The principal properties:
WHAT makes this a unique business and lifestyle opportunity?
Set in tranquil grounds are three properties, the captivating Chateau de Villars chambre d’hotes/restaurant, the charming self-catering Summer House and the owners’ private residence, The Carriage House. They share a superb heated swimming pool, vegetable garden and around 2.4 hectares of grounds.
The Chateau offers five ensuite bedrooms, bar, living room, library and dining room all flooded with light from the many windows and with a splendid terrace onto which all ground floor rooms open. The lower ground floor contains an impressive commercial kitchen, (connected by ‘dumb waiter’ to the dining room), commercial laundry and dishwashing facilities, as well as a wine ‘cave’.
The Carriage House
The Carriage House has two ensuite bedrooms (each with dressing room), grand open plan living/dining/kitchen with Chateau views, garden room accessing mature garden, two utility rooms (one with washer/dryer, one with extra fridge/ freezer), storage and boot room with garden access.. On the ground floor is a self contained studio – bedroom with ensuite shower room and open-plan living room/kitchen.
The Summer House
The Summer House is made up of two ensuite bedrooms, open plan living/kitchen, vast under-cover outside terrace for dining and relaxing, private garden with outside dining under the giant catalpa tree.
Price: 1,199,920€ for the three Chateau properties and grounds including all furniture, fixtures, business equipment and fittings (except personal items, artwork and books) and transfer of alcohol license.
WHERE is the setting for this gem?
The properties are conveniently located in the small, rural village of Villars which nestles in the undulating, wooded, river-threaded region known as the Périgord Vert in northern Dordogne. While serving an essentially agricultural area, it has a strong community, tourist centre, post office, two restaurants and good schools.
Within walking/cycling distance are three major tourist attractions – The Grotte de Villars (stalagmites, stalactites and pre-historic cave paintings), Abbaye de Boschaud (a ruined Cistercian Abbey) and the magnificent Chateau de Puyguilhem.
WHY are the owners selling somewhere guests love so much?
The current owners switched from running firms in the USA to a change of lifestyle in a rural environment far from the stresses of city life. Over 10 years they built up a hospitality business that now achieves consistent 5-star ratings from TripAdvisor (Just check!). With regret, it’s time to move on when age advances.
HOW can you tailor the property to suit your dreams and ambitions?
The property has enormous potential. Its elements have the flexibility to be combined, developed or maintained in a number of ways.
- Continue with the proven successful formula as a Chambres D’Hotes, Gite and restaurant and enjoy a great business and lifestyle opportunity.
- Live here in private home with plenty of space for guests, lots of privacy and various different environments for reading, relaxing, dining and wine tasting! The bar was the kitchen when the Chateau was built and could be again.
- Run it for a longer season as a luxury Bed and Breakfast property keeping the Carriage House as a private residence and operate the Chateau using the Summer House or the Studio for staff.
- Open a Venue for teaching, instruction, training, conference, an ideal place for teaching art or culinary skills or for developing a wedding business.
WHEN is the optimum time to seize this opportunity?
If the Chateau is continued as a hospitality business (and does not revert to an exclusive private country home), then, as a seasonal business, the timing of ownership changeover is important. The current owners are continuing to accept reservations for the 2018 season and can offer a changeover period, with hands-on assistance, for a successful transition.