Pyrenees - B&B at foot of Tourmalet pass
all-year-round successful business
€ 276,000 * (ref 118)
There are any number of famous Tour de France mountain passes in France but one towers above the others in terms of notoriety and legend: the Tourmalet. This property is located in the last village before the real climb begins: a perfect spot for a B&B dedicated to hikers, cyclists and winter sports enthusiasts.
This successful B&B business is based on an excellent location (the TdF passes in front of their door), intelligent marketing and a warm welcome. It generates enough income for the couple running it to live comfortably.
They have converted a normal village house into a cosy little home with three en-suite guest rooms, a lounge with open fireplace, a dining-room and an outdoor terrace and garden area. They have their own quarters with kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.
Next door there is a deserted building which they have the run of, for bike and ski storage. This building can be bought for a modest sum ... but it needs re-doing from the ground floor up.
Being in a mountain village has its advantages: there are a couple of restaurants nearby, a bakery and grocery. The town of Bagnères-de-Bigorre is only 10 minutes away for serious shopping, doctors, chemists and spa activities.
What with cycling, hiking and skiing this sort of business has no 'seasons': it works all year round with a slight dip in November and April. The 'house next door' is a key element here: one could either buy or rent this property to open up more possibilities: cycle workshop, guest rooms, activity centre etc. But, even as it is run at present, this business turns over more than €30k per annum with very few costs. An excellent little business at a reasonable price.
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* agency fees included ____________reference n°: 118/102014
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SARL GITES A LA FRANCAISE RCS Toulouse n°: 531 694 925
CARTE IMMOBILIERE HTE GARONNE N° 2197
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South of Gascony, the area covered by the central Pyrenees is more or less the départements of Ariège, Haute Garonne and Hautes Pyrénées. This is where the Pyrenean range rises straight up like a wall with very little piedmont of foothill area, to a uniform height of over 3000 metres.
Seen from the plains below words like majestic and stunning are too feeble. The Pyrenees are everything one expects from a mountain range: impressive, high, easily accessible and covered in snow. Unlike the Alps they are home to a carpet of deciduous forest - beech, larch, elder - which make for real seasons as springtime green turns rich and dark in summer before fusing into reds and flame yellows in autumn.
The main cities in the region are Foix, Tarbes and Pau - all associated with ruling kings and dukes who protected their citizens from invaders and terrors both real and imaginary. Lourdes, the other big town of the region, is actually in the mountains, surrounded by towering peaks and steep valleys.
Obviously winter sports play a major role in local tourism with a number of resorts serving urbanites from Toulouse and Bordeaux as well as a smattering of foreigners. The other big attraction is spas, of which the region has many. Although some of these are 'medicalisé' (you need a prescription to take the waters), the trend is towards a more open approach with each spa town vying to provide well-being water products for the tourist.
Finally, we can't speak of the Pyrenees without mentioning cycling. The moment of truth in any Tour de France is when the riders attack mythical passes such as the Tourmalet, the Aubisque or the Port de Balès.
On your bikes!
- authentic Pyrenean village
- small garden
- gas-fired central heating
- near Tourmalet and Col d'Aspin
- near Ski resort of La Mongie
- near spa town of Bagnères
- airport (Tarbes/Lourdes) 25 minutes
- only 3 guest rooms
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