French Property agents, specialising in selling prestigious properties throught France - Castles, Chateaux, Manoirs, Maison de Maitre, Country Houses.  

Buying a French Commercial Property with Sifex Ltd

This section of our site features a wealth of different properties in the Commercial Sector. Some of them already have commercial status and are operating as businesses, whilst others are properties which we consider offer the potential to become commercial, whether as a Chambres d'hotes ( B & B), a Gites complex or an Hotel for instance. It should be borne in mind that commercial loans are not as straightforward as ordinary mortgages and are more likely to be achievable where the property already has a proven source of income or the purchaser has an alternative source of income.

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Monastic Farm with 78 Hectares - Aquitaine

Agricultural Estates/ Farms
These range from those with agricultural land with pasture and facilities for livestock, beef, sheep, goats, dairy farms, deer farms, and fish farms etc to properties with arable land or those with olive groves, fruit orchards, plantations of walnuts or even a garden centre or 'pépinière'.

Château sold by Sifex in Poitou Charentes - now featured in Alastair Sawdays' 'Special Places to Stay'.
Chambres d'Hotes or Bed and Breakfast
A warm welcome and prompt service encourages a good reputation and whilst it is hard work, running a Chambres d'hotes remains a popular concept amongst those seeking to move to France and find a means to supplement their income. Some couples even offer dinner as an optional extra to tempt weary travellers who do not want to venture forth after arriving at their chosen location. Chambres d'hotes range from simple elegant houses to the most opulent Châteaux. Over the years Sifex has sold several Châteaux which have become Chambres d'hotes with their own websites and thriving businesses. Five is the maximum number of bedrooms allowed in a B & B before it attains Hotel status and falls under the stringent EEC regulations for fire, health and safety.

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Château/Conference Centre Sold by Sifex - Brittany.

Conference Centres
These are increasingly in demand with the advent of Hi-Tech communications and the incredibly good and varied travel links between France, the U.K. and beyond. Whether the facilities are used for corporate purposes or for social events such as weddings and other such functions, there is no doubt that this is a popular business to which the Château style of property is particularly well suited.

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Mill with Gites sold by Sifex - Midi Pyrénées
There is a constant demand for properties with existing Gites or the potential to create them. Sometimes they are run to supplement a retirement income combined with additional accommodation for visiting family and relatives. On other occasions, they are a full time business. The nature of 'agri-tourism', first promoted by the French Government with the introduction of 'Gites de France' is such that quality is, without a doubt, the key requisite. A Gite in these modern times, must offer at the very least, a swimming pool and comfort is of paramount importance. Where there are other activities on offer as well, whether riding, harvesting, wine tasting or painting, cookery or language courses, the scope is enlarged. It could be argued that acquiring an existing established business was a safer option, since so many Gites already exist in France.

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Château Hotel sold by Sifex - Champagne

Our portfolio of Hotels varies from the most imposing and impressive star rated Châteaux Hotels, to smaller charming Hotels in market towns and rural locations throughout France. If you do not find what you are looking for, be sure to inform us so that we can keep you informed of any new details of hotels we may receive.

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Château/Chambres D'Hôtes with 120 cover Restaurant sold by Sifex - Midi Pyrénées

Naturally there are all manner of restaurants on the market. On the whole at Sifex we specialise in the most prestigious commercial properties so it is rare that we have a restaurant on its own - although our portfolio changes constantly. More frequently we have a Hotel or Chambres d'Hôtes for sale that has an established restaurant of its own. An important factor to consider when buying a business of this nature is to ensure that you are able to acquire or take-over the 'Licence IV' which entitles you to sell alcohol.

Château with Haras or Horse Stud and estate. Poitou Charentes

Sporting and Activity Based Commercial Properties
Many commercial properties have sporting facilities. If they are equestrian it may be a horse breeding establishment or 'Haras' which may be combined with a riding business. Then there are properties with boating, golf, fishing or hunting, swimming or maybe a fitness centre. In addition there are those properties where the activities consist of courses or training programmes. Amongst the popular subjects are cookery or painting classes, language courses and sometimes a retreat or centre for meditation or holistic medecine. The permutations and possibilities are wide ranging. Activity holidays designed to keep the young occupied are also increasingly popular for busy working parents and there are campsites for those who prefer to holiday under canvas.

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Château Vineyard sold by Sifex - Vaucluse.
It would be wrong to imply that buying a Vineyard represents an immediate source of profit. It is wise to employ the services of an expert agency and Sifex is fortunate in being associated with such experts. Banks generally only finance 30% of the purchase price of a vineyard so you would need to have access to 70% of the purchase price in funds. 600,000 Euros is really a minimum budget for a vineyard estate of any description plus the finance necessary to purchase stock and operating costs for the first 18 months. This is because the seasonal cycle of producing and harvesting the grapes and manufacturing and bottling the wine ready for sale generally takes 18 months. Operating costs can be calculated on an average price range of between 4,000 and 6,000 Euros per hectare.
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We recommend that you read our section on buying a property in France, which can be found under Contact/Buying. For property details and general assistance, either register on line at, or e mail; or telephone us on +44 (0) 207 384 1200. Our office hours are 9 a.m. - 6 pm Monday -Friday and if you leave a message, we will get back to you as soon as possible. To view properties in our Commercial Portfolio please click here.