Gascony - 4-star Guest House
Lively village - private quarters
price reduced to € 315,000 *
Fine Gascon mansion in a beautiful bastide village
One of the big problems for Guest House owners is privacy. Gone are the days when a guest house was simply the owners' house thrown open to passing visitors who were given a room in the family home. Running a year-round guest house is now a business and it is essential for proprietors to have their own private quarters, separate from their guests.
This solid, 200-year-old stone-built house in Gascony ticks all the boxes when it comes to describing a modern guest house business in France. It boasts 4 guest bedrooms, well-appointed and decorated with en-suite bathrooms. One even has a separate en-suite living room. It has a communal living-dining room for the guests. There is a garden, bursting with flowers and colour and equipped with summer kitchen and summer house.
Then there is the owners' side of the house complete with salon/library, two bedrooms, spacious bathroom, 2 studies and a large farm kitchen. A laundry room, garage and vast utility room make up the rest of the 300m² living space. The whole house is centrally heated with a modern oil-fired boiler.
On the business side, the guest house was up and running for the past six years over which time it has created a reputation and a renown that goes far beyond the Gascon borders. Gîtes de France has awarded it their much coveted '4 épis' label. The guest house is open 10 months of the year and turns over quite enough for a couple to live very comfortably.
The owners are now retired ... and the house and business sold 'as is': not as a going-concern but as a potential 'guest house'.
There are quite a few blue-shuttered stone houses for sale in France ... you may have noticed ... but not all of them have the location, the rooms and the decor to generate a living income. This one does and its track record speaks for itself.
We would probably try and extend the offer to five guest bedrooms by using the en-suite salon of one of the rooms to make a fifth room. Then there is the 'utility room' downstairs: we would make this into a rustic and convivial dining area where we would serve a sumptuous table d'hôte each evening.
Other than this there is not much to do: the clientele is there, the space is there ... it's just a question of hard work!
What's for sale?
- a 200-year old stone house in a 'bastide' village in the Armagnac region
- a 400m² garden
- 4 ensuite bedrooms, large living-dining area
- separate owners' flat comprising: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 study
- farm kitchen with wood burner
- utility room (32m²)
- laundry room
- garage and boiler room
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* agency fees included ____________reference n°: 033
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SARL GITES A LA FRANCAISE RCS Toulouse n°: 531 694 925
CARTE IMMOBILIERE HTE GARONNE N° 2197
RESPONSABILITE CIVILE: Assurance : Allianz 41404407GITES A LA FRANCAISE ne manie pas de fonds. A ce titre, et en conformité de l’article 38 de la loi (n°2010-853) du 23 juillet 2010, elle est disposée de garantie financière
Gascony in South West France covers most of the area to the south west of a line joining Bordeaux, Agen and Toulouse, that is, the western part of the Midi Pyrenees region, and the coastal section of Aquitaine.
It is one of the least inhabited regions of France, which contributes to its charm, the landscape features gentle river valleys, mixed woodland and rich farmland producing maize and sunflowers. Majestic views of the Pyrenees etch the horizon.
Pretty medieval villages of mellow stone nestle in the green rolling hills, many of them with arcaded central squares, perfect for a long lunch on a warm afternoon. Auch, the historical centre of Gascony, (and the town of D’Artagnan), boasts a magnificent cathedral, several museums, and a maze of attractive pedestrianised streets.
The climate is mild and warm and the wines of the region offer variety and quality, from the spicy red Madiran, the tannic Tursan, through to the elegant sweet Pacherenc which teams perfectly with foie gras. Then there is Armagnac, the digestif of the region, whose unique ageing process allows layers of subtle flavours to develop, and, its enthusiasts will explain, protects against heart disease and obesity.
Generally speaking, a liking for duck is useful when eating in Gascony, but there is much else besides foie gras, confit, magret de canard, and all the other iterations of that humble bird. The ‘jambon du pays’ is excellent and teams perfectly with the famed melons from Lectoure, whose fragrant juicy flesh bears no relation to their pale cousins beloved of the supermarkets. Local markets offer a vast array of excellent fresh fruit and vegetables.
The inhabitants of the area are amongst the most long lived in France, they attribute this to the high quality of their local produce, and they could be correct!
- excellent price
- in a bastide village
- village has baker, 4 restaurants etc
- independant owner's apartment
- oil-fired central-heating
- lovely easy-to-run garden
- year-round clientele
- Armagnac region
- no pool ... yet
other properties in the region:
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