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Best Businesses for Sale in France - 2017

A selection of ten of the best businesses for sale in France in 2017

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

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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An Excellent Business Opportunity! 18-Bed Hotel To Update In The Centre Of Ruffec!
Poitou-Charentes
Charente

An Excellent Business Opportunity! 18-Bed Hotel To Update In The Centre Of Ruffec!

106,500 Euros

This is an amazing business opportunity - a fantastic, historical hotel with 18 ensuite bedrooms! This hotel housed the cockleshell heroes during the second world war, and could once again be a beautiful property after some restoration. It has lots of character with beautiful wooden and original tiled flooring, large fireplaces and a large wine cellar.

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Fishing & restaurant business
Limousin
Corrèze

Fishing & restaurant business

176,000 Euros

Only 15 minutes from Brive La Gaillarde on the banks of the river Vézère here is a great opportunity to take over and develop a tourist fishing business with café restaurant and bar (licence 3).

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Two 4 Bed Houses In Stunning Countryside And Gardens
Bretagne
Morbihan

Two 4 Bed Houses In Stunning Countryside And Gardens

197,950 Euros

If you are looking for a spacious countryside home with the possibility of some income, then look no further, this property is for you. These two 4 bed houses have been cleverly converted to give you a spacious 8 bedroom home or a 4 bed house with a 4 bed gite with room for expansion. It is located in peaceful, stunning countryside but is just a short drive to the popular village of Rohan or Brehan with all amenities.

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Stone house in Manche with proven business potential.
Basse-Normandie
Manche

Stone house in Manche with proven business potential.

280,900 Euros

Beautifully restored stone house with luxury gite and appartment in grounds of an acre and a half.

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Established Business With Five Bed Home And Further Possibilities
Poitou-Charentes
Vienne

Established Business With Five Bed Home And Further Possibilities

315,000 Euros

This character renovated home, has an established business (currently a fish and chip shop/restaurant), a five bed home with the possibility of running a bed and breakfast and also there are some outbuildings which potentially could be converted into further rental accommodation. The property is located in a pretty village close to the market towns of Civray and Ruffec.

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Superb Business Opportunity Including Campsite, Gite And Amazing Views
Poitou-Charentes
Charente

Superb Business Opportunity Including Campsite, Gite And Amazing Views

424,000 Euros

Very rarely do opportunities like this become available. Set high on a hill, just outside the lovely market town of Ruffec with the most amazing views across the Charente valley, this architect designed villa, campsite, pool and 6.6 hectares of land and forest offers the very best in peace, views and tranquility.

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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

762,000 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!

835,550 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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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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