Dream property...

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

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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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