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Best B&Bs for Sale in France - 2019

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:

 
 

Unique 18th century property with main residence, gites, apartment, B&B,... Unique !
Languedoc-Roussillon
Hérault

Unique 18th century property with main residence, gites, apartment, B&B,... Unique !

682,000 Euros

Located on the outskirts of this large town, beautiful country house of the 18th century offering a main residence and outbuildings including 2 cottages, 1 apartment, guest rooms, restaurant room, art gallery, around a patio, on 18000 m² of land with trees, gardens, courtyard with pool, space for camping, outbuildings, large parking and swimming pool. Strong business potential. Unique place, ideal for hosting activities of personal development, wellness.

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Sumptuous historic property with gites, apartments, B&B, restaurant, ... on 3500 m² with pool.
Languedoc-Roussillon
Hérault

Sumptuous historic property with gites, apartments, B&B, restaurant, ... on 3500 m² with pool.

899,250 Euros

Located in a quiet part of the village, facing the river, sumptuous historic 18th century property offering main residence, 2 gites, 2 apartments, B&B, restaurant, bar, outhouses including garage and wine cellar on 3500 m² with large pool and planted with fruit trees, bamboo, hortensia, ... The main house offers about 420 m² of living space, with many originial features (marble decorative staircase, exposed beams, marble fireplaces, original tiles, wooden parquet, high ceilings, ...).

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Vendee – Striking Period Residence & Successful B&B
Pays de la Loire
Vendée

Vendee – Striking Period Residence & Successful B&B

299,000 Euros

A delightful period property packed with charm and character. Set on a peaceful cul de sac with no passing traffic and lying conveniently close to three sought after and active villages - Mouilleron en Pareds, La Caillere & Bazoges en Pareds each with commerce

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House, appartments, conference room, B&B on the Rhone, Gard
Languedoc-Roussillon
Gard

House, appartments, conference room, B&B on the Rhone, Gard

339,500 Euros

In Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts, a village on the Rhone in the Gard, you will find this very spacious house, with 2 apartments, a conference room and a B&B with 13 bedrooms. The property is hidden behind a wall on a courtyard with beautiful old trees and covered terraces.

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Detached house currently a successful B&B
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

Detached house currently a successful B&B

171,200 Euros

The beautifully renovated property is situated in the village of St Leger Magnaziex where there is 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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Gorgeous bespoke stone country cottage renovation currently a B&B
Limousin
Creuse

Gorgeous bespoke stone country cottage renovation currently a B&B

126,250 Euros

Gorgeous bespoke stone country cottage renovation currently a B&B Situated in a small farming hamlet just 10 minutes from La Souterraine is this old curiosity shop style, bespoke renovation, renovated with taste and style, with landscaped quirky back garden, the current owners are currently running a small curiosity shop - tea room and successful bed and breakfast with two letting rooms, the two letting rooms will remain furnished as they were designed and made for these rooms.

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Large house with working B&B and gite, set in its own grounds with 2 lakes
Limousin
Creuse

Large house with working B&B and gite, set in its own grounds with 2 lakes

572,400 Euros

Unique opportunity to buy this substantial house renovated to a high standard, with 7 bedrooms, all en-suite, plus a self-contained gite and a large swimming pool. All located in 20,418m2 of land which includes 2 fishing lakes and a small woodland area. Situated in the quiet countryside but only 8km from the bustling market town of Boussac.

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Burgundy for sale House 2 cottages B&B camping terrain
Bourgogne
Nièvre

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Burgundy for sale House 2 cottages B&B camping terrain

329,000 Euros

For sale Bourgogne regio Morvan, manoir, 2 houses, terrain prive. Former farmhouse with outbuildings on a plot of 2.3 ha,converted into a comfortable home, 2 cottages.In one of the outbuildings is a large recreation,above a large attic.The set is reconstructed with all permits, and meet requirements, The set was transformed as a camping, but by its private location also suitable for other possibilities.

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Master House with 4 B&B and direct acces to a River
Midi-Pyrénées
Aveyron

Master House with 4 B&B and direct acces to a River

245,000 Euros

In an idyllic setting on the shores of Viaur, sell old mansion dating from 1850, this beautiful property in large part renovated in 2003 offers over 350 sqm of living space with ground floor: large living room with tiled floor restoration and beams. 1st floor 6 bedrooms with 4 converted into guest house with toilet and personalized decoration in each room. Double glazing and fire alarm. 2nd floor: 6 bedrooms, 1 office and large living room. A visit to all the services and quality of life.

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Beautiful Logis with established B&B
Poitou-Charentes
Deux-Sèvres

Beautiful Logis with established B&B

375,000 Euros

Character logis with royal heritage, and a popular and established B&B with generous rooms, ensuite bathrooms, situated in the heart of Parthenay in quiet street and overlooking the medieval quarter. TOTAL 320 M2 habitable; 11 ROOMS, 7 BEDROOMS. Potential to expand into orangery and basement (+100 m2). Large walled garden with terrace, patio,mature trees, fish pond and stunning views.

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B&B in village with 4 bedrooms, barn and courtyard
Poitou-Charentes
Deux-Sèvres

B&B in village with 4 bedrooms, barn and courtyard

145,000 Euros

B&B in village with 4 bedrooms, barn and courtyard Prix : 145 000 € HAI incluant 7,41% TTC d'honoraires à la charge de l'acquéreur. Prix honoraires exclus: 135 000 € . Frais de notaire en sus.

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Nr Objat (19) - A wonderful B&B / Gîte complex in beautiful setting
Limousin
Corrèze

Nr Objat (19) - A wonderful B&B / Gîte complex in beautiful setting

438,900 Euros

A rare opportunity to buy a very successful, up and running B&B / Gite complex with a good booking track record. It is set on almost 3 hectares of land on the edge of a small village and 5 minutes’ drive from the popular town of Objat with all amenities and its well-known Sunday market. The property comprises of a tastefully renovated stone house with spacious living areas, plus a bedroom and bathroom for owners and in addition 2 bedroom and 2 suites currently used as guest rooms.

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