Pyrenees - Tourmalet/Aspin/Hautacam
17 minutes south of Lourdes in Pyrenees National Park
Guest House - gardens - spa - cycle centre
€ 435,000 * (ref 182)
This is a turn-of-the-century Edwardian manor house typical of those built in French Spa resorts in the Belle Époque. It is located south of Lourdes, on the road to Gavarnie and the Tourmalet pass. Guests come from all over the world to explore the area on foot, by bike or by car. There are two main seasons: summer for hiking, cycling and general tourism and winter for the skiing. When open year-round, turnover tops the €50k mark.
There is more to this property than meets the eye: it's not just a big house with balconies and terraces on three sides, but a complete business which includes a kitchen garden, chicken run, extensive grounds with trees and flowering shrubs, an outdoor jacuzzi, car-park and cycle workshop and/or independent gite. The whole house has been lovingly restored by the current owners who have re-done heating, plumbing and electrics to contemporary standards.
Guests have access to their own lounge, a large and bright dining-room and the four en-suite guest rooms. One of these rooms is a suite with two bedrooms. The owners have their own space which includes the vast kitchen, laundry room, en-suite bedroom and office space as well as an attic 'games' room which doubles as their spare bedroom and billiard room. It could be turned into a fifth guest room.
The whole building is heated by mains gas-fired radiators. All the windows are double-glazed and the roof is solidly insulated. There is mains drainage.
In one wing of the house is an independent two-storey workshop. Plans have been drawn up to turn this into a two-bedroom gite ... or a house for the owners. At present it serves as a bicycle workshop and storage shed
And ... off-road parking, a spa and sauna... which means that it can be used as a year-round business.
The owners used to provide a table d'hôte every night ... which boosted their earnings considerably. There's a big demand for this, despite a wealth of local restaurants. Buyers should aim to revitalize the business either by re-introducing the evening meals (there's an excellent veg garden) and/or offering all-inclusive cycling deals. More and more of the clientele are cuyclists aiming to measure themselves against the great climbs in the area: hautacam, Tourmalet and Aspin. Someone who can create a base for serious cyclists (and provide airport shuttle, cycling back-up and workshop space) will certainly quadruple the turnover figures.
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* agency fees included ____________reference n°: 182
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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 National Park
- 15 minutes Lourdes
- spa and sauna
- 4 guest rooms
- gas-fired central heating (mains)
- going concern
- foot of Tourmalet, Hautacam and Aubisque climbs
- airport (Lourdes) 20 minutes: Pau 35 mins
- café and bakery in village
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