Last week’s property hunting in south-west France proved even better than we might have imagined. We now have not one, but two properties in the running.
The first is in a medieval town in the Lot valley. (Forgive me if I don’t say exactly where at this stage.)
The building has lots of the things we are looking for in our future business and home:
- Commercial space
- Outside space, front and back
- Room to run food experience breaks
- Three guest bedrooms
- Accommodation for us
The commercial space was a tea room before, but it seems to have been run as a hobby. Then the owner fell pregnant – and, understandably, her new-born baby is now her top priority.
Her husband works in Cahors and wants to live there too, hence the building is up for sale.
What it means for us is that she has done all the hard work in terms of renovation. There’s some wasted space at the back of the café/bar, but that’s a relatively small job to change.
That lilac has to go too.
Upstairs there’s a lovely large salon and kitchen, which we would ideal for hosting foodie weekend breaks. There, we would work with guests to make dishes using ingredients they had bought in the market…
On the second floor, there are three decent-sized bedrooms. One already has an en-suite shower room, while the main bathroom would need reconfiguring to make two smaller en-suite bathrooms for other bedrooms.
The attic has been converted into a large space that we could live in. There’s a bedroom, a bathroom and a large open space we could use as an open-plan kitchen/diner/living room.
The town itself is well known and there are several restaurants and hotels there. Even on a rainy winter’s day, people were around.
In fact, there was an art exhibition on down the road. It appeared to have drawn in exactly the kind of people who might just fancy a plate of cheese and a glass of wine…
“There was a second property we liked – ironically, one that we had thrown into the mix to fill our day”
The property was the first one we saw on our trip. On paper it was our front runner and we were delighted when it proved to be so good.
Interestingly, there was a second property we also liked – ironically, one that we had arranged to see primarily to fill our day… More about that next week.