- Campsite and market garden business - €1,235,000
Toulouse and Carcassonne, in the rolling hills
of the Lauragais, this big estate combines a
successful camp-site/chalet park, a lake and
a thriving market garden business. The old farmhouse
is a beauty with plenty of room for B&B activity. more
Garonne - Gascon farmhouse and 3 gites - €495,000
the hilltop location that makes this property
so special: panoramic 360° views of the Pyrenees
and the Gascon countryside. The farmhouse has
been completely renovated (underfloor heating,
double-glazing) and the three gites are a good
start. Outhouses galore to expand the business. more
- Languedoc Natural Park - Holiday village - €1,070,000
in the Natural Park somewhere in the forest east
of Castres and west of Béziers this vast
complex of stone-built houses is in perfect nick
and just crying out for some international clients.
Big farmhouse (300m²) and 7 gites and pool
on 4 hectares of land more
- townhouse as B&B - €415,000
is a splendid mediaeval jewel in the foothills
of the Pyrenees boasting one of the region's
best and most colourful markets. This is a purpose-built
(well, restored) guesthouse just minutes from
the main square on foot. more
- villa + 3 gites near Foix - €450,000
is the capital of the Ariège and attracts
visitors all year round. But most people want
to stay out of the town - in the beautiful Pyrenean
foothills - and this is what this business provides.
Simple bungalow accommodation for the owners
and 3 well-kept gites for the tourists. Boasts
an incredible 9.6 score on Booking! . more
farm with 4 B&B rooms and 5 gîtes - €1,200,000
few kilometres south-east of Toulouse on the
way to Carcassonne this big estate is perched
on a hilltop facing south toward the Pyrenees.
It has a multitude of accommodation possibilities
(B&B rooms and gites) and caters to corporate
clients as well as wedding parties and family
getogethers. Nice pool and spa area, beautiful
patch of woodland ... you can't go wrong. more
- 21 months left for Brits to settle in France
the end the Brexit negotiations have been fairly kind
to British passport-holders wishing to settle in France.
Under the latest agreement they will have until December
2020 to buy property and settle in France ... thus cementing
their right to live and work in France for the rest of
their lives. The agreement says nothing about 'onward
movement' rights which other EU members have - ie, the
right to up sticks and go live and work in, say, Italy.
the British government, however, it is still possible
that this whole agreement will collapse if, as sometimes
appears likely, the more headstrong members of the Tory
party insist on sabotaging the whole deal and walking
off the cliff edge without any sort of deal at all.
is all the more reason for wannabe French settlers to
think of making the move earlier rather than later. We
had a couple this week who were ready to do just that:
move quickly, buy a business and start earning their
living. They thought it would take three weeks ... they
will be lucky to be in operation by July. Exactly 9 months
after their first visit to France and first viewing of
suitable properties. First it was the viewing and choosing
process: takes time. Secondly they had to negotiate the
price down to a reasonable level. Took a few weeks of
toing and froing. Then there's the mortgage to put into
place: banks want a business plan - a prévisionnel -
before they will even think of talking figures. Catch
22: no decision on a mortgage before the compromis
de vente is signed ... but the vendor is reluctant
to sign away 3 months of his life if he thinks the mortgage
may be refused.
short, the whole process takes time and effort. The better
prepared you are (homework done on where you want to
settle, what sort of business you want to run (gites
or B&Bs?), business plan prepared), the easier and
quicker it is. 2020 may seem like a long way off ...
but it is really just tomorrow in terms of property buying.
thought they would never go...
better witness to the economic upturn in the French economy
than the sudden disappearance of a number of our more
... sticky properties. Remember the beautiful little
chateau/Chartreuse near Marmande? Gone for €440k.
Or the wine chateau in the Minervois with 5 gites? Deal
struck for under €400k. Or the big estate in the
Montagne Noire with mill and 6 gites in a heavenly green
valley? Gone for less than €600k. Or the big farm
with 4 gites on the hills over-looking Montréal?
The B&B in Villefranche near Albi? All gone in the
space of a few months.
Says: As usual I remind buyers that the best
time to buy a business in France (as opposed to a house)
is in the autumn. September, October and November should
be your busy viewing season before signing a 'promise
to buy' in November and completion in February in good
time to prepare the season. No point at all in signing
a promise to buy in April or May and then trying to
take over a tourist-oriented business in the high season:
it just won't work!
always, the best way to contact us is by
email. I rarely answer the phone as I'm on the road
most of the time.
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