Dream French properties: November
PUBLISHED: 16:12 26 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:10 07 November 2017
Find your ideal French property for sale! From a traditional maison de maître to cute cottages to a period château, one of these properties is sure to tempt you...
Near Brive-la-Gaillarde, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Family and friends will love gathering in this five-bedroom house on the border of Corrèze and Lot, near Brive-la-Gaillarde. Spread over three storeys, it has two living rooms and a study with vaulted ceiling. A bathroom and two bedrooms, including the master en suite, are on the first floor, with a further four bedrooms above, one with en-suite bathroom. In the gardens are three terraces, a pool, summer kitchen, garage and utility area. The asking price is €478,400.
Lescun, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Rarely do you come across an attractive detached house with such splendid mountain views as this, especially in a protected area like the edge of the Pyrénées national park. Yet for just €160,000 you could have this charming stone farmhouse in the Vallée d’Aspe. It has an open-plan living space, shower room and utility room downstairs and two bedrooms upstairs, one with a walk-in dressing room. The towns of Lescun, Bedous and Accous and several ski stations are close by.
Surrounded by lush countryside just 5km outside Domfront is this beautifully renovated half-timbered home oozing charm and quality. The main house has a large double-aspect living room, where the original wood frame has cleverly been retained, and the spacious kitchen leads to a second reception room. Stairs from here lead to two ensuite bedrooms while the master bedroom is accessed from stairs in the main living room. A handy gîte is in a separate stone cottage with lovely amenities on the ground floor and two more ensuite bedrooms upstairs. In the two acres surrounding the property are several attractive outbuildings and the whole property has wonderful views over the surrounding fields. Ferries are just 90 minutes away and the coast under an hour’s drive.
This elegant home comprises a main five-bedroom house plus a two-bedroom gîte, set in a quiet, edge of village location a few minutes drive from the town of Mansle. The house has several reception rooms including a sunny orangery, while the gîte has its own covered terrace. The lovely gardens and pool are a real feature of this substantial property.
For the past 25 years, this cottage has been the much-loved holiday home of a British couple, and it’s easy to see why. On the market for €167,000, it’s made from local granite and sits in almost 2,500m² of south-facing land near the riverside village of St-Nicholas-des-Eaux with its shops and eateries. Inside are a modern kitchen and a characterful living area with two double bedrooms upstairs. A modern extension houses a third bedroom as well as a utility room with shower.
A wide range of architecture and traditions can be found across France, and châteaux are often a testament to a local area’s building styles. This particular property – listed and dating back to the 15th century – is typical of castles found in the ancient Bourbonnais province, an area equivalent to the current department of Allier. The whole property is assembled around a central courtyard but sits on land of 7,000m². It was bought some 30 years ago and restored to preserve the many period features, including impressive fireplaces, tiled floors and beamed ceilings but with new windows, a new roof and facade, and electricity, of course. The main château has some 320m² of living space across three floors with enough room to create four bedrooms. You would need to add in a modern kitchen and bathrooms to make it a cosy home. An annexe comprises two bedrooms and a shower room to refurbish while there are three barns, one of which has been transformed into an exhibition space. Set in a quiet rural setting just 7km from a village with shops and 17km from the motorway, the property has huge potential.
Even though this exceptionally pretty house is only halfway down France in Charente, you can almost feel the Midi sun beating down on it. It must be that south-facing gravel courtyard dotted with Mediterranean plants, the covered terrace and the view past the pigeonnier to the large pool and lawn beyond. Inside are four bedrooms and lots of wood, tiles, neutral walls and Charentais fireplaces. On sale for €192,600, it’s in the commune of Lucheville, 4km from a shop and bar.
Near La Barthe-de-Neste, Hautes-Pyrénées, Occitanie
This characterful four-bedroom villa has the best of both worlds: it is situated in a private location on a hill overlooking the Pyrénées, yet is also within walking distance to shops and a local school. The property has been well maintained and has a cosy feel with a spacious living room/diner with large bay windows opening onto a terrace offering stunning mountain views. In addition to the large living areas, there are two bathrooms, a fitted kitchen, double garage, utility room and cellar. The villa is a short drive from the motorway with easy access to the Pyrenean ski resorts.
St-Étienne-du-Grès, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Situated in St-Étienne-du-Grès, this four-bed 19th-century property offers blissful village living. You can easily cycle to the village, while major cities in the area including Aix-en-Provence, Arles and Avignon are only an hour’s drive away. Covered terraces outside allow for alfresco dining all year round, while the garden, where oleanders and a fig tree grow, is a perfect spot for soaking up some sun.
St-Martin-de-Belleville, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Do you dream of a simple, carefree existence far from the worries of everyday life? This cosy little Alpine chalet couldn’t be further from the crowds. Access by foot in the summer takes 2h30 from the village Le Bettaix or 45 minutes from the middle point of the Télécabine of La Masse (reachable by 4x4). In winter you can ski off-piste from La Masse. If this sounds like hard work, don’t worry because there is a helicopter landing area! The chalet consists of a living area with wood stove and kitchen, a mezzanine bedroom area and a shower room with toilet. Electricity is provided by water turbine.
Mallemort, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
This two-bedroom apartment is set within a golf course in Mallemort and comprises an open-plan kitchen, diner and living area plus a shower room and separate toilet. Restaurants and shops are within walking distance, as are the complex’s two swimming pools. There is also a water park and tennis court close by, but you might just want to sit on your balcony and soak up views of the Luberon mountains instead.