Gascon Farmhouse With Two Gîtes Bed And Breakfast For Sale
Price: €497,000 Furniture / Fixtures included)
Toulouse is one of the few French success stories of the past decade with the aerospace industry in general and Airbus is particular ensuring that the local economy is booming. But it is essentially an overgrown country town and beyond the suburbs one is very quickly into deep rural France. In this case, we are talking about the Gers département, known for its good cuisine: foie gras and comfortable way of life.
The property is located between Toulouse and Gimont, capital of duck and goose products in France: foie gras, confit, magret, rillettes d'oie: you name it and you'll find it every week in Gimont market, direct from the producers.
It is a former bijou hotel where upmarket guests would get away from the city for a few days of luxury living, excellent food and relaxing. It is now run as a gite business with the occasional B&B guest. The infrastructure is there however to re-activate the B&B side to the business immediately (en-suite bedrooms, dining room, pool, jacuzzi). The gites are fully equipped and furnished and currently let through the Gîte de France label. ready to roll.
The estate is self-contained, off the road (private drive of 300m) with no near neighbours. Its hilltop location means 360° views over the rolling countryside and glimpses of the distant Pyrenees. There are 1.2 hectares of gardens, orchard, veg patch and duck-pond. The saline pool measures 11X4.5m.
The main house contains a big farm kitchen with range and fireplace, a back kitchen/wash-up and prep area, a dining room with giant firplace and wood-burner, a library, a living-room/lounge, a conservatory with dining room, spa, and oudoor terrace dining area. There is also a guest bedroom (en suite) on the ground floor.
Upstairs there are 4 more bedrooms with bath.
Each room has a private balcony. The whole house retains many original (18th century) features such as 'tomette' flooring, exposed beams and brickwork, fireplaces and mantelpieces. But the building is fully insulated, double-glazed and centrally-heated (gas).
Under the house there is a purpose-built wine cellar, a three car garage and storage space.
The two gites are in a separate building. Each has living space and kitchen on the ground floor and two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. They let for 4 months a year currently but the owners make no effort to exploit them out of season.
This business has been poorly exploited in the past but has the potential to do much much better. The location is first choice and the equipment and furnishings are also of quality. What it needs is someone who knows a thing or two about marketing!
Real Property Included
Main house with its 5 ensuite rooms or one of the gites
Excellent location near Gimont (capital of foie gras and good cuisine) in Gascony. 30 minutes Toulouse airport
Hill-top 18th century farmhouse - secluded but not isolated - on over one hectare of land. Separate building housing two gites. Pool, well, duck-pond, fenced.
Competition / Market: None
Trading months: May-September
Years established: 7
Support & training: yes
Furniture / Fixtures value: €70,000 (included in the asking price)
Home based: This business can be run from home.