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Creative Retreat: Gite/b&b Business 45 M² Studio For Sale

Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire, Charente
Asking Price:
Sales Revenue:
Under €100K
Cash Flow:
Under €50K

Lifestyle business in S.W.France; 1 hour Bordeaux, 30 minutes Angouleme, 10 minutes to local town with all commerce, yet located in the South Charente countryside on the edge of the Cognac Grand Champagne. 1km from village with boulangerie and primary school.

Our current business: gites (two) and residential creative holidays/retreats - there's a large (45 metre square) light filled studio/classroom ideal for hosting painting, sewing, cookery, creative writing, yoga holidays etc. It connects to one of the kitchen/sitting rooms and overlooks the garden/pool so makes a fabulous space for hosting day workshops as well as residential holidays/retreats. There's a beautiful private house and 2 gites which can also be used for B&B (currently 3 B&B rooms with en-suites but could easily become 5 with en-suites). There's an 11m x 4m swimming pool, an acre of garden incl. fruit trees, and private woodland. The property is surrounded by stunning countryside - in the summer, sunflowers and cornfields.

Flexible accommodation - completely renovated/updated French farmhouse and barn conversion which can be used as you need it. The private house has cathedral ceiling and mezzanine to the main living area which opens onto two terraces - one south facing and open (perfect for spring/autumn sunshine) the other leads onto a covered east-facing terrace, perfect for the summer months. There is also a large kitchen (which also opens onto these two terraces), large hallway with bathroom/wc off, main bedroom with ensuite shower room and large east-facing balcony for catching sunrise. Throughout the property there is plenty of light, lots of character (beams, stone fireplaces, terracotta tiled floors) but updated with modern shower rooms, good insulation and heating. There are also two lovely and independent gites but we also use these areas for B&B - ideal because they have independent access. The attached (but separate) gite has 3 bedrooms (1 ground floor) and 2 shower rooms, plus large open plan living/dining room/ kitchen with French windows opening onto the garden and swimming pool. The 3rd bedroom connects to an attic room all ready for installing an extra en-suite. The single storey detached gite has two bedrooms, large shower room, open plan main living area and private garden with west-facing outlook. In total there are 6 bedrooms, 4 shower rooms and 1 bathroom. Both the gites and the private accommodation have their own gardens. There is plenty of space for parking and there is also a very large garage which houses the oil tank and pool equipment.
We're in a great location: Travelling west from here you can reach the beaches of the west coast in just over an hour (e.g. Talmont-sur-Gironde). Travelling east you can be in the Dordogne within 25 minutes (Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is on the Charente/Dordogne border). South of here you reach Bordeaux and St.Emilion in just over an hour and Saint-Sébastien, Spain in 3 hours 30.Travelling just 5 hours you can be at the ferry port of St.Malo. It's a perfect location to run a holiday retreat - either creative or sporting - running, cycling etc.

Property information

Real Estate:

Real Property Included

Living Accommodation:

(Gite furniture negotiable - it's all in excellent condition)


Countryside, 1km from a village with primary school, 10 minutes from the N10 and local commerce

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Planning Consent:

All planning permissions have been obtained.

Business Operation

Expansion Potential:

In the main house we currently have 3 ensuite bedrooms but this could easily become 5 ensuites. This would mean you could offer 4 ensuite B&B (or gite) bedrooms as well as having an owner ensuite bedroom and a separate 2 bedroom gite.

Reasons for selling:

I want to focus on teaching creative workshops and developing my range of patterns and textile designs rather than running residential holidays.

Trading hours:

All year round or as we wish.

Couple/ owners
Years established:

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