L’Orangerie is set in a wonderful location and provides lots of space for large groups seeking a get-together in an impressive house. It comprises two houses, and two gardens (plus a little bit of woodland), providing a fantastic opportunity to rent out to potential guests.
The large gite comprises 7 spacious bedrooms, 6 shower-rooms and a bathroom (6 of which are en-suite), plus a separate wc. The proportions of the rooms (80 sq m sitting room), large kitchen and separate dining room has attracted guests from all over the world, wishing to spend time together, or celebrate a special occasion. It is rare to find a gite property that will accommodate large groups, all in one location. Although currently used as a gite, this would also make a great family house, with perhaps a separate granny-annexe or teenager-annexe, and why not rent out the separate 3 bedroom (2 bathroom) cottage which is included in the sale (currently used by the owners), as a gite. It has so much flexible potential to suit different lifestyles and requirements. The main property would also lend itself to being a 5 bedroom B&B business, with 2 bedroom private owner's rooms downstairs, and the potential to rent out the separate 3 bedroom gite.
There are two gardens:
The one by the houses is a walled garden, with a magnificent entry gate and ancient stone archway. The grass by the house is in raised beds, and there is a gravelled circuit around which it is possible to drive. Parking is possible for up to a dozen vehicles. One the outside of the walled garden, there is more grass verges with plenty of parking possibilities (we choose to park here so we do not see our car and motorhome from the house - spoiling the views). There is a separate field, in which we have two large football goals for ball games. This field is flanked by a lovely selection of very old trees - oaks, sycamore, accacia - some must be hundreds of years old.
The property looks out over a magnificent forestry hillside, and is situated next to the Chateau de la Foret Auvray, with its 7th century walls. The area is perfect for relaxing, rambling up to the local village, or taking a short drive to the historic towns of Falaise and pretty riverside Pont d'Ouilly.
Rental income for the main Gite in the summer school holidays is currently £1750+ per week, for a group of 14. Out of the school holiday periods, a price of £1295 per week is more usual. I use my discretion as to whether I charge more for a larger group. Rental prices include the provision of linen, towels, utilities costs, and a good starter stock of household provisions. It does not include food or drink. I have had wedding receptions, christening parties, large birthday parties (with double hog roasts). It is a perfect venue for many group profiles and occasions. I host groups of ramblers, cyclists, car clubs, fishermen and families from all over the world. So far, we have confirmed bookings for 2020 for £17300 and although we cannot oblige the guests to transfer, we would do our utmost to transfer all these bookings to the new owners.
The main gite has everything needed to start earning income immediately. All the furniture, white goods, decorative items, lighting, linen, cutlery and crockery, rugs, pictures, games can all be part of the selling negotiations. If it is being purchased as a large family home, we can arrange for the house to be completely emptied as required.
Your nearest neighbours would be the owners of the Chateau de la Foret Auvray, who are next door. Then, the next neighbours (about a kilometre away) are a thoroughbred horse stud. Normandy is well known for its stud farms, and the Aga Khan has purchased a local village to house his breeding mares.
About 15 years ago, we left hectic jobs which involved us working long hours, often abroad, and decided to take early semi-retirement. L'orangerie has provided us with an excellent lifestyle - we only let during the Summer months now, which gives us plenty of time to travel, but we now have more commitments in the Uk, so we have (very reluctantly) concluded that it is the right time for us to consider selling up. We will not be leaving the region completely, as we are keeping a small holiday cottage about 5 miles from the property - we could not bear to move away from the lovely Suisse Normand entirely, so we will be available to any buyer, if wanted, to help get you underway with your new venture - especially if your French is not quite up-to-speed yet for running a business. We are very proud of what we have achieved with L'Orangerie - particularly the extraordinary number of 5 star reviews we have on a major rental advertising site, reflecting what a success we have made of L'Orangerie.
Price € 330,000
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