Too helpless to see that 8 billion dong in England could only buy a tiny apartment, 2 men went to France to buy the whole village but only lost more than 300 million.
The story is true, not a joke, in April 2021, Paul Mappley and Yip Ward spent €14,000, equivalent to more than 300 million to own a village called La Bussière in Normandy, France.
Actually known as “village”, but this village consists of only 6 old houses, 2 warehouses and a fairly large farm with 1 workshop and some other machinery and equipment.
“Maybe we can turn this place into a resort,” said Paul Mappley.
Before that, both of them were in vans that had been converted into a mobile home. Their main residence, however, is fixed in Tunbridge Wells, a town in Kent, England, 30 miles southeast of central London.
Tired of the cramped van life, Yip Ward decided to buy an apartment to live comfortably. However, in the face of rising prices, Yip’s £300,000 is barely enough to buy an apartment as cramped as his old van.
After researching online, the two came to know the village of La Bussière in Normandy, France. Realizing the potential for tourism as well as getting a great price, the two quickly signed a contract. Even now, Paul Mappley and Yip Ward can’t believe that with only 14,000 euros, equivalent to more than 300 million, both can own a small village.
“It’s not even enough to put down a deposit on a house in the UK,” says Paul Mappley.
The two men’s bargain grew as the village barn stocked up with some pretty cool stuff: an old-fashioned apple press, a still-working stone oven.
“I can’t believe it, for the first time in my life I can buy something like this at such a low price,” they exclaimed.
But again and again, the reason for such a chestnut price is because this village has long been uninhabited, the whole village is engulfed in trees and vines meters thick. Paul said they had to work very hard to clear it and reopen the main road. Even in the process of paving the way, the two broke a new saw.
It is known that this village used to have an old bakery, it is also a common place for all the families in the village, so the bakery must always be in operation. That’s also why the old oven 2 people found still works well, simply because it’s so durable.
The two also quickly intend to renovate this village into a resort, a glamping (the compound word of glamorous and camping is temporarily called luxury, high-class, romantic camping, describing a camping style. with amenities).
“A great resort for those who love nature,” said Paul and Yip.
The two also affirmed that the ancient and historic beauty of the village will make visitors unable to ignore when looking for a place to relax.
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