A unique position
It is the unique location of La Tannerie that makes it such an attractive business proposition. The concept of a gite complex in the centre of a small town was not something the current owners had ever considered until they first saw La Tannerie.
But it soon became apparent that such a location had numerous advantages:-
Convenience – as can be seen from the photo above everything is within walking distance
A supermarket on the doorstep
Holidaymakers appreciate the ability to not have to make use of their car for every requirement
Many restaurants are within walking distance therefore eliminating the need for a nominated driver
Long term letting potential – local workers require accommodation and can be useful out-of-season income
House hunters – with two major estate agencies within 2 minutes of the property there are regular requests for accommodation for between 1 night and 4 months
A central meeting point – La Tannerie has been used as a meeting point for several local groups, for evening functions and for a tea room on market day.
Chalais is a fully-functioning rural French town that, unlike some of its better-known neighbours in the Dordogne, is open throughout the year.
It springs to life on a Monday morning when the market takes place, filling the three main streets with stalls of every type, from fresh vegetables to kitchen gadgets, fish to grandfather clocks.
The Chateau dominates the town from its position on top of the hill and boasts the oldest working drawbridge in France.
Chalais is at about the furthest southerly point that can be comfortably driven in one day by families travelling from the UK.
The town is about 20 minutes from the N10 Paris – Bordeaux road and links to the northern ports through France’s ever-improving motorway network.
Bordeaux has the nearest airport at about 60 minutes.
Bergerac is 75 minutes away.
Limoges, Poitiers and La Rochelle are all about 2 hours distant.
The high-speed TGV stops at Angoulême on its way to Bordeaux. Local trains operate from there to Chalais, though the current owners have operated a pick-up service from Angoulême as well as the two nearest airports.
Poitou-Charentes has the second highest number of sunshine hours in France (after Provence) yet its proximity to the Atlantic means that the temperatures are less extreme than on the Mediterranean.
Winters are generally shorter than the UK but can be very cold.