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House in CASTETIS , Pyrenees Atlantiques , Aquitaine

€199,000 £178,807**
Ref: 103123CEL64
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MAJESTIC MAISON-DE-MAITRE + 1500M2 OF GROUNDS: very conveniently located on the main road between Orthez and Pau, this maison-de-maître would be perfect for a B&B business, a restaurant, a teashop…

Charlie Ellis , your local Leggett agent, says :

Price €199 000
agency fees to be paid by the seller
Ref 103123CEL64
Town CASTETIS
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Dept Pyrenees Atlantiques
Surface 330 M2* Plot Size 1500 M2
Bathroom 5 Bedrooms 7
Location
  • 50km or less to airport
  • Hamlet property
Type
  • House
  • Country House
  • Family Home
  • Holiday Home
  • Maison de Maitre
Features
  • Business potential
  • Character property
  • Detached
  • Double glazing
  • Electricity on site
  • High speed internet
  • Mains Drains
  • Mountain view
  • Private parking
  • Water on site
  • Well
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Woodburner(s)
Condition
  • Good condition
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This 18th-century maison-de-maître is fantastic value for money! The three-storey house has 330m² of living space, which includes six bedrooms and five bathrooms! Although located on a main road, this could be a huge advantage if you are hoping to set up a Bed and Breakfast business – you will undoubtedly attract guests all year round from people driving past - both tourists and business people. There is also an ever-growing market of holidaymakers touring on motorbikes, who would love this property. The property could also be ideal for creating a restaurant, a teashop, a kennels, a crèche/playgroup, a doctor’s surgery… Read more ...

Built in the early 1800s, this striking maison-de-maître offers the new owners numerous possibilities… as a family home, a holiday home, business premises, B&B… Although in need of some renovation and redecoration, almost all of the windows are double-glazed and there is a reversible air-conditioning/heating system in place.

The maison-de-maître is set back from the road and has space for parking several cars in a courtyard at the side of the house. A path from the courtyard leads up to the front door, which opens into a spacious entrance hall with a lovely wooden staircase. Many of the property’s original architectural features are still in place, such as patterned floor tiles, wooden floorboards and traditional Béarnaise fireplaces, adding enormous character to the house.

The ground floor comprises a sitting room, a dining room, an office/study (which could be used as an eighth bedroom), a kitchen, a scullery/walk-in pantry, a shower room and a WC. The first floor has a large landing leading to five bedrooms, two of which have shower rooms, a family bathroom and a WC. The second floor has two more bedrooms (one with a shower room) and access to unconverted loft space, which could be used to create more bedrooms, if desired.

The house is close to several rivers for exciting watersports, numerous ski resorts in the French and Spanish Pyrénées, along with surfing and family beaches on the Atlantic coast. The Medieval market town of Orthez is under 10 minutes away, where you will find numerous shops and other amenities. Also under 10 minutes away is the “Base de Loisirs d’Orthez-Biron”, which is a leisure lake with a beach, so you can swim, sunbathe and picnic as if you are by the sea!

THE MAISON DE MAÎTRE

Ground floor:
- a small covered terrace and a large dining terrace
- an entrance hall
- a sitting room with an open fireplace and access to the terrace
- a dining room with an open fireplace and access to the terrace
- a spacious study/office
- a kitchen with a dining area and access outside
- a scullery/walk-in pantry
- a shower room
- a WC

First floor:
- a balcony
- a bedroom with a shower room (Bedroom 1)
- four more bedrooms (Bedrooms 2, 3, 4 & 5)
- a family bathroom
- a shower room with a WC
- a separate WC

Second floor:
- a bedroom with a shower room (Bedroom 6)
- a second bedroom (Bedroom 7)
- access to the loft


THE GARDENS & GROUNDS

The maison-de-maître is set in mature gardens and grounds of 1,500m². There is more than enough flat land for installing a swimming pool in the grounds, along with a summer kitchen, a barbecue area, a children’s play area… The south-west-facing terraces next to the house are perfect for serving breakfast to B&B guests, as well as enjoying an evening apéro as the sun goes down!

More of the surrounding land is available to buy in addition, along with the large two-storey barn in the courtyard and its adjacent farmhouse, if desired.


THE POTENTIAL!

The busy road next to the maison-de-maître might not suit everyone, but the potential for setting up a B&B is huge, attracting both holidaymakers and business people en route for Pau, its airport and skiing in the Pyrénées in one direction... and Biarritz, its airport and beach holidays on the Atlantic coast in the other direction!

With no neighbours to worry about disturbing, the huge building would also be perfect for a restaurant, a country pub, a teashop, cookery and wine-tasting courses - all with or without accommodation - a kennels, a crèche/playgroup, a doctors' surgery... The gothic style of the house would also make it ideal for running Murder Mystery weekends and Escape games!

NB: there is currently a shortage of good-quality guest accommodation in the Béarn, so tourist offices are actively encouraging the creation of B&B businesses throughout the area. This demand is year round, both from tourists and from corporate clients, because of the proximity of the Pyrénées, the Atlantic coast, numerous ski resorts and Pau.


SERVICES & TECHNICAL

Telephone
Electricity
Double glazing
Reversible air-conditioning
Oil-fired heating
Mains water
Septic tank


THE LOCAL AREA

The Béarn is close to the Spanish border, Pau, Lourdes, the picturesque Basque Country and the Atlantic coast. Toulouse, Bordeaux, San-Sebastián and Bilbao are all within easy reach.

Popular with tourists all year round for hiking, mountain-biking, white-water rafting and fishing, the region also has numerous ski resorts offering a range of winter sports, including downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snow-shoeing. For those who prefer beach-based activities, the Atlantic coast is just 90 minutes away where you can swim and surf at Biarritz, St-Jean-de-Luz, Hendaye, Hossegor...

If your interests are gastronomic, visit the daily markets throughout the Béarn and Basque Country to sample local delicacies, such as tasty Bayonne ham or fabulous brebis, which is a cheese made using milk from sheep. The famous “Ossau-Iraty” brebis can be bought direct from farms in the nearby Vallée d’Ossau, or you’ll find it at any of the farmers’ markets in the local towns and villages.


DRIVING TIMES (from the centre of Castétis)

Travel:
Pau Airport 30m
Tarbes-Lourdes Airport 50m
Biarritz Airport 50m
Train station Orthez 10m
Long-distance coach (Flixbus) from Pau 30m
Ferry Bilbao 2h 30m

Ski:
Issarbe 1h 30m
La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 30m
Candanchú (Spain) 1h 45m
Iraty 1h 35m
Val-d’Azun 1h 35m
Gourette 1h 30m
Cauterets 1h 30m
Barèges-La Mongie 1h 45m

Beaches:
Biarritz, Grande Plage 1h
Tarnos, Metro Plage 1h

Attractions:
Aqua Béarn (Goès) 25m
Parc’Ours (Borce) 1h 20m
Zoo d’Asson 1h
Grottes de Bétharram 1h 05m
Gorges de Kakuetta 1h 20m
Passerelle d’Holzarte 1h 35m
Cirque de Gavarnie 2h 10m
Pic du Midi de Bigorre 2h 05m
Marciac 1h 25m

Major Towns:
Pau 40m
Orthez 5m
Oloron-Sainte-Marie 45m
Lourdes 1h
Toulouse 2h 15m
Bayonne 50m
Biarritz 1h
Bordeaux 2h 15m

Spanish Border:
Tunnel de Somport 1h 30m
Carretera del Roncal via La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 35m
Portalet 1h 40m

Spanish Towns:
San-Sebastián 1h 20m
Bilbao 2h 15m
Zaragoza (Saragossa) 3h 20m
Madrid 5h 40m

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