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Price - 320,000 euros (no agents fees)
Richard & Alex Johnson Tel: 00 44 (0)753 952 0288
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THE INCOME OPPORTUNITY
Fancy being your own boss? Want to live the dream? Here is a ready made opportunity to continue a successful Bed & Breakfast business with 12 years past trading, in the Lot department, one of the most beautiful parts of France.
Ok, so it can be hard work running a B&B but the rewards can be amazing. During our time here we have met so many fascinating people from all over the world. Some of them have become friends and we have had many offers to visit them in their countries - in fact we have done just that on holidays to Australia and New Zealand.
We ran the business for 12 years and built up an excellent customer base and a top internet placing on the search engines. Our business came from a number of directions although we concentrated our marketing efforts in a few specific areas. We believe you need to set yourself apart from the competition and to that end we have picked two areas that make us stand out - walking holidays and vegetarian meals on top of the normal B&B customer base. A new owner need not follow these but the reputation and market is already established for you. The walking holidays have proved to be a real winner (activity holidays are very popular nowadays) providing a good proportion of our income - don't worry you don't have to go out walking with the guests, the walks are all designed to be self-led.
To give you some idea of the types of walking we offered we have included at the bottom of this page an extract from our B&B website giving a summary of each walk.
Up to and including 2017 we appeared
on the first page of Google on a number of search terms including:
We also decided to offer evening dinners and built up an excellent reputation. Many B&B's now offer evening meals as guests often like the comfort of knowing they can relax after a long day out. The choice is yours but we have had such wonderful evenings chatting with guests over a leisurely meal.
Unlike many B&B places in France, that have guests staying one or two nights, our average stay has been between 6 and 7 nights with some guests opting for stays of up to 14 nights. This makes the business easier to run and more cost effective than lots of short stays. It also makes the business more interesting as you get to know your guests.
Moving here was a lifestyle choice so we set our season for the B&B from the end of March to the end of September. This gave us the opportunity to travel the world during the rest of the year. Even during the season we were able to decide to keep some weeks free to enjoy ourselves - that is the difference between a "normal" job and our way of life.
The sale of the house will be on the basis of a private home. However if you are interested in taking over the existing business rather than starting a new business, then subject to the right offer we will include the website address, the goodwill and market presence and support from us to continue the business including advice on marketing. The price will, also subject to negotiation, also include many items of furniture plus fixtures and fittings to carry on with the business.
Take a look at guest's comments over the years at Tripadvisor.
We have also been recommended on the Guardian Travel website and featured in the 2008 book by Jo Taylor "Running Gites & Bed and Breakfasts in France"
AN EXTRACT FROM OUR B&B WEBSITE
Within our Inclusive Walking Holiday Package we have specially selected 9 walks for you to enjoy. For those staying longer than a week there are many other walks to experience. For each of our selected walks we have prepared clear written instructions together with a detailed map so that you can fully enjoy your day without worrying about finding your route.
Walking in this part of France is made easy by an excellent system of waymarkers at regular intervals. There are no stiles to tackle, no fences to clamber over and no ploughed fields to cross. In fact for the majority of the year there is little or no mud as the area is very free draining. Even when a route takes you along one of the small country roads you will find very little traffic to disturb you.
Each walk is suitable for anyone with a reasonable standard of fitness. There are ascents and descents but usually they are well worth the effort and we suggest that by taking your time you will appreciate more the wonderful scenery.
Our selected walks vary in time, distance and the landscapes you will experience. Each walk has its own special reason to be included whether for the spectacular countryside, the wonderful views, the lovely villages or even a combination of all of these. There is no fixed itinerary, you can decide which walks you would like to do - we are very happy to help you with our local knowledge.
Timings are for guidance based on an average pace and do not include stops. We can provide suggestions to combine the shorter walks with visits to other local attractions. A car is essential for this itinerary.
The walks are suitable for single people.
1 – Frayssinhes Circular (15km)
It then continues with more far-reaching views, passing several small hamlets, before descending down through delightful mixed woodland to a charming river valley and return to Frayssinhes. The area is renowned for its wildlfowers and you may even spot the red squirrels and pine marten that populate the woods.
Walk 2 – Medieval
Villages & the Causse (15km)
3 – Carennac & Mézels (8.5km)
4 – Hills & Valleys (21km)
5 – Notre Dame de Verdale (6km)
6 – Chateau de Castelnau(7km)
7 – Beaches, Bridges and Mountain Views - Lac St Etienne
8 – “Are we there yet?” – Beaulieu sur
9 - Above and Around
Click here to see a Google Map with starting points for the walks
We are featured on the Walking World website where you will also find a short description of the local area.
Independent self-guided Walking Holidays in the Lot Department and Dordogne Valley
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