Pyrenees - Riverside Chalet complex in Ariège

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Pyrenees - Riverside chalet complex


Price € 349,000 * (ref 119)


* 2 bedroom family home


* 3 chalets + pool


* 1.7 hectares gardens/woodland


* Toulouse - Andorra axis


* All-year-round activity


* Ski, cycling, hiking


This property is just a couple of kilometres off the main Toulouse-Foix-Ax-Andorra road which brings thousands of holiday-makers, tourists, skiers and cyclists from the city to the mountains. Tarascon is the local town - home to an attractive pre-history theme park, a train station (Toulouse - Tour-de-Carol line) and all services (doctor, chemist, supermarkets etc).


The immediate area is known for its prehistoric caves - especially Bedeilhac and Niaux - which have some of most celebrated painted caves in France


The property itself occupies a swathe of land on either side of a small trout stream near a village. It is essentially a small village of wooden chalets scattered over the property. There is a stone-built house in the centre of the estate with swimming pool, activity centre/café, communal kitchen around it. The owners live in this solid two-bedroomed house. The chalets are complemented by an 'Airstream Caravan' from the Sixties which is let out by the night. (Not included in sale). The sixties theme is echoed elsewhere in the décor.


The idea behind the complex is to provide a quiet and pleasant place to stay for couples and small families surrounded by nature .. but not far from a number of attractions.


The main family home comprises:

ground floor: spacious fully-equipped kitchen, dining room with windows on three sides and a comfortable living room with wood-burning stove. Downstairs toilet and storage space.


first floor: two bedrooms, one large bathroom.


Two of the chalets are cosy two-people dwellings and the third has two bedrooms. The whole business is run as a bed and breakfast operation at present so the chalets have no cooking facilities: breakfast and 'table d'hôte' are served in the main dining-room. However, there is a fourth chalet which is equipped as a communal kitchen where guests can cook their own food. This chalet could either be left as is or converted into a fourth 'gite' chalet.


The garden covers over 17,000m² in an easy-to-maintain layout. About half of the land is woodland. There is a garage on the land which could be converted.


The local village is a couple of hundred metres away; village with services less than 3 kms.


Our opinion:

This is a simple little business which brings in more than €24k pa. The key - as ever - is in the marketing and these people have used Wonderbox/Smartbox etc to good effect. However, they haven't really exploited the land as fully as possible (more chalets, yurts etc could easily be incorporated: the septic tank is in place and big enough) nor have they fully exploited the river (fishing). However, the location is excellent, near to so many interesting sites and on the Andorra and TdF routes that it would be hard not to fill most of the season.


see the photos Chalets for sale at Tarascon les Thermes





Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.

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* 4% agency fees included ____________reference n°: 119/092014


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Legal details:

SARL GITES A LA FRANCAISE RCS Toulouse n°: 531 694 925


RESPONSABILITE CIVILE: Assurance : Allianz 41404407

GITES 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





Central Pyrenees

Hautes Pyrénées - Haute Garonne - Ariège

South of Gascony and Toulouse, 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. Here, we are a few kms from the long and difficult climb up to the Plateau de Beille and the fearsome climb up to Ax-Trois-Domains.


On your bikes!



- main house: solid stone building

- fully renovated and decorated

- going concern

- double glazing throughout

- pool

- jacuzzi

- 3 kms from Pre-history activity park

- airport (Toulouse) 90 minutes

- more chalets possible



- small pool



other properties in the Pyrenees:

large B&B with café potential

B&B with restaurant

Farm + 3 gites and views

Chalet business

B&B/gite at Monségur

GITES FOR SALE FRANCE (Gîtes à la Française S.A.R.L.) 17 rue des Roseaux, 31400 Toulouse
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