Dream French properties: December
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Find your ideal French property! From picture-postcard cottages to mountain chalets to a traditional farmhouse, one of these properties for sale is sure to tempt you...
Near Guérande, Loire-Atlantique, Pays-de-la-Loire
In a fairytale setting just 5km from Guérande (and 4km from La Barrière’s international golf course) sits a picture-postcard thatched cottage with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. An attached workshop could be easily converted into another bedroom. Character, warmth and tradition combine in this spacious property set in parkland dotted with shrubs, flowers, open lawns and magnificent trees. There’s also a swimming pool, overlooked by a large patio and even a thatched garage. This home is in the most tranquil and private of locations and yet the vibrant and well-heeled seaside resort of La Baule is also close by. The area is very accessible; Nantes airport is an hour away but you can also fly to Rennes or Dinard. There are also excellent train connections to Paris, and the ferry ports of Roscoff and St-Malo are not too far away
Near Auch, Gers, Occitanie
This six-bedroom property may be on the doorstep of Auch, but its location at the end of a cul-de-sac still provides peace and quiet. The property comprises three bathrooms, a kitchen-dining area, a reception room, and a study. Outside there are two studio apartments and outbuildings that include a barn and garage. The sumptuous grounds are enclosed by an entrance gate, providing extra privacy to enjoy the pool.
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St-Pois, Manche, Normandy
Can you believe this traditional stone house is just six years old, meaning its structure is still under guarantee for another four years? Walking distance from the village amenities of St-Pois and just 75 minutes from the Caen ferry, it’s comfy, modern and convenient, yet with all the charm of rural France. For €265,000 you get a three-bedroom, three bathroom detached house with a double garage in almost an acre of land close to a lake and golf course and 50 minutes from Granville beach.
Tignes 1800, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
If you’re a real ski buff who loves a white Christmas then you might want to get your hands on a property within MGM’s latest development up in Tignes 1800. The Lodges des Neiges will be a ski-in ski-out development located just above the eight-seat gondola that takes skiers up to the Espace Killy ski area. It will comprise 63 leaseback apartments and a vast spa area with a pool, sauna, hammam and private gym. The luxurious apartments have been built using quality materials that you might find in traditional chalets – think exposed wood on the walls and stone fireplaces. They will also boast large bay windows and a balcony, offering stunning views of the village and the mountains – perfect for watching the snow fall while snuggling up inside. They’ll be sold fully furnished and prices range from €250,000 for a one-bedroom flat to €650,000 for a four-bedroom apartment (both leaseback).
This pretty four-bedroom thatched house is situated in a quiet location with 1¼ acres of pretty gardens. The property also comes with a one-bedroom gîte which is ideal for holiday rental or for visiting family. Decorated to a high standard, this home is ready to move into and benefits from exposed beams and stone walls. The lounge/dining room boasts a granite fireplace with raised hearth and woodburner.
Châtel, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Jaw-dropping views over the Portes du Soleil ski domaine are promised from this chalet in the Alpine resort of Châtel. The pistes and shops are 1km away while it’s a one hour drive to the Swiss airport of Sion or 90 minutes to Geneva. On the market for €490,000, the chalet has an open-plan living area with laundry and shower room downstairs plus three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. The basement could be converted into a self-contained flat and there’s a garage and terrace.
A few minutes from this striking country home is the popular Tarn-et-Garonne town of St-Antonin-Noble-Val with its shops, restaurants and market. The house sits in secluded grounds of just over an acre and comes with a heated pool, pool house, barn and superb views. Dating back to 1776, it has been fully restored with double-glazing and oil-fired heating and has three bedrooms, a lounge-diner, a kitchen-breakfast room, a second salon and terrace. On the market for €345,000.
Near Tourny, Eure, Normandy
This three-bedroom farmhouse exudes country charm with its pretty half-timbered walls and picturesque setting. The property sits in a fully fenced site of 1,695m2 with several outbuildings including a large barn, boiler room, garage and workshop. The ground floor comprises a fitted kitchen, living and dining room, bathroom, laundry room and a bedroom. On the first floor is a large landing and two spacious bedrooms. The property is 40 minutes from Cergy in the neighbouring department of Val-d’Oise, which boasts all amenities and good train links to Paris. Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports are in easy reach.
There’s really nothing to do at this Mediterranean villa other than pay your €258,000 and then sit back on the south-facing terrace with a glass of the local red. Ideally placed on a manageable corner plot in the wine-producing village of Fitou, the recently built property is under guarantee until 2022 and has three bedrooms, an open-plan living area and integral garage all on the ground floor. The beaches are 15 minutes away and the towns of Perpignan and Narbonne are within easy reach.
Far-reaching views of the Charente countryside and a local château are made possible by this property’s privileged position atop half an acre of terraced grounds. Located in a hamlet near Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure, the house has 180m2 of space, including an attic suitable for conversion and four bedrooms (one on the ground floor). Outside, there’s a heated pool, summer room with bread oven, garage with cellar and another outbuilding, all for €339,200.
Plieux, Gers, Occitanie
This 12th-century chocolate-box cottage in the village of Plieux has real fairy-tale charm. The property has five bedrooms in total plus a one-bedroom gîte. There is also potential to create more bedrooms in the roof space. Wooden beams, open fires and stone floors create a cute and cosy feel inside while outside there is a small conservatory, pretty terraces, a small swimming pool and private parking.
Near Rochechouart, Haute-Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
We fell head over heels in love with this three-bedroom home in the Périgord-Limousin regional park, priced at just €179,000. Gracefully restored inside and out (we particularly love the original floorboards), it’s in a peaceful hamlet with no passing traffic near a boulangerie and the historic town of Rochechouart. The loft could be converted as could the barn in the garden where there is also an open hangar (currently a games room) and covered wood store.
Hidden behind grand gates on the banks of the Canal du Midi in the Aude village of Homps is a lovely little walled garden with plunge pool and Mediterranean shrubs. It belongs to this old winemaker’s house which now boasts 330m² of living space over three floors and is on the market for €450,000. It includes five bedrooms, three bathrooms, two living rooms and a vast kitchen-diner opening onto the garden. There’s also a games room on this level with original wine vats and garden doors.