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Most hamlets for sale in France are a sad collection of ruins on the side of a mountain. This one is different: it has been totally renovated and refurbished with quality materials and a lot of taste. The result is a compact little settlement with three independent houses, a fourth - massive - building housing a heated indoor pool and bar and plenty of outhouses, workshops, terraces and gardens. There's even a ruin for DIY enthusiasts. This little jewel is to be found near Plaisance, in the Aveyron département, just 30 minutes east of Albi.
Currently it is run as a gite business with the owners living in the main house and letting the other two as gîtes ruraux. But it is more to cover costs than to make a living. They make little effort to let the gites out of season or to use the premises for other purposes.
The hamlet could be used for all sorts of purposes: a retreat of some kind is an obvious idea: yoga, meditation and other disciplines would thrive in this peaceful atmosphere. (There are no near neighbours). There has been some interest also from retired people looking to create a 'retirement village': 3 or 4 couples sharing the premises with young 'helpers' also living on site.
Above all, to exploit a business like this one needs a theme: yoga, wine-tasting, cheese-making (we're near Roquefort itself), watercolour classes.
There are 4 main buildings:
The main house. This old stone-built mansion dating back to 1797 is on three floors: the lower floor is given over to cellars, workshops and technical equipment. The owners live on the upper two floors with a vast living/dining area with wood-burner, kitchen and covered balcony area. Upstairs there are two bedrooms and bathroom.
Gite 1: Another three-storey building which used to be stables. Ground floor given over to water heaters (solar-water heating panels on roof), freezer, washing and drying machines. On the first floor is the sauna and the spacious bathroom and kitchen. On the next floor are two big rooms: one used as a bedroom and the other as a lounge.
Gite 2 is in a separate, independent stone-built house with a neat little balcony on the second floor and a big terrace out front. There are two bedrooms, a state-of-the-art bathroom as well as a fully equipped kitchen. .
The pool is housed in a magnificent vaulted barn known as the Cathedral. Not only is the pool heated but the cathedral also contains a bar, changing area and showers.
The land around the hamlet (about 2 acres) is given over to gardens and veg patches. There's also a bit of woodland for heating wood.
This is a going-concern with a lot of potential - both in marketing terms and in physical development. Someone with a good project and marketing skills could really make the place move.
Real Property Included
Any of the three fully-renovated houses
Secluded location with no near neighbours east of Albi in the hills south of the Tarn river
A hamlet (which used to house 18 families) now reduced to four dwellings plus a couple of ruins
The houses themselves have roofspace and cellar space yet to be developed as well as a major ruin next to the main house
April - September
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