For Sale: Historic House in France, currently a BandB

We are an American couple from the San Francisco Bay Area who have lived in France for the last twelve years. We opened a bed and breakfast in 2007 and have been welcoming guests to the Maison Conti ever since. Now we are looking to retire and are searching for an adventurous spirit who wants to take over.

When we moved here we did not speak the language or know anything about running a French business, but we had the French dream. It takes a bit of courage, but we’re living proof that it can be done! We’ve learned a lot and we are happy to pass along our knowledge so you can make a success of a life in the French countryside.

Of course the house can be used simply as a residence or as your occasional French vacation home. The location is particularly advantages for that, being within a manageable drive from the Paris airports or the channel crossings. We are in a small village where the house is protected. It is virtually impossible to break into and neighbors are friendly and watchful. We have police and firemen in town.

Maison Conti is located in a charming village two hours west of Paris. Montmirail is a crossroad for travelers. We are the highest ranked guesthouse in our area on and Trip Advisor.

The castle of Montmirail was bought recently by an enthusiastic couple who work closely with Maison Conti. They host weddings, have concerts and picnics on the grounds of their park and generally liven up life in our village. They have plans to open a quality restaurant in town within the next year or two. In July we have a Medieval festival which centers around the castle. There is a pleasant rhythm to village life. Every season is distinctive.

The house has three floors, a terrace and a large garden a short walk from the house.

First floor: entry, kitchen, dining room, living room or studio, garage, storage room, toilet.

Second floor: 4 guest bedrooms with modern en-suite bathrooms, office or extra bedroom, linen/cleaning supply closet.

Third floor, open plan owner’s apartment with large kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom, bathroom and laundry room.

The income from the business is seasonal, of course, but it averages between 35,000 and 40,000€ per year. There are various tax regimes to choose between when you own a business in France, but as a micro-business, which we have, we pay approximately 10% of our annual income as tax. Other expenses include a quarterly social security contribution of 500€ for the two of us which covers health insurance and retirement. Property taxes are about 2000€ per year and a business tax is about 800€ per year.

The asking price for Maison Conti is 339,00€

Contact: +33(0)2 43 93 35 26 or for more information and additional photos.