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Running a B&B can help finance your new life in France

Running a B&B in France could work for you

Bed and breakfast (B&B), it's a good old British tradition, and one we all know well. As a business plan, it's one that rarely makes you rich beyond your wildest dreams, but it works. And it works in France too. People travel for all sorts of reasons. In France, holidaymakers often use B&B establishments as they travel around, exploring different parts of this glorious country. Business people use bed and breakfasts too, for quick, overnight stops. From cheap and cheerful to luxurious and top of the range, B&Bs suit all manner of clients. So, if you are looking to move to France but need an income to finance your new life, consider buying a bed and breakfast.

What makes a great B&B?

A successful B&B is a combination of the right property in the right location, and a little effort from the owners too! You can't run a B&B unless you're happy to do some work, or to employ someone to do that work for you. But most people enjoy meeting the clients and making their experience of staying in the B&B as pleasurable as they can. The rooms need to be clean and welcoming, but simple is fine. Breakfasts also don't need to be fancy. In France, breakfast is usually a meal of fresh bread and croissants along with orange juice and good coffee. If you want to appeal to the British holidaymaker in particular, you can push the boat out and offer a "full English", but there's really no need. Most visitors are happy to "go native" and eat as the French do.

Choosing a property for a B&B in France

The property needs to be large enough to offer a few spare rooms. You can, of course, have as small or large a business as you like, but ideally, if you want a decent income, you'll need at least three letting rooms. It's also a good idea to have a property that easily splits into public and private areas, so you can retreat into your own life and let the guests get on with theirs. But, the most important factor in choosing a B&B property is location. Unlike with gites, where people always book in advance and are prepared to follow a sat nav into the depths of the countryside, B&Bs need to attract passing trade. Look for a property that sits on the main road into a town, for example, where a strategically placed sign attracts attention of drivers. Seaside properties always work well, but if the prices of these are beyond your means don't worry. B&B clients aren't necessarily seeking exotic locations.

Gites or B&Bs or both?

If you're considering buying a B&B in France, you've probably also considered the possibility of running a gite or gites. There are advantages (and disadvantages) to both, of course, but they are quite different. Gites are booked in advance, so you know exactly what your income will be. While this is appealing, gites also tend to be seasonal, and owners have to budget for the fact that they may only have clients for the main months of July and August. (You might be lucky and extend the season from May to October, but it's not so reliable). B&Bs, on the other hand, don't rely on the seasonal holiday trade. Nor do they rely on foreign holidaymakers. French business people travel just as much as anyone, and are always on the lookout for a place to rest a weary head during the working week. A good B&B will be remembered too, and return business and recommendations are common. Of course a combination of B&B accommodation and gites may also work well!

Buying a B&B as a going concern

You can buy a suitable property and turn it into a B&B ( House Renovations in France). There are plenty of properties on the market which are bursting with potential. But if you want an instant business it's a good idea to buy a ready-made, up and running B&B. You can ask to see the records, and get a clear idea of the sort of income generated.

Selling your B&B in France with French Property Links

If you've already purchased a B&B in France and the time has come to move on then you can advertise your property on French Property Links. You can add plenty of text and up to 100 photographs to really show off the benefits of your business. Just enter you details and pay the small advertising fee and you'll have nothing further to pay when the sale is completed. Advertise your French B&B

Buying a B&B with French Property Links

Whichever way you go about it, French property Links (FPL) can help. With thousands of properties from all over France on the easy to navigate site, you can start searching for your B&B now. You'll find loads of photos giving you an almost virtual visit, and request more information on the ones you like best. Your new life as a B&B owner in France awaits! For a start, why not have a look at the ten we have selected below:

 
 

Beautifully situated house double (B&B and residence ) in t...
Lorraine
Vosges

Beautifully situated house double (B&B and residence ) in t...

129,000 Euros

Beautifully situated house double (B&B and residence ) The Property is located on a main road opposite the village green. The B&B takes 8 years and the inventory is included in the sale, next to the B&B is the private residence. There is still possibility to extend the B&B, oure create a restaurant.Classification house.First floor: Kitchen, office, bathroom with toilet and living room.Second floor: 1 Large bedroom, 2 children's rooms and storage space.Classification B&B.

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Renovated town house currently used as B&B
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

Renovated town house currently used as B&B

91,800 Euros

This spacious 3 bed roomed house is currently used as a B&B and is in the small town of Lussac-les-Eglises where there are a good selection of small shops including a baker, pharmacy and mini-supermarket as well as a couple of bar restaurants. It is also only a 50 minute drive to Limoges with its’ international airport.

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Former Shop with Huge B&B Potential
Basse-Normandie
Manche

Former Shop with Huge B&B Potential

100,000 Euros

Former shop property in the centre of village. Lots of potential - sensibly priced. Includes the outbuilding which used to be used for food preparation. Large shopfront. This is a seven bedroomed centrally heated property which could have a multitude of uses. Possible B&B/ commercial activity on ground floor with living accomodation above Village has good range of shops - bakers, butchers, bar, supermarket, garages etc...Interesting proposition This property now comes with a garage.

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Substantial farmhouse with outbuildings partly renovated. 1.5 acres. Ideal gites &/or B&B
Bourgogne
Saône-et-loire

Substantial farmhouse with outbuildings partly renovated. 1.5 acres. Ideal gites &/or B&B

169,000 Euros

On the edge of a large village with shops and a good country restaurant, this old farmhouse has undergone the beginnings of a renovation, though the process ought to be carried forward. The main house consists of a large room with stone fireplace (the ceiling beams could be uncovered by removing the plaster and insulating material which shrouds them), two bedrooms and a shower room/WC. On the external gallery, another small room with terracotta floor-tiles. The attic above is spacious and convertible, as are the very substantial outbuildings adjoining the house and forming an L-shape. There is a pleasant courtyard in front of the house and a surprising amount of land the behind the outbuildings (over an acre and a half in all). With work and courage and money, this property could be transformed into something very pleasant, and its size would allow all kinds of variations on the tehme gîtes/bed and breakfast, the more so as it is so close to the centre of the village.

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Detached charentais village house, renovated, spacious, 4 bed, 4 bath/shower rooms. Suit B&B
Poitou-Charentes
Charente

Detached charentais village house, renovated, spacious, 4 bed, 4 bath/shower rooms. Suit B&B

193,500 Euros

Detached charentais house, renovated, comprising large fitted kitchen, lounge diner with bar, 2nd lounge on the ground floor. 1st floor – large landing, 4 bedrooms (3 with en-suites) and family bathroom. Barn attached at one corner with outbuilding giving a private sun-trap courtyard. Parking area for up to 10 vehicles. On land 1800m² approx.

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Beautiful village house, ideal musician or B&B.  6 beds, 3 baths, garden, music room/library
Auvergne
Allier

Beautiful village house, ideal musician or B&B. 6 beds, 3 baths, garden, music room/library

198,000 Euros

Bii2000 Auvergne, Allier 03 near Souvigny. Ideal for a musician or as a small B&B. Beautiful house on the edge of a lively village with a restaurant, bar, and all the other essential shops, on a minor road with very little passing traffic and wonderful views. About half an acre of well tended garden with fruit trees, 2 garages, cellar. The house has 6 bedrooms – 3 large ones on the first floor and 3 smaller ones on the 2nd floor; 3 large bathrooms with wc’s, and a separate toilet....

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Lovely 6 bed town property with large garden currently used as B&B
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

Lovely 6 bed town property with large garden currently used as B&B

199,000 Euros

This detached, six bedroom house was built in the early 1960s is situated on the edge of Le Dorat, one of the most picturesque towns in the Haute Vienne. Sitting within its own enclosed garden with lovely views out over open countryside, it has a tranquil setting yet it is only a short stroll from the centre of town which has a full range of shops, bars and restaurants. Currently run as a very successful Bed and Breakfast, this house would also make a great family home.

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Stunning 17th Century Stone House, B&B, With Two Gites
Bretagne
Morbihan

Stunning 17th Century Stone House, B&B, With Two Gites

325,280 Euros

Steeped in history, this stunning semi-detached 17th Century stone house was originally a hunting lodge for the local noble family and has been renovated with taste and style, maintaining many of its original features. The property, located just 5km from the popular town of Pontivy, sits on 1617m2 of land with a beautifully landscaped garden complete with feature pond and waterfall, whilst each gite has its own private terrace area.

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Beautiful villa and B&B with 280 m² of living space on a 2592 m² plot with pool.
Languedoc-Roussillon
Hérault

Beautiful villa and B&B with 280 m² of living space on a 2592 m² plot with pool.

595,000 Euros

Beautiful villa and B&B (2002) with 280 m² of living space including a private part of 180 m² (4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms) and a B&B part of 100 m² (5 en suite bedrooms) located in a quiet residential area just a few steps from the centre of the village, on a fully landscaped plot of 2592 m² with a pool. Full time activity between may and september and possibility to develop the activity in low season as well as with the "table d'hôtes" activity.

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Domaine, currently a B&B establishment, with exceptional setting on the edge of the Canal.
Languedoc-Roussillon
Aude

Domaine, currently a B&B establishment, with exceptional setting on the edge of the Canal.

874,500 Euros

Outstanding Domaine on the edge of the Canal, comprising a newly converted and pristine stable block with 320m² of habitable space with 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, a semi open barn of 320m² with a gite of 3 bedrooms and large garage, front garden, pool terrace, parking area for 8 cars and back garden, all set in an tranquil parcel of 2285m² in an enchanting location on the edge of the Canal. The property is currently a classified Gite and Bed & Breakfast establishment. A definite must see !

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