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Commercial in ST JEAN PIED DE PORT , Pyrenees Atlantiques , Aquitaine

€577,000 (HAI) £511,164**
Ref: 95088CEL64
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Excellent business opportunity in historic St Jean Pied de Port with this gîte d'étape for pilgrims walking the chemin de St Jacques de Compostelle.

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Price €577 000 (HAI)**
agency fees to be paid by the seller
Ref 95088CEL64
Town ST JEAN PIED DE PORT
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Dept Pyrenees Atlantiques
Surface 237 M2* Plot Size 517 M2
Bathroom 3 Bedrooms 5
Location
  • 0-2KM to amenities
  • Town property
Type
  • Commercial
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Gite
Features
  • Business potential
  • Character property
  • Detached
  • Double glazing
  • Electricity on site
  • Guest house / gite
  • High speed internet
  • Mains Drains
  • Mountain view
  • Water on site
  • Woodburner(s)
Condition
  • Excellent condition
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Located in the picturesque cobbled streets where all pilgrims pass on their way towards Spain, gîte d’étape for up to 15 guests in this converted three-storey townhouse with private two-bedroom apartment on the top floor
If you are hoping to find an up-and-running business in the Basque Country with a year-round income, this could be the answer. Created three years ago, up to 15 pilgrims can be accommodated in three light and airy bedrooms. The current owner also offers meals out of season and believes that this area of the business could be greatly expanded to increase the annual income. The top floor of the house is a private apartment with two bedrooms and a roof terrace for the owner, making this an ideal property for an energetic, imaginative couple hoping to generate an income all year round!
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The house, with its traditional dark green shutters, has three floors, along with a hillside garden, which is typical of all those located within the town’s stone ramparts. The ground floor has a reception area with a cosy waiting area for guests. There is also a communal a sitting area with a television and a dining room next to a kitchen. Guests are also able to relax and dine outside on various terraces and may also explore the garden. In addition, a bench is provided outside at the front of the property, where you can sit and watch pilgrims and tourists exploring the shops, cafés and restaurants in this picture-postcard street.

On the first floor, there are two large bedrooms and a smaller third bedroom, accommodating up to a maximum of 15 people. There is a smart communal bathroom with three showers, and a second bathroom with a bath. The second floor is a private apartment for the owner with a sitting room/kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a roof terrace. The house is double glazed throughout and has an oil-fired heating system and wood-burning stoves.

Ground floor:
- an entrance hall and reception area
- a communal sitting room with a television and sofas
- a communal dining room with access to the garden and terraces
- a fitted kitchen
- a pantry
- storage
- a WC

First floor:
- 3 bedrooms (for 9, 4 and 2 guests), one with WC
- a communal bathroom with three showers
- a second bathroom with a bath
- an additional WC

Second floor (owner’s private apartment):
- a roof terrace
- a living room/kitchenette with access to the roof terrace
- two bedrooms
- a bathroom with a WC
- an attic storage room

THE GARDEN:

- a hillside garden with stone steps up to the top
- a ground-floor dining terrace
- two further terraces, accessible from the largest first-floor bedroom

THE POTENTIAL!

The potential for expanding this business is huge! Although as a gîte you are limited to 15 guests per night, a little more advertising and promotion would ensure more advance bookings all year round, on top of those made on spec.

In fact, if you are tempted to offer more than just breakfast for your pilgrims, the provision of supper would definitely stimulate advance bookings, especially during the low season months when the town’s cafés and restaurants tend to be shut for annual leave. Pub lunches or afternoon tea for arriving pilgrims and packed lunches for departing pilgrims might also be a possibility for generating more income.

Of course, the new owner is not obliged to continue as a gîte d’étape and might well want to convert the property into a Bed and Breakfast business, which could welcome both ordinary tourists and a smaller number of pilgrims looking for a more luxurious stay!

SERVICES & TECHNICAL

Telephone
Electricity
Double glazing
Oil-fired heating with radiators + wood burning stoves
Mains water
Mains drainage

Located in St-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the magical Basque County, this beautifully maintained townhouse was converted into a “gîte d’étape” three years ago by the current owner. Gîtes d’étape provide relatively cheap accommodation - and often meals - to pilgrims who are en route for Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The famous town of St-Jean-Pied-de-Port is the most famous starting point for pilgrims walking the “Chemin de St-Jacques de Compostelle” – and for those who have already started their pilgrimage in other areas of France or Europe, the town is the final resting place before they climb the steep hills of the Pyrénées into Spain. The pilgrims all pass through the UNESCO listed “Porte de St-Jacques” at the top of the steep cobbled street in St-Jean-Pied-de-Port where this gîte d’étape is located, therefore guaranteeing potential customers most days since pilgrims can start their pilgrimage at all times of the year.

St-Jean-Pied-de-Port is very popular with holidaymakers as well as pilgrims because it is close to the Atlantic beach resorts, Pyrénées ski resorts and Spain. The Pied-de-Port part of the town’s name means the “foot of the pass”, which is a reference to the “Roncevaux Pass” where pilgrims cross the mountains into Spain from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

The town has many amenities, such as a swimming pool, a cinema and two excellent college-lycées for secondary school pupils. There is also a train to Bayonne and a bus link to St-Palais. As well as food and craft fairs throughout the high season, the town has a large outdoor market every Monday, along with a smaller market for local crafts and food producers every Thursday in the covered market area.

THE LOCAL AREA

St-Jean-Pied-de-Port is in the Basse-Navarre province of the French Basque Country; the other two provinces are Labourd (to the west near the Atlantic coast) and Soule (to the east bordering the Béarn). About an hour inland from the coast and far less busy, the architecture of St-Jean-Pied-de-Port is typically Basque, with the bright white walls of buildings contrasting with dark red or dark green shutters. The inland Basque towns and villages are a true delight, with rolling hills punctuated by pretty farmhouses and surrounded by open fields. The fields are often grazed by sheep, which are milked twice a day - and the milk is then used to make cheese called “brebis”. Other famous local delicacies are Bayonne ham, red piments (chili peppers), dark cherry jam (to eat with the brebis cheese) and delicious Gâteau Basque!

DRIVING TIMES (from the centre of Saint Jean Pied de Port)

Travel:
Biarritz Airport 52m
Pau Airport 1h 22m
Tarbes-Lourdes Airport 1h 44m
Gare St-Jean-Pied-de-Port 2m
Long-distance coach (Flixbus) from Biarritz 59m
Ferry Bilbao 2h 32m

Ski:
Issarbe 1h 31m
La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 41m
Candanchú (Spain) 2h 11m
Iraty 44m
Val-d’Azun 2h 32m
Gourette 2h 09m

Beaches:
Biarritz Grande Plage 1h 05m
St-Jean-de-Luz Grande Plage 1h 04m


Attractions:
Aventure Parc Aramits 1h 14m
Aquabéarn (Goès) 1h 22m
Parc’Ours (Borce) 1h 49m
Grottes de Sare 58m
Grottes de Bétharram 1h 58m
Gorges de Kakuetta 1h 13m
Passerelle d’Holzarte 1h 19m


Major Towns:
Bayonne 57m
Biarritz 59m
Bordeaux 2h 55m
Pau 1h 32m
Oloron-Sainte-Marie 1h 15m
Lourdes 1h 55m
Toulouse 3h 19m


Spanish Border:
Arnéguy 10m
Col de Bentarte 34m
Carretera del Roncal via La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 49m
Puerto de Larrau 1h 29m
Tunnel de Somport 1h 57m

Spanish Towns:
San-Sebastián 1h 25m
Bilbao 2h 19m
Pamplona 1h 32
Zaragoza (Saragossa) 3h 02m
Madrid 5h 24m

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