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Property in sw France

Large timber built single floor eco house on large plot of land in quiet rural hamlet in the gers region of sw france. The house is 2,680 sq ft and the land is a square plot of 1.6 acres. asking price of 219,000 euros (193,000 pounds). For more information please pm.

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Community Location with income opportunities

The Chateau de Bambecq was set up in 2005 in conjunction with the Global Change Foundation Trust. It is fifty minutes drive from Calais in France, and hosts an English speaking ‘visiting community’ with a small number of members from around the world who come and go, along with regular volunteers who come for between two weeks and three months. We now want to establish a core of spiritually aware, active and committed people to help the Chateau activate some of its income opportunities, and move it towards food, financial and operational self-sufficiency. There are a number of income development opportunities to potentially support residents, some of which are set out below. Much work and specific fund raising will be needed, but all projects are considered viable, including financially: Bio Market Garden. We have space (up to five acres, as needed) and basic facilities for starting a market garden. This will require some funding, mainly for equipment. Our intention is that it should be fully organic, and the land available has never been subjected to spraying of agro-chemicals. Currently we have a twelve meter cold frame, three greenhouses, two of which have recently been restored and a number of raised beds under construction. The concept is that we shall grow much of our own food, and produce food for local retailing. Our village has 2600 residents, so there is a marketplace right on the doorstep. We see an experienced and capable couple with directly relevant commercial growing experience as being the core of this business, plus help from volunteers and other residents. BioDome Systems. The market garden is intended to lead into our Foundation project to volume produce a range of 8 - 20 meter diameter Biodomes, our own designs featuring an integration of up to eleven growing technologies. One technique proposed within the systems package is aquaponics, so that we will also have fresh fish to both eat and sell. The dome prototypes (2 to 3 are anticipated) for this separate project will become part of the market garden’s growing facilities perhaps a year or two down the track, and enables vegetable growing all year round. Once developed, the Foundation plans to establish volume manufacture for the sales and marketing of Biodomes as a separate business activity. The start-up phase of the initial project needs a small building and development team of three to four persons with relevant experience. We have in mind that the sale, construction and systems installations of Biodomes will be a franchise-able activity, and if this is done participants in the development who wish it will be eligible for regional / national franchises in territories throughout UK and Europe once product development is advanced. We also have in mind establishing a mobile installation team to assist buyers to get set up and operational. Chateau Chandeliers. We have previously operated a small business of refurbishing and selling chandeliers, which currently has nobody to operate it. There is some stock, and a methodology for acquiring components and making sales. This is a one-person business. Kombucha. We have a project which we previously developed in the UK, which is to make and sell gourmet Kombucha, a most interesting and beneficial health drink. All the techniques and much support material are available to us from the people who took over the UK operation. The project will feature an up-scaling of the ‘home brewing’ kombucha technique, which produces the live beverage which is so beneficial. This is very much superior to the industrialised volume approach, the product from which is pasturised and energetically dead. Anyone taking this project on will need passably good French, as the local marketing of the product through tasting parties and the like is key to its succeeding. Operation and sales/marketing probably needs three to four people. Woodland Products. We have many trees which offer the possibility to develop a range of woodland products. Weddings Business. Because we have grounds that have sizeable lawns amongst a large numbers of trees, and which can be manicured to look very beautiful, we were approached by a marquee hire company who wanted to use the grounds for wedding celebrations. They subsequently had business challenges and withdrew, leaving us convinced that such an activity can be very successful here, with the possibility of three separate locations within the grounds where Marquees can be pitched simultaneously for different events. Once our dome-making capacity is established, marquees can be replaced by domes, allowing a longer season and availability for other events. This project requires good qualifications in catering, hosting and event planning, and the ability to make some investment. Income potential is substantial. Hosting Operations at the Chateau. We have facilities for B&B all year round (subject to replacing our ancient central heating system), and for hosting groups of up to about 20 people (but subject to reduction because of giving over rooms for residents). We also have a farmhouse, which operates as a holiday rental during the summer months (but see also note below). A relatively easy winterisation program would make this available all year round. We have a variety of visitor activities designed to bring in groups: these include: 1) Bargain Hunt A whole weekend activity with competing teams during the seven month long brocante (street sale) season, modeled on TV’s ‘Bargain Hunt’ series. 2) Mystery Weekends A whole weekend format for groups up to twenty people using the Chateau and parkland as a backdrop for playing out a variety of mystery scenarios. 3) Workshops, seminar and trainings for Foundation clients, mostly outside the summer season 4) Wedding Guests: when we are hosting a wedding it is likely that all our available accommodation will be taken up 3) Operating tours. The Chateau is at the centre of a huge landscape temple, a sacred geometry measuring over 35 kilometers across the region that was laid out originally by the Templars. The proposed tour commences with an orientation evening, then visiting all the related sites requires at least three days (guided). We see an experienced couple managing and operating the accommodation business with volunteer help. Visitor activities will probably need to be facilitated separately. Dome Shop. Once our Domes have become available, we have in mind the possibility of developing one to include a social centre placed in the centre of activities to help promote our various businesses. It will feature a coffee shop located within an active growing space with light meals available, and will sell the Chateau’s products – Bio fruit and vegetables, fish from Aquaponics, woodland products, kombucha, chandeliers, rental of the location – and whatever else we can invent! Internet Marketing. There are good possibilities to acquire products locally locally for internet marketing, and we see one or possibly more small businesses being developed, each with a different product focus. This is an ambitious program that will create robust income to support the costs of running the Chateau location, plus providing a living for the whole community. It needs pro-active and enthusiastic people with appropriate skills. No every project here will necessarily be done – our challenge has always been far more opportunities than people capacity to carry them out! Having an obviously competent core group of people will also make project fund raising easier. If this series of opportunities looks of interest to you, please get in touch with Peter Rhodes-Dimmer for a discussion. eMail: Facebook: Chateau de Bambecq Community Web site: Note 1: The farmhouse could potentially be made available for long-term rent. It has three/four bedrooms (the forth, potentially a double, needs developing). Note 2: There are a number of rooms in outbuildings available for development, either as working areas in support of the above revenue opportunities or as resident / visitor accommodation. This includes one building suitable for development as a family house, a long building that could become a small terrace (3-4 cottages), and a space suitable to house volunteers Note 3: We welcome co-operative ventures with other communities. We are also looking to form selective joint ventures with local businesses that will help refurbish and extend the Chateau buildings

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EL POCITO in SW Andalucia, Spain

An opportunity for those looking to create a community based on a more sustainable/ simple/ and natural way of life, in-tune with and connected to the vast surrounding natural landscape that exists in this forgotten part of Europe. By way of introduction, I am originally from London (Sydenham/ Dulwich), but my heart has always been in the countryside, to live somewhere truly rural, where the surroundings are as natural and dramatic as possible. Bit by bit, over many years, this is what my partner and I worked at. First in North Yorkshire (near the Camphill Community of Botton Village), then from 2000-2009 exploring the wilder parts of Iberia & Canada. First living in a converted van, then a succession of “tiny” and very basic shelters, until finally we found/ built a very cosy permanent off-grid “tiny” home in SW Andalucia (Spain). All this time learning the skills necessary to survive without the need for earning money/ being vegan/ planting a herbal forest garden/ learning about alternative medicine/ foraging/ and growing organically. A full description of the transformation can be found on my site: Sadly, my partner for 35 wonderful years died in 2013. After that it has been very tough going, and finally I have decided to move on, start afresh. The land therefore needs new caretakers. It is six acres in principle (though all the surrounding forestry, owned by the council, could be purchased also. Currently though would suit from two to six people full-time, obviously far more for courses/ retreats/ festivals. Brief details (more on the site): EL POCITO Is a forest garden started in 2009, set in a larger forested area totalling 182,000 hectares. Dramatic views up to 60km in distance (the frontier with Portugal). The altitude is 600 metres above sea-level. There are literally hundreds of trees, many with an edible/ medicinal value. Including over 100 olives, which could be producing organic oil. A perfect site also for creating a vineyard (producing up to 3000+ bottles a year). Plus other possibilities, such as making incense/ perfume/ charcoal (from the vast amount of cistus ladanifer that is native here), as well as bee keeping. Self-sufficient in firewood. The property includes a totally off-grid (solar powered) stone house (42m2 with the possibility to extend). Potential to site several yurts nearby, and a local council who are keen to support any ecological initiatives. Water is from a borehole located next to the house. All of this also just 2km/ 1.2 miles, via a beautiful forestry/ donkey track, from the ancient/ Moorish and wonderfully preserved village of Almonaster la Real (pop 800), a local centre with all the usual facilities. While only 120kms (72 miles) away is the amazing city of Sevilla. 140kms (84 miles) the beach. 45kms (27 miles) border with Portugal (Alentejo). Price £125-128,00. Full details on the various pages of the official site: Extra photos on Facebook: For price and answers to any further questions, please email me: Bear in mind I do not have internet connection (by choice), so be patient for the reply. Phil Rooksby.

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Enjoy the experience of living on our Cornish retreat

Having been given the chance to work on realising my life long dream you are now welcome to share in my opportunity to open up a divine retreat in Cornwall where we can live, dance, relax, massage and generally live life to the full in a loving, open community for all. Live and share in a new property to be purchased close to the North Cornwall coast. Currently operating as a 10 bed hotel we plan to operate the rectory as accommodation for our paying guests, to our retreat to enjoy rest and relaxation in extensive grounds, situated within a wooded area. Members of our commune may share the accommodation or occupy one of our self-contained chalets and lodges, tree lodges or bubble homes to enjoy sleeping out in nature, under the stars. The grounds provide sufficient space for outdoor events for up to 100 people; plus swimming pool and indoor spa and outdoor hot tubs. There will be a shop, cafe providing artisan coffee and natural, healthy food and juices; plus a bar and underground cavern for music events. The property will be purchased by securing both bank and private funding but there will also be an opportunity for members of our commune to invest in the refurbishment of the chalets and the development of new holiday homes on a 3 acre building plot to be acquired as a part of the property purchase. The commune will operate on the basis of members working to provide the services and facilities required to operate the business to ensure our paying guests enjoy a satisfying experience; in exchange for free board and lodgings. The property is located in an area ideally suited to walking and cycling but a car will be required to go into the nearest town, just one mile away. There are many tourist attractions and beaches within a short distance including the village in which Doc Martin is filmed. To discover more and to view images please send a private message.

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Free House with plot for a Yurt or Caravan in Spain,Available end of April.

I have a plot of land with an off-grid three bedroomed run down house in the Sierra Mariola National Park in Valencia.It is offered free to anyone looking to live in a sustainable way,as long as you are happy to live with and respect the rules of the National Park reference fire safety,there are no strings attached.The land will be vacant within the next few weeks.There is also space for a yurt or caravan.Anybody interested can contact me for further details or any questions they might have.Or you can visit the Facebook Simon in Spain page for photographs. Originally the land was going to be used for a charity project,but unfortunately bureaucracy ended that venture. Regards David

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Huge property in SW France

I own with my husband a property at the foot of the Hautes Pyrenees which is regrettably too large for us. We bought this sleeping beauty 20 years ago, it had been abandoned and forgotten for 40 years after a family disaster. The house now has enormous potential for co-housing, especially for those wanting to be in the country but at a stage of life where you need easy access to facilities and services. All the essentials have been done for the property which now offers a separate 2 bed cottage, a one bedroom first floor flat, a ground floor one bedroom apartment, the main house which has 9 bedrooms, (4 ensuite), which could easily have the top floor converted to two extra apartments, lots of communal areas including cinema, library, entertainment room/bar, very large dining room, two other very attractive rooms, outside eating/BBQ areas, outbuildings..... if you are searching for such a property, then please, get in touch.

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7 acres and 2 stone cabanas in Northern Spain, Cantabria

£73,000. O.N.O 7 acres,29,000M2,just under 3 hetares and 2 stone cabanas in need of internal reforming for permanent living for sale in the Cantabrian mountains at San Roque de Rio Miera. Google Map co-ordinates 43.237543N - 3.719550W. Currently in Spain until October 18 if you want to come and view. The closest town is Lierganes,16km away and the finca is 40km and a 48 minutes drive from the ferry terminal at Santander which has ferry crossings from Plymouth in the UK. The land is good quality rural pasture land with a parcel of woodland. Check out given co-ordinates. Eco neighbours living on next plot in offgrid turf roofed roundhouse. Californian and Austrian couple. Please email for further info and photos of land and property. Viewings and local land valuation can be arranged. Email me on Offers of £75,000. o.n.o This is in a beautiful green part of Northern Spain and would make a perfect off grid living or rural tourism project. There is space to build terraces for yurts, yoga platforms, etc. The air is pure and there is no pollution. You can see the stars and there is abundant plant and wildlife. Seriously interested parties only please. The map co-ordinates for the land are given, so please take time to look at these and research the area before asking for photos to be sent. On Google maps the property is shown by a zigzag field system with woodland to the North. Thanks for reading and if you would like to view please get in touch.

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Vodna Village North West Bulgaria Welcomes Settlers

Vodna is a small rural village in north west Bulgaria 25 km from the River Danube Port town of Vidin. The village Mayor welcomes couples with children also single and retired people to come and make the village their future home. Every help will be provided to purchase cheap inexpensive property with land. Much cheaper than Estate Agents. Phone +447707002173 or email via this advert for more details.

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