Former convent - now "gîte de groupe"
Villefranche-de-Panat in the Aveyron
1000m² - 22 bedrooms - restaurant - 1 ha land
€450,000 * ref: 999
The Aveyron is a vast empty region at the southern end of the Massif Central. It has high plateaux, lakes and forests and is known for its quality of air, water and ... cheese: this is the home of Roquefort.
There are a number of lakes in the centre of the département and this property stands high above one of them, at Villefranche-de-Panat. A former convent dating back to the 18th century, the L-shaped building has been converted into a tourist centre, complete with 17 bedrooms, a large dining-room/restaurant with professional kitchen, another 'events' room with its own kitchen, offices, a cellar and two independent apartments for managers and personnel. Above all it has the coveted 'gîte de groupe' label which allows it to accommodate many more guests than a simple B&B.
The only part which has not been fully restored is the chapel. Currently used as a workshop/utility space it could be refurbished and used more constructively.
The convent is in a hamlet just outside of Villefranche-de-Panat, a bustling town with all commodities, schools, banks, shops, cafés etc. At the rear of the main building there are shaded terraces and a hectare of land, used to keep a couple of horses and assorted fowl. There is a large pool (120m²) with the reglementary child-proof fence around it. From the upper windows of the convent one has panoramic views over the high plateau and the lake.
Accommodation: the 17 bedrooms vary in size and comfort. Some are used as dormitories with 7 or 8 bunk-beds, lockers and washbasin. Showers and WC at the end of the corridor. Others are equipped with four beds and some with just two. In all, over 60 guests can be accommodated.
The current managers live in a comfortable two-bedroomed flat with a large, bright kitchen/living area over the chapel. There is another such apartment at the gateway to the estate; not currently used.
This property can be exploited in a number of different ways: run as a centre for school groups (and how the local Mayor loves and encourages this!) it turns over in excess of €100k pa easily. Run as a restaurant/traiteur business it is even more lucrative. And then there is the whole religious tourism angle to be exploited with the chapel. The rooms could be spruced up or knocked together and the whole place made more upmarket. Or, in the other direction, it could be a vibrant hostel devoted to groups of cyclists, hikers, wind-surfers or other young people who want to explore the region.
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* agency fees included ____________reference n°: 999/032015
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SARL GITES A LA FRANCAISE RCS Toulouse n°: 531 694 925
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The Aveyron is a vast empty département firmly anchored in the wilds of the Massif Central, the ancient backbone of France which dates back to pre-Cambrian times.
It is part of the adminstrative region 'Midi-Pyrénées' but has its roots partly in the Midi and partly in the the mountainous centre. Two great river valleys carve through the rugged terrain - the Aveyron and the Tarn - creating a series of high plateaux and deeply etched valleys. The plateaux tend to be covered in sheep pasture and moorland and the valleys clothed in thick forest, often sweet chestnut, pine or beech.
Rodez is the capital but Millau and St Affrique are also major players in the urban stakes ... although many would consider them all quiet country towns. There are vineyards west of Rodez - the Marcillac AOC - mainly reds but excellent rough wines. The Aubrac plateau is the home of a famous breed of cattle, reputed for their meat. But the main culinary claim to fame of the Aveyron is without doubt that prince of cheeses - Roquefort. Between St Affrique and Millau lies the village of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon with its immense limestone caves where the cheeses are carefully matured.
The south of the Aveyron is the wildest and most deserted part of the department: the land rises in the SW to Lacaune in the Tarn which offers cross-country ski facilities. In the SE lies the great plateau of Larzac, where sheep out-number humans ten to one.
- 1000m² living space
- 17 bedrooms
- 2 independent gites
- pool and gardens
- In a hamlet: 5 mins shops & services
- central heating
- 1 hectare land
- 35 minutes Albi
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