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A selection of the best businesses for sale in France in 2019

Earning an income in France

Of the thousands of British ex-pats living in France, a goodly number are running their own successful businesses. Some have done it the hard way, and set up their businesses after moving to France, but many more decided on the security and peace of mind offered by purchasing an existing business ready to provide an immediate income to coincide with the move. (Buying a Business in France.)

Business opportunities in France

The possibilities are endless, but by far the most popular choice is a business related in some way to the tourism or leisure industries. These include hotels, B&B establishments, gites, bars, cafés, restaurants, ski chalets, fishing lakes (French Properties with Lakes, Fishing in France) or equestrian centres (Equestrian property in France). These and many more are frequently offered for sale on the market all over France, but it is worth remembering that the area you choose is often an indicator of what type of business will be likely to be successful.

Choose your area carefully

For example, seaside areas are a rich hunting ground for hotels and B&B houses, mountainous areas are good for ski holidays and adventure sports and areas like the Limousin (Limousin Property Guide), rich in lakes and agricultural land, are best for those seeking to farm or to run fishing lakes.

 
 

Charming village house with 170 m² of living space and possibility to create a gite.
Languedoc-Roussillon
Hérault

Sold/Under offer

Charming village house with 170 m² of living space and possibility to create a gite.

69,000 Euros

Situated in a central part of the village, under the arches of the church, traditional charming village house with 170 m² of living space offering dining room, kitchen, lounge, 4 bedrooms and small outside space. Possibility to create gite or independent studio with private access.

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House and carp lake business with gite
Pays de la Loire
Sarthe

House and carp lake business with gite

534,000 Euros

French Longere Main House 3 bed 2 bath BnB 2 bed 1 bath Gite 2 bed 1 bath 3 Acre lake and stock pond Barn Covered BBQ area 16 Acres land inc mature woodland Established fishing and BnB business 3hrs from main ports A very successful and registered commercial carp fishing lake set in a stunning location in the Loire valley. Fully booked for 2019 with forward bookings for 2020.

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2 lakes and recent house
Aquitaine
Dordogne

NOW SOLD

2 lakes and recent house

174,500 Euros

Recent property with LAKES, requires refreshing, 4 bedrooms, garage,landscaped wooded garden totaling over 1.8 hectares, 2 LAKES, impressive views of Hautefort Chateau. Shops and restaurants 15 minutes walk. Fantastic carp lake 5 minutes drive away....

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Hotel restaurant, reduced in price
Aquitaine
Dordogne

Hotel restaurant, reduced in price

288,750 Euros

Spacious house with gites or a hotel and restaurant set in the Dordogne region. A great opportunity to work and live in this beautiful region of France. A 7 bedroom house a gite and a studio.

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Superb property with pool and jacuzzi in the Gers, Midi-Pyrenees
Midi-Pyrénées
Gers

Superb property with pool and jacuzzi in the Gers, Midi-Pyrenees

570,000 Euros

In the heart of the Gers, Occitanie, you will find this beautiful property at the end of a small road. This beautiful house (old farmhouse) with swimming pool and jacuzzi has been completely renovated with quality services and is located at the end of a road overlooking the countryside and the hills not far from the village of Jazz Marciac, Gers, Midi-Pyrenees.

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Rental investment property
Poitou-Charentes
Deux-Sèvres

Rental investment property

53,750 Euros

3 rental houses, with outbuildings. N°1: (59m² living space) living room, kitchen, shower room (with WC), bedroom, attic. Rental value 265€/month. N°2: (48m² living space)living room with kitchen, entrance hall, shower room, wc, 2 bedrooms, shower room, cellar, attic. Rental value 265€/month. N°3: (82m² living space) living room with kitchen, entrance hall, shower room, attic. Rental value 295€/month. Outbuilding with 2nd storey, rental value 135€/month (room for creation of studio upstairs).

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Rare property! Excellent price.
Languedoc-Roussillon
Pyrénées-Orientales

NOW SOLD

Rare property! Excellent price.

47,000 Euros

RARE PROPERTY FOR THE AREA Rare for this region - a must-see! - commercial unit - 100m2 + 40m2 terrace - currently in use as a restaurant: 36 covers in the dining room (tables are 80x80) + 30 covers on the terrace - commercial lease - help to get business running available - various options for acquisition and financing. Price negotiable within reasonable limits.

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Vallée diu Lot - Maison + terrain
Midi-Pyrénées
Aveyron

Vallée diu Lot - Maison + terrain

41,000 Euros

Lot Valley - On the way Santiago de Compostela, house composed of 2 apartments to renovate (60m² and 70m²), a commercial space, 2 cellars including a vault, a garage and a building plot of 450m². The 2 apartments each have an independent entrance and each one an exterior. The apartments are to renovate. The garage and the land are 10m. The commercial space is currently rented at 70 / month. The house and grounds are in the heart of a picturesque village, with shops, in the Lot valley.

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Bar/restaurant with b&b and drinks licence.
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

Bar/restaurant with b&b and drinks licence.

158,000 Euros

Bar restaurant with b&b in a very nice and lively village. On the ground floor a bar and restaurant which seats 30 and the very well equiped kitchen, on the first floor a lovely restaurant or functions room and on the second floor are four double and one single b&b rooms. The whole is in very good condition and comes with a drinks licence.

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Prestige Carp Fishing Business - 36 Acres of Land - (11 Acres of Lakes) - 4 Outstanding Properties
Poitou-Charentes
Charente

Prestige Carp Fishing Business - 36 Acres of Land - (11 Acres of Lakes) - 4 Outstanding Properties

1,670,000 Euros

Situated in the Charente, not far from Confolens is this well-established business with bookings well into 2020 The current family bought as a joint venture and have developed it into a fully booked, respected, recognised and well branded business concern. The business has a strong media/website presence. The package consists of: 2 x 3 bedroom houses 1 x 3-bedroom cottage 1 x 1-bedroom lodge Barn - 800m2 with electricity/lighting 36-acre Complex Inc.

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Not just a new home in France, but a new business too

The above is just a small selection of the business opportunities currently available, and shows the variety of possibilities for purchasing not just a new home in France, but a new lifestyle and an income too. When buying a business, make sure you take expert legal advice, as there are differences between French and English commercial law as well as the ins and outs of the property buying process.

Additional articles which may be of interest:


Owning Gîtes and Chambres D'Hotes (B&Bs) in France
The Best Lakes for Sale in France
The Best Chateaux on the Market
Gites for sale
Ski property

About the author

Joanna Simm moved to the Languedoc area of south-west France in October 2004 having found her property through French Property Links.

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