Price: € 1.235.000 FAI – ref 231
This business is more than a farm with a few cabins: it is a thriving camping activity that has grown over the past 30 years and generates significant turnover. There are built-in chalets, a swimming pool, pitches for caravans, motorhomes and tents and, as an exotic supplement, a boat on the lake for romantic weekends.
But that’s not all! The owners, who live on the other side of the lake in a traditional Lauragaise farm, have developed a market gardening activity to cultivate asparagus, melons, tomatoes, eggplants in 6 huge tunnels that they sell on site and to local outlets. This activity earns even more than camping.
The farm is a traditional 18th century local pink brick house with over 300m² of living space. About 100m² have not yet been completely renovated. But there are four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and room for at least two more bedrooms. A section of the house is devoted to market gardening with a cold room and mushroom production.
There is a large barn in front of the farm which is used to house machinery and seeds, plants and gardening equipment.
The campsite is quite independent of the farm and market gardening. It includes 6 permanent chalets (5/6 places), an “event” room equipped with a kitchen and able to accommodate 30 guests, a gym / bathroom by the pool as well as the pool itself. There are 5 plots for caravans – equipped with water and electricity points – a motorhome stop, again with water and electricity, and a number of simple plots for tents. The owner has set aside an area of approximately 5000m² adjacent to the campsite for a possible expansion of the business: there is room for 6 other chalets.
The lake is a huge attraction and it has been well stocked with fish. It belongs exclusively to the estate and the body of water is used to irrigate the market gardening business and keep the campsite green and cool in summer. There is now a boat on the lake that guests can hire for € 70 a night … and experience a nautical evening.
Our opinion: Campsites are very difficult to create in France. The solution is to buy an existing structure. That is why this property is both unusual and quite expensive: however, it is possible to double the capacity. Then there is the market gardening activity which is extremely lucrative. Not all buyers may be willing / able to handle this side of things, but it could be outsourced to a local youth or turned into a smaller organic structure. Finally, there are another 33 hectares of land that go with the estate – farmland – if anyone is tempted to do some real farming!