House in BARCUS , Pyrenees Atlantiques , Aquitaine

€280,000 €249,950 (HAI) £220,006**
Ref: 92723CEL64
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BASQUE FARMHOUSE + APARTMENT: let as a gîte through the holiday season, this beautiful 18th-century farmhouse already generates a very good rental income - the separate two-bedroom apartment could also be rented out and there’s room to create a further gîte or B&B rooms on the ground floor of the barn

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Price €249 950 (HAI)**
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Reduction from €280,000 to €249,950
Ref 92723CEL64
Town BARCUS
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Dept Pyrenees Atlantiques
Surface 0 M2* Plot Size 2847 M2
Bathroom 2 Bedrooms 5
Location
  • 50km or less to airport
  • Isolated
Type
  • House
  • Country House
  • Family Home
  • Gite
Features
  • Barns / outbuildings
  • Business potential
  • Character property
  • Detached
  • Double glazing
  • Electricity on site
  • Garage
  • Guest house / gite
  • High speed internet
  • Private parking
  • Swimming Pool
  • Water on site
  • Woodburner(s)
Condition
  • Excellent condition
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Whether you're looking for a property which already has an established rental income or hoping to find a family home/second home in the beautiful Basque countryside, this gorgeous property would be perfect for you. Located at the end of a country lane, the 3-bedroom farmhouse has bookings throughout the holiday season. The separate 2-bedroom apartment on the first floor of the barn could also be rented out as a gîte or converted to provide three B&B rooms. There is also an 80m² barn ripe for conversion into additional accommodation.

Set in mature gardens and grounds of 2,847m², this delightful 18th-century farmhouse has an above-ground swimming pool, as well as panoramic views of the magnificent, unspoilt countryside. The farmhouse was built in 1785 and many of the original architectural features have been carefully restored during the renovation of the building.

The total living accommodation (175m²) encompasses the main three-bedroom farmhouse and the first floor of the adjacent barn, which has been converted into an open-plan loft apartment with two bedrooms and its own private entrance. The ground floor of the barn is currently unconverted, but it could be used for creating extra living accommodation, storing guests’ bicycles or motorbikes or hosting interesting leisure activity holidays, such as painting, cooking or yoga retreats.

Located in the Basque Country yet close to the lovely Béarn region, the market towns of Mauleon-Licharre (in the Basque Country) and Oloron-Ste-Marie (in the Béarn) are each about half an hour away. The local village of Barcus is a 14-minute drive down into the valley, where you'll find a bakery, a village shop and two bars. Barcus is also well known for the restaurant "Chez Chilo"!

THE FARMHOUSE:

Ground floor:
- a sitting room with an open fireplace (17m²)
- an open-plan kitchen with a dining area (20m²)


First floor:
- a master bedroom suite with an en suite shower room (21m²)
- a family bathroom (5m²)

Second floor:
- two bedrooms (13m², 9m²)

FIRST-FLOOR BARN APARTMENT:
- an open-plan sitting room/dining room/kitchen (39m²)
- two bedrooms (each, 10m²)

- a bathroom (5m²)

THE POTENTIAL!

This lovely property is already generating a healthy income from its holiday rental business, but this could be supplemented with shorter-stay bookings by creating luxury Bed and Breakfast accommodation to attract guests all year round. Its beautiful setting would also make it a perfect base for groups of cyclists, motorcyclists or walkers hoping to explore the GR10, the Pyrénées and even nearby Spain – and participants in painting and writing workshops could not fail to be inspired by the stunning surroundings!

The ground floor of the barn (floor area 80m²) could easily be transformed into a further gîte, or several B&B bedrooms.

SERVICES & TECHNICAL

Electricity
Mains water
Heating (farmhouse gîte): wood-burning stove
Heating (apartment gîte): wood-burning stove & electric panel radiators
Telephone & ADSL
Septic tank

THE LOCAL AREA

The house is a 14-minute drive from the Basque farming village of Barcus, which has the most essential shops, a medical centre, bars and restaurants, including the truly excellent Chez Chilo. Mauléon-Licharre (26 minutes) has a wider range of shop and services, whilst for more serious shopping and services, Oloron is just 30 minutes away.

Barcus is in Soule, one of the three provinces of the picturesque French Basque Country. It is close to the Spanish border, Pau, Lourdes and an easy drive from the famous beach resorts of the Atlantic coast, such as Biarritz and Saint Jean de Luz. Toulouse, Bordeaux, San Sebastián and Bilbao are all within easy reach.

Popular with tourists all the year round for hiking, mountain-biking, white-water rafting and fishing, the region also offers a range of winter sports (downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing) with easy access to numerous ski stations. For those preferring beach-based activities (especially surfing) the famous resorts of the Atlantic coast are less than two hours away (Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, Hossegor...).

Film buffs might be interested to know that the town of Oloron Sainte Marie and several of the picturesque villages of the Vallée d’Aspe have recently been chosen as film locations, most notably for two French films starring the Oscar winner, Jean Dujardin, and an English film, "Waiting for Anya" based on the Michael Morpurgo book set in France in the Second World War. Not only is the stunning, unspoilt countryside of the Béarn perfect for filmmakers, but enthusiastic locals are often encouraged to volunteer as extras to appear alongside the international film stars - next time, that could be you!

SHOPS & SERVICES

L’Hôpital St-Blaise (12 minutes) - 2 restaurants
Barcus (14 minutes) - bank, boulangerie, butchers, hairdresser, garage, grocers, medical centre, bars, restaurants
Esquiule (17 minutes) - butcher, hairdresser, garage, café-restaurant
Mauléon-Licharre (26 minutes) - numerous shops, restaurants, bars, most services
Oloron Sainte Marie (30 minutes) - Leclerc and Intermarché hypermarkets, Kiabi, But, Darty, hospital, all services, théâtre, cinema, swimming pool, bars, restaurants...
Pau (1h 2m) - everything you could possibly want!

DRIVING TIMES (from the centre of Barcus)

Travel:
Pau Airport 1h 01m
Tarbes-Lourdes Airport 1h 24m
Biarritz Airport 1h 33m
Train Oloron 23m
Long-distance coach (Flixbus) from Oloron 23m
Ferry Bilbao 3h 17m

Ski:
Issarbe 45m
La-Pierre-St-Martin 56m
Candanchú (Spain) 1h 23m
Iraty 1h 02m
Val d’Azun 2h 04m
Gourette 1h 20m

Beaches:
Biarritz 1h 36m
Hossegor 1h 45m

Attractions:
Aventure Parc Aramits 16m
Aquabéarn (Goès) 36m
Parc’Ours (Borce) 1h 03m
Zoo d’Asson 1h 06m
Grottes de Bétharram 1h 17m
Gorges de Kakuetta 41m
Passerelle d’Holzarte 54m

Major towns:
Oloron Sainte Marie 26m
Pau 1h 02m
Lourdes 1h 34m
Toulouse 2h 51m
Bayonne 1h 23m
Biarritz 1h 33m
Bordeaux 2h 56m

Spanish Border:
Carretera del Roncal via La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 02m
Puerto de Larrau 1h 07m
Tunnel de Somport 1h 10m

Spanish Towns:
San Sebastián 2h 11m
Bilbao 3h 18m
Zaragoza (Saragossa) 3h 14m
Madrid 6h 09m

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

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