Pyrenees - on the road to Andorra
Guest house in former hotel
€390,000price reduced to €299,000 *
There is only one road up from the Mediterranean coast at Perpignan to Andorra high in the Pyrenees. This property is just off that road, in a busy village, catching the passing trade and offering tourists the chance to explore the Pyrenees from this base.
A former hotel, the premises offer much much more than the usual B&B structure: as well as the 6 ensuite bedrooms there is a professional kitchen (meets all regs) with the coldrooms, wash-up area, personnel quarters, pantries etc that go with it. A restaurant area, a lounge, a terrace, a balcony and garden make up the parts that are in current use. That's not counting the restaurant/café downstairs, the enormous loft, the walk-in cellars that are not being exploited at the moment. The owners have their own 4 room apartment on the third floor. In short: bags of potential with over 780m² of living space - that's 8438 square feet!
The village has a bar, mini-supermarket, butcher, newsagent/tobacconist and weekly market ... but no hotel. The little Yellow Train (a miniature railroad linking Prades to the high plateau of the Cerdagne) stops in the village and is an important source of customers.
The business turns over a modest €40k or so at the moment: this is really running on minimum as the owners are now at retiring age and no longer have the energy to exploit the full potential of the place. This potential is both physical (convert the loft into 2 gites) as well as conceptual (it might suit a mountain guide eager to create a base for his clients).
Our opinion: You're getting a lot for your money here. So much so that two people approaching retirement can't exploit it all fully. What we would see here is a couple at least 10 years younger, with a pro hotel/B&B background who would get the place moving. How? By opening up the café/restaurant on the ground floor (the village Mayor is begging for this to happen) and by using the kitchen to its full potential - not necessarily full meals - but tapas and snacks that will satisfy the passing trade on the way to/from the ski slopes and hiking trails. By year 2 this place should be turning over in excess of €150k.
What's for sale?
- A house and land in a village on the main road from Perpignan to Font Romeu and Andorra:
* stone-built former hotel on three levels with 784m² of living space comprising:
* 6 ensuite bedrooms with double-glazing and central heating.
* a reception desk with basic bar facilities
* a residents' lounge
* a restaurant
* an unused restaurant area with dumb waiter and adjoing cellar
* professional kitchen, wash-up, veg prep, cold room, personnel washrooms, fridges etc.
* Heating: oil-fired central heating
* private owner's flat with 3 bedrooms and bathroom
* loft space (over 150m² with mezzanine - it's that high), cellars, storage
* outside balcony, terrace and gardens. Car-parking. Land area is 477m².
DPE - very soon
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* agency fees included ____________reference n°: 028/062012
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The Mediterranean coastline from the Rhone delta to the Spanish border is essentially one long strip of sandy beach broken only by the odd lagoon and rocky outcrop as one approaches Spain.
The thin strips of sand around Montpellier and Beziers turn into real sandy beaches from Narbonne Plage onward.
As one gets further south the coastline becomes more indented and dramatic. A long spit of sand connects Leucate to Argèles in the south - this is now built up with low-rise holiday apartments and boating marinas. Inland of this are the lagoons where wind-surfers can practice.
The coastal plain is mostly under vines - Côtes de Roussillon and Muscat de Rivesaltes - with quite a few abricot, peach and almond orchards.
Perpignan is the capital of Roussillon and French Catalonia. As a regional centre it has all the amenities required: university, schools, shops and administration ... all in a fairly small and easily negotiated space. The principal landmark is, of course, the Railway Station, designated by Catalonia's favourite son - Salvador Dali - as 'the centre of the universe'.
Two main valleys lead into the mountainous interior - the Vallespir which winds from Céret - cherry capital of France - up to a number of spa towns on the Spanish border, and the Tet valley which is the main route up to the ski resorts around Font Romeu and to Andorra.
This is wild country with high peaks and steep forest-clad slopes. The intrepid 'train jaune' - a miniature railway winds up the whole valley offering stunning views at every turn.
- former hotel - lots of space
- solid house with new roof
- central heating
- lively village with services
- unexploited rooms and restaurant/café
- 45 minutes Perpignan airport.
- 35 minutes ski slopes
- no pool
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