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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.

 
 

Wmn2676226, Hotel - Antibes
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Alpes-Maritimes

Wmn2676226, Hotel - Antibes

4,350,000 Euros

imagine if you could buy a 30 room hotel with a large swimming pool on the French Riviera 5 minutes from the sea with already a large Scandinavian clientele and immediately start trading.We have the hotel for you !!Completely renovated hotel between Antibes and Cannes with 85 square meters apartment for you, your m...

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Sumptuous property with main house and outbuildings on a plot of 12463 m² bordered by a river.
Languedoc-Roussillon
Hérault

Sumptuous property with main house and outbuildings on a plot of 12463 m² bordered by a river.

310,300 Euros

On the edge of a river bordering the town, south-facing house with 210 m² of living space with outbuildings on large wooded grounds of 12463 m² bordered on one side by a river and the other by a private road. The property retains the grandeur of its origin (a sumptuous private home to a local Merchant) and all original features have been retained.

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Leasehold Bar-restaurant - Salmiech
Midi-Pyrénées
Aveyron

Leasehold Bar-restaurant - Salmiech

48,500 Euros

In the heart of a village with school, all shops and services, 15 minutes from the lakes of Pareloup and Villefranche de Panat, 20 minutes from Rodez. Goodwill of a bar-restaurant in activity with a good turnover that allows a couple to live. Clientele of workers on lunch and local on the weekend with formulas for takeaway and catering on site. In summer season, many tourists.

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Superb business opportunity or luxury living, large family home with lake and land
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

Superb business opportunity or luxury living, large family home with lake and land

599,950 Euros

This luxurious 6 bedroom country house offers everything! Four double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Large living dining areas. With views on to the lake and wodland. Beautiful setting for your perfect life in France

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Fabulous business opportunity to create a holiday centre
Centre Val de Loire
Indre

NOW SOLD

Fabulous business opportunity to create a holiday centre

318,000 Euros

This property gives you an ideal opportunity to move to France and run your own leisure business! and nbsp;There are gîtes to rent out, owner accommodation and a camping area with toilet and shower block. and nbsp;The property includes a large function room complete with bar, DJ equipment and tables and chairs. and nbsp;It also has stables and land.The property was built by the current owners, who are now looking to retire.

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Brantôme (24) - Magnificent riverside country house for sale with gîte business and 16.7 hectares
Aquitaine
Dordogne

Brantôme (24) - Magnificent riverside country house for sale with gîte business and 16.7 hectares

1,295,000 Euros

A rare opportunity to acquire a French country estate occupying a picturesque riverside setting. The complete Domaine is for sale comprising a grand country house, over 40 acres of land including 2km of river bank, two 5 star gîtes, a guardian’s cottage, two swimming pools, a mill house to renovate, two barns and a coach house. The principal house offers accommodation reminiscent of a bygone era. It was built in 1848 and occupies a parkland setting with beautiful riverside gardens.

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   Clothes business in the heart of the town
Limousin
Creuse

Clothes business in the heart of the town

28,000 Euros

Clothes business in the heart of the town. Lovely bright and spacious shop having acquired for 7 years regular customers. Two windows clearly visible from the main street. The total surface of 100 m2 is subdivided between a commercial space of 75 m2 and a reserve of 25 m2 (washbasin and private WC). No employee apart of the store operator. Modern business furniture is included. Alarm and security grills. The monthly rent is 450 euros.

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Business Opportunity Main house With 3 Gites And Swimming Pool Close To Mansle
Poitou-Charentes
Charente

Business Opportunity Main house With 3 Gites And Swimming Pool Close To Mansle

281,900 Euros

Main house with Gîte complex (or 4 gîte complex, but not having been rented out since 2013) offering main house and 3 beautifully renovated gîtes of 1 bed, 2 beds and 3 beds (handicap facilities). All fully renovated in 2006.Outside there is a large courtyard, a communal laundry room and a 10m x 5m swimming pool.All with TV and wifi.

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Stunning And Spacious Home With Gite Business, Great Location
Languedoc-Roussillon
Pyrénées-Orientales

Stunning And Spacious Home With Gite Business, Great Location

895,000 Euros

This delightful stone property will CHARM you! Situated in a SECLUDED spot yet only 2.5kms TO THE CENTRE OF ST ANDRE and a 15 MINUTE DRIVE to the MEDITERRANEAN at Argelès, it is ideally suited to operating as, either a main residence and/or revenue generating as a gite business, in part, as currently. The property, dating from 1830, comprises over 500 M² OF LIVING SPACE plus AN ADDITIONAL 300m² of USABLE INSIDE SPACE, including a garden room, veranda and workshop.

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Bastide stone village house with shop
Aquitaine
Dordogne

Bastide stone village house with shop

249,000 Euros

Spacious town house with 60 m2 shop, newly restored with around 210 m2 of usage space on three floors comprising a shop on the ground floor, two floor accommodation above, first floor terrace and balcony, small courtyard, all situated in the heart of a popular hilltop bastide town in the Périgord Noir of the Dordogne. Lots of potential, a great location and good rental returns.

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Campsite / Equestrian Potential / Outdoor Activity Centre - Have a look at what you could do
Basse-Normandie
Manche

Campsite / Equestrian Potential / Outdoor Activity Centre - Have a look at what you could do

212,000 Euros

Rare opportunity to acquire over 20 acres of land currently used as six emplacement camping/glamping site with detached 3 bedroomed renovated barn conversion, a substantial barn configured as dining area with kitchen facilities and showers for campers, pods and tents. Beautiful location in very rurual Normandy – peace and quite. Has potential for equestrian use too.

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House, 2 gites, campsite, pool, jaccuzzi, outbuildings, Sauzé
Poitou-Charentes
Deux-Sèvres

House, 2 gites, campsite, pool, jaccuzzi, outbuildings, Sauzé

264,470 Euros

Charentaise house, well renovated with 2 gites and room for more. Set up as campsite with 10 pitches, above ground pool, large jacuzzi, games room, shower block. 5 minutes to Sauzé. Prix : 264 470 € HAI incluant 6,00% TTC d'honoraires à la charge de l'acquéreur. Prix honoraires exclus: 249 500 € . Frais de notaire en sus.

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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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