Lot Valley - Cahors/St Cirq
Guest house, 3 gites and pool
set in over a hectare of oak forest
going-concern - excellent turnover
€595,000 * (ref: 0100)
This property comprises a gite complex of 3 independent holiday houses, a guest house with 6 guest rooms (4 ensuite), a private apartment, a wooden chalet for events/activities and a superb 14 metre pool. It is set in an estate of 1.1 hectares of gardens and oak forest on the wooded plateau between Cahors and St Cirq-Lapopie in the Lot département.
Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is one of those ridiculously perfect honey-coloured villages clinging to the rocky side of the Lot valley, upriver from Cahors. It boasts a chateau, exquisite church and a maze of mediaeval streets and housing all dominated by the ancient fortress, the 'Popie'. It was recently voted 'most beautiful village in France' out of all the 'plus beaux villages de France'. This property is just 15kms from St Cirq, in an area of outstanding natural beauty (Parc naturel), within easy reach of the region's capital, Cahors, and the main A20 motorway (Paris-Toulouse).
The guest house is the main building on the estate, flanked by the colonnaded pool and dining area. It is on two floors and comprises six guest rooms as well as the owner's private quarters - 2 bedrooms, big kitchen, living room and office. The 'breakfast room' and dining room are on the upper level, giving on to the pool area.
The gîtes are scattered around the estate in separate houses. They range from a three-bedroomed house with spacious living room and kitchen to a cosy, one bedroom house. Each gite offers around 70m² to 75m² of living space. A fourth building - a wooden chalet - is currently used for sporting activities but could be converted into a fourth gite or used for events and activities: it can accommodate a group of up to 25 people for meetings.
The grounds: roughly a hectare of lawns, oak forest, car-park and gardens set in the middle of a vast oak forest - the Natural Park. There are no near neighbours and the estate is at the end of a (communal) road. One enormous septic tank (recently checked and certified) looks after all sewage.
Our opinion: Firstly, this is NOT an old farm with ancient, exposed beams and stone barns. It's a fairly modern complex, purpose-built, well-insulated and functional. But make no mistake: this is a well-run and well-maintained lucrative business. The current owners turn over more than €75,000 a year between the two of them: no employees. The secret is in the marketing and the table d'hôte: at 5 kms from the nearest village guests are a captive audience and appreciate food and drink on site. The pool does the rest. And yet there is room for expansion: the fourth gite, other low-season activities, camping à la ferme ...and so on.
DPE - underway
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* 3% agency fees included ____________reference n°: 100
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The Lot Valley
South-West France is basically a low-lying sun-baked plateau bisected by deep river valleys running off the Massif Central to the Atlantic Ocean: the Tarn, the Aveyron, the Lot and the Dordogne. As elsewhere in France, the départements (or counties) are named after these river valleys and their catchment areas.
The Lot valley is in the middle, sheltered and warm, and has long been home to some of the best vineyards of the region. The wealth created from the wine trade has contributed over the centuries to the construction of numerous magnificent chateaux and manor houses throughout the département.
Well before this trade, prehistoric man thrived in these valleys, leaving traces in a number of caves . One of the most spectacular caves with rupestrian art is at Pech Merle, in the Lot valley East of Cahors and a few minutes from St-Cirq-Lapopie.
'spotted horses' from Pech Merle
- between Cahors and St Cirq-Lapopie
- 5 independent houses
- B&B - restaurant - gites - all going concerns
- 1.1 hectare grounds
- 90 minutes Bergerac or Toulouse airports.
- 14 metre pool
- a bit isolated
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