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Gîte buisness - France vs UK (Lake District)

We are having a mid life crisis and thinking of opening a gîte business.

I fancy the Lake District....Ambleside...ish. The OH fancies Scotland. Of course we live in France and it would be simpler to do it France. But of course as we all know that you can't make money in France and I like money. But can you in the UK ?

So France vs the UK (Ambleside !!!!!!) for opening a Gîte ?




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Re: Gîte buisness - France vs UK (Lake District)

Should think that it isn't that simple

1. Cottage prices in tourist regions are expensive.
2. Need to have somebody available to manage the property when you are not there - expensive.
3. Need to advertise the property.
4. Presumably need to set up as a business with all that hassle.

Much more practical/profitable if you were to live close by to the property.

However if your hearts are set on it then why not.
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Re: Gîte buisness - France vs UK (Lake District)

I'm sure a gite in Ambleside would rake in loadsa dosh in the summer but then it would be a big investment, property prices in the Lake District being what they are. Are you going to move there yourselves? If so, Ambleside might be a nightmare to live in during peak tourist season, roads clogged with caravans etc.

Scotland - Borders? Lowlands? Highlands? So varied. Whenever we go up to the islands, which is quite often, and we look for somewhere affordable to stay overnight to break the journey, it's hard to find anywhere. But then I don't expect affordable was what you had in mind.
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ET...Do you know 'Clachaig Inn' in Glencoe ??

That was affordable accommodation.....well going back 10-15 years. Little dormitory accommodation plus B&B type accommodation and a pub with good food. I loved that place.

That would be my business model. In fact, that could work in France !!!! I should not give my ideas away on an open forum. LOL


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Re: Gîte buisness - France vs UK (Lake District)

Except for you already have, you started an identical thread and said exactly the same.

 

One of us is going mad, I already am so it cant be me!


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That was on the dark forum....it was a place in 'Lochcarron' that was up for sale and Ally (wherever he has gone) said don't do it as the English muppet clientele would drive you insane. He kinda of had a point so I dropped it.

Anyway, I always get these ideas at this time of the year. Its summer !!!! It will pass once I have gone on holiday and realise I hate tourists. In the September it will the 'chips away' idea. Or was that your idea ?? LOL

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 alittlebitfrench wrote:
ET...Do you know 'Clachaig Inn' in Glencoe ?? That was affordable accommodation.....well going back 10-15 years. Little dormitory accommodation plus B&B type accommodation and a pub with good food. I loved that place. That would be my business model. In fact, that could work in France !!!! I should not give my ideas away on an open forum. LOL


YES, it could work.  Find a place on the Compostelle route or the Trail de Stevenson, some long walking route and you should fill it.

Hell, I might even bring some of my walking friends and come and stay with youStick out tongue [:P]

N'allez pas trop vite - Proust
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Re: Gîte buisness - France vs UK (Lake District)

Pilgrims will want simple accommodation and cheap rates. Could be fun but I doubt it will make you rich.
Cendrillon
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