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The story of France’s thriving ‘world’s first’ swingers only campsite

A campsite in deepest rural France, described as the 'world's first 100 percent swingers camping ground' is booming and is now on the market for a cool €2 million. No surprise given France's and northern Europe's booming libertine community.

The story of France's thriving 'world's first' swingers only campsite

Where is it?

The campsite is located near the village of Brugheas in the Allier department of central France's Auvergne region. It is just 5km from the spa resort of Vichy.

How much is it?

Only €2,070,000 or £1,852 919 or $2.5 million, depending on exchange rates.

Describe the property

The estate agent's advert reads: “First 100 percent libertine campsite in the world for sale. Incredible opportunity with over 20 million libertines identified in northern Europe and 6.5 million in France.” Does that sound like a huge number of free lovers to you?

The campsite used to be an ordinary camping group until it was bought by libertine Francoise Vetter and her husband four years ago and converted into a swingers only getaway.

According to the ad on estate agent Leggett Immobilier the campsite is “situated on almost 5 hectares there are 80 bays of which 21 are mobile homes, 2 bengali tents and a caravan. A big sanitary block, 4 habitable chalets, a licence IV bar, professional restaurant with over 60 seats under a big tent.”

The campsite includes an outdoor swimming pool with “cuddle corners” around it and even a “naughty wood” where libertines can go for a stroll under the trees or partake in any other physical activity they fancy.

Why buy it?

Whether you are a libertine or not, if you have a spare two million it sounds like the purchase of the “Camping Libertin la Roseraie” would be a very wise business opportunity.

Current owner Francoise Vetter told The Local that in the first year as a themed campsite she saw a 118 percent increase in turnover.

“We have guests from all over Europe, Holland, Belgium, Britain, Germany and we also get Australians and Americans here. There is enormous potential for the campsite,” Vetter said .

She said that the world's second libertines campsite which opened in Dordogne last year was sold out last summer demonstrating the demand.

“We are selling it because we have hit retirement age and we are tired,” she said.

She believes the campsite, tucked away in the countryside, has an advantage over the famous naturist turned libertine resort Cap d'Agde in the south coast.

“It's not friendly enough at Cap d'Agde but here you can get to know everyone in a couple of days.”

And of course when she says “get to know everyone” she uses the term in the loosest possible sense.

“We do what we want, when we want and with whom we want,” said one online reviewer, while others describe “the delirious ambiance” at post-dinner sex parties (soirées coquins).

Reviews of the campsite are mixed with some describing it as a paradise where you can “forget your daily problems” while others complain of the fearsome pitbull dog who roams the campsite to keep “security”.

Others complain of the strict rules, not so much the one that demands women are respected but the rule that there can only be a certain number of single men allowed at any one time. While others have complained that the ban on sex in the swimming pool is routinely ignored.

Whoever buys the world's fist libertine campsite can of course do what they like with it, but estate agent Lynn Chaulieu from Leggett Immobilier says any buyer would be foolish not to run it as a libertine site given the business potential.

“It has just totally boomed since it became a swingers campsite,” she told The Local. “There's two hectares that can be developed that would double the capacity of the site.”

READ ALSO: So where are all these swinging sex clubs in Paris?

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For more information on the property visit Leggett Immobilier.

 

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Tenants in France: How to make your home more energy efficient

Insulation, ventilation, heating - given the cost-of-living crisis that’s affecting France as much as many other countries, it’s understandable that there is a lot of talk right now about improving energy efficiency in homes.

Tenants in France: How to make your home more energy efficient

In France many people rent and although you would hope that your landlord would do improvements like this, if they are unable or unwilling than you have the right to do these works yourself.

It means the work is at your own expense, but if you’re a long-term tenant you may make the money back in savings on your energy bills.

Here’s how to go about it:

Inform your landlord

The first thing to do is inform your landlord you intend to carry out the work, at your expense. Do this by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt. 

The letter must describe the transformations envisaged, the conditions under which these works will be carried out, and the name of the company undertaking the work.

If you have not received a written response in two months, you can assume you have the tacit agreement of your landlord to carry out the work.

Work you can carry out

A decree published in France’s Journal Officiel on July 21st defines the list of works a tenant can carry out at their own expense on the property they rent.

  • insulation of lower floors;
  • Attic and upper floor insulation;
  • replacement of exterior joinery;
  • solar protection of glazed or opaque walls;
  • installation or replacement of ventilation systems;
  • installation or replacement of heating and domestic hot water production systems and associated interfaces.

The work cannot affect communal areas of a shared property, and must “respect the expected energy performance”. 

Work cannot affect the building structure, its external appearance, require a permit, or change the purpose of the building.

What happens afterwards

Within two months after the completion of the work, the tenant must inform the landlord that the work has been carried out by the chosen company and that it corresponds to what was announced in the pre-work letter.

Other work tenants can undertake on a property they rent

In 1989, a law was passed that allowed tenants to undertake certain work on a property – painting and decorating, adding or changing floor covering – without the permission of the landlord and at their own expense.

Any other works require the written agreement of the landlord – otherwise the tenant may be obliged to return the property to its original condition. 

The landlord can also keep the benefit of the work done without the tenant being able to claim compensation for the costs incurred.

Landlord’s responsibilities

Landlords must provide decent housing, which implies, in particular, heating in good working order, and compliance with a minimum energy performance criterion. Under current rules, doors, windows and walls must be airtight. 

A tenant can only require work from his landlord on these elements, if they are deficient.

From January 1st, 2023, properties advertised for rent in France must have a Diagnostic de performance énergétique rating of G or better.

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