Ariège, it enters mountainous country with steep valleys leading east and west to hiking, climbing and skiing country. Tarascon-sur-Ariège is the centre for a lot of these activities: this property is just 5 minutes from the town, its railway station and services.

The immediate area is known for its prehistoric caves – especially Bedeilhac and Niaux – which have some of most celebrated painted caves in France. A ‘Pre-history’ theme park – the only one of its kind in France – occupies the other side of the valley opposite the property.

The property itself is on the outskirts of a small village clinging to the side of the valley. The land falls away from the house and cottage to a lively stream.

The main house is a three storey modern chalet – in the local Pyrenean style – with a self-contained 4 bedroom gite on the ground (garden) floor and a 6-bedroomed ‘owner’s’ section on the first and second floor. (It was purpose-built as a care home but never used to that end). A separate ‘cottage’ (pictured above) is exploited as a second gite.

Six bedrooms and three shower rooms make the owner’s house sound big. It is, even bigger than you might think with some large spaces on both floors where yoga classes and meetings for groups have been held. The lower floor is open plan with heat from the 18kw wood-burner heating the two floors.

A lot of work has been put into the big gite downstairs: four bedrooms, two completely ensuite with the other two sharing a bathroom. Fine big kitchen/dining space and two French windows giving on to terrace, garden and 10 metre pool.

Heating is now almost exclusively by wood burner, for ecological reasons. There is a gas tank (full!) in the garden but gas radiators have been disconnected: these could be re-connected or replaced. And there’s mains drainage!

Finally, the cottage is a cosy but spacious one ensuite bedroom plus lounge and kitchen set-up which appeals to couples looking for a quiet week.

The garden has a vegetable patch, an orchard of cherry, apple and quince and lawns stretching down to the stream. There are two garages: one beside the house which doubles as a workshop, and the other in the garden which is used as a cycle shed and workshop/summer kitchen.

The local village is a couple of hundred metres away: village with services less than 3 kms.

Our opinion:
The excellent location of this property makes us think immediately of its potential as a cycling centre. Tarascon is at the apex of a number of classic TdF climbs: col de Lhers, Plateau de Beille, Ax-Bonascre, Andorra, Col de Paillères and access to the airports at Carcassonne and Toulouse is by motorway (within 75 mins). The main house could be used as a B&B (there are 6 bedrooms!) with the owners living in the cottage. The 4-bedroomed gite could accommodate groups. Otherwise it could be run as it is today: a comfortable lifestyle home with two gites bringing in a reasonable income.

Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.

* agency fees included reference n°: 169

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South Tarn – Guest House for sale

Successful business with high turnover
urban setting – fine 30’s mansion – gardens – pool
5 floors – 5 guest rooms – pro kitchen – spa
€995k * ref: 213

This is a case study in good management, quality product and top-end marketing. A couple of professionals take over a humdrum guest house and turn it into a 9+ Tripadvisor/Booking ‘must-visit’ establishment. It’s the sort of place that might have been a bijou Boutique Hotel a few years back but the owners have cleverly gone for the upmarket Guest House option, obviating all the Health & Safety hassles of a hotel.

This property is an elegant thirties mansion – part Italianate, part Basque: an imposing building set in a simple, low-maintenance garden awash with camelias in a select residential part of town. The town centre with its shops, cafés and restaurants is a 3 minute stroll away. Lift your eyes and the forest-clad hills of the southern Tarn backed by azure skies dominate the horizon. In 30+ minutes one can be in Carcassonne, Albi or the Faugères vineyards.

And that’s the key attraction for this property: clients come from all over the world because it offers 4* hotel comfort (at 3* prices) and its location means that a number of world-class sites (UNESCO and others) can be visited within a 3 or 4 day timeframe. Clients can either eat at the Guest House (kitchen and dining facilities are first class … as is the cellar) or wander into town to sample local cuisine.

The property consists of five floors:
– basement (with windows) is given over to a spa area with hot-tub, massage table and sauna. There is also a meeting/conference room and a linen storage room.
– ground floor comprises the entrance foyer, a breakfast room, a dining room, a guest lounge and the extensive kitchens.
– the first floor is devoted to guest rooms: three of them, each with 20m² rooms and spacious bathrooms. Two of these rooms have been converted into one suite. There is also a guest library.
– the second floor is also given over to guest rooms – another two guest rooms with bathroom.
– the top floor is the owners’ preserve: here they have the entire floor to themselves:lounge, bedroom, very spacious bathroom, dressing room etc.

The five guest rooms range in price from €110 per night – for the classic room to €190 per night for the deluxe suite.

We could go on about the eleven marble fireplaces, the oak parquet flooring, the original art deco bathtubs, the gazebo beside the pool or even the extensive kitchen garden brimming with fragant herbs … but let’s leave all that for serious enquiries.

Our opinion:
A guest house – in France – may only offer 5 rooms to clients. More, and it’s classed as an hotel. Here, the owners have got around the rule by creating a suite out of two of the rooms. It’s their most reserved room. The whole place has been re-wired and re-plumbed. There is central-heating throughout which, combined with excellent insulation, gives them an extraordinary ‘B’ rating for energy wastage. There is no work to be done on the premises: it is in perfect order. Buyers are getting a little jewel: fully-furnished and equipped down to the Tassimo beverage maker in each room. At this price, and given the turnover and profit figures attained, it is a bargain.

contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.

* agency fees included reference n°: 213

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Aude/Languedoc – country B&B south of Carcassonne

5 bedroom B&B plus owner’s house
Barn to renovate – pool – 2 hectares land with wood
Carcassonne/Mirepoix
€495,000 * – ref 147

This property is located in the southern Lauragais area of the Aude département, a few miles from Mirepoix in the neighbouring Ariège. The snow-capped Pyrenees dominate the southern horizon: fields of sunflower and wheat surround the estate and thick woodland cover many of the slopes. In short: it’s a little bit of heaven away from the bustle of the city, away from motorway noise or TGV whine.

The appeal of the region is universal: rural France with its hilltop villages and hamlets, ancient churches and abbeys, street markets abounding in fresh produce, vineyards, ski slopes less than an hour away … brèf, la France Profonde.

South-facing, protected from the wind by the brow of the hill, the farmhouse has been here for well over two hundred years. The upstairs has been converted into 5 ensuite guest rooms, with the owners living in the downstairs part where they have two bedromms, bathroom, study, lounge and kitchen for themselves. There is another big dining-room/lounge area with a conservatory/sun-room (pictured below) which is used by both owners and guests. From June onward, of course, meals are usually taken on the terrace in front of the house.

The barn is at one end of the farmhouse: a vast space covering more than 100m² of floorspace and rising 6 metres or so. The roof (timbers and tiles) has been completely renewed. The plan was to put in a self-contained, self-catering gite on two levels. This has yet to be done but all the utilities are on site: water, electricity and drainage.

Heating is by gas-fired boiler. The gas tank is buried in the garden. As are the two septic tanks. Roofing, guttering, electrics … all have been recently done on the main house: there is northing left to do.

The land falls away from in front of the house on to a broad terrace with an eclectic orchard: apple, cherry and medlar trees vie for attention in an area of welcome cool and green shade. There’s also a chicken run and house with well-behaved inmates and plenty of little nooks and crannies where guests can escape to. The pool is set away from the house in its own little tree-lined garden.

Finally, there is a section of woodland which belongs to the estate and provides more than enough fuel for the farm’s various wood-burners.

Our opinion: At first sight a bit secluded, this property is in fact in an excellent location: a few minutes from Mirepoix – mediaeval French town par excellence with a renowned market – 30 minutes or so from Carcassonne and its airport, 50 minutes from Toulouse – and surrounded by small but attractive sites and sights such as Fanjeaux, Laurac, Chalabre etc. The five guest rooms give the owners an opportunity to cater for up to 10 people at a time and to provide a sumptuous table d’hôte if required. And it works all year round! The barn and its gite project are an added attraction.

Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.

* 3% agency fees included reference n°: 147

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Pyrenees – manor house and gite business – ski and cycling

Pyrenees – manor house and gite business
At the end of the road in the Neste Valley
Manor house, 2 gites, pool and woodland
Near cross-country ski resort – prehistoric cave sites
€307,000 * (ref 155)

The Vallée de la Neste is one of those secret Pyrenean valleys which wind up through deciduous forests and bucolic fields of hay to the high mountain pastures where sheep make their summer quarters and sporting folk their winter HQ. For this valley has everything: access to the motorway and train at Montréjeau, one of the most unusual prehistoric caves at Gargas, tiny villages with unique churches dotted here and there and one of the Pyrenees finest cross-country ski resorts at its head.

This property is located a good way up the valley in the village of Nistos: a collection of houses and a church, more than a village. It consists of a large manor house with at least 7 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, vast living room, dining room, kitchen and separate bar/man-cave area. Out in the back yard there are two independent gites, each sleeping at least 4 guests, fully-equipped kitchen, dining/living area. Then there’s a pool, a gym full of torture appliances, a workshop, an outhouse devoted to children, a playground and a tower. The hectare of land associated with the sale rises up steeply beyond the back garden in a riot of beech, hazel, elm and oak trees.

The manor house is a family home, fitted out and decorated with six children in mind. The main features – a lovely wide staircase, orignal shutters and slate roof – have been retained while introducing a modern ‘mountain’ feel with wood cladding, open space interiors and double-glazing all round. The seven bedrooms are suitable for a large family but could be reduced to a more spacious four suites arrangement for a smaller family. Especially attractive is the second floor bedroom with en-suite bathroom. There’s attic space yet to be renovated too. Finally the ‘bar’ area at the back of the house has intriguing possibilities.

The gites are fitted out for families and groups … for this is hiking country where guests leave in the morning for 6 hour hikes across the hills. They are equipped with living space and kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms.

The pool and childrens’ play area is compact and safe. Parents can watch their offspring from the top of the tower (you were wondering what the tower was all about?) while sipping an apéritif.

This is a multi-season business with occupancy possible all year round. Summer is for hikers and nature buffs, autumn for cave experts and mushroom hunters. Winter sports start in December and go on through to end of March. Spring brings its flood of cyclists and history enthusiasts.

Our opinion:
This is a well-known and well-run property that has been successfully operating in the valley for over 5 years. The attraction is the all-year-round possibilities that its location affords. We would be tempted to transform the manor house into a three or four guest room B&B. Serve a table d’hôte with local hams, cheeses and lamb every night in the spacious dining room. OR, we would live in one of the gites and rent out the manor house and gite 2 as a 9 bedroom gite (very rare and very sought-after in the Pyrenees). There’s lots of combinations and variations possible: you just have to get over there and have a look. Great value for money.

Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.

* 3% agency fees included reference n°: 155

more information or to arrange a viewing – EMAIL

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