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This is a thriving little business based on a totally renovated watermill, an independent gite, guest rooms and two magnificent wooden gypsy caravans located in the foothills of the Pyrenees near Foix.
The current owners have enjoyed the premises as a 'lifestyle-change' over the past ten years enjoying the rural pleasures of clean air, clean water, chickens and organic vegetables. The gite, guest rooms and gypsy caravans generate a handy income throughout the April-Sept window in which they are exploited.
Firstly there is the watermill. Totally renovated and refurbished by French artisans, it boasts modern gas-fired central-heating, double-glazing and excellent insulation. Lounge, dining-room, spacious kitchen, pantry, laundry room, library, millstone room and riverside balcony on the ground floor and two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. Then there's a guest room (ensuite) and another level with offices, bedroom and shower room.
The gite is in a separate building, again totally renovated, with a vast kitchen/lounge living space with wood-burning stove and two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs.
But the gems of this business are the exquisite hand-crafted wooden caravans which have been placed in the shady orchard over-looking the mill and river. These are true works of art with their handbasins carved from a single trunk, their ingenious use of space, the fully equipped kitchens and the dinky little bathrooms.
The current owners prefer to exploit these as B&B guest rooms rather than independent self-catering gites. It's their choice as they then serve a homemade table d'hôte to the customers - most of which comes from their extensive vegetable patch (and chicken run).
No pool but river bathing.
There are a number of ways in which the business could be expanded or exploited differently: cycling, yoga, fishing all come to mind. But it works very well as is. A lovely place to live (village café just a 5 minute walk) ... and they have high-speed fibre optic internet!
Real Property Included
The 175m² watermill
Riverside location (it's a watermill!) at the edge of a lively village with café and grocery. 8 minutes from Foix - regional capital.
18th century watermill + separate gite + 2 gypsy caravans
Yes: more caravans could be placed on the land and two more guests rooms are possible in the watermill.
None in this valley
April - September
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