Joined: 06 Feb 2016
|Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:15 pm Post subject: Flexible gite/B&B with artist's studio for sale in Franc
|We are selling our business - reasons below. We live in Charente, France, about one hour north of Bordeaux, 30 minutes south of Angouleme and 10 minutes drive from the N10 major road. Our nearest town is 15 minutes drive away and we're 1km outside a village with a boulangerie. We are surrounded by stunning countryside and have a beautiful home and business.
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We have two gites - one for 6 people/3 bedrooms, the other for 4 people/2 bedrooms, but these are set up so that we can offer 3 B&B (ensuite) bedrooms instead if we want. In all, the property (i.e. including our house) has 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3 open plan rooms (sitting room/ dining room/ kitchen), a 4m x 11m swimming pool, an acre of garden and a small woodland - total of about 1 hectare of land. We have healthy bookings despite only opening last summer - and everything (except one of our private bathrooms!) is newly renovated and decorated. I run sewing holidays too, so there's also a purpose-built 45 metre square, bright studio attached to the house which is suitable for other types of crafts holidays, as an artist's studio or as a games room/ yoga studio etc.
Why are we selling if things are going well? We didn't know France very well at all before last year - we are more familiar with Italy (we have a holiday home there) and Spain. It was a bit of a reaction, to be honest, to some sad personal events and we should have rented for a while before buying. Since moving here, because we're busy with the business, there's very little time for visiting the places we love to visit. So, we've decided to take a deep breath, admit France isn't for us, and move before we invest more time/energy into it. It's sad because we love our home... At least this time we'll know our business ideas work.