House - Salies-de-Béarn (64270) - PYRENEES ATLANTIQUES € 595,000 € 525,000

Réf : 96548CEL64

FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE AND WORK IN A MAGNIFICENT PRESBYTERY WITH CHIC BED AND BREAKFAST SUITES + OWNERS' APARTMENT + CONFERENCE ROOM + ART STUDIO + UNCONVERTED LOFT + PERFECT FOR ACCOMMODATING TOURISTS, VISITORS TO THE TOWN'S THERMAL SPAS, RAMBLERS, CYCLISTS, MOTORCYCLISTS... This former presbytery with 12th and 19th-century origins has, until recently, been run as a Bed and Breakfast business in the very popular tourist town of Salies-de-Béarn.

Lovingly renovated by the current owner, this former presbytery provides both guest accommodation and owners’ accommodation, with further third-floor loft space still to renovate! The guest accommodation comprises four Bed and Breakfast rooms, two one-bedroom suites and one studio suite. This arrangement ensures that couples, families and larger groups can be accommodated, ensuring year-round business. Additional income could easily be generated by offering evening meals. Visit quickly to avoid disappointment!

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Réf : 96548CEL64

Detailed description

Dating back to the 12th-century and rebuilt in a neo-Gothic style in the 19th-century, this former presbytery has been tastefully converted into chic holiday accommodation on the ground floor and first floor. In total, there are seven guest bedrooms: four Bed and Breakfast rooms, two suites with a separate bedroom and one studio suite. On the second floor, there is a private three-bedroom apartment for the owner and an immense art studio, which has gorgeous views of the surrounding area.

The owner has beautifully preserved many of the original features of the building, in particular the very striking ogive doorways and windows, the decorative stone and metalwork around the windows, the gothic-style archways and the traditional studded entrance doors. There are also exposed stone walls in some of the rooms, traditional wooden staircases and lovely wooden floorboards, which date back to the 16th century.

On the ground floor of the presbytery, there is a large kitchen where guests are served breakfast in the morning, or they can eat breakfast on the outdoor dining terrace when the weather is fine. There is also a one-bedroom holiday suite (kitchen, bedroom, shower room, WC) and a spacious conference room where leisure activities or corporate events are hosted.

The first floor comprises four Bed and Breakfast bedrooms, a second one-bedroom holiday suite (sitting room, kitchen, bedroom, shower room with WC) and a studio suite.

The whole of the second floor is a private apartment for the owner and comprises a delightful open-plan kitchen with a dining area, a sitting room, an office/study, a storage room and a bedroom with an en suite shower room. In addition, at the far end of the second floor there is a fabulous art studio with windows on three sides and which could be converted into further bedrooms, if desired.

The partially converted third floor is a full-height attic which could be used to create more accommodation or a beautiful studio for yoga and wellness retreats, theatre and dance workshops…

The property is located in the riverside spa town of Salies-de-Béarn, which is famous for its healing thermal spas, guaranteeing many visitors looking for accommodation all year round. The town is halfway between the lively cities of Bayonne and Pau and about two hours away from Bordeaux and Toulouse. If you fancy a day skiing, several Pyrénées ski resorts and the Spanish border are just over an hour away to the south of the property, or if a day on the beach in Biarritz or St-Jean-de-Luz is more your style, the Atlantic coastal resorts are just under an hour away. St-Jean-Pied-de-Port and pretty Basque farming villages are about 20 minutes away.

Ground floor:
- a lovely terrace for outdoor dining
- a vast conference room
- a one-bedroom apartment with access both from the house and from outside, comprising a kitchen/dining room, one bedroom, a bathroom and a WC
- a kitchen/dining room
- a pantry
- a large laundry room
- a separate WC

First floor:
- four B&B bedrooms
- a bathroom
- a separate WC
- a one-bedroom apartment comprising a kitchen/dining room, one bedroom, a bathroom and a WC
- a two-person studio apartment

Second floor (owners’ apartment):
- a sitting room with kitchen area
- a storage room
- two bedrooms
- a study/further bedroom
- a bathroom
- a vast, double-height artist’s studio

Third floor:
- a partially converted open-plan loft space of 75m²


OUTSIDE

The presbytery has an outside dining terrace but no garden. There is, however, some adjoining land which is available for the new owners to buy. It is large enough to create a lovely garden with a swimming pool, a summer kitchen, a children's play area... The property is also opposite protected parkland where you can enjoy walking, cycling and relaxing in the sun.


THE POTENTIAL!

This historic building still has so much potential! With delightful holiday apartments and Bed and Breakfast accommodation already created, the income you can generate immediately can be invested into any future projects you might have for the property. One obvious idea might be to change the layout slightly and create a stunning hotel, perhaps with a restaurant. Should you wish to make more guest accommodation, the third floor offers an extra 75m² of living space - or could be converted for use by the owner, freeing up the second floor for one or more additional apartments. The turnover could be increased considerably by offering evening meals, buffet lunches, packed lunch hampers…

Offering activity holidays could also be an option. Cookery and wine-tasting courses in the kitchen and conference room would be greatly appreciated – and the beautiful park opposite would be perfect for art courses! In addition, the property would be ideal for hosting exciting murder mystery weekends, fairytale weddings or corporate events. Whatever your plans, this property will be perfect for you…


SERVICES & TECHNICAL

Telephone
Electricity
Electric radiators
Several working fireplaces & woodburners
Mains water
Mains drainage


THE LOCAL AREA

Salies-de-Béarn is situated between two rivers – the Gave de Pau to the north and the Gave d’Oloron to the south, where you can enjoy picnics overlooking the river at Sauveterre-de-Béarn, or walk down to the river to go swimming or white-water rafting. If you enjoy walking, it is possible to join the Chemin de St-Jacques-de-Compostelle at Navarrenx as it heads south to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

You will find a good choice of supermarkets, bars and at least five good restaurants in the town. There is a twice-weekly market, along with a golf club, a tennis court and many cultural events throughout the year. For a much bigger choice of shops and amenities, the cities of Pau and Bayonne are not far. The area has many excellent schools, including an International School in Pau, which uses the UK curriculum, and universities at both Pau and Bayonne.


DRIVING TIMES (from the centre of Salies-de-Béarn):

Travel:
Pau airport 40m
Tarbes Lourdes airport 1h 01m
Biarritz airport 46m
Gare Orthez 22m
Long-distance coach (Flixbus) from Orthez 22m
Ferry Bilbao 2h 31m

Ski:
Issarbe 1h 24m
La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 33m
Candanchú (Spain) 1h 49m
Iraty 1h 20m
Val-d’Azun 1h 50m
Gourette 1h 41m

Beaches:
Biarritz grande plage 53m
Tarnos, Metro plage 51m

Attractions:
Aventure Parc Aramits 1h
Aquabéarn (Goès) 55m
Parc’Ours (Borce) 1h 23m
Zoo d’Asson 1h 13m
Grottes de Bétharram 1h 14m
Gorges de Kakuetta 1h 07m
Passerelle d’Holzarte 1h 21m

Major Towns:
Pau 51m
Oloron-Sainte-Marie 48m
Lourdes 1h 11m
Toulouse 2h 30m
Bayonne 45m
Biarritz 52m
Bordeaux 2h 22m

Spanish Border:
Carretera del Roncal via La-Pierre-St-Martin 1h 41m
Puerto de Larrau 1h 35m
Tunnel de Somport 1h 31m

Spanish Towns:
San-Sebastián 1h 19m
Bilbao 2h 17m
Zaragoza (Saragossa) 3h 31m
Madrid 5h 30m

Price
  • 525 000 € (HAI)
  • agency fees to be paid by seller
This property has ...
  • Mains Drains
  • Electricity on site
  • Woodburner(s)
  • Character property
  • Detached
  • Double glazing
  • Guest house / gite
  • High speed internet
  • Business potential
  • Water on site
Property Type
  • Holiday Home
Location
  • 50km or less to airport
  • Town property
PYRENEES ATLANTIQUES(64)
Aquitaine
  • DPE - 75
  • GES - 2