For sale this complete Holiday Rental Business in the South of France with bookings into 2009 (an average of 300 days of sunshine a year) comprising of 4 fully furnished village cottages, -/+10mins from the Medieval City of Carcassonne (Airports - Carcassonne, Toulouse, Perpignan, Montpellier & TGV into Carcassonne).
We have built up what is possibly the most successful holiday rental company in France. Situated in the Languedoc Roussillon, just minutes from the Medieval City of Carcassonne and the famous Canal du Midi. Our specialty is 'homes' in villages. Guests arrive all year round from all over the world - England, Spain, Germany, Italy, Holland, America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico etc. Staying from 4 nights to several months (house hunting or escaping the cold winters)
We have an extensive client base and very effective and reliable advertising. It comes with many years of experience and knowledge of the business. It's ready for you to walk in and take over. We have met some truly wonderful people through the cottages and now have addresses all over the world to visit.
This area is one of the most prized in France with it being voted the most desirable place by the French to retire to or to bring up a family in. It has a fabulous quality of life with everything nearby - high quality wine, local fruit and vegetables sold in many town markets.
Under an hour to be swimming in the Mediterranean, under 2 to be skiing on the slopes of the Pyrenees, or taking a day trip into Spain. Walking amongst the vineyards or along the peaceful Canal du Midi, trout fishing, cycling through quiet villages, horse riding in the beautiful countryside, white water rafting or of course enjoying wine tastings, visiting the many Chateaux, ancient Abbey and Cathar churches. The area is steeped in history. It's all possible.
Enjoying a concert in the warm summer evenings, live outdoor theatre, the yearly jazz festival, a yearly international piano festival, Bastille Day famous fireworks, many, many fabulous restaurants - on the edge of the Canal, in the heart of the Medieval City, over looking the Mediterranean, on the edge of the ski slopes etc. etc. etc.
The cottages have been very tastefully and thoughtfully restored and all come fully equipped, furnished and running with heating, bed linen, towels, selections of books, games, ornaments, cd/radios, paintings.
They are all situated in villages with some or all of the following baker, butcher, bar, corner store, wine cave, restaurant(s), hairdressers, pharmacy, tennis courts, swimming pool. There is also a bus service from each village.
Cottage information -
*3 bedroom 12/13thC village house with vaulted ceilings, meter thick walls. A spacious kitchen/dining room on the ground floor, this leads into a large & light filled lounge with comfy 3 piece suite. Also on the ground floor is a beautiful airy shower room with another vaulted ceiling, washing machine and tumble dryer. On the 1st floor there are 2 twin bedrooms & a double. There is also a 3rd floor ready to convert into more bedrooms, office, large roof terrace with stunning country views. Dating back over 700 years it once formed part of an ancient Cathar abbey and Bishops palace. Left in ruins by the Inquisition during the 13th century it has been carefully restored to retain as much of the original charm as possible. There is a lovely terrace area with bbq where guests can enjoy drinking the local wine. It is beautifully situated off the village square, just beside the Romanesque church. Car parking space. The village is surrounded by vineyards and the house is moments from the beautiful river, 5mins from Carcassonne.
*2 bedroom stone village cottage with large exposed beams and beautiful thick stone walls. You walk straight into a taste of the Medieval. The ground floor has a large kitchen, dining room that has beautifully built stone walls and large oak beams. Through the remains of an arch there is a spacious shower room and separate toilet. Up the old wooden stairs to the lounge, with oak beams and through into the large, bright double bedroom. From the lounge you go out into a small, private terrace with table, chairs and bbq. There is a 2nd toilet on this floor. Behind a large very old oak door you will venture up the stairs to a beautiful 2nd bedroom that has twin beds. There is another room suitable for a 3rd bedroom, office, roof terrace etc. Just 5mins from Carcassonne, there is a stunning chateau that produces it's own wine, again surrounded by vineyards, a theatre that welcomes international performers.
*1 bedroom village cottage by The Canal du Midi. There is a kitchen/dining room on the ground floor with a fireplace to snuggle around in the winter months. There is also a shower room with toilet and an understairs cupboard with iron and board, etc. Upstairs is a comfortable lounge area with television, cd/radio and a selection of books. You then walk through into a large and light double bedroom with fitted cupboards. The 3rd floor also has a large area which would make another bedroom, terrace etc. The cottage is situated in the old part of the village on a small lane that has the glorious Canal du Midi at one end and the River Aude at the other. The village is a port on the Canal and so it gives guests the perfect chance to walk, cycle along the canal, glance at the boats whilst enjoying the local wine. They also have concerts in the summer, fabulous Bastille Day fireworks, fishing lake etc. 5mins from Carcassonne.
*1 bedroom vine workers cottage. It's situated on a small quiet lane in the old part of the village. With a spacious kitchen/dining area on the ground floor with a huge wooden beam, leading through to a pretty shower room with toilet. Washing machine & tumble dryer. Up original stone stairs to the airy double bedroom which has beautiful views of the vineyards & hills beyond. To the back of the cottage is the lounge with comfortable large sofa, radio/cd, games & plenty of books. Again the 3rd floor is perfect for converting to another bedroom, roof terrace etc. From the cottage it's just a minute's walk to the Canal du Midi where you can walk or cycle, enjoying the stunning countryside. 10mins from Carcassonne.
With this business there are lots of possibilities. Just ask and we will tell you everything you'll need to know. We also have a couple other properties for sale - renovated and partially. Our own house where you could also make your base or that can be made into a selection of fabulous apartments. A very cute village cottage that could be added into the rental business. And lastly a 'Property Management Business' that's successful and has potential to be greatly expanded. The prospects are extremely good.
We're selling because we have film and tv contracts in Canada and unfortunately we can't do the 2 at the same time otherwise there's no way we'd be leaving.