Pyrenees - Tourmalet/Aspin/Hautacam
15 minutes south of Lourdes in Pyrenees National Park
Guest House - gite - pool
perfectly located in listed village
€ 499,000 * (ref 174)
When cyclists are looking for property to rent or buy in the Pyrenees the first thing they fret about is 'The Tourmalet Factor': will they be able to climb the famous Tour de France myth directly from their lodgings? Not only can cyclists attack the Tourmalet from this property but also the Col d'Aspin, the Col de Soulor, the col d'Aubisque and - right oppostite the house - the dreaded climb up to Hautacam.
But not everyone is a cycling fanatic and there's a lot more to do and see in the region from a base like this: Lourdes, of course, the pretty mountain villages and isolated chapels which dot the countryside, the hiking trails in the high Pyrenees and, in winter, the four of five ski resorts in the immediate vicinity. In other words it's a business which can be operated all year round.
The property is a large four-storey villa built in the traditional Pyrenean style with dormer windows and balconies. It is located in a small village - listed and protected - near Argelès-Gazost, south of Lourdes. It has been run as a successful B&B for a number of years offering 5 guest rooms and a table d'hôte for those who want it. There is a guest lounge and kitchen meaning that part of the house can double as a two-bedroom independent gite.
The owners keep one floor for themselves: an airy and bright apartment with spacious lounge, study (or bedroom), master ensuite bedroom, kitchen and dining room. Four of the guest rooms are en-suite, the fifth shares with n° 4. There are a couple of extra rooms for overflow guests or family. The whole house is centrally-heated by a massive oil-fired boiler. Windows have been double-glazed and the roof insulated.
There is a garage, a bike shed, off-road parking and a heated pool ... which means that guests can use the pool from April through to October.
Although this property passes the 'Tourmalet Test' with flying colours it has not yet fully exploited the cycling market as the owners are more interested in other things. Nor has it exploited the winter sports market: the business is closed in winter as the owners are retired and prefer to head south for this period. So there is enormous potential for a sports' oriented business here catering to cyclists in the summer months and to winter sports enthusiasts in the winter. There are four full seasons if one wants: Lourdes attracts visitors 10 months of the year and hikers, mushroom-pickers, white-water enthusiasts and rock climbers all have their favourite periods of the year. The icing on the cake is the wonderful old café in the village - one of oldest in France - and a meeting point for hikers, cyclists and ... B&B owners. An excellent business just waiting to be developed.
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* agency fees included ____________reference n°: 174
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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!
- Villa in listed village/National Park
- 15 minutes Lourdes
- heated pool
- 5 guest rooms
- oil-fired central heating
- going concern
- foot of Tourmalet, Hautacam and Aubisque climbs
- airport (Lourdes) 20 minutes: Pau 35 mins
- great café in village
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