Thursday, 22 January 2015

Renovation Project - B&B for sale in France - We're selling up!

Renovation Project - B&B for sale in France - We're selling up!

I am sorry but I have to interrupt the normal blog for our big announcement, normal delivery will continue tomorrow.

Are you sitting comfortably?

You may remember some time ago I said that we had made a big decision, I had hoped to get the blog completely up to date before I told everybody what that decision was, but alas it is not to be, time has gotten away from me and we now need to let the cat out of the bag (mainly because so many people know already!)


Here it is, big drum roll please........

We are selling up!

Yes that is right, we are selling up

Nothing to do with the monster owls, or any of our worst parents/grandparents awards but simply because we have done everything we had set out to do.

In 2012 we moved to Brittany, we bought the derelict house, we renovated it, we opened our B&B, we made a success.

We have now got to that stage of having achieved all of our goals, so as I sit here and type I think of what I have already done this morning.

I have just had a meeting with a diagnostic company for a house sale (95% spoken in French) this is something I thought I would never be able to do, I have just called into the little shop and bought something and the owner then asked in English if I understood and we both laughed as I handed him the exact amount of money, I strolled back past the patisserie and looked at my favourite croissants (didn't buy one as I a still on this stupid diet) and suddenly the pangs of what are we doing hit me, we love it here!

But age is creeping up on us (that is the royal us, I’m as young as a spring chicken, it's John that is getting older)

I laugh when we tell friends that we only have another 9 good building years left in John, but it's true, I don't want him working hard after a certain age, and we still have so much to do.

As much as we love our life we need to move on to our next project, we need to get John building again, and we have already seen a house that we would like, it is a little one in the same village, so we are not moving far, for the time being any way, at some point we still want to try Spain and Portugal, but that is in the future, for now we need to concentrate on selling and getting our next one here.

It has been such an amazing experience, we love running the B&B and meeting fantastic people from all around the world. But nothing lasts for ever and our feet have gotten itchy, its time to move on and try something new. I need to know that we can do it again, I miss the excitement of watching something grow (though I don't miss the cold or scrubbing old wooden floors).

I sometimes wonder if I will ever settle down in just one place or with just one career, but that is not really me, there are so many exciting things to do and places to visit in the world, I am just so thankful that I get the opportunity to try them.

After all a few years ago I worked for a national charity, then became free lance, then a builders labourer, then a B&B owner and now an estate agent, as I said there are so many things to try in your life

So you have all followed the blog, you have seen the house grow and blossom, now is your opportunity to be a part of that story.

Would you like to run your own little B&B in one of the most beautiful parts of Finistere?

We are advertising through Leggetts immmobilier, our local notaire and via this site
if you are interested or know anybody who might be, then send us an e-mail.

Start your own life adventure, how many times have you read one of the posts and thought I can do that, how many times have you sat in a traffic jam and thought there has to be more to life?

Now is YOUR chance!

At 125,000 Euros (£96,000 as at 22.01.15) scroll down to see the photographs and plese contact us directly if you have any questions or leave a comment and I will get back to you

 or leave a comment and I will get back to you


  1. Oh you had me going there for a minute, glad you are staying, we would love to move but just dont have money for a deposit that you would have to pay, we have lots of stairs at the mo and really with both of us getting arthritis we would love to find somewhere on one level, good luck to you both on your new project xxx

    1. thanks Roz, good luck with your search for a new place

  2. I wish you all the best in your next endeavour and good luck with the sale!

  3. keep john building!! good luck in your new project.
    are you still going to be open while you sell the house? if so 14th and 15th march, do you have a room?
    john and jo

    1. Hi thanks and yes we have a vacancy, do you want to e-mail me and I will book you in :)

  4. After all of your hard work. You must be very proud of what you've achieved. All the best for the future.
    Can't believe how much cheaper houses are 'up North'.

    Will you blog as you renovate your new home?

    1. Thank you Anji, there are still many bargains to be had 'Up Norf' and yes the blog will continue, just have to decide which country now :)

  5. It didn't take you long at all to remodel and open your bed and breakfast. At the rate you're working, you will be through Spain and Portugal in no time at all, leaving renovated buildings behind you. Beautiful work, the fireplace and stairs are well done, and I'm certain that your next home will look just as nice in short order.