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#284 🥈86%  PICK • €125k • typical • village • 300m² satellite • standalone village building with terraced garden
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Besseges, Cevennes — near Ales, (Nimes)
☃️2–10–18°☀️10☁️10 • 🍂13–24°☀️10☁️10
GOOD  🔨 effort
GOOD  🚌 transport
GOOD  ✈️ access
GOOD  🛒 shops
OKAY  🏙 towns
GOOD  🧗 activities
GOOD  ☀️ climate
GOOD  ⛰️ nature
GOOD  🌷 garden
GOOD  🏠 building
OKAY  🏘 hood
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Environment ✧ hills amongst windy rocky river valleys, scrubland and woods; hikes on doorstep

Services ✧ supermarket, shops, bars/resto; nicer village 10mins drive/bus/train; town 40mins drive/train

Access ✧ station/bus 10mins walk; Nimes 1h15, airport +30mins shuttle; train ~5h Paris/Barcelona (2 changes)

Notes ✧ tennis 15mins walk
✦ several hiking circuits are possible on the hills either side of the river starting 15mins along lanes and climbing 450m; the GR44B passes the door and leads to an impressive chateau in 1h biking; the nearest moderate peak (1300m) is 30mins drive, however can reach a 1000m summit in 2h30 biking entirely offroad climbining gradually with downhill all the way back ;) similarly there's a 2h route to the small town with return by train or along the road
✦ there's a quick bus/10min drive/30min bike to a much nicer village with several weekly markets (including organic), good cafes/retos, plus riding and easy kayak; and another village at 25mins thus 3 villages for nearby outings
✦ whilst the river through the village is ugly, river and swimming spots are closeby both up and down river; a stunning spot 30mins drive for hiking and splashing
✦ the Ardeche river with gorges and other other locations down the Ceze are also 30mins, notably Les Vans, with good gorges and more kayakinging/riding, to 45mins (for the famous Pont d'Arc); there's better mountain landscapes and two very nice small towns (Uzès, Andouze) at 1h for occasional daytrips
the main town (Alès) is not bad thanks to ongoing improvements including a new market hall pending, and will be 40mins by train in future (reopening 2028, 5-times daily 1€; same as driving versus 1h bus currently, last being 6pm)
✦ the lovely city of Nimes will be 1h20 from the door (if there's direct train) which makes it plausible for a daytrip (and often also just 1€)
✦ access is good; Nimes airport is train then shuttle bus with year round service to Stansted, Brussels, plus seasonal to Luton, Dublin and Morocco; many more options including Lisbon from Montpellier and Marseille
village is large with active wood industry, and promotes streetart
✦ there's a pile of old factory buildings, one now housing a bric-a-brac community repurposing space, and a micro-brewery(!)
Property ✧ also see #266 which is a stone's throw with small garden and half the price but…
✦ this is in good condition and even has double glazing (pvc)
✦ perched above the village with good view and a nice big 800m2 of (steepish) terraced land zoned for building, to which a large extension (perhaps as much as 100m2) for coworking/kitchen/dining could be added with a roof terrace, could perhaps even be 2 floors
✦ the land could technically have new build tinyhome-studios on it, but I would not propose this as not well matched with a smaller capacity property
✦ ~85m2 per floor, plus some limited attic
✦ as there's 3 windows across front and 2 plus stairs at back attic is likely suitable for mezzanines, and height for pods (width 11m)
✦ mostly usable but 2 apartments rented, although the latest ad does not mention this so could have left, shouldn't be too hard to shift at ~€300/mo
✦ there's a rear recessed courtyard of ~25m2 that could be reclaimed by (partly) covering it
✦ the lane it's on is a dead-end
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