A Place In The Sun couples three-bedroom French farmhouse for just £123,000
A couple looking for a forever home in the west of France with ‘immediate business potential’ have been stunned after they managed to snag a spacious three-bedroom farmhouse with four acres of land for just £123,000.
House hunters Debbie and Guy enlisted the help of Jasmine Harman of A Place In The Sun as they searched for property in the Charente region. The couple’s main stipulation was that the property should have space for them to start a gite business (a self-contained holiday home) and provide them with an income.
The couple were initially disappointed until they saw the latest property Jasmine had to offer, a large rustic farmhouse with lots of character in the small rural village of Le Mesnieux. The property was previously owned by a British couple who kept it as a holiday home.
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With four acres of land to play with Guy, he quickly suggested a business model for the property, which would also become their permanent home. He said: “It’s got character (…) It’s got that wow factor from the outside. You’re already thinking about those glamping pods.”
After seeing there was more business potential inside the property, Guy added, “I’m already thinking about B&B.” Debbie replied, “Every idea we have is a possibility.”
The three bedroom property has a large veranda, spacious family kitchen, garage and independent bedroom, downstairs shower room and toilet, ideal for B&B accommodation. It was listed on the market for just over £135,085, Debbie and Guy’s maximum budget.
Anxious to negotiate, the couple made a “cheeky” offer of £115,000 which was quickly rejected and met with a counter offer of £125,500. The couple hit back with their winning bid of £123,000.
Speaking of the “very French” region of Charente, Debbie added: “It’s at the top of my list. I really love this place, it’s a really nice place.”
Guy added: “What’s nice is that the house is habitable and we can move in straight away and then work on things. Inside we could separate the living room from the dining room and we could start a B&B to instantly start giving us an income.”
As the couple shed tears when they heard their offer had been accepted, Jasmine told viewers: “It’s such a great time for Debbie and Guy, they’re moving to a new country, starting a new business and looking forward to it. a bright future together. I wish them well.
The vineyard-rich Charente region in western France, named after the river that runs through it, is just three hours by train from Paris and ten hours by road from the port of Calais.
A Place In The Sun currently airs daily at 4 p.m. on Channel 4.