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Beautiful Camping, Bar, Restaurant, Gite, Shop In Burgundy For Sale

merry sur yonne, Yonne, France
Asking Price:
€599,000
Sales Revenue:
€500K - €1M
Cash Flow:
€100K - €250K

UPDATE* – 25/May/21

We have updated our business to make it COVID/ future pandemic proof. We have renovated our games room into a brand new PROXIMARCHE – a large grocery / tabac / lotto / gas shop. It’s doing great. During our quietest time, only in six months since opening, the shop has made over 75,000 euros. This is from a brand new start and with not much advertising due to COVID restrictions regarding leafleting flyers etc … We easily predict, at the rate it has grown, (including the news we heard that the grocery in the neighboring village is closing in March 2021) the shop, ALONE, will make, at least an additional 275,000 per annum. This does not include the camping, bar, cafe, snack bar, restaurant or the gites!

We are looking to sell simply because we wish to do other things. My partner is a Captain with endless sailing opportunities and I wish to follow my dream of becoming a writer. There truly is nothing wrong with the business – the first person to offer us nearest to 599,950 euros will get a deal! (Price does not include stock which is payable at cost price). We had a valuation in 2021 for 750,000. We have reduced the price 150,000 euros!

Update 20/06/21: The camping, bar, restaurant and shop are VERY busy. Last 7 days has seen a turnover exceeding 12,000 euros (Saturday 12th June – Friday 19th June). The business is extremely successful.

Come visit, come see, we’re genuine – this is a bargain sale.

Some brief financial figures from a forecast by our accountant:
(based on normal years without Covid problems!)
2020 projected turnover: 580,000 with a gross profit of 228,000
2021 projected turnover: 790,000 with a gross profit of 276,000
2022 projected turnover: 978,000 with a gross profit of 342,000
(a copy of the full financial forecast is available upon request)
– these figures do NOT include the extra turnover and profit coming from the installation of the Lottery and Scratch-cards machine coming in October this year provided by France des Jeux (Lottery, Euro-Millions, scratch cards, etc.)

At the moment, just two of us are managing the big new grocery, the take-away snacks, the Gite rooms and the camping. During the current covid situation, the bar and restaurant is closed but the rest of the business is easily managed by two people. Normally, when we are really busy, we have an extra chef in the kitchens and two more people for front of house. These can be seasonal contracts with no commitment outside of the peak season.

Beautiful rural campsite near the river Yonne and Canal du Nivernais.

60 pitches, 2 glamping pods. Recently totally refurbished. Luxury heated sanitary block with individual private cubicles. Showers with massage jets. Shaded pitches and sunny, mixture of grass or concrete pitches. Electric hook-ups. Water points. Flat, level site. WiFi throughout.

Two tennis courts, car park (Permission from the Mairie to develop the tennis courts into a swimming pool and sun terrace with beach-style tiki-bar and snack cabin). In July and August, temperatures average out at around 40 degrees, a swimming pool would be a perfect addition.

On-site, (Now Large), grocery shop, it is well-stocked as it is also used as the village shop as there are no other shops in the area (nearest is 8km). Well used by locals, visitors and campers alike.

Customers are a good mix of Dutch / French / German / Belgian and British. Lots of repeat customers and a very loyal following. Excellent reviews on google / facebook / tripadvisor

On-site bakery. We bake our own fresh bread and pastries each morning. Good profit margin and also well used by the locals in the village. As the nearest bakery is 8km away

Award winning, Gault et Millau starred restaurant. 40 cover restaurant with additional 38 cover outdoor terrace. Exceptionally well used by both campers, gite guests and locals. An amazing reputation. Awarded it’s first star by Gault et Millau and is featured in the 2020 guide. A strong possibility of winning a Michelin star within the next year also.

Included is a bar license 4. These licenses are no longer issued by the Government. It allows you to serve alcohol in the bar without the need for the customer to purchase food at the same time. Another license does not exist in our commune and therefore stops any future competition.

Bar / Cafe area popular with cyclists, walkers, boaters and climbers.

6 bedroom Bed & Breakfast. Popular with groups and individuals. They usually eat in the restaurant also.

Accommodation for owners on the top floor comprises of a studio apartment (bedroom / lounge area and en-suite bathroom) – this could be an additional luxury room for the B&B. Large open-plan apartment (kitchen, dining area, lounge area with separate double bedroom with en-suite shower room).

The beautiful, relaxing area has lots of activities: 100s of kilometers of cycling networks, walking, climbing, fishing, sailing, famous burgundy wine region, chateaux, medieval towns, pretty villages.

The site is Open all year. Very popular and successful with ACSI clients. We are selling as we have other business interests that we wish to pursue. We’ve created an amazing, successful and wonderful place. It is time for us to move on and let the new owners continue to expand and grow (lots of potential for growth – log cabins, mobile homes, buying additional land, etc.). Successful business. Available free-hold. You are buying the business AND the land. We are open to discuss various and different payment solutions.

We have staff that would be interested in doing more, managing the place etc … investing also if that’s something you may be interested in? There are a lot of flexible possibilities with this business. You can redesign as you wish.

Property Information

Real Estate:

Real Property Included

Living Accommodation:

Apartment ensuite. Larger none furnished area. both on the top floor.

Location:

Rural Burgundy

Business Operation

Expansion Potential:

Swimming pool. Lodges. Gites

Competition / Market:

No competition possible. We have the only license 4 for a bar permitted in the commune. Resale value for this is 50k. No more are being issued. Our shop competition is nothing. We price our products cheaper than the competition because we can use what food is nearing the sell by date in our restaurant. Zero waste. We have a thriving campsite that every campers comes to. Permission to build a large swimming pool. Will add at least 100k on the value. We are in a quiet rural area that has no other buildings or options for competition. We've been here 7 years. Started the place from a derelict camping municiple site. Upgraded everything. Added restaurant, gites, bar, snack and takeaway bar and large, popular shop with campers and commune. Every year gets better and better! As mentioned in the main text we decided part of our business must be pandemic safe, so one of the few businesses permitted to remain open are shops, so we built a brand new shop! It's pandemic proof. People have to eat.

Reasons for selling:

We simply have other adventures now. We want to pass our little baby onto a new family. My partner wants to return to sailing and I'm trying to finish some books. There's nothing wrong with the business. Come view. Have a glass of wine. Soak in everything this beautiful area has to offer.

Trading hours:

8am to 11pm. Open all year. Winter time we close on Tuesdays.

Employees:
2 full time. 2 seasonal
Years established:
7

Other Information

Support & training:

We are happy to hand the place over as quickly or as slowly as you prefer. (within reason - 2 or 3 months training you is okay, 2 years is not!). We will come back in the summer if you feel a little nervous. We will definitely help. We would like our home and business to go to someone who appreciates it. Appreciates we are a big part of the commune.

Home based:
This business can be run from home.

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