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10 bedroom gite for sale

€800,000

France - Quistinic, Morbihan, Brittany

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Key features:

  • Established holiday rental business ( income for 2 cottages exceeds 70,000 euros pa.)
  • Rental income of 100,000€ plus, easily achievable
  • 4th cottage partially renovated
  • 2 stone ancillary buildings with potential for conversion
  • Ideal opportunity for change-of-lifestyle with sustainable income
  • 3 detached thatched stone cottages renovated to an exceptionally high standard
  • Quality fixtures & fittings throughout & tastefully furnished
  • Properties certified 4-star/4-key rating by the French Tourist Board
  • Large 12x6m heated swimming pool with retractable telescopic cover
  • 3 acres (12,000m2) of landscaped gardens in tranquil surroundings

Full description:

This highly successful holiday rental business is situated in the heart of the Blavet Valley, Morbihan, southern Brittany. Surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside, woodland and country meadows, the hamlet of thatched cottages is located conveniently near to the thriving market town of Baud, 30 minutes from the nearest sandy beaches and within 2 hours drive of the ferry ports (St. Malo & Roscoff) and of all major airports in Brittany.

All 3 thatched cottages have been renovated to a very high standard and to the same style, by professional artisans between 1998 and 2007. One cottage has been used by the owners with the remaining 2 run very successfully as luxury holiday cottages since 2005, each with 4-key and 4-star ratings.

Bookings are consistently 50-60 weeks per year or more (i.e. 25-30 weeks per cottage) with an income in excess of 70,000 Euros p.a. This could readily be increased to 100,000+ p.a. if the main house was also let.

Please see below the following sections:
  • Cottage Specifications
  • Ancillary buildings
  • Swimming Pool
  • Gardens
  • Location
  • Attractions
  • Business and/or home opportunities
  • Business Package available
  • Lifestyle change & Life in Brittany
  • Why choose our properties and business over any other?

COTTAGE SPECIFICATIONS:

For layouts of the cottages, please refer to the floor plans.

Main house: 170 m2 (3 bedrooms)
  • stunning feature lounge with wood burning stove set in a massive stone fireplace exposed right up to the beamed pitched roof
  • mezzanine level overlooking lounge, suitable as a large study and seating area
  • large open plan dining room and kitchen
  • utility room and a WC
    upstairs:
  • 3 double/twin bedrooms
  • shower room with WC

Cottage/Gite 1: 140 m2 (4 bedrooms)
  • large feature lounge, open to beamed pitched roof, with wood burning stove
  • kitchen/dining room
  • utility room
  • a master double bedroom on ground floor with en-suite shower room and adjacent WC
    upstairs:
  • 3 further double/twin bedrooms
  • shower room with WC

Cottage/Gite 2: 135 m2 (3 bedrooms)
  • spacious lounge with wood burning stove and French doors onto terrace
  • kitchen/dining room
  • WC and a storage cupboard
    upstairs:
  • master double bedroom with a dressing room and en-suite shower room & WC
  • 2 further double/twin bedrooms
  • shower room with WC

All cottages have electric radiators (oil filled and/or convector) and wood-burning stoves. All kitchens are modern and fully fitted with integral electric ovens, gas hobs, extractor fans, fridge-freezers. Dishwashers and washing machines in the cottages, with plumbing for the same in the main house. 'Industrial' size washing machine and a tumble dryer in the laundry.

All cottages have both English & French satellite TV connectivity as well as access to Broadband WiFi (from a hub in the main house).

In addition each of the three cottages has its own private patio area. The holiday cottage patios lead directly onto an enclosed garden (one of four gardens surrounding the hamlet).

ANCILLARY BUILDINGS :

House :
45 m2 (ground floor)
  • partially renovated (new roof, door & windows, concreted ground floor with insulated & drainage, connection to septic tank)
  • fitted out as a laundry room and workshop
  • full size attic store-room upstairs
  • good potential to convert to a 2-3 bed house.

Garage: 45 m2
  • large door access to long garage
  • partitioned back-room with ancient chimney
  • attached wood store.

'Cave': 32 m2 (originally cider and food store)
  • attractive stone building with arched doorway dated 1623
  • used as a bike shed and a winter store for garden furniture.
  • good potential to convert to a 1-2 bed apartment

SWIMMING POOL:

The 12.2m x 6.1m swimming pool with additional 1.5m roman steps has a large terraced area surrounding it for sunbeds and umbrellas. The pool area is in the sun all year round. The telescopic cover and heater enable the pool to be opened (to guests) from the beginning of April through to the beginning of November which is a great bonus out of the traditional peak season. Similarly, in inclement weather, you can comfortably swim under the cover, which has ample space for table and chairs or sunbeds under cover as well.

The telescopic pool cover and the additional fencing all comply with the latest pool security regulations and in addition to the security aspects, were chosen to maximise the aesthetics and enjoyment of use of the pool.


GARDENS:

The main house has its own garden area to the front and back (the front garden being large and secluded from the two holiday cottages). A separate secure Pond Garden with 'stream' and mature flower beds, surrounded by trees, offers a tranquil get-away area for guests and owners alike. A larger garden surrounds the swimming pool which is set in an old orchard still providing (cider) apples, plums, cherries and peaches from which we make jam for guests and our own cider. This garden has a large playing area for the children as well as swings and a climbing tower etc. A further smaller enclosed lawned garden directly services the two holiday cottages, accessible from each of the cottage patio areas.

LOCATION:

Although in a tranquil rural setting, Le Helleguy is only 3km from the nearest village bakery & pharmacy, 6km from the nearest superstore and 12km from Baud, the nearest town with several superstores, smaller shops and restaurants. The large towns of Lorient and Pontivy are easily accessible (30 mins drive) as are the picturesque and historic towns of Vannes and Josselin (30 & 45 mins drive respectively).

There is a good selection of restaurants in the area from a popular local creperie 2km away, to local village restaurants and super fine dining within a 20 minute drive.

For those considering moving here with families, there are two infant schools in Quistinic, our nearest village (approx. 3km). There is a good secondary school in Baud (12km) with its own School Bus. For further education, there are colleges at Hennebont, Lorient and Pontivy.

ATTRACTIONS:

Southern Brittany offers a host of different attractions from historic Neolithic stone alignments of Carnac, to fortified chateaux of Josselin and Pontivy, to restored C16th villages, timber-frame houses and streets in Vannes, Quimper and Malestroit, war-time Resistance museums, traditional extravagant Chateaux to modern Butterfly and Aquatic museums, adventure parks, quad-biking and the like. Not to mention the golfing, horse-riding, hiking, mountain-biking, kayaking and sailing activities that abound.

We have a high annual return rate of guests (30%) who continue to enjoy the setting and the variety of experiences available to them from this location over many years.


BUSINESS AND/OR HOME OPPORTUNITIES:

Current (holiday cottage) usage:

We (the owners) currently live in the main house and offer the other two thatched cottages on a weekly rental basis throughout the whole year. We started renting one cottage in 2005 and have had two cottages available since 2007. We have been consistently booked from Easter to November and for Christmas & New Year weeks, often with odd weeks in the off-season months as well (November - March).

Consistently awarded a '4 star' rating by the local tourist board (Lorient) and '4 keys' (clés) rating by the national holiday company Clévacances over the last 5 years, the cottages (which are built to a very high standard) are continually upgraded to maintain their high standard of presentation & quality, with frequent upgrades to kitchen appliances, showers etc. The cottage grounds are also well maintained and regularly restocked/improved with additional flowers & shrubs etc.

Our income has consistently grown year by year and exceeds 70,000€ pa.

We have a high return rate of guests each year (up to 30%), some returning as many as 5 times or more.

Although the majority of guests are from the UK, we have a very wide international clientele including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Russia, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Netherlands, France etc.

NB. Although in a hamlet, with a communal courtyard, the Main House is served by its own driveway and parking area and has a large terrace and garden facing away from the other cottages and buildings. This together with the fact that the cottage walls are 3 foot thick granite stone, means one is not disturbed by any potential guest noise and there is a definite sense of privacy and seclusion.

Alternative usage:

The hamlet offers many possibilities for alternative use and/or future expansion.

1) You could live in any of the three thatched cottages and continue to rent out the other two as we have been doing

2) You could live elsewhere and rent out the three thatched cottages which would easily enable you to increase the income in excess of 100,000€ pa.
Note:
a. One year we rented out the main house and achieved the same income as the other cottage(s) i.e. proving the above is a valid statement!
b. Options for living 'elsewhere' include:
  • remaining in the UK, for example and organising the management and maintenance of the properties and gardens remotely
  • renovating the ancillary 'House' to live in
  • living locally elsewhere.

3) You could renovate the ancillary 'House' as a 2-3 bedroom property for additional rental income

4) You could renovate the 'Cave' as a 1-2 bedroom cottage, for additional income

5) The cottages could be let out on a long-term rental basis (the standard rental contract in France is for 3 years)

6) The cottages could be used for extended family living e.g. main residence with an additional cottage each for parents and in-laws etc.

Regardless of the above, the three ancillary buildings offer good renovation potential for expansion, usage or for sale. We have had many enquiries from French and English alike to purchase and/or rent out these additional buildings.

BUSINESS PACKAGE AVAILABLE

Assuming you wished to take on the current business operations, there is a whole gambit of business related goods/material which can be negotiated as a Business Package.

LIFESTYLE CHANGE & LIFE IN BRITTANY

This is a great opportunity for a life-style change and to acquire an established up and running business with a good, comfortable income and with the potential to expand and increase this income should you wish to do so.

This is a beautiful area to live in and the neighbours and locals are all very friendly, welcoming and helpful. It's the first time we have lived in what one could call a real community and it's a great feeling.

Brittany itself is a lovely place to live. The climate is better than the UK and southern Morbihan has its own micro-climate (warmer and drier). Trees are abundant and there appears to be a wider selection of plants and wildlife.

As for the culture, there is a strong influence in keeping traditions so there are a lot of music and dance festivals which are shared by all ages together with old trade fairs. There are some major festivals e.g. the Quimper 'Fete de Cornouaille' and the 'Lorient Interceltic Festival' involving international artists and thousands of participants which are amazing to experience.

From a language point of view, if you make an effort to speak (some) French, you will be well received. We had lessons from the baker's daughter which proved invaluable to us, but there are equally more professional facilities readily available. If you crave English company, then equally, there are many other ex-pats around and about, with their social circles and activities if you prefer. We made a conscious effort to integrate with the French, but that decision is up to you.

Many aspects of life are cheaper here in France than in the UK, including insurances. Also unlike the UK, the fact that we have thatched roofs does not impact the insurance i.e. no increased insurance premium. They also don't have a road tax and MOT's are only required every 2 years at a cost of about £50. And of course wine and beer are a lot cheaper!

WHY CHOOSE OUR PROPERTIES AND BUSINESS OVER ANY OTHER?

If you want a beautiful home & environment with a successful, thriving business bringing in a comfortable income, look no further! When comparing what is on the market, these are just some of the points that make our proposition different from other properties (NB. A number of these points are expanded in more detail in subsequent sections):
  • The WOW factor of our granite stone and thatch roofed cottages - having immediate appeal to a wide range of audiences (different age-ranges and nationalities alike) and also by advertisers ( who like to use our pictures)
  • All the cottages are detached properties (unlike many other sites with buildings divided up into terraced or semi-detached accommodation)
    • Each cottage is independently metered easily facilitating separate billing e.g. usage for long-term lets etc.

  • Professional renovation by qualified artisans/tradesmen (not DIY renovations as one finds in many other sites)
    • Solid & soundproof floors to upper levels (as opposed to creaky floorboards)
    • Fully hidden cabling and pipe-work
    • Double-skinned, insulated walls
    • Double glazing throughout
    • Hardwood solid internal doors
    • Septic tanks conform to latest standards (no costly installation or upgrades required)

  • High quality furnishings and fittings
    • Matching furniture and linens
    • Wardrobes and chest of drawers in all rooms (as opposed to hanging rails and open shelves)
    • Top brand equipment and fittings e.g. Bosch, Siemens, Phillips etc.
    • Consistent style between cottages
    • Many guests comment the cottages and furnishings are better than at home
    • many guests say it's "Home from Home"

  • High quality garden furniture with all-weather Kettler comfortable metal furniture (as opposed to cheaper plastic or wood) i.e. tables, chairs and sun-beds
    • Significantly reduced maintenance
    • Solid and hard-wearing
    • Deluxe cushions provided, but not required!

  • Property & grounds consistently maintained to a high standard (i.e. not run down or shabby and in need of refreshing, like many other sites)
  • Large covered, heated Swimming Pool/(fully compliant to latest AFNOR standards for pool security)
    • Telescopic pool cover with remote control
    • Pool can be used at all times of day and in all weathers
    • Cover retains heat, extending holiday season from end of March to start of November
    • Roman steps access to pool (as opposed to ladders) - useful for easy access by children and/or the elderly
    • Automated Salt water system with electrolysis (no need to add or handle chlorine)
    • Transparent pool security fence (as opposed to mesh wire, or trees) enabling full view of the landscaped gardens
    • Efficient heating by use of heat-exchange pump used in conjunction with the cover - requiring less heating

  • 3 acres of landscaped gardens including
    • Quiet garden area with water feature
    • Play and games areas
    • Secluded owner's garden
    • Orchard (cider apples, pears, plums, cherries, peaches and walnut)

  • Four star and four key ratings awarded to all holiday cottages
  • Exceptionally High revenue for just 2 cottages (exceeding many multiple property sites)
    • More money for less work
      • Minimises changeovers
      • Only 2 kitchens to clean and to furnish!
      • Less administration for numbers of guests etc.

  • Reputable accountant KPMG gives confidence in our accounts
  • People are prepared to pay for quality - hence we are able to charge higher rental rates
  • Such high demand in summer that we can afford to rent out by the fortnight as opposed to weekly, reducing changeovers and work!
  • 11 years of business experience to handover
    • Well established website
    • Plenty of statistics available
    • Advertising history - what works and what doesn't
    • Well established local reputation and contacts
    • Everything provided to just step-in and continue……

  • Average, per cottage, of 25-30 weeks rental!
  • Up to 30% annual guest return rate
  • Plenty of parking space in a central courtyard area
  • Tranquil and secluded site, within easy reach of shops and dual carriageway for fast access to key locations, the beach and the ports
  • 30 minutes from the coast, giving families choice to go to the beach if they wish
  • Privacy. Owner's house has the distinct feel of being separate and private from guests. You can enjoy a beautiful home and surroundings knowing there is a thriving business "next-door" not affecting your living space.



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