Dream French properties: July
PUBLISHED: 11:38 06 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:38 06 July 2017
Find your perfect French property with our selection this month! From a stunning villa in Provence to a village house in Tarn-et-Garonne for under €100,000, one of these 13 properties is guaranteed to tempt you...
You certainly get a lot more house for your money in Provence if you move away from the Riviera. Set on a private plot of almost 3,000m² of land, this recently built house near Lorgues in Var has plenty of space both outside and in. The grounds include a landscaped garden and pétanque court, not to mention a swimming pool and large terrace surrounding it. Inside the property has the feel of a cosy, country farmhouse with wooden beams in the living room and kitchen. There is a master suite, which has a bathroom and dressing area and three other bedrooms.
Near Bourganeuf, Creuse, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
This beautiful property was transformed by the present owners from a derelict 100-year-old farmhouse into a four-bedroom family home. The renovation was completed to a high standard using only French artisans using traditional techniques and local materials. The house has a dual-aspect kitchen, spacious attic room, cellar and large garden overlooking fields and forest. The property is being sold privately for offers in the region of €139,999.
Artists and artisans will love this three-bedroom stone house with outbuildings, commanding a desirable spot in the regional park of Périgord-Limousin and on sale for €199,000. The loft has been converted into a studio while an attached barn, accessed directly from the lounge, provides copious workshop space, storage and secure parking. Nicely renovated with potential for more, the house is close to one of Périgord Vert’s largest weekly markets.
This house near Ruffec offers business potential, charming character and value for money. The property comprises a three-bed main house and two separate gîtes that are surrounded by a beautiful spacious garden. On the market for €267,500, the property has been beautifully renovated while retaining its original charm: exposed beams, stonework, wooden floors and beautiful fireplaces give a homely feel.
Looking for an easy-to-reach spacious property in Brittany with gîte potential? This three-bedroom semi just over an hour from St-Malo is the length of two cottages and has an attached building that could be converted, all fronting a courtyard and set in beautiful gardens with a large meadow and barn. The house has a traditional facade but is a tasteful blend of old and new on the inside and is being sold privately for €130,000.
St-Geniès-Bellevue, Haute-Garonne, Occitanie
There are lots of reasons why this 19th-century farmhouse caught our eye this month. This beautifully renovated five-bedroom property offers spacious light rooms with 350m2 of habitable space, a modern fitted kitchen, a large swimming pool and superb views of the surrounding countryside. Situated just 7km from Toulouse, this home offers the best of both worlds – proximity to the vibrant ‘pink city’ with its festivals, shops and restaurants, with all the tranquillity of a rural setting.
With change from €100,000, you could have this spacious and tasteful two-bedroom house in the centre of a village with bars, grocers, a bank and chemist. There’s no garden to maintain but there is planning permission for a roof terrace with countryside views, and a cellar that could make a studio. Just an hour from Toulouse Blagnac airport, the property is near the town of Moissac, where the River Tarn flows into the Garonne.
North-east of Brest, overlooking the coast, is a beautifully renovated néo-Bretonne house in Plougasnou with five bedrooms, two sitting rooms, fabulous views and a playroom in the attic. Best of all, it’s within walking distance of two beautiful beaches.
Near Penn, Tarn, Occitanie
Set in the grounds of Château de la Durantie is this elegant brand-new villa with its own private pool, covered terrace and garden. The single-storey dwelling blends quality traditional materials such as stone, terracotta, limestone and wood with all the modern conveniences you would expect from a luxury dream home. Inside there’s a living area with cathedral ceiling, three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a fully integrated kitchen with an American-style fridge. Bifold doors provide a continuum for the travertine tiling from the inside to the outside where there are attractive views along the pool to the landscaped rear garden. Air-conditioning and wi-fi are provided.
There is a light, airy feel to this picture-perfect home in La Coquille. Built in 1970, the five-bed property has three bathrooms, a fully fitted kitchen and a large basement that holds a garage, a cellar and laundry area. An outside pool measuring 6x12m is enclosed by a spacious garden.
Showstoppers like this restored rectory near the must-see town of Sarlat-la-Canéda and the Dordogne River don’t come up every day. This one boasts six bedrooms, a grand living room with stone fireplace and a beautiful study/library. Although some refreshment work may be required, this is reflected in the price of €449,000. The house and pool stand in just shy of an acre of land with the possibility of buying another two acres adjoining land.
When you first admire its beguiling blend of stone, wood and clay, you might think this is a vintage villa where original features have been lovingly restored. But amazingly, this three-bedroom home near the Charente town of Chalais is less than 10 years old. Built to exacting specifications in 2008, it was finished in local stone to complement its rural setting. The delightful timber-framed covered terrace stretches across the rear and side of the house, providing a secluded seating area overlooking the heated swimming pool, pool house, barbecue area and gardens. Inside, there’s a modern open-plan layout centred around the dining area, but the feel is homely and traditional with a Charentaise-style fireplace in the lounge, a large freestanding bath in the master’s ensuite bathroom and a farmhouse-style kitchen with oak units and a mix of oak and marble worktops. The property also boasts a large garage incorporating a guest annexe and electric gates with a video-phone entry system.
Near Mauléon-d’Armagnac, Gers, Occitanie
This beautiful south-facing 19th-century château sits in 3.25 hectares of wooded grounds and has lovely views of the Gers countryside. With 14 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms, this property has plenty of potential for use as a chambres d’hôtes or hotel. Over four floors there is a total living space of 700m² with bedrooms on every floor, mostly with en-suite bathrooms. The property retains many original features including an oak staircase, beautiful tiled floors and marble fireplaces on the ground floor, and parquet floors on the upper levels. Outside, there is a swimming pool in need of some attention.