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Best Businesses for Sale in France in 2018

A selection of ten of the best businesses for sale in France in 2018

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.

 
 

Commercial premises suitable for all types of businesses on the slopes!
Rhône-Alpes
Haute-Savoie

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Commercial premises suitable for all types of businesses on the slopes!

95,000 Euros

Commercial premises suitable for all types of businesses on the slopes! In the centre of the family ski resort of St Jean d'Aulps: Commercial shop of 25m ² + storage 25m² All businesses possible. Communal land for installing a terrace Next to the ski lifts East-facing with mountain views and located in the resort centre

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Great business opportunity a ' good location for this Restaurant/Cafe/ B&B
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

Great business opportunity a ' good location for this Restaurant/Cafe/ B&B

96,300 Euros

RESTAURANT/ cafe/ B&B for sale, great potential, good location, 11 bedrooms, outside space. Needs updating. Limoges airport under 40 minutes....

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Business unit, bar/hotel/restaurant/grocery, profitable business, in Sarladais
Aquitaine
Dordogne

Business unit, bar/hotel/restaurant/grocery, profitable business, in Sarladais

145,000 Euros

Booming business: Business unit, bar/hotel/restaurant/bakery, profitable business, in the Perigord Noir region, on the outskirts of Lot. Ideal for a couple, comprising of: - 5 guest rooms, fully refurbished with private wash rooms and toilets in compliance with current standards, with option to develop an additional family guest room or an Appart'hotel'.

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House with pool and successful camping business
Centre Val de Loire
Cher

House with pool and successful camping business

234,300 Euros

Cosy family home, that just needs the decor updating to your taste, with modern semi fitted kitchen, lounge/diner with wood burner and DRU gas heater, 3 bedrooms, bathroom and separate loo.A swimming pool, a fully functioning camp-site, 2 lovely wooden chalets, shed 20m2, garage and plenty of parking Inside.Hallway, kitchen, lounge/diner with French windows, 3 bedroom and bathroom.

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Nr Aurillac (Cantal) - A really good business opportunity - an up and running B
Auvergne
Cantal

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Nr Aurillac (Cantal) - A really good business opportunity - an up and running B

236,250 Euros

A successful riverside gîte and B&B complex, comprising of 3 houses with lovely woodland and river views, and above ground swimming pool. There are 3 indépendant houses all of which have been carefully modernised throughout maintaining the character and charm and are all beautifully presented.

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Home and business, this rural gite complex is lovely
Poitou-Charentes
Charente-Maritime

Home and business, this rural gite complex is lovely

367,500 Euros

Gite complex for sale in Charente Maritime. This complex is in a quiet location in the vines, and has been ran as a successful complex for a number of years with many repeat clients. The property has been highly renovated, and is ready to move into, there is a detached barn ripe for conversion, should the new owners wish to expand. The garden is 7144m2 and there is a fantastic pool area, with lovely views across the countryside.

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Idyllic Gîte Business With Fishing Lake And Heated Pool In 3.3 Hectares
Bretagne
Morbihan

Idyllic Gîte Business With Fishing Lake And Heated Pool In 3.3 Hectares

481,500 Euros

This stunningly located, well established gite business has just come onto the market and is an opportunity not to be missed, providing you with an idyllic place to live whilst earning an income. It is located just 1km (15mins walk) from the local village of Le Sourn with all amenities yet is just a short drive to the medieval town of Pontivy.

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Gites business in the Dordogne
Aquitaine
Dordogne

Gites business in the Dordogne

699,300 Euros

House with 7 gites, this is a very successful gites business, large garden and 2 pools

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In the heart of Mirambeau - huge development potential for tourism business!
Poitou-Charentes
Charente-Maritime

In the heart of Mirambeau - huge development potential for tourism business!

731,550 Euros

In the heart of the town of Mirambeau, 19th century convent offering 1100m² of exploitable living space over 4 floors. Building in good general condition with new roof. Mains drainage. There is also a detached 3 bedroom property on site. Beautiful walled gardens of just over 8000m². A rare and exceptional property.

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A business model all around wine and hospitality with further possibilities!  7 Gîtes,
Languedoc-Roussillon
Hérault

A business model all around wine and hospitality with further possibilities! 7 Gîtes,

3,180,000 Euros

This commercial property is located at the edge of a lovely village sitting on the banks of the canal du Midi, in the greater Beziers area, Languedoc Roussillon, South of France. All about this property is unusual, the business model - the location of the property - and the very innovative and as well ecological approach. The property is composed of an old building and a new built house harmoniously fitting in the area and giving the feeling that it has always been there.

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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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