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Commercial in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port , Pyrénées-Atlantiques , Aquitaine

€370,000 £311,607**
Ref: A11069
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CHARMING BASQUE COUNTRY B&B/GÎTE D'ÉTAPE + PROFESSIONAL KITCHEN IN HISTORIC ST-JEAN-PIED-DE-PORT TOWN CENTRE

Charlie ELLIS, your local Leggett agent, says :

Siret number: 400782488
Price €370 000
agency fees to be paid by the seller
Ref A11069
Town SAINT-JEAN-PIED-DE-PORT
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Dept Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Surface 122 M2* Plot Size 81 M2
Bathroom 2 Bedrooms 5
Location
  • 0-2KM to amenities
  • 50km or less to airport
  • Town property
Type
  • Commercial
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Gite
Features
  • Mains Drains
  • Electricity on site
  • Character property
  • Staff Accomodation
  • Double glazing
  • Guest house / gite
  • High speed internet
  • Business potential
  • Water on site
Condition
  • Excellent condition
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Built against the medieval town wall which encloses the historic centre of St-Jean-Pied-de-Port, this three-storey building has been lovingly renovated to create a gîte d’étape for up to 15 guests with a professional kitchen, but could easily be transformed into a delightful family home, a boutique Bed and Breakfast business, a restaurant, a teashop... Located a two-minute walk from the famous Chemin-de-St-Jacques-de-Compostelle, 60,000 pilgrims pass through the town each year as they make their way into Spain, ensuring clients all year round. So if you are hoping to buy an up-and-running business with a year-round income or you would like a unique family home in the centre of a picture-postcard town in the Basque Country, look no further than this super property in St-Jean-Pied-de-Port! Read more ...

Stylishly renovated in 2017, this characterful building is in an excellent location in the centre of St-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the magical Basque Country. The building was converted by the current owners into a gîte d’étape to accommodate up to 15 guests, with two loft-style bedrooms and a shower room for the owners on the top floor.

Gîtes d'étape provide relatively cheap accommodation - and often meals - to pilgrims who are en route for the famous town of Santiago-de-Compostela in Spain. The property could, of course, be used as a family home or a boutique Bed and Breakfast for ordinary holidaymakers - or it is perfectly located for setting up a restaurant, a teashop, a bistro, a pub...

The house has three floors and the back wall of the house is actually part of the town's historic ramparts! The ground floor comprises an entrance hall, a small sitting room, a large dining room/restaurant area, a professional kitchen and a WC.

On the first floor, there are three bedrooms accommodating up to 15 guests:  a bedroom with twin beds, a bedroom with bunk beds and a single bed and a dormitory-style bedroom accommodating 7 - 10 people. Also on this floor is a separate WC and a double-size shower room with two showers and three handbasins.

The second floor is used by the owners and comprises a landing with room for a sofa bed/desk/sitting area, a bedroom, an adjoining guest bedroom/study/office and a shower room with a WC.

St-Jean-Pied-de-Port is in the Basse-Navarre province of the French Basque Country and is under an hour from the coast. The architecture of the town 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 - rolling hills dotted with 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 (chilli peppers), dark cherry jam (to eat with the brebis cheese) and delicious Gâteau Basque!

THE PROPERTY

Ground floor:
- an entrance hall
- a sitting room
- a large dining room/restaurant
- a professional kitchen
- a WC

First floor:
- a bedroom with twin beds
- a bedroom accommodating 3 people
- a dormitory-style bedroom accommodating 7 - 10 people
- a double-size shower room with two showers and three handbasins
- a separate WC

Second floor:
- a landing with room for a sofa bed/desk/sitting area
- a bedroom
- an adjoining guest bedroom/study/office
- a shower room and WC


THE POTENTIAL!

The potential for expanding this business is huge! Providing meals is an ideal source of income, especially during the out-of-season months when bars and restaurants in the town are often closed for annual leave. As well as offering delicious breakfasts and suppers, you could offer pub lunches or afternoon tea to your tired and hungry pilgrims when they arrive - and packed lunches or perhaps luxurious picnic hampers to your newly energised departing pilgrims, making sure you include lots of Basque delicacies!

Of course, you are not obliged to continue as a gîte d’étape for large numbers of guests, so you might prefer to convert the property into a Bed and Breakfast business, which could welcome both ordinary tourists and visitors to the town, along with any pilgrims who would prefer private bedrooms rather than shared accommodation.

Taking advantage of the professional kitchen, you may prefer to use the ground-floor as a restaurant/teashop/bistro/pub... St-Jean-Pied-de-Port is very popular with tourists all year round - many of whom would be delighted to have the option to book a Bed and Breakfast room after a delightful evening having supper!


SERVICES & TECHNICAL

Telephone + fibre internet connection available
Electricity
Double glazing throughout
Heating system: electric
Mains water
Mains drainage


THE LOCAL AREA

The riverside town of St-Jean-Pied-de-Port is the most famous starting point for pilgrims walking the “Chemin de St-Jacques de Compostelle”. 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 famous cobbled street in St-Jean-Pied-de-Port, which is about a two-minute walk away from this gîte d’étape built into the historic town walls, therefore guaranteeing clients throughout the year.

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. St-Jean-Pied-de-Port is also very popular with tourists since it is an hour from Atlantic beach resorts, Pyrénées ski resorts and just 10 minutes away from Spain.

The town has many amenities, including 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.


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

Travel:
Biarritz Airport 50m
Pau Airport 1h 20m
Tarbes-Lourdes Airport 1h 45m
Train St-Jean-Pied-de-Port 2m
Long-distance coach (Flixbus) from Biarritz 1h
Ferry Bilbao 2h 30m

Ski:
Iraty 45m
Issarbe 1h 30m
La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 40m
Candanchú (Spain) 2h 10m
Gourette 2h 10m
Val-d’Azun 2h 30m
 
Beaches:
Biarritz Grande Plage 1h
St-Jean-de-Luz Grande Plage 1h

Attractions:
Train de La Rhune 55m
Grottes de Sare 55m
Grottes de Bétharram 1h 55m
Gorges de Kakuetta 1h 10m
Passerelle d’Holzarte 1h 20m
Aventure Parc Aramits 1h 15m
Aqua Béarn (Goès) 1h 20m
Parc’Ours (Borce) 1h 50m

Major Towns:
Bayonne 55m
Biarritz 1h
Bordeaux 2h 55m
Pau 1h 30m
Oloron-Ste-Marie 1h 15m
Lourdes 1h 55m
Toulouse 3h 20m

Spanish Border:
Arnéguy 10m
Col de Bentarte 35m
Carretera del Roncal via La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 50m
Puerto de Larrau 1h 30m
Tunnel de Somport 1h 55m

Spanish Towns:
San-Sebastián 1h 25m
Bilbao 2h 20m
Pamplona 1h 30
Zaragoza (Saragossa) 3h
Madrid 5h 25m

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