Gascony/Pyrenees - B&B plus gite
Family home (or B&B), gite - 11m pool - gardens
€ 245,000 - ref 109
Just a few kilometres north of Tarbes, in the Arros valley leading to Marciac in Gascony, this spacious property can be exploited in a number of ways.
Currently used a as 4-bedroom family home with the independent gite rented out to a young family, the property has all the makings of a superior B&B. The extensive reception rooms on the ground floor - large, spacious and bright - and the 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on the first floor (there's a third bathroom on the ground floor) all point to some sort of guest house business.
And that's before even studying the possibilities of converting the extensive attic space into further guest rooms. With over 350m² of living space in the house there is no shortage of potential for expansion.
The whole building is centrally-heated with a state-of-the-art heat pump/aerothermic system feeding into existing radiators and providing all-year-round heating and hot water for a quarter of the price of the previous oil-fired system. In short: the legwork has all been done. The house is renovated, insulated, heated and decorated to a high standard. The front of the house (which faces south) gives on to a semi-enclosed courtyard with a garage/barn opposite, part of which used to serve as accommodation for agricultural labourers in the past. Between the house and the road (a 'D' road of little importance) there is another garage.
The garden extends for a hundred metres behind the house and is a riot of colour and vegetational variety as shrubs and trees and vegetable patches vie for attention. A stream marks the eastern boundary of the property.
The gite is a separate, independent building on two floors: the ground floor houses the two bedrooms and a large open 'living' space with kitchen, dining and relaxing areas. Downstairs there's a lounge with a large window and cellar/storage space. Outside there's the pool and a deck area of immense charm. The pool is heated by an ingenious solar system of black piping laid out on the gite's roof: simple but effective, it raises the water temperature by more than 3°.
There is a lot of potential in this property: one could either keep it as a family home and let out the gite (value: about €950 per week over the 12-week summer period) OR live in the gite and run the entire main house as a guest house serving a table d'hôte in the superb kitchen/dining area. The region is perfect for cycling holidays (all those empty country roads and the big Pyrenean passes just to the south) as well as near enough to Marciac (and its world-famous jazz festival) to attract musicians and aficionados for half the year.
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
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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!
- 25 mins Lourdes airport
- near Marciac Jazz village
- year-round clientele possible
- interior courtyard
- 11m pool
- new roof - 2 septic tanks
- aerothermic central heating
- mountain views
- lot of potential
other properties in region:
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