After House Hunters International Episode ‘Lucky in the Languedoc’

Lucky in the Languedoc

What happened to the Hamori family after House Hunters episode ‘Lucky in the Languedoc’?

The house they choose had more potential than initially thought and ended up a viable income for the family of four with a rental apartment where the summer kitchen once was and an additional room to let inside their home as a B&B.

The Hamori family has managed to renovate their home to run two rentals, plus space for Alfonz to start a shuttle company/ wine tours, catering to the tourist of the Languedoc.

An above ground pool in the front yard rounds out the project in the south of France.

They have ticked all the boxes with this pretty, little rental opportunity ready for guests and tourist alike.

Their luck continues in the Languedoc.

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We finally got a copy of the episode  ‘Lucky in the Languedoc’ our House Hunters International episode and our 2 minutes of fame. We are very pleased with the great footage of Capestang, our new village, and how adorable the children look. The experience on a whole was very rewarding and we loved sharing our move to France.

Now it is time to show the people of the world how are home is coming along. We bought Les Platanes, the ‘least potential’ house out the three choices from the TV show and managed to do a massive renovation job on it since our spring purchase.

During the filming, we had a freak cold front with freezing Siberian winds blasting over southern Europe. The weather that was portrayed on the TV show was not the norm and we froze during our shoot, especially the scene at the top of the Capestang church tower which showed the fabulous lookout spot over the village.

The summer kitchen was the biggest renovation job. Putting in a kitchenette, a new bathroom, a private entrance to the street, and the new steps which welcome visitors from all over the world. Our rental apartment is registered in Capestang as a Gite or holiday rental. ‘Le Petit Platane’ is loving named after our home, and had turned out to have more potential than we imagined, with a private vine covered terrace, BBQ area and shared pool. It has booked up quite nicely over the summer months.

We also turned the fourth bedroom up stairs into a en-suite double room and it too is registered but as a Chambré D’hôte or B&B in Capestang. That makes two rental incomes out of our house here in the south of France. Both are displayed on our business website and Airbnb.

The giant palm tree in the front yard along with the rickety old shed have been removed and in its placed is a cedar above ground pool with gorgeous landscaping making our new home hot weather ready. The kids love splashing around in the pool, the perfect size and shape for our yard makes this home an oasis for guests passing through the region.

Alfonz and his best friend Adrian managed to install and do all the landscaping around the pool. The amount of work managed in the short time since the TV show House Hunters International aired is truly remarkable.

They also upgraded the electrical, put in fans and bugs screens to the bedrooms, put together furniture for the rental and the list goes on. They have been working full-time hours for 3 1/2 months straight and the result is astonishing, especially in France where things take time. They stop two hours for lunch when the stores close early and are off on Sundays. It takes planning and diligence to get the job done, and the two men’s skills were put to the test. I was happy to provide food and beverages, kept things clean and stocked, and helped with the children during these times. We were an efficient team.

We are still learning the language, making new friends and assimilating to the rich culture and traditions of the people of France. Our life is proving to be more than we dreamed and each day we pinch ourselves to make sure we are here.

We continue to pursue happiness.

That’s Hamori

Below are the pictures of the new areas of our house we are pleased to show you.

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  1. Not much longer now is it! Alfonz will be home by then and we can show you around! Think about where you might to go, Carcassonne Castle is a zoo, although worth it at some point, there’s the Canal on bikes, or the lakes and rivers, or course the beaches and the markets in Narbonne are fantastic.
    See you soon

  2. Enjoyed the show, you have done wonders with the renovations. It must feel so rewarding. Can’t wait to see your happy home!
    Robert and Danna

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