Okay…so this is our situation.
We are mid 40s with no kids. We are very fortunate enough to be financially comfortable but need something to do over the next 10 years until we can retire early.
We’re also fed up with UK politics and think Brexit is a monumentally stupid idea. Not going to lie either, fed up with the weather in Blighty but are by no means sun seekers.
Maybe we’ve seen too many ‘New Life in the Sun’ episodes (or similar) but we are very seriously considering the well trodden path of running a gite / chambres d’hotes business. We would be able to buy in SW France without a mortgage and still have a property in the UK that would provide regular rental income.
So our questions to current or former / chambres d’hotes owners are:
Realistically, how much business do you get outside of the peak season of mid-July and August?
Do you still feel that your property is still your ‘home’ rather than a place of work?
Would you have to sell your property when you retire because it’s too big and costly unless you use it as a gite / chambres d’hotes?
Do you enjoy it or is it simply something that you need to do in order to be able to live in France?
Your thoughts / advice much appreciated - thank you in advance!!