Every so often we come across a French property that knocks us for six. This month, Deborah Curtis falls for a historic property in Vendée that offers the perfect work/life balance
Buying this beautiful house in Vendée would set my new life in France off to a flying start. I would have a fabulous home and successful business all rolled into one. La Marienne is a thriving chambres d’hôtes with its own sauna, Jacuzzi and swimming pool set in more than an acre of mature gardens. Once a priory and dating back to the 15th century, La Marienne stands in picturesque countryside on the edge of the Marais Poitevin and has been renovated to a high standard.
The four guest rooms all have en-suite bathrooms and have been tastefully and individually decorated. This part of the property is being sold fully furnished so I would be able to hit the ground running with the business side of things without any further investment. And because the €660,000 property is for private sale, there’d be no agency fees to pay either.
The private quarters are also extensive with four bedrooms, one en-suite, a family bathroom, dining and living rooms, a kitchen, a study, a dressing room, and a laundry. I love all the exposed stonework inside the house and the neutral décor gives the whole place a light and airy feel, which would be very peaceful and relaxing.
I’m know running a chambres d’hôtes would be hard work, but what better way to relax after a busy day looking after guests, than by taking a well-earned rest in my in-house spa? www.la-marienne.com
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