Gascony - Larressingle - gîte business
"The Carcassonne of Gascony"
18th century cottages with gardens, pool and orchard
Turnkey gite business with B&B options
The two cottages - separated by a pool and with gardens on either side.
Larressingle is one of those impossibly perfect thirteenth century citadels that seem to abound in France. Except that this one really is pocket-sized: a miniature Carcassonne. It also happens to be in the heart of Gascony's Armagnac-producing region, with vines in every direction. The regional capital, Condom, is just 5 kms away.
The village of Larresingle is, as is the tradition, clustered just outside the walls of the citadel, in a couple of neat rows of 17th and 18th century houses and cottages. This property consists of two such cottages on a quiet side street about a hundred metres from the castle gates. Far enough away from the gates to avoid seeing or hearing the constant flow of visitors who flock to Larressingle to marvel at its ancient stonework, to take part in mediaeval battles with ancient catapults or who are simply passing through on the 'Camino'.
The main house is a two-storey stone building with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, large well-equipped kitchen and a separate lounge. On one side it gives on to a garden with fig trees, hazelnut and plum trees with one enormous lime tree giving welcome shade from the summer sun. On the other side one is straight on to the deck surrounding the superb little 8m pool. This house doubles as a B&B in the low season, two of the bedrooms being en-suite. The third bedroom is more of a dormitory (4 single beds) which is useful for wedding parties or lots of kids.
inside Larressingle's citadel
The second house is more of a cottage: also on two storeys but with just one big room upstairs - a combination of living room and bedroom. Downstairs there's a second bedroom, a big kitchen and bathroom. This house gives on to the pool on one side and a large patio shaded with honeysuckle on the other. A large, lawned garden beyond the patio is bordered by a stone wall and thick hedges. There are two entrances for cars, if needed, and a garage/workshop/utility room.
This property is currently run thus: the owner is absent in the summer months and a caretaker opens the gites and cleans them every week. In the low season, when the owner is around, the big gite is used as a B&B while she lives in the small one.
There are a number of ways to approach this property: either one could move in to the smaller gite and run the larger one as a full-time B&B with three rooms (3rd bathroom possible). Or one could keep the current set-up and run the two gites from afar - purely as an investment. For someone already in the region it would represent a very good investment with very stable returns. The citadel has been here for over 700 years and is not going to disappear soon.
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
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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!
- 'plus beau village de France' - Larressingle
- two solid, fully-renovated houses
- year-round clientele
- lots of original features
- big garden and orchard
- competitive price
- mains drainage
- no central heating but wood-burners
other properties in region:
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