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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

  • €484,000 * (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: Winegrower’s home and gite

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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

  • €580,000 * 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

Pyrenees gite business

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

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.

Pyrenees gite business

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.

* no agency fees – direct sale by owner –  reference n°: 169

Our mandate for this property has elapsed. Contact the owner for more information or to arrange a viewing – Sam –  05 61 05 59 92 – email

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Dordogne – entire hamlet with 6 gites and manor house

Dordogne: hamlet with 6 gites, farmhouse and out-buildings
Between Monpazier and Belvès
€985,000 * (ref: 070)

What used to be a thriving hamlet with three or four working farms has been transformed into a very special holiday gite complex. The old Perigord stone houses have been converted into comfortable self-catering holiday dwellings – nothing fancy: just good well-equipped rural accommodation.

There are 6 gites in al as well as the owner’s house and barn. Lying to one side of the estate is a very large stone property dating back to the 16th century which has now begun to be renovated. The new roof is on (all the timber has been replaced) and the interior remains to be finished. The communal pool area lies in the centre of all these buildings: a superb 18 metre heated pool and a smaller paddling pool.

Pool with pool bar

Of course this hamlet is secluded; that’s the whole point! Surrounded by forest and pasture there is total peace and tranquility. But the local village – Belvès – is only 10 minutes away with St Cyprien and the Dordogne river another 15. To the south the bijou village of Monpazier is a twenty minute spin.

There are 6 gites in all: some are based in the old farmhouse with its low beams and wide fireplaces, others are more modern with central heating and sophisticated kitchens. They range in size from a spacious 8-person, 3 bed, 2 bath affair to a simple studio with bathroom for 2 people.

Apart from the gites there is the owner’s accommodation: a house with 3 bedrooms, kitchen, living-room, 2 bathrooms. They have a barn too with 150m² of storage room. Then there is the events room: a large purpose-built hall with space for 120 people, long tables, fireplace and a professional kitchen (fully equipped and with regulation personnel shower and wc). This facility is highly appreciated by groups who can book out the whole complex and use the hall for seminars, weddings, family reunions – whatever.

There is another communal building for all the guests: a sort of café/summer kitchen where they can buy drinks, watch TV or just play cards and get to know each other.

Finally, there is the ‘old’ manor house: probably the first building on the site in the early 16th century, this fine stone Dordogne mansion covers 200m² of suface on the ground floor. There are three floors. The roof has been completely renewed: timber, beams, tiles, guttering. It remains a work in progress…

Our opinion:
There is always a demand for a ‘get-away-from-it-all’ retreat in a secluded part of the Dordogne … and this is it. It’s at the end of the road and no one is going to bother you. We would keep the business ticking over as is while we renovate the old ‘mansion’. This is the place for the owners to live! Wonderful house slightly apart from the rest of the hamlet. This would then free up another gite. The events room could then be used for serious, out of season activities.

What’s for sale?

a 2 hectare estate in central Dordogne south of Belvès
– 1 x 8-person gites
– 3 x 6-person gites
– 1 x 5-person gite
– 1 x 2/4 person gite

owner’s house: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large living/dining area, kitchen, central heating, private terrace and patio
events hall with professional kitchen
18 metre pool – heated and fully secured. Paddling pool
Summer kitchen/café area for bathers
outhouses: over 350m² of solid outbuildings which could be converted
workshop
car park for over 20 vehicles
play area with sandpit, swings, slide,
septic tanks

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

* 3% agency fees included reference n°: 070

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