Successful gite/B&B business with beautiful mountain views
Plot Size (m2): 8000
- Stunning mountain views in all directions
- Within easy reach of Mediterranean coast and ski resorts
- Beautiful, secluded, rural location yet close to all amenities
- 5* TripAdvisor, 9.6 Booking.com with great potential for further development
- Genuine turn-key business with certified accounts. Almost fully booked for summer '22
14 bedroom, 13 bathroom, beautifully presented gite complex in excellent condition throughout.
The property includes:
- A substantial principal house with 5 en-suite B&B / chambres d?hotes rooms
- An independent 2-bedroom apartment newly re-furbished throughout
- An independent 5-bedroom apartment with stunning views from all windows
- A detached, character 1-bedroom stone gite with private terrace over-looking pool to the mountains beyond
- A detached, larger 1-bedroom gite with a large, private terrace offering stunning views across the valley
- Flexible accommodation that can be let as individual units, or take groups of up to 30 people
- Habitable accommodation: 800m² / Terrain: 8000m²
The property has an overall 3* rating with the Office de Tourisme and will be sold furnished and equipped to this level. The website and social media listings will also be included if required. Retirement due to health issues forces sale.
Set in the foothills of Mount Canigou in the Parc Naturel Régionel des Pyrénées Catalanes - the beautiful Languedoc region of the South of France. It is within easy reach of both the Mediterranean coast and the ski resorts. A 10 - 15 minute riverside walk takes you into the village with its charming, friendly bistrot and handful of small shops. It is just 3 km to the nearest town with all amenities including a supermarket, petrol station, thermal spa and sports facilities. There are many miles of beautiful walks and cycle rides directly from the house.
The property is set in 2 acres of secluded grounds on the outskirts of the village. There are large lawned gardens with gorgeous views. A flood-lit swimming pool (11m x 4m), a flood-lit boule court, several different terraces and patios offering a choice of flexible seating areas, all with mountain views. With almost an acre of woodland there is plenty of wood for the log-burners. An arrosage runs the length of the property which is mostly surrounded by farmland giving a peaceful environment with abundant bird-song. There is a parking area for 10 - 12 cars. A 2-minute walk from the garden takes you down to the river - a beautiful and tranquil spot for fishing and boulder climbing.
The five gites/apartments are all fully independent and kitchens all have microwave, fridge-freezer and dish-washer. In addition to this, the large central kitchen is fully equipped to cater for up to 30 people with 2 hobs, 2 ovens, 2 fridges and 2 dish-washers.
The "grand salon" is a versatile reception room of nearly 40m². It includes a 5m film screen and projector with surround-sound system. There is also a games room with pool table and table football, a dining room, an ironing/linen storage room and a well-equipped gym.
The current owners have lived here since 2012 and in that time established a thriving business with an excellent reputation: 5* on TripAdvisor and 9.6 on Booking.com. They offer a specialised service to large groups of 3-generation families, groups of friends or sports/mountaineering clubs. The accommodation is extremely flexible and can cater for groups of any size from individuals to 30 people. In between large "Exclusive Use" bookings, the gites are let individually, combined with B&B / chambres d'hotes. Further financial information would be available to serious buyers.
The current owners have chosen to run the property simply as a husband and wife team with only very occasional help for whole-house changeovers. There is enormous scope for further expansion to develop organised group holidays such as retreats and special interest breaks (painting, walking, boot-camps, yoga etc.) or corporate events. There is also huge potential to tap into the extremely lucrative wedding market. The building was originally operated as a hotel and restaurant which could presumably be re-instated if desired.
This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking for a complete lifestyle change in a beautiful part of the world.
Tourism and places of interest:
The area is a paradise for hikers, mountaineers, cyclists (on and off-road), bird-watchers and all lovers of nature. There are several of France's "Plus Beaux Villages" located nearby including the UNESCO world-heritage site of Villefranche de Conflent and Eus - reputed to be the sunniest village in France. The famous Petit Train Jaune mountain railway is a major tourist attraction and the Tour de France sometimes passes very close by.
Other attractions include a wealth of abbeys, animal parks, caves, rivers, lakes and a vast array of canyonning, watersports and Via Ferrata opportunities.
A spectacular mountain drive takes you up to ski resorts including Font Romeu and Les Angles whilst you are also close to the stunning Mediterranean beaches of the Cote Vermeille and historic Collioure - less than an hour in either direction.
This is a renowned fruit-growing region and as you head towards the coast along the "Route des Vins" you will see vineyards growing many well-known grape varieties. There really is something for all the family.
The nearest airport is about 45 minutes away in Perpignan with Beziers and Girona 1 ½ hours, Carcassonne and Montpellier 2 hours and international airports of Barcelona and Toulouse around 3 hours away. The TGV train runs from Paris to Perpignan.
Water and heating:
There is central heating throughout, except the smallest stone gite which has electric radiators and wall heaters. The main building has gas-fired central heating throughout and partial double glazing. Gite 2 is fully double-glazed with electric under-floor central heating and a log-burner. There are 2 further log-burners, in the grand-salon and the 5-bed apartment - both with hot-air circulation systems. The property has mains water and is attached to the mains sewage system with a sewage pump.
In summary, this is not a "money-pit" chateau. It is a genuine, up-and-running, thriving business, ready for new owners to take over!
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