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#212 🏅66%  REJECT • €108k • typical • village • 850m² mini-hub • large old hotel in mountains
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southern France — near (Ales, Nimes)
☃️1–8–14°☀️8☁️11 • 🍂10–22°☀️7☁️13 ↥600m
OKAY  🔨 effort
GOOD  🚌 transport
OKAY  ✈️ access
GOOD  🛒 shops
DODGY  🏙 towns
GOOD  🧗 activities
DODGY  ☀️ climate
GREAT  ⛰️ nature
DODGY  🌷 garden
GOOD  🏠 building
OKAY  ⛲️ hood
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Environment ✧ mountains and rocky rivers; hikes from door

Services ✧ 2 minimarts, 2 restos, cafe; town 1hr train

Access ✧ station 5mins walk: Ales 1h, Nimes 1h30, airport +30mins shuttle bus; 5h30 Paris/Barcelona (1 change)

Notes ✧ quiet rural village, with just two decent others, (Genolhac) 20mins drive (10mins train) and (Les Vans) 30mins drive
✦ the only town (Ales) is too far at 1h drive/train (last 7pmi 9:30pm)
✦ whilst cold and dreary in winter (getting some snow and only 40mins drive from nordic skiing) there is good sun and the inside spaces could be improved to be welcoming in winter, especially the top floor
✦ there's a large lake/barrage a stone's throw with kayak/SUP/sailing during the summer can be arranged at other times; also a gorge with via ferrata
✦ excellent variety of trails from the door climbing 500m and for biking some not too hard
✦ village has indoor and outdoor tennis but no outdoor spaces, this however is not an issue with generous indoor spaces and the great nature being on the doorstep
partly usable but has been empty for a decade
✦ had 20 bedrooms, many of which seem to have been quite generous with double windows
✦ two buildings
✦ the first (150m2 on each of 3 floors) a fairly impressive hotel at the end of the tree lined boulevard, facing east with large ground floor and arched openings along its length catching morning sun (but little in winter!), and some afternoon sun behind, and a passage through to the back which could be turned into a fourth opening; all directly onto the street but use of which would require permission and a fee; the floors above exclusively have juliet balconies
✦ the second (140m2 on each of 3 floors) partly abutting behind and facing west in a narrow street, possibly getting some afternon soon, but roof appears to be in poor condition, at least its eaves
✦ part of the second building's roof could be turned into a roof terrace with conservatory having all year south exposure for much of the day, thus providing 60–200m2 outdoor space, connecting to the second floor of the first building
✦ fibre available
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